Child, senior, family photographer ~ portland, oregon west side (banks, forest grove, cornelius, hillsboro, beaverton)

Alleyway Photography

Alleyway Photography
Alleyway Photography ~ PO Box 820 Banks, OR 97106 ~ 971-212-5520


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Monday, September 27, 2010

A pleasant hour spent with a new friend

The other day, Judith asked me to produce some head shot type portraits for her.  So, I went to her beautiful home and spent an hour with her.  She made my job very easy.  I loved her choice of suit.  Not too austere, but very professional.  I was impressed by Judith herself and really enjoyed the conversation that wound its way through our session.  Thanks for spending that hour with me, Judith!  Here are a few of your (and my) favorites from the session. 

Sweet family

This great family was so full of giggles!  The first image of the baby makes me giggle a little, too!  How CUTE is that FACE??!!  A lot of my favorites from this shoot are from images that weren't so much posed as caught.  The more relaxed moments in between things seemed to yield the most natural expressions during this session.  I had a great time, guys!  See you soon!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dream a little...

On our way to Costco last night, I was telling my daughter that I was proud of her for doing so well in Kindergarten and we were talking about how learning to read opens up whole new worlds with your imagination.  (She wanted to know how I knew that the big orange moon is called the harvest moon and I told her that I read it in a book.)   Then she says "Look, Mama, it's the wishing star.  I'm working really hard to make my wish come true."  I asked her what her wish is.  "I wished for my very own dragon who doesn't breathe fire, is really nice and I can go on rides on it." 

Wow.  How do I respond to that one?  I complimented her on her imagination and then asked if there were any other dreams or wishes that she had.  She said she was thinking of some and then blew me away with her next comment.  "Mama, I'm working really hard to make my dreams come true just like you did." Huh?  I asked what dream that was.  "You dreamed to be a photographer and worked really hard and now you are."  I had no idea that the things I've said and the comments I've made about working hard and photography being my dream had make that much of an impression.  But, I'm SO glad that it did.

I am ridiculously proud that the ethic of working hard to make your dreams come true made its way into her young mind.  And the fact that she sees me as having attained my dream as the result of my hard work brought tears to my eyes.  I see myself as constantly trying to grow and learn, but her uncluttered mind sees the simplicity of the truth. 

I AM living my dream.  It may be a dream in progress, but the reality is that I have reached my original goal.  I AM a professional photographer.  I AM making a difference in people's lives and providing something to my clients that will last forever.  I need to remember that.  I need to post it somewhere so that I see it on the days that get overwhelming.  And, I need to remember to NEVER STOP DREAMING!  Whether its dreaming about magical dragons and fairy wings or for more tangible things, the point is to let yourself dream a little (or a big) dream and then DO something to make it come true. 

Here's hoping that you find your dream and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being an essential part of making my dream come true!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I love families!

I met this great family a few years ago when Grandma hired me to take a picture of her grand kids.  So many times, when I tell someone that I'm a photographer, they say "We haven't had family photos done since my kids were little and that was years ago. We really should do that."  It is so easy to let the years fly by when your kids start getting schedules of their own and it becomes a challenge to just eat dinner together...much less find some time to get a family portrait taken.  That's why I love doing family portraits.  It's great when a family comes together and gets something like this done.  It makes a memory that can't be taken away by the changes that come so quickly as the kids get older.  Maybe you, too, can find an afternoon to take a walk through the park with me and make a memory with your family.

Monday, September 13, 2010


I really enjoyed spending time with LeeAnn at her senior session.  Despite a horse with a mind of his own (who made me laugh), we were able to get plenty of stunning images.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Thanks for spending the afternoon with me, LeeAnn.  I had fun!  Hope you enjoy your preview.  :-)