Julian is here

Ellie is a big sister now. When I arrived she was eating a donut and watching Wonder Pets; You know, getting the royal treatment so her parents can catch a breath before settling into new rhythms. But she was quick to abandon her treats to show off her new brother, Julian.
Ellie is hilarious. Word is when she arrived at the hospital after Julian's birth, she gave a nod to her mom accompanied by a quick "hello," looked at the nurse and firmly requested: Where's my baby?

I'm probably supposed to select one of those three photos to share with you, but I don't care, I love the whole sequence.

Welcome to the world, Julian, I think you're going to be very well loved.

speaking of fun...

So when Matt said in his email introduction to me, that as a family they liked to play a game that involved 50 wiffle balls and a staircase, I got a little extra excited for this shoot. (I'll never hear the words "wiffle ball" without hearing this song. Somewhat inappropriate for a family photo blog? Maybe, but I am a child of the 80's with a special spot in  my heart for the Beastie Boys.)  Ahem, anyhow, as I was saying, this family = FUN. Malcolm and Anousheh could not have been more beautiful, him with those eyelashes, her flashing smiles at her papa. Um, can we take a second to talk about those curling eyelashes? They slay me. I probably shot 20 frames just focused on that sweet (and patient) boy's eyelashes. And Anousheh's eyes, I don't even know what you call that color but I could have stared into them all day. Yep, I pretty much fell in love with this family; even the dog, Rooster, got in on the action. And even though it was raining so hard we didn't make it out any further than the front stoop, these guys gave me plenty to work with: love, snuggles, laughs, yawns, wrastling, big windows and a cute dog. Oh yeah, and wiffles balls. Fifty multi-colored wiffle balls. Fun, I say, F-U-N!

welcome emmeline :: portland family portraits

In late December, Betsy, Karl, and Jack welcomed sweet Emmeline into their world, and a few weeks ago they invited me over to do my thing. It was one of our rain-logged January days so we kept the kids indoors. Jack patted Emmeline's back when she fussed, he held her proudly on his lap, he showed me his trains and diggers, and we sang Kimya Dawson songs (I think he was impressed, in that three-year-old way, that I knew all the lyrics to Alphabutt). 

Welcome Raleigh! :: Portland, Oregon Family Photographer

 You know that fabulously colorful family splashed all over the entry page to my website? They recently added a new bird to their nest, Raleigh Asa.  Little Raleigh made these folks I adoringly refer to as the "Gorgeous Grays," into a family of FIVE, when he entered the world on Cinco de Mayo.   I think somebody's got a lucky number...

Love love LOVE you Gray Family.