When Jiae and I first connected, she wasn’t sure what to do for their family session. They’ve only recently located to Portland so she really wanted an iconic Portland look for at least some of their portraits, and suddenly the suggestion of Cathedral Park portraits made a lot of sense. Not only is it a visually Portland place, it’s got a ton of wide open spaces for her kids to run around and enjoy life – exactly the kind of portraits we like to help families make.

storytelling family portraits of hide and seek games at cathedra

documentary family portraits show your family interacting togeth

Of course, it wouldn’t be a documentary portrait session with the family all lined up and smiling between the supports, would it? We spent the majority of the time playing daughter Emily’s favorite game: hide and seek.

family plays hide and seek at cathedral park portrait session

storytelling family portraits of hide and seek games at cathedra

family plays hide and seek at cathedral park portrait session

storytelling family portraits of hide and seek games at cathedra

While Ryan perhaps was a bit young to get the intention of hiding and finding, he certainly liked the peekaboo aspect of the game! He’s all for hugs and cuddles along the way.

storytelling family portraits of hide and seek games at cathedra

documentary family portraits show your family interacting togeth

And then of course, there’s the kid time limit. It’s always readily apparent the moment you hit a child’s internal clock that flips the switch between giggling and bawling. We just barely finished making a great set of documentary family photos under the wire on this one!

documentary family portraits show your family interacting togeth

With any luck, this is just one of the many places the Erpeldings come to call home over their first year here.