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QUINTON 2 YEARS | PORTLAND CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Quinton had me at “hello I’m a newborn” and continued to woo me through his first year of life. Now that he’s turned TWO, be still my heart! Smart, funny, ADORABLE, sweet, and a good apple picker and thrower…watch out little ladies. And that’s all I have to say about that. Enjoy.

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ELISE 1 YEAR | PORTLAND BABY PHOTOGRAPHY

Last weekend I had two back-to-back sessions out on Sauvie Island, where the apples were ripe and so was the character! Scrumptious little Elise was the first one up to bat and she hit a home run with her wit and curls. Just turned ONE, she is absolutely hilarious and brimming with personality. We quickly discovered her motto for the morning was “will pose for purple puffs”! As long as we kept the tasty snacks coming, she was happy to grace us with charm and smiles. Elsie is very clearly the apple of mom and dad’s eye, this session was steeped in adoration and the photos are the proof. Another morning of sheer delight and joy for me! Keep calm and endear on Elsie.

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Lindsay - July 27, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Jess! I swear Elise gets more and more adorable every time I see her! These photos are awesome!!!

Nissa - July 28, 2014 - 12:59 am

SUPER cute! Beautiful job on the photos

Teri Buchanan - July 28, 2014 - 1:49 am

The pictures are awesome, Love the venue.

JULIEN | PORTLAND NEWBORN LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

I recently read the book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern ParentingAn enlightening book with humorous and scientific insight, allowing you to feel like the crazy you’ve become due to parenting is completely normal and reasonably explained. I think the title of the book is pure genius though and describes modern parenting so brilliantly. All Joy and No Fun. More specifically, I think the idea of “all joy, no fun” pertains perfectly to having a NEWBORN. The sleep deprived state of confusion in which you try to function at some *normal* capacity, the uncertainty surrounding what this 7-10 pound mini-me of deliciously soft flesh might have in store for you at any given moment, and the pain (!) oh the pain stemming from the demise of your breasts as the little beast tries to nurse, all the while you are sitting so uncomfortably on a blow-up doughnut trying to heal from the birth. Of course this is not a universally shared experience, we all have our own stories, but the adjustment period that comes after having a baby can be…challenging at times. “NO FUN” sometimes. AND…most always, “ALL JOY”. The miracle of new life never ceases to blow my mind. And the joy that comes from the smell, the breath, the wrinkles and the rolls, the gassy smiles, the fingers and tiny toes, the new skin and their weight on your chest reminds me of when the Grinch realized the truth about Christmas; the heart feels as if it actually grows 3 times the size, to the point of popping things all around it! It’s incomparable, unexplainable and incredibly powerful to say the least.

Julien was 9 days new when I met him. Up until then, he had given his mom and dad a little run for their money! Julien had been born with a lip and tongue tie, creating some issues with feeding and resulting in a little minor surgery, but was on the mend this day and slept most of the time. What a sweet, sweet gem of joy they have there. For their session, we had one room, one bucket, one bouncing 3 year old brother and very low light and I loved how it turned out! Congratulations to the Chung family. EnJOY.

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Jesse - July 18, 2014 - 3:28 am

What sweet family photos to cherish. Welcome Julien!

Carolina - July 18, 2014 - 3:48 am

What adorable photographs! Super cute family for inspiration.

Rebecca - July 18, 2014 - 4:13 am

Thank you, Amy, for capturing these for us. There are just too many great ones to choose from–wow!

Heather - July 18, 2014 - 5:10 am

A! mazing!

Skya - July 18, 2014 - 5:14 am

Fabulous Photos!!!

Ellie - July 18, 2014 - 5:29 am

Beautiful!

Emilia - July 18, 2014 - 2:08 pm

These are gorgeous photos! My favorites are the first one of Mom, Dad and Julien, and then the one of big brother sitting over Julien.

Amy - July 18, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Beautiful family photos!!! Congrats!!!

Michael - July 24, 2014 - 5:24 am

These are wonderful shots–thank you for capturing them!

Aaron - July 24, 2014 - 7:24 am

These look amazing! Love the lighting!