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Complete Guide to Getting Family Photos in Portland, Oregon

Looking to get your family photos taken and need a resource for literally everything you might need to know first? Here it is! I’ve linked to all my articles that will help you with everything from prepping for the session to tips for during your family photo experience and tons more. And as always, if you have any further questions, just let me know! You can email me or send me a message on Instagram! I hope to see you for a family photo session soon!

If you don’t have a lot of time, I’ve added a ❤️ emoji to the articles that I feel are the MOST important.

Family of four sitting on a blanket in the columbia river gorge in Oregon

Before Booking Your Photos

Before you choose a photographer, you want to make sure you are hiring someone who is going to create the kind of images you want. Pay attention to the colors in their photos, and also if they are a more posed photographer or someone who captures a lot of candid moments. Be sure to select someone whose work aligns with your vision. In the below article, I give you some things to look for, as well as explain a bit about my style to see if I am a good fit for your family!

Are We a Good Fit? How to Choose the Best Family Photographer for You

Smiling and happy little girl on a hill of flowers with the columbia river behind her near Portland

What To Wear for Family Photos

I have written several articles about what to wear for family photos because your outfits can make or break the session. If you’re hiring me, then I will help with the styling to make sure your clothing goes with the location. But if you are doing the styling yourself, here are some helpful articles for you:

❤️ What NOT to Wear for Family Photos

What Colors to Wear for Family Photos

7 Epic Dresses for Women

How to Create Movement with Styling

What to Wear for Maternity Photos

What Patterns to Wear for Family Photos

How to Dress for Winter Family Photos

How to dress for In-Home Newborn Photos

Prepping for Family Photos

Before our session, there are some things you may want to consider, like hair and makeup, if you should bring the family pet, and lots of tips for the day of your photos. The articles below will help you with all of that!

❤️ Best Tips on Preparing for Amazing Family Photos

❤️ How to Have Amazing Adventure Family Photos near Portland

Tips for bringing dogs to your session

How to Do Your Makeup & Style Your Hair for Photos

Mom hugging onto her daughter n the sunset during family photos in Portland

Keeping Kids Happy During Family Photos

This is one of the most important topics and if you follow my advice, your family photos will turn out SO much better. What do you want the most for your photos? Happy and smiling kids! But do you want fake and forced smiles? Not really. You want to see your child’s eyes glitter with happiness and that can only happen if you allow them to have fun. So here are my articles with tons of tips to keep your kids in a great mood for your family photos!

❤️ The Secret to Gorgeous, Magazine-Worthy Family Photos

❤️ Why I Want Your Kids to Misbehave During Your Family Photo Session

Why I Play Games During My Family Sessions

How to Have a Relaxed Family Photo Session

Tips to Keep Older Children Happy in Photos

7 Tips to Keep the Kids Awake and Happy For Sunset Family Photos

Location Ideas for Your Next Session

When you book with me, I’ll send a location guide for you to choose from (spoiler alert: none of them are generic parks with manicured grass, I like wild!), but if you would like some inspiration now, here are some fun location ideas!

Adorable Portland Alpaca Farm Photo Sessions

My Favorite Spot for Wildflower Photos Near Portland

Best Spring Flower Fields for Photography near Portland, Oregon

Best Portland Locations for Amazing Fall Family Photos

Top 6 Best Couples Photography Locations in Portland

Cape Kiwanda Family Maternity Photos in Pacific City

Cannon Beach Family Photos Location: Better Than Haystack Rock

Get Your Family Photos in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Three Beautiful Portland Area Locations for Family Photos

The Best Time to Visit the Oregon Coast

Mom and dad almost kiss while holding kids on their laps in the wildflowers near Portland Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions

These articles below answer a ton of questions that you might have, so take a look and see if it answers any of your own questions!

❤️ What Happens After I Book My Family Photos?

How long do family photos take?

Why are outdoor photos only scheduled at sunset or sunrise?

5 Must-Have Shots For Your Family Photos

How to Prepare for Your Overcast or Cloudy Day Photo Session

What is Lifestyle Photography?

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Your Family Photos

Why Book a Family Photoshoot Every Year

Why you should hire a professional family photographer

How to Have an Unforgettable Oregon Coast Family Vacation in Seaside

Late to your family photos? What to do!

9-year-old boy smiling and leaning back on his mom while she cuddles him

Tips for Maternity Sessions

Getting maternity photos and need some tips? The blog posts below are here to help!

What to wear for maternity photos

When to take maternity photos

Pregnant mom cuddling up next to her partner with snowy mountains behind them

All About Seasons!

First, we will start with an article that will help you decide what season is best for your family. SUPER helpful. And then keep reading for articles on your specific season.

❤️ What Season Should You Book Your Portland Family Photos?

Getting Family Photos in the Spring

How to Prepare for Spring Family Photos in Portland

My Favorite Spot for Wildflower Photos Near Portland

Best Spring Flower Fields for Photography near Portland, Oregon

Tips for Booking Your Session in the Summer

Why Summer Family Photos in Portland Are Better Than Fall

Prepping for Fall Family Photos

How to Prepare for Your Overcast or Cloudy Day Photo Session

How to Prepare for your Portland Fall Family Photos

Best Portland Locations for Amazing Fall Family Photos

Winter Family Photos

How to Dress for Winter Family Photos

Family photo with dad and daughter close to the camera rubbing noses while mom and baby girl sway in the background

Looking for examples of my work?

Here are some examples of sessions I’ve done so you can see what photos from an entire session might look like.

Making Family Photos Feel More Like a Family Outing | River Session in Oregon City

Beautiful Family Photos in Cascade Locks

Outdoor Newborn Photos in a Sunflower Field

Family Photos at Rowena Crest in Mosier, Oregon

Sunset Mommy and Me Session in the Spring

Lifestyle Maternity Family Photography in Gresham, Oregon

How to Book Your Portland Family Photos

I hope that this resource has answered any possible questions you may have about your Portland family photos! But if you do still have questions, leave a comment or send me a message! You can book a family photo session with me by filling out the form on my contact page and letting me know what you are looking for! I can’t wait to plan your beautiful and fun family photos!

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