This beautiful family of six has become a family of eight!  This Colton Red Thread adoption session was at Christian & Liz’s small family farm outside Portland.  Liz and Christian and their four sons fostered two sisters for about a year and finally their adoption was complete. And to make it really “real”, what better way than to create family photos with all the children, so the girls know that they’re fully and permanently part of the family now. The house itself is a pride and joy–Christian has been working on it for years to make it just right for their family. Their farm has cows, chickens, a garden, and a forest with a stream. Not only that, they ALSO have a trampoline and two swings and a mega tree house! Can you imagine a more perfect place to grow up?! Does that not sound like kid paradise? They play outside all the time, soaking up the fresh air and animals and nature. I was enthralled being there, and a little jealous too. 🙂

I loved meeting this family. Liz may have a lot on her plate keeping up with six children, but it was clear that she loves all of them.  Both parents work hard every day for them to have a great life. I could tell how much they all loved each other. Congratulations on officially becoming a family! 

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It’s that time again–the only bonus sale of the year!


Pre-book your next Portland Family Photography session and receive TWO digital images AND $50 print credit. That’s a $375 value for only $250!

And yes, you can gift this to someone!

This amazing bonus is ONLY available through 11:59pm PDT Monday, November 27. Email me to get in on this deal at

Terms: Session is for one nuclear family of up to six people in the Portland metro area. Session must be completed by Dec 31, 2018. 


This was such a lovely day. Sarah and Michael have been together for four years and made it official with a sweet courthouse wedding day. They didn’t feel the need for a full wedding to-do, but that doesn’t mean the day wasn’t filled with love!

It was a beautiful Friday evening at the Multnomah County Courthouse. The judge was a friend of a friend, in a happy twist of fate. In attendance were their friends Susan and Paul, and Sarah’s son Noah. He was nine years old, and loves reading and their cat Isabella (she has her own hilarious and adorable Instagram account!). He was pretty quiet the first time we met, but at the wedding he was full of fun energy. (The judge let Noah sit in his chair and bang the gavel at the end of the ceremony!) Sarah is so friendly and warm. Michael is funny and comes off as a little stoic sometimes, but he got a little choked up at the end of the ceremony…which made me a little choked up too.  I loved seeing these two look at each other during their ceremony–again, beaming with love. It just warmed my heart and it was such an honor to be present for this special day.

After the ceremony, we all went to the Rose Garden for some photos. It was a bright, warm evening, perfect for strolling and enjoying the fragrant blooms, which also made for a beautiful backdrop. Noah was hilarious to watch, literally jumping up and down and all over the place. (And check out that face in his portrait–it cracks me up!) Little boys sure do have boundless energy! He was so sweet posing with both his mom and Michael though, and seeing the three of them holding hands together was just precious.

This family is a fun and warm group of people, and it really has been a privilege to get to know them. Congratulations, Sarah and Michael!!

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