Archive for 'Children'

February 05, 2014

Meet Max! New babies and new parents are some of my favorite people to meet. It’s the love filled glassy eyes and  ear to ear grins. I love hearing life with their baby is better then they expected. No one can explain the love you have for your own child, there are no words. Life gets turned upside down, the routine you knew is gone,  love you were able to give seems to have exploded in your heart to amounts you never knew were possible. Life, specifically new life, is so fresh and pure.

Max’s newborn session was taken in their beautiful modern home in Portland, Oregon. Enough chat… on to the photos.

It seems like it happened overnight. Last year, at this time, I had a newborn. Somehow we hit many milestones over the last 12 months; eating, sitting, crawling, talking, teeth, and  walking have all been checked off. I now have a toddler and my heart explodes with love for him. I know it’s cliche, but your heart can love so much more then you initially give it credit for. I never thought I could love another person as deeply as I do my husband, but it’s possible. Oh so possible.

A few of my favorite phrases this year have been from other mothers… I’m paraphrasing here…

  • “A phase never last longer then a few weeks.” This can be both good and bad.
  • “The days are long but the years are short.” Oh how this rings true! I wish I could go back in time and relive those newborn moments minue the sleep depravation and hormone changes.
  • “The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”  Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton. I saw this on I someone’s instagram account and it’s been so helpful for me. Both my husband and I love a clean house but we have to let some of that go. Time is better spent loving on people then putting away dishes.

I’ve tried my best to take a few of Cole each month with my “real” camera in addition to snapping away on my iPhone. Now all I have to do is take the time (what is that?) to make his baby book.  He starting walking right after Thanksgiving at 12 months, 3 weeks, right around the same we went to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s a Tomeoni tradition and I’m happy to say this year was a blast. I love seeing my boys happy together… and what mother couldn’t love that toddler belly button in the last image. Happy Holidays!

My Pregnancy recommendations for labor prep and my maternity session.

My suggestions on baby registries!


November 26, 2013

“Sisters, sisters. There were never such devoted sisters…” -Irving Berlin

It was such a pleasure to photograph these two sisters earlier this year at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. By the way, it’s my new favorite location… this and the Tualatin Wild Life Refuge. It’s so fun when you are able to relate to your clients. I am the oldest of three and my sister is the middle. It’s true- we faught  a lot when we were younger. Mainly the high school years, of course. But now we are closer then ever. We were married to our husbands only 6 months apart, we also have had our babies only 6 months apart. It’s been such a fun blessing to have her as a sister in my life, I couldn’t ask for a more caring person to share live with.

September 12, 2013

Meet Oscar! This post is a little different from my typical posts– it’s all b&w!

There is classic simplicity that comes with black and white imagery. It’s romantic, it’s striking, it’s clear and clean allowing the subject to really stand out. I learned photography on b&w film, developed my own film and photographs in the darkroom for years so maybe it’s nostalgic too. I love it.

Mom and dad requested more b&w than color for their newborn session with Oscar, I was apply to oblige. In fact, they ordered Oscar on the chair as a 30×40 canvas! I only wish I could see it displayed. I love newborn babies. Why do they have to grow so fast?

June 18, 2013

Ahhhh. This adorable family. It’s always a treat to photograph friends and their growing little ones!

When planning for this session we really considered what a “family” portrait meant. We decided it would be great to look back and really capture the C family NOW in this phase of life, treating the everyday as the moment worth remembering. We ditched the timeless family portrait idea (i.e. focusing on everyone looking at the camera at the same time with full faces and perfect smiles) and went for the fun, unique, very Portland family. Success!

April 16, 2013

This upcoming weekend I’m headed down to SoCal to visit my family and introduce me little 20lb 5mo old peanut (!) to his Great Grandmas and Uncle whom he has yet to meet. I’m so excited to have my family see him again and how much he’s grown since most of them were here for Christmas. It’s incredible! He feels like a different baby then he was over the holidays.

I photographed this family at Mount Tabor in Portland, Oregon last… gosh, was it summer? Well, they are darling and it was so fun to photograph the two brothers! They are 4 years apart and very much “boys.” I loved what mom said to me about being the only girl in the house. She said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “You always get to be the princess.” Can you get any better then that? plus a well behaved charming family? I think not. 🙂 If you have a family boys OR girls don’t forget to be a part of our Mother’s Day portrait event on May 4th!

Oh, and you’ll notice the last grid image– it’s how they ordered their 20×20 standout. Perfection.

March 26, 2013

It’s Spring Break! Yipee for all those in school. I’m not, but I’ll be breaking away from home here for a few days. My family and I are meeting some friends for a little get-a-way in Sisters, Oregon at The Lodge at Suttle Lake for a few days of (hopefully) relaxation. It will be our longest car ride with our 4mo old and the longest time away from home. I hope the friends we’re meeting there still wish to be friends after the trip is over! Hopefully they still want to have kids after the trip too! 

Deyla Huss and family have been enjoying these portraits for time time now. In fact, some of these portraits are already on canvas occupying wall space! We had such a great time down on the south marina in downtown Portland. What a fabulous place to have your portraits taken especially at dusk. What are your favorites? I love the one of the parents and kids. They are just so dear to my heart. Enjoy!

March 18, 2013

I had the privilege of photographing this new family of 4 last week! Baby Evelyn is about 2 weeks old and her brother, 18 months, loves to give her kisses 🙂 It was such a joy to meet and work with Jennifer and her growing family! I often see her work and have used her personally for her hair and makeup talents of Face Body Beauty.

As a new mama Jennifer looked and felt fantastic! I’m fairly certain I was is much worse shape after labor and delivery than she! I mean, look how fantastic mama looks! And her family– so sweet. Enjoy!


January 25, 2013

It’s just amazing to me how little ones grow so quickly. Is this what my little nugget will look like in another 3.5 months? Simply amazing. Mr. R is 6 months here, these were taken during the summer at the south waterfront in downtown Portland. This is the second time I’ve photographed this family — I saw mom and dad for their wedding a few years ago! It’s so fun to grow with people through life!


A big part of their time together involves reading… so we made sure to be reading books! I love finding out what families do together… when you book your photo session make sure to let me know what’s important to you. Do you like to read, play hide and seek, be outside, have a favorite spot in your home…? possibilities are endless.

May 22, 2012

I am so happy to share these darling kids with you. One of my favorite things about shooting is when we can incorporate someone’s personality into the session. I encourage parents and kids to bring things the love to the session… these kids came prepared!! Mom and dad show up with a trunk of fun activities and toys. We choose to focus on reading as it is something we had talked about pre session. It was wonderful to incorporate this aspect of their lives into the shoot! If you have an upcoming session put a little thought into it. I know outfits are hard enough but it doesn’t hurt to bring a few personal elements to the session. For kids it also helps them relax.