This is the third time I have captured Jaime and her hansom little man, and I just have to say each time he gets more charming and adorable. He is so grown up these days, starting Kindergarten this week! Seeing these two together is always fun, I love their dynamic. Mama clearly loves her little man, and the way he smiles at her melts me. Each time I come home and kiss my little guy and hope we are best buds as he gets older too. For this session we lucked into some magical late summer light at the nature preserve. More blackberries & bug chasing!


Jaime, thanks again for trusting me to capture your family. It was a pleasure to see you both again. As usual I will be done with the whole set shortly. If you like you can throw down a little blog challenge. 30 comments on this post, means a set of cute little brag books for you. So if you feel like it leave some love people, I know I just adore these two.


xo em

  • September 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Brandon - Fantastic pictures! I’ll keep this photographer in mind for my next set of pictures.


Having only talked via email & phone I was really excited to meet Victoria & Steve. YOu see V&S spent the last few months relocating from across the country, changing homes, jobs & zip codes. It has been a big adventure, but these two have done it all with a smile. I love their spirit. Oh and having adorable puppy Bailey along for the ride helped a big I think. On top of moving these two have been planning their wedding at one of my all time favorite venues The Resort at the Mountain. After chatting more I am sure it is going to be an amazing day. After a beverage and a chat we got down to engagement photos.

Here are a few of my favorites…

Victoria & Steve thanks again for meeting up with me downtown and for being up for anything! I had so much fun with you two. Again I am really looking forward to your wedding here in just a few short weeks. I know it will be amazing! As you know I love me some blog challenges. If you can get 30 people to comment on this blog I will throw in an 11×14 on the house. SO leave some love people!

xo em


Not too long ago I posted  my thoughts on what clients should wear to engagement sessions. it was also a not so subtle post about my love/addiction to It was a huge hit with clients, so I thought I would continue the series but this time focus on family clients! This is a huge common question. I totally get it, I have the same issue every year when I organize my own family photos.

The key to family wardrobe for photos is really coordination NOT matching. Just like I said in the last post if you show up in matching polos & pleated khakis my camera will magically stop working. 😉 No one wants super dated matchy-matchy family photos. Coordinating means picking a color palette that suits all of you and going with that. It can be as simple as black & white, or all jewel tones, or all primary colors. The options are endless! Just make sure you are not matching, and not outright clashing. I love color & patterns, I think layers are always great. I also love accessories & personality. If your 2 year old lives in his rain boots bring them! Does your 7 year old love her big chunky pink pearls or her rainbow tights, awesome!  Kids should be comfortable and full of character, not stiff & formal in my opinion. If you do want something more formal we can make that work, but it will be extra hard to make jr smile if he has never been in a 3 piece suit before, so just weigh your options carefully.


Here is a fun & sweet family wardrobe idea:


You can see more ideas & inspiration on my “what to wear family” board on pinterest. I plan to keep adding & changing ideas with the seasons.

The options are endless, and can really be more about your setting. If we are doing something more downtown, it may lend it self to brighter colors. But if the setting is an open field, having more outdoorsy, or natural colors can really work.

Here are some great examples:

A few other things to remember:

Did I mention they should be fun? A few things you should NOT do:

  • dye your hair or get a drastic cut the night before (Moms, Dads or kids)
  • try our new makeup you have never worn before
  • wear 5 inch heals if you never, ever wear heels.
  • forget to eat prior (the best images are always of happy, well rested kids with full tummies, trust me)
  • Feed your kids tons of sugar if they are not used to it.

Things you should do prior:

  • get a good night’s sleep the night prior (I know a tall order with little ones, but its so good for your skin!)
  • bring items special your family or kids, that would be fun to include ( Like Malcom’s glasses, Scarlett’s car or Welly’s piano.)
  • Find some fun winter hats, or colorful boots. Again bringing out kids personality is always so fun.
  • choose a location that has special meaning to you guys as a family. Your favorite spot for a hike, or the local icecream shop. I am always up for creative ideas outside the box.

I hope that helps!

And of course, it has to be said. Now is the time to book your pre-holiday sessions! My October & November dates are starting to fill up, so lets get on the calender now! With plenty of time to shop for outfits too!

xo em


When I first started talking to Michael & Sarah about their wedding at the Balch Hotel the whole thing sounded just magical. They wanted to do a “Great Gatsby” inspired wedding at this amazing historic venue out in the middle of no where eastern Oregon. They wanted to create a unique & fun event for their guests, and just a few weeks ago they did just that. People showed up in great attire, and with warm hearts for this lovely couple. Every little detail was pulled off from the guest book to the stunning dress. It really was just magical. 🙂 It was my pleasure to capture this beautiful event, and hang out with this great group of people. Summer camp friends, family and neighbor’s made it a great night.

Venue: Balch Hotel, Dufer OR

Coordinator: Mari-Beth Guenther (Gorge Events)

Floral: Groom’s Talented Sister

Dress: Cocoon Silk

Her Shoes: Rocket Dog

His Suit: Duchess Clothier

His Shoes: Cole Hahn

Ariel Dancers: Steph Lopes and Gemma Adams of Night Flight Aerial

Band: Left Coast Country



Michael & Sarah thanks again for trusting me to capture your big day. It really was such a beautiful event! I had a great time hanging with you all, and getting to know your friends and family. I hope you have enjoyed your sneak peek. I have so many more to show you very soon. Friends & Family, if you would like to see the whole st when it is ready please let me know by leaving a comment below.


xo em

  • September 7, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Bethany Atkins - Yes! I’d love to see the whole set. I love what you’ve put up so far. Lovely work, Em!

  • September 15, 2012 - 3:32 am

    Kathee St Vincent - I so enjoyed this sneak preview! I am dying to see them all. You are a truly talented photographer. You perfectly captured the magic of this fabulous event.


I first met Katy in preparations for a bridal inspiration shoot I captured not too long ago. Katy is a very talented wedding planner here in town, and was amazing to work with. During the shoot she mentioned she was expecting her second baby this summer. So, being me I jumped all over her and insisted she hire me for her maternity photos. Katy is always beautiful, but I knew she would be an absolutely stunning pregnant mama. I was SO right. She is stunning, and her whole family was just adorable to work with. Little Jackson kept me on my toes, but he was so cute it was totally worth it. We had fun running around NW Portland and taking photos of this darling growing family.

Here are a few of my favorites so far…

Katy thanks again for being such a good sport. I hope you love your sneak peek. I Jackson was so funny & so cute, I can not wait to see what your little girl looks like. I had a great time working with all of you guys, and am looking forward to the newborn session. 🙂 Full gallery coming very soon!

xo em