Shari and Justin are good friends of mine from law school. (Yep, you heard that right. I’m  a recovering lawyer — they say acceptance is the first step toward recovery, right?).

Portrait of an extended family sitting on the dock at a pond in Beavercreek Oregon.

Given that Shari and Justin helped me survive the trials of law school (Justin was always my most dependable hiking partner when it was time to escape the law library), I of course jumped at the chance when they asked me to create their family portraits this summer.

The venue was a family cookout on a large farmstead that Shari and Justin own in Beavercreek Oregon.  We were joined by Shari’s grown kids (who were leaving for college that evening) and some extended family — who weren’t supposed to be part of the portrait session, but we were all having so much fun we couldn’t resist dragging them in!

Not unlike a lot of farms in Oregon. the setting is beautiful.  But this place is unique and comes complete with a small pond (bull frogs and all), a wooden dock, and Justin’s trusty old-school tractor!  Along with some farm tools that Justin described as “weapons of destruction,” that tractor of course found  its way into several of the images!

I was truly honored to spend the afternoon with these friends capturing the memories of their family gathering, and creating a set of portraits that not only display this family’s unique personality but show off their love for each other and the place they call home.

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