Winner of my giveaway shoot - She’s a photographer!

When anyone wants to experience a photoshoot with me, it’s an incredible honor, but when it’s a fellow photographer (with serious talent!) it’s a double honor. When it’s the winner of my one year businessversary in my Vancouver, WA studio, it was a total WOOOOOOT experience! 

Let me tell you how funny this is… Christina Samuelson Portraits won my giveaway, NEVER expecting that she would get picked. And get this, she lives in the Bay Area! So, I called her and asked if she ever comes up to the Portland area or if she wants to wait for the day I go down to Oakland, which I do at least once a year. She said, “Well…. I’m actually going to Bend, OR with my husband to pick up our new puppy in a few weeks”. I mean, what are the chances!? (And you should see this puppy, so cute).

Christina is Swedish, and she has a very understated, European sensibility and so I worked around her desire to be seen with casual and clean elegance. She brought a few dresses and casual outfits of her own. But also, I also recruited Esther Louise McFarland, another photographer friend, to help with styling and wardrobe, which was invaluable! As usual, my main girl Jessie Hafer did hair and makeup for her… it hardly looks like she is made up at all (as requested), but she is… in a very clean, fresh and natural way. I absolutely adored this shoot, and most of all, I love how much Christina loves her photos! 

Here are some highlights.

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Mothers and Daughters

I’ve always known that I love to photograph mothers with their daughters, or women with their mothers, or girls with the moms and grand-moms. There is something so beautiful and tender and fierce about women when they are together. But my depth of feeling for these sessions and my commitment to them keeps getting deeper.

I have met two women in the last few months who had lost their mothers. The would be fighting back the tears telling me that they went looking for photos of them only to find nothing. Or a cell phone phots where they are way in the distance. It breaks my heart and I have myself broken down in tears telling people these stories of broken hearts.

This is why I believe so fiercely in being photographed now. Losing weight, being “old”, feeling puffy… these are not good excuses! Do it now. Tomorrow is not promised, and I assure you, your children will thank you for it. Maybe not today, but soon, and I also promise you that they will not look at those photos and think that you needed to lose ten pounds. I guarantee it! Call me or write to me and let’s talk about getting your generations photos done. 

A 60s Inspired Session with the Step-Kid

Every year, Chelsea, my step-daughter, comes to visit during the holidays. We always come up with some sort of way to photograph her… she loves it and we always have so much fun! Last year we were in San Francisco and took those moody photos on the rocky coastline with that big, black, tulle skirt. Remember?

Well, this year, she wanted to do a Priscilla Presley style, 60s kind of shoot. I was completely on board! We went down to see my friend Diana at Center Stage Clothiers to rent a couple of items. She has so many great pieces from every decade! If you haven’t stopped by there, you really should. 

Anyway, we rented a few items, and Chelsea even bought one dress, she loved it so much.

We had quite a day! Not only getting some retro looks, but also getting a few headshots and something a little more creative with makeup and fabrics. Check it out! The first photo is before any makeup or styling. 

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