In late August, I took a class about street portraiture! I love taking classes and workshops, I’m interested in street photography, and of course I always love portraits. I was surprised at how nervous I was, though! I’m plenty used to going out and about with a client and directing them. I’m also fairly okay with trying to capture totally candid street photos where I don’t talk to the person/people in the frame. However, approaching someone on purpose and asking them for a photo made me very nervous and skittish! I paired up with another participant and that made it a lot easier. I ended up photographing five people (as well as two people in the class), and I am really happy with how they turned out!

portland street portrait portrait with stair railing portrait in garden gate portrait with guitar portrait with graffiti street portrait with book portrait with mural portrait with mural portland street portrait

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Two years ago I photographed this exuberant extended family, and this summer I had the honor of photographing them again! It was a very hot day but we found some shade to make it more bearable. We started out at Howell Park, which has a variety of charming elements–a grove of big evergreens, a little orchard, a historic house, tall grasses. Later we also went to a small lavender farm, which was gorgeous and smelled amazing. It was also filled with bees…but we didn’t bother them and they didn’t bother us. We did a variety of groupings and I also had fun just kind of tracking what the girls did. The hide and seek in the lavendar rows was particular adorable. 🙂 Anyway, this Sauvie Island Extended Family Photography session was a lot of fun and showed plenty of personality and connection!


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This Grotto family photography session was a new one for me, and a lot of fun! I hadn’t been there before–it’s got a little system of trails at the top of the big hill, with all kinds of plant life, statues, fountains, ponds, and more. It’s lovely and very calm among the tall trees. It had been a rainy week, so we were a little nervous. Luckily, the rain held out until the end of our session!

This was a very stylish family–I loved little E’s fedora! He had a great time exploring and playing, especially when we came across the labyrinth. He had a *blast* running in circles around that. 🙂 I love how little kids play with such simple hearts. E’s mom brought the Max costume that she had handmade, so we could do a few photos of E in it. Oh my goodness, it was too, too adorable!

 

 

 

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Hello Spring!

We made it to 600 Facebook Likes. I meant to do a giveaway to celebrate 500 Likes last year…but didn’t. So now it’s a double giveaway! Woohoo!

Enter below and you’ll be entered to win a full family photo session and two digital images. This is a $325 value, and again, there will be TWO WINNERS!!

Contest is open from Wednesday, March 28, 2018 through Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11.59pm PDT.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms: Family session must take place in the Portland metro area. Good for one nuclear family up to six people. Does NOT include any other prints/digitals other than the two digital images. Additional prints/digital images will be available for purchase. 

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Beauty Revived is a movement that celebrates women with real beauty. Photographers donate sessions to these women and their stories are featured in their magazine and website: www.beautyrevived.com.  Beauty Revived was started four ago as a way for photographers to use their lens for good and shine light on the real beauty that was happening in our communities. In the last year and a half, more than 800 women, girls and children have been featured on their website and magazine.

I am thrilled to be among 55 photographers around the country (and a few abroad!) who were chosen to photograph a deserving mother in 2018!

I believe that every person deserves beautiful images of themselves. I believe mothers especially deserve gorgeous photos of themselves–too often moms are so busy juggling everything for everyone else that their own self-care ends up at the bottom of the priority list. Moms are a vital part of families and communities, and they deserve to be recognized for all that they do! And so many, too many, mothers work so hard every single day for so many others, and their hard work goes unnoticed or unappreciated. They are unsung heroes who make the world a better place.

This month I’m looking for a special mom in the Portland metro area who inspires others and who makes her community a better place! She’ll be pampered with a special photo shoot with me later in March, and her photos and story will be published in a national magazine later this spring.

Know a mother who deserves to be recognized? Nominate her in the form below!

Nominations will be open from March 7 through March 16, 2018. 

(If you have any issues with the form, you can email me directly at julie@travelingjulie.com.)

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