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Category Archives: Family & Children

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Sometimes people ask if it’s ok if Grandma, Cousin, Aunt, Friend, Dog, etc is in the pictures. Although I understand where it comes from, I am still surprised that I’m being asked. I’m excited that  they’re coming! It’s your playdate, and you want them to be a part of it.

Not every photographer sees things this way. Don’t ask me why not!

My belief? This is your life. Isn’t it beautiful?

Serravision Photography specializes in teaching families how to improve the pictures they take of their kids, and in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
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What makes a toddler? Is it the walking? The talking? The tantrums?

I think it’s the beauty of the transition. Toddlers have it all.

Serravision Photography specializes in teaching families how to improve the pictures they take of their kids, and in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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For this sweet little guy, one of those things is that his big brother is a hundred pound pitt bull lab mix named Cliff.

The capacity for large animals to be gentle with babies never fails to amaze me. And the capacity for babies to learn to play rough doesn’t hurt!

Serravision Photography specializes in teaching families how to improve the pictures they take of their kids, and in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

newborn baby sleeping swaddled in a muslin blanket on the couch, clutter on the table and all captured in this image I begin all of my client relationships by learning, “Who is this person?”. What are we taking pictures of? What is the story we are telling together?

Life is a collection of stories, and you are about to tell one of them. What defines it?

Curious what I mean? I wrote more on my home blog: http://serravision.com/story-is-what-makes-your-photos-mean-something/

Serravision Photography specializes in teaching families how to improve the pictures they take of their kids, and in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

Photograph of 2-year-old toddler being hugged by his mom and dad with a really authentic smile on his face How do you go from “Can’t you just sit still for just one second so I can take a picture!?” to “I love working with toddlers.”?

It took me 10 years to uncover the secrets. Now that I know these secrets, toddlers are some of my very favorite people to work with, and here’s why:

The fact that they haven’t spent a lot of time in the world of “knowing” means they are free to be authentic. As long as they feel safe, they try new things, dance in public, climb the highest pile of rocks, carefully assemble their favorite toys with full focus, look at things from all kinds of perspectives, laugh with abandon, and cry without shame. And it isn’t my job to think of any of the “poses”. What a relief! You mean – I get to be myself, too??

Want to learn the secrets to making this change in your life? Read the original blog post, Why Toddlers Are My Favorite Photo Subjects, to see how I had to change my approach—and how you can, too.

Serravision Photography specializes in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

boy skateboarding at school playground, lacey monroe photography, portland oregon While my specialty is in-home documentary family photography, that does not mean we spend the entire session at home! A session takes place wherever you normally spend time. Often a session will start at home but then will incorporate a family outing. The key is it is something you would be doing anyway, even if I was not there. You can see more of this awesome session documenting a normal Sunday afternoon by checking out Lacey Monroe Photography’s blog. 

lifestyle photography captures pictures of a little boy and his family taking a walk outside

A great joy of my work is seeing the moments that really define a person at a single moment in time. Those moments are not always still, or smiley, or head to toe. They don’t even necessarily include the person’s face.

This little guy is at that age where he is really starting to explore his independence and, at the same time, he depends so strongly on his family. His life is full of joy, exploration, and a little uncertainty.

Click through to see the full page from his storybook that tells this whole story!

Serravision Photography specializes in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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Portland is gorgeous year round. Every season offers the perfect backdrop for stunning portraits. This crisp winter family portrait session down at the Sandy River Delta, was one of our favorites from of 2015. You can check out the full post of this sweet family on the blog over at Lady & Gent Photography.

Becca Rich is one half of Lady & Gent Photography specializing in weddings, seniors, and families. You can check out their most recent work on their Facebook Page!

photo of mom and son playing together on a hay ride The beauty is in the details. It is the raggedy blanket. It is the toddler who insists on wearing boots and no pants. It is the way the light comes in through your kitchen window in the afternoon. It is the looks you share with those you love.

What would you give to have a photo like this one of you and your mother? This is the gift you are giving yourself and your family when you choose lifestyle family photography. The joy is so real in this beautiful image that will be remembered for generations.

I want you to look back decades from now and say “YES! That’s exactly what our life looked like. Wasn’t it beautiful?”

This is my invitation to you…

Serravision Photography specializes in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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We all know that family isn’t all laughter and snuggles all the time.  But I can’t help but think that it would be amazing to have a such a joyful moment as this on your wall to see everyday.  And maybe on the rough days you would look at it and think “ah, this is what all this work is for.”  See more from this fun lifestyle family session on Courtney Delano Photography’s blog.

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When I think of my most special memories with my family that I want to capture and hold onto forever, it’s stuff like this. The quality time stuff. The tradition stuff. These are the memories stored beautifully in my mind, but oftentimes not captured on camera. That’s why I love the idea of a Christmas Lifestyle Portrait Session. In fact, I think I’ll have to have my family documented like this next year. I can’t wait!