The Folsoms and I had a blast taking photos at the International Rose Test Garden! The roses are currently in full bloom and we took advantage of the rainbow of colors within the garden. This garden is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I go there often and love to photograph there in the summer and fall. It’s such a beautiful place to be!
I love polished, stylized photographs as much as the next person. But sometimes the moments you really want to capture are a little less perfect. This home photography session with my former photography teacher and her family wasn’t always perfect. Rachael’s daughter, Oona, had missed a nap and the lighting was dim at times. I could have taken Rachael’s family to a park with even lighting all around. I could have brought a soft box to light the photographs we took inside her home. I’ve done this plenty of times with folks! But some of these moments would have been lost had I done that. I love the way these photographs turned out. They show raw emotion and real expressions because they were taken where the family is most comfortable. I’m so grateful for people like Rachael who invite me into their homes to capture these sweet little moments. Thank you.
It’s finally spring! The days are longer, the flowers are out, and little by little, it’s warming up. Spring sessions are my favorite, and here’s why they might become yours, too:
Cherry blossoms! Magnolias! Tulips! So many blooms.
Some great spots for floral photo sessions:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park (98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204)
International Rose Test Garden (400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205)
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (5801 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Overlook Park (1599 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227)
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and Vineyard (33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071)