Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sweet Shira

15 day old Shira was sweetness personified. He was such a pleasure to photograph. I probably could have stayed all day.

His mom, Ashley, is pretty amazing too. Seriously. She has the makings of a wonderful mom.

Look at those lips!

I got just a couple little peeks.

...and then back off to dreamland

Maybe he did get upset a time or two. I love this crying shot. Pretty photogenic for a mad little guy.

My favorite from the session

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Session Information

Before the session you can expect to have a pre-session consultation with me by phone. We'll cover location, clothing and other session basics. Together, we'll come up with a plan for a portrait session that is a perfect fit for your family. If the session involves children I'll ask a little bit about their personality so I can be prepared to work with them in a way that suits their energy level, emotional needs and interests. You will also receive a welcome packet and what to wear guide.

For a family session you can expect to spend about two hours playing, laughing and tickling at a location of your choice. Of course, I always have location recommendations if you don't have something in mind. You'll never feel rushed or hurried and your kids will be allowed to be kids.

Newborn sessions take place in your home and are best if scheduled BEFORE 14 days old. If possible, contact me before the baby is born and I will leave several possible openings around your due date. These sessions are calm, peaceful and relaxed. We will be sure to allow plenty of time for all of the feeding and diapering needs that punctuate the typical newborn session. Expect me to come with a few simple props, swaddle wraps and hats!

Maternity Sessions are best scheduled around 34-37 weeks of pregnancy to really show off that lovely baby bump.

High school senior sessions take place on location and also last about 2 hours. The options are endless for seniors and so are the clothing changes.

About Natalie

When I was in the second grade I had three great career aspirations:

1.) I wanted to be an artist.
2.) I wanted to be a teacher.
3.) I wanted to be a mom.

I feel extremely blessed that I've had the opportunity to do all three. I'm sure my 8 year old self would have been quite pleased that I graduated from the University of Iowa with my degree in studio art and my K-12 art education certification. In 2005, my husband and I welcomed our first daughter and even my 8 year old dreams were far surpassed.

I became familiar with photography in high school, but I really started channeling my personal creative energy into photography once I became a mom. The days of infancy and childhood rush by so quickly (I know, I know cliche... but profoundly true) Documenting those every day little moments became a passion.

I live in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland with my husband and our 3 lively young children. As a family we enjoy making art projects, family movie nights and having dance parties in the living room.

My favorite portraits capture relationships. A quick snuggle with mom, a ride on Dad's shoulders... those little bits of childhood that you'll never want to forget. My style is fresh and playful, but also extremely personal. I'm not usually looking for the big cheese smile. I know I've down my job well when I hear you exclaim, "That is SO my son/daughter!"

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Portrait Session … $100

*Pre-session phone consultation
*What to wear guide
*1-2 hour session for up to 5 people. (Newborn sessions include a 1.5-2.5 hour session) at a location of your choice.
*Proofing of 20-30 selected edited and retouched images.
*You may request a low resolution, watermarked digital copy of any image that you order a print of to use for online sharing.

The session fee is due at the time of booking. In case of client cancellation (with notice) the session fee is transferable, but not refundable.

Please inquire about travel fees for sessions outside of the Portland area.

An 8x10 gift print a la carte is $30. Portrait collections start at $300. Full resolution digital negatives are available. Please email me at for a current price list.

Special Offers

Referral Program
Refer a friend and get $50 off a future session or a free 8x10 gift print of your choice! Your referral must be a new client and they must mention your name when they book their session. Print credit or session credit will be applied when the new client pays his/her session fee.

First Year Package
Includes newborn session, one infant session (recommended for 6-7 months), and first birthday session. A maternity session may be added to the First Year Package for $75. This package does not include prints or collections and may not be combined with any other promotions.