While planning this session I got to know this family the old fashioned way, emails and personal shutterfly galleries.:)I have to admit with each email I got more excited to meet Shannon, Wes and the super adorable Scarlett. Being the mother of my own Scarlett I had high expectations of this little lady, and let me tell you she surpassed everyone. She is smart, adorable, and even a bit sassy, perfection! The entire family was adorable and welcoming. I just love it when the family wants to shoot in their home, it is always fun to include people’s personalities and art. We had a great time snapping away, playing with Scarlett’s great toys and squeaky shoes!

Here are a few of my favorites so far.

Meet Scarlett, isn’t she simply adorable.

Miss Scarlett is celebrating a birthday soon, I love this hand made banner her mom crafted.

Smiles! Girlfriend made me work for it, but my it was worth it!

Check out the whole family. They have a great neighborhood and yard to shoot in. I just loved this old moss covered tree, perfect for a cute baby in a darling winter coat right.

Scarlett and Daddy clearly have lots of fun together.

Eeeek the cuteness!

Clearly there is no shortage of love here.

Scarlett also has some killer lashes.

I love this one, it might be my favorite.

Scarlett and her pretty mama. Smiles just do not get much better than this.

And one last set of our little lady. She is just so cute!

Shannon & Wes, thank you for welcoming me into your home. I had a great time getting to know all of you. Scarlett is just darling, I hope you like the sneak peek. I will have the whole gallery up for you here shortly! For now I would love to offer you a blog challenge. If you can get 25 people to comment on this little post, I will throw in a set of cute little wallet brag books. They do work well for showing off a certain little lady.:)So leave some love people.

xo em

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Shannon - I love them! My favorites so far are the ones in myoffice, the ones in the cabana, in front of the tree, and in her room… Oops that’s all of them…

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Senna Pinney - ADORABLE! Shannon, these pics are amazing! I can’t wait to hear about the shoot. You all look gorgeous.

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Erica Ann - That girl’s got some personality! What a cutie – and it doesn’t hurt that whoever dresses her has some serious fashion sense!

  • December 9, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Mary Rae - So cute!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Kristin - Adorable!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Meredith - These turned out so sweet and wonderful!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Gloria Dawson - Very cute family, Scarlett is so Cute~ What a happy little girl

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    Ashley - That is the cutest baby in the whole WORLD!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Leah - Wow, amazing and gorgeous pictures! Thanks for some beautiful pictures to enjoy and share with others!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Tommy - Too Cute!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    jamie - Such a beautiful baby….takes after her beautiful mama!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Sarah Graham - LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! Scarlett is a doll you guys!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Fae - These are gorgeous images with just the right mix of preciousness and fun. What a beautiful family!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Sarah - The photos in front of the mossy tree remind me of a trip to the Gorge when I was little where my Mom’s friend took family photos for her…those photos are some of my most cherished possessions. Scarlett is addaorable as always!

  • December 9, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    Cherish Lang - While they’re all beautiful pictures .. that first black and white is a heart melter! Just INCREDIBLE! Beautiful family =)

  • December 9, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Kathleen - She is so precious. Yes they are the most beautiful pictures in the world.

  • December 9, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    carolynne shinn - Grammy Carolynne (mother of Wes) CANNOT stop smiling at these beautiful photos of a beautiful family. My favorites: “Scarlett and her pretty Mama”; “killer eyelashes”; and the one the photographer identified as “it might be my favorite”!!!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 11:28 pm

    Briana - What beautiful pictures!! That little girl is so adorable!! I am glad she is my little niece, too. ;-)

  • December 9, 2010 - 11:33 pm

    Matt - so cute

  • December 10, 2010 - 5:55 am

    Pat Turcotte - Great photos!! This is indeed a photogenic family!!!

  • December 10, 2010 - 6:18 am

    Jerry Shinn - Great pictures. The last one is the best!

  • December 10, 2010 - 7:23 am

    julie - gorgeous baby, beautiful photos – thanks for bringing a big smile to my day!

  • December 10, 2010 - 7:55 am

    Molly - So cute!!!! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:09 am

    Hillary Tanner - How sweet! Scarlett is a little (but much prettier :o)) Wes, isn’t she? What a sweet little family!

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:11 am

    cynthia - Just adorable!

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:50 am

    Beth Ann - Beautiful baby Scarlett and beautiful family! Great photos!

  • December 10, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Julia - Those are killer lashes. Adorable :)

  • December 10, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Joanna - What amazing photos and a beautiful family. Truly beautiful – every one!

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Amy - Can you get any cuter? Wow! Beautiful photos :)

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:36 am

    lauren schmitt - Amazing photos. They are so wonderfully expressive, capturing the essence of Scarlett and how much she is loved by Shannon & Wes.

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Barbara - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl with her loving parents.

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Nicole Bendotoff - So incredibly CUTE!!! What gorgeous photos!

  • December 10, 2010 - 4:13 pm

    Anne - so adorable – Scarlett’s a beauty!

  • December 10, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Jane Iannetta - LOVED the pictures. Know Carolyn and Jerry back to MYF days. Beautiful family and ADORABLY CUTE Scarlet!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Jane ‘DeStefano’ Iannetta

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:18 pm

    Courtenay Shinn - Bravo!! Such a wonderful display of the love that my brother, sister-in-law, and niece share and the beauty of each of them. My absolute favorite shot is the one labeled “I love this one. It might be my favorite.” Scarlett is the best most beautiful baby ever, and I am so glad that you have so adorably captured it for the whole world to see!

  • December 11, 2010 - 8:38 am

    Sydney Linden - Wow…I didn’t think it was possible but she is even more beautiful than the last time I saw her!

  • February 6, 2012 - 11:25 am

    kids photographer Portland Oregon | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - [...] again a little girl named Scarlett has stolen my heart. She did the same thing last year in her darling NE Portland home. Well this year the family got to show me their beautiful new home [...]

  • November 28, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Portland Family Photographer | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - [...] families change, age & grown in front of my camera lens. Miss Scarlett started out as a bubbly baby, moved to a cute toddler last year, and is now a full fledged young lady. Oh and lets not forget a [...]

  • March 28, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    newborn photographer portland oregon | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - [...] how I adore the Shinn family. I first met these guys a few years back when their Scarlett was just a toddler, and now she is such a big girl! Last time we hung out we were celebrating a baby bump in the [...]


I had the pleasure of photographing the always wonderful Erica & Mike as they said “I do!” just a few weeks back.

I will be showing off some fun photos here soon, but I had to break this one out tonight!

Fun right, there are many many more fun shots to show.

I also wanted to fulfill a promise I made to a certain maiden of honor. You see Amy did not get the chance to share the toast she had prepaired for the wedding recpetion. So I promised her I would post it on the blog when I had a chance to peek a few photos.

So here you go Amy!:)

(Toast via Mrs. Amy Dobler, Maiden of honor”

Erica and I have been friends for a long time, about 15 years.

Our friendship has taken us through different colleges at different times, marriage for me, 3000 miles apart for several years, babies for both of us, and now marriage for Mike and Erica.

The other day I started thinking about how we’ve remained friends for so long and through so many stages in our lives.

The answer: Erica+ Amy = Laughter (and Starbucks, but mostly laughter). I’m talking about giggles, side splitting, laughing so hard you cry, inside jokes that make you titter, slap-stick laughter.   The kind of laughter I cannot wait to hear my girls share together.

My friendship with Erica has colored the way I view marriage, and I believe that laughter and friendship are vital ingredients in any marriage making the good days great and the tough ones better.

In the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of witnessing Erica and Mike together and I think that their family and friends can  all agree that they have both friendship and laughter in abundance. They are destined to have great days ahead of them  no matter where they are in their life together.

To Erica & Mike and to laughing so hard you cry. Cheers!

xo em

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Erica - Cheers! And a couple tears. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank You Amy – I can’t wait to hear our babies laughing together! And Emily – this peek is a tease – I look forward to seeing the rest of your brilliance! Love!

  • December 8, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    jill (sister of the groom) - gorgeous photos…can’t wait for the rest :)
    love the toast!!!

  • December 8, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    Amy - @Erica- thank you for inspiring the toast and for including Addy and I in your day. We are still talking about it here!

    @Emily- thank you for sharing the toast on your blog. You are the best.

  • December 8, 2010 - 7:09 pm

    Jeanie - Oh man. One eloquent toast, two photos and the warerworks flood has begun. I’m a goner. Love to all (including you emily) ~Mom


Hello December, for real when did that happen!

It seams like I was just starting my 2010 season and now it is almost over! I have had a great year with you all, and can not thank each and every client and blog reader for all the love in 2010. The holiday season is upon us officially now. Bin Crosby is singing holiday tunes on my Pandora station, and the print orders are shipping out to be wrapped up under beautifully decorated trees. I have to admit, I LOVE this time of year.:)

So since it is the season, I want to give you all a little something back. Gift certificates are always popular this time of year. So to all of my lovely clients and blog readers. Any gift certificates purchased before December 20th come 10% off. That’s right, 10% off sessions, prints or collections. They come printed in a pretty card and packaged up in a little box.

Check out the pretty gift card design:

I can do the gift certificates in any amount you like. Just let me know!

So email or call me asap if  you want to take advantage of the deal.:)

xo em


Growing up summer camp was a super important part of my life. It kept me motivated, sane and probably out of allot (more) trouble. Camp for me was a safe place to learn, grow and be my self. One of the things I loved about summer camp was meeting new people. Back then I don’t think I knew just how important these people would be in the long run. One of those wonderful people is my friend Heather. Heather and her family were my home away from home for a few years there, and some mighty good memories were made! It was my pleasure to capture with my camera some important new times for the lovely Heather. You see Heather & Dan  just had their first baby, and man is he a cute one! I can not tell you how happy I am for these two, Mr. Soren is a lucky boy to have these two loving parents.

Meet Soren…

He is completely delicious right?!

Soren is adorable from Head to Toe.

Aside from falling in love with baby Soren, I also fell in love with the amazing window light in Heather & Dan’s home.

Dan is completely smitten with the little guy can’t you tell.

I love this one, some seriously cute family love here.

ahhh Mama love.

We finally got the little guy asleep for a few here, he is just precious.

Don’t you just want to smooch the little guy.

This one might be my favorite.

And one last image of the happy family.

Heather & Dan thanks again for having me in to your home. Soren is amazing. I am so happy for you all! I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek.  As a new client I would love to offer you a little blog challenge. If you can get 25 people to comment on this post I will throw in a darling little wallet brag book. Perfect for showing off a certain adorable family . So leave some love people!

xo em

  • December 1, 2010 - 10:16 am

    Heather O'Brien - Emily, you did a fantastic job (although with such a good looking, happy family it probably wasn’t too difficult)! I love how alert Soren is in the last picture, you can just tell that he is memorizing every bit of the faces looking back at him. Can’t wait to meet him and see his Mom and Dad!

  • December 1, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Michelle - These are just precious!!! Gorgeous pictures of an adorable little guy (and some awesome parents too)!!! :)

  • December 1, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    anami dawn - this makes me so happy- the photos help me to feel so close to my dear friends, although i am very far away…. absolutely lovely… thank you

  • December 2, 2010 - 7:51 am

    Leia - Super cute!!

  • December 2, 2010 - 9:12 am

    kara - LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

    My favorite is the one with the caption “I love this one, some seriously cute family love here.” with you guys laughing and Soren staring up at Dan!

  • December 2, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Patty - These are great! I work with Grandma Margaret and she is so proud of these pictures and her new grandson.

  • December 2, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Auntie Julie - Great pictures–I can’t wait to meet Soren on Saturday!

  • December 2, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Laurel Ostby - Congrats Heather and Dan and welcome Soren! I had breakfast with Julie this morning so I got a sneak peak at Karen’s snapshots. What a beautiful boy! And he’s so alert and expressive in these pics!

  • December 2, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Ellen - Great photos

  • December 2, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    Margaret Martin - Awesome pictures, can’t stop looking at them!

  • December 2, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    Sonja Ebling - Wow! What amazing pictures!!! So great to see Danielson’s offspring!!!

  • December 4, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Sarah Berke - wow. just wow. congratulations to everyone!

  • December 4, 2010 - 7:52 pm

    Sarah Maines - He’s obviously a genius…look how alert he is already! These are so beautiful – wonderful work, Emily, with an amazing little family. :)

  • December 7, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Kristin Sand Berry - What a beautiful baby! You’ll have to cover your walls with all these gorgeous photos.

  • December 7, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Pastor Deb Birkeland - What a happy family! Congratulations everyone! P. Deb

  • December 7, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    CATHY NELSON - Hi Dan and Heather,
    What a beautiful baby Soren is!! These are wonderful pictures. What a keepsake. You both look so happy and I know you are going to love every minute of parenthood. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with all of us. Blessings, Cathy

  • December 7, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    Jerryannking@aol.com - Dan & Heather, Your Mom, my dear friend, shared these gorgeous pictures of your precious Soren. What a blessing – my prayers are with you. Jerry King

  • December 7, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    Jan Carter - oooo, I could just eat him up!!! Absolutely adorable! Simply a beautiful family!

  • December 8, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Debbie Irestone - dear daniel karl and heather!
    i am in love! of course my first love is Jack Broderick, but Soren is running a very close second!!
    so happy for you and all of your family.
    emily—you are GOOD! great photos and nice use of light and subjects!

  • December 10, 2010 - 4:11 am

    Kris Moorhead - Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! Congratulations Dan & Heather! Soren Patrick Peterson is a wonderful addition to the Peterson family. We can’t wait to meet him.

    Kris and John

  • December 11, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    Scott Whipple - What a beautiful baby!

  • December 13, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Jan - Hi Heather, Hi Dan,
    It’s all such a miracle. Beautiful pictures of a very handsome guy!
    Love, Noel&Jan

  • December 15, 2010 - 1:48 am

    Kellye J - So so so cute! Mr. Man has those “knowing” eyes that say he’s likely wise beyond his (to be) years!!! Prost to SPP! Xoxo- Kellye J

  • December 15, 2010 - 5:48 am

    Jane Ridnour - Congratulations ! The pictures are wonderful. We can hardly wait to meet him !
    Love, Jane and Ed

  • December 15, 2010 - 10:23 am

    Grandpa Dick - Emily: Those are great pictures! Of course, the subjects are all pretty spectacular too! Can’t wait for our next trip to Portland in 6 days.

  • December 15, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Grandma Karen - Can’t believe I did not comment when I first saw these precious pictures! I have looked at them so many times and each time they bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes! There is so much love and wonder over our baby Soren expressed in these pictures. They are a treasure!

  • December 15, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Auntie Anne - So in love with this little guy, and his parents are pretty great too. These pictures will be looked at for many years to come. XOXO to all.

  • December 15, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Grandma Karen - Can’t believe I did not comment when I first saw the pictures. I have looked at them so many, many times and each time they bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. There is so much love and wonder expressed among you three in these pictures! They are a treasure!


I usually like to schedule sessions a few weeks out, but when a beautiful pregnant mama calls to tell me she just had some super cool Henna done on her belly, and she is due in just days I tend to rush on over.;)Talk about a beautiful belly, not only is Terrie stunning pregnant, but she and her husband are simply adorable. We had a great time chatting about babies, birth, and henna.

Here are a few of my favorite so far:

See what I mean, what a beauty right!

We also ventured outside in the freezing cold, these two are up for anything, I love that!

These two are urban homesteaders, so we had to get a few that featured the chickens and animals.:)

and one last image, that beautiful belly and the always loved tye die. I can not wait to put a certain little baby on that very same throw.

And well… I will not have to wait long, since Terrie went into labor the very next day! Sweet little Michael is perfect in every way so I hear. I get to meet the little guy tomorrow! More soon of the little dude.

xo em