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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


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!!!


“I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.”
― Shel Silverstein,

Miles recently hit his ONE YEAR milestone and he is curious, bright, adorable, and so full of joy. The Grimm family were gifted this photo session by the winner of the Amy Close Photography Holiday Giveaway. Become a fan on Facebook to keep current on posts, promos, and other giveaways! Enjoy.

This splash pad at Peninsula Park in North Portland has been a very popular place lately! 

Meghan C - July 12, 2014 - 6:01 am

Oh my !! He is CUTE ! :)

Kelli Landkammer - July 12, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Love these pics so much!!! Adorable family! Xoxo

Bonnie Grimm - July 12, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Thanks, Amy!! We love them all!!

Wendy - July 12, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Amazing photography of an amazing family. I love that sweet little Miles!

squirre1monkey - July 12, 2014 - 5:10 pm

these are just gorgeous, and will be a treasure for them to look back on always – what a fun and photogenic trio

Judy Close - July 12, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Darling little guy and parents! Excellent photography Amy! I love the one in the fountain.

Jennifer Behar - July 12, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Omg soo cute… miss you!!!

Tamara - July 14, 2014 - 5:30 am

Adorable shots…Nicely done…great capture of their spirits — I love these pics :)

Theresa R - July 15, 2014 - 3:50 am

Beautiful family! Miles is a cutie pie…wish I could squeeze him. Miss u all.

robert lane - July 15, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Will I have to come to Portland to get a print ?

Anna Grimm - July 16, 2014 - 2:27 pm

These are BEAUTIFUL!