We spent a little bit of time brainstorming locations with Andi for their family portraits in Portland. As always, we want to make the family photos as meaningful as possible! Andi and Paul live near Otto’s and love going there as a family for sausages. We talked about walking the neighborhood and then ending up down at Reed College for more of an open look at the end.
So Otto’s is a neighborhood favorite. It smells amazing when you walk in! Beth loved her hot dog and the whole family goes there together often as a treat. It was a perfect stop on our portrait tour of their loved neighborhood. And in true toddler fashion, Beth was more interested in eating than wearing her sweater on a chilly autumn afternoon, so we get to see a bit more of her cute little dress in a few of these!
We found some incredible leaf piles amongst a stand of trees on the Reed College campus. I’m not sure their groundskeepers would have approved of us jumping into their neat little piles, but it was irresistible! Autumn family portraits in Portland mean leaves and changing color, so it was the perfect setup for a great series of images.
Beth has such presence. She was always moving, always changing expressions, until she found a few favorite leaves. The texture in some of these photos was perfect!
This image kills me. Oh, I do love it so. Beth makes it very easy being a Portland portrait photographer when she poses like this! I got a whole slew of other faces in between these two, totally worth it.
We didn’t even walk on the campus much. Our “Reed College family portraits” should really be called “big lawn family portraits” because that’s pretty much all we used with the exception of this one family grouping!
If you’re interested in making meaningful family portraits and incorporating some of your loves into your own portrait session, please let us know!