Military Cadets at the All Services Academies Ball at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Service Academies Ball

Over the holidays I had the honor of photographing the All Service Academies Military Ball at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.  It’s a prestigious affair for Oregon and Southwest Washington cadets and their families who are enrolled in the Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Service Academies. The evening began with a cocktail hour, where the military cadets posed for formal portraits with their dates and families in a beautifully decorated room at the Benson Hotel.  A tall Christmas tree decorated with lights, large bulbs and lace added a touch of holiday spirit to the event.

Portrait of one year old baby in a cat dress standing with her two pet cats.

The Cat Lady

My 15 month-old daughter, Kiana, considers our two cats her best friends.  Meeko, a white cat with brown spots, is a rambunctious one year old kitten and she gives Kiana a run for her money.  Pigeon, our fourteen year-old black cat reluctantly puts up with the antics of the other two.  As you can imagine,…

Family portrait of three generations with grandparents, parents, and adult daughters with labrador retriever dog on farm with old farm truck.

Portraits on the Family Farm

For this family, having their portraits taken on the family farm was the obvious location choice. Here’s a look at three of the five generations who have been farming the Baggenstoss property in Sherwood, Oregon since the 1920s. If you haven’t visited the Baggenstoss Farm store recently, it’s sure worth the trip! It’s a pretty awesome…

Images of family portraits printed on canvas and framed ready for hanging above a fireplace or to decorate a wall in a family home.

Decorating your Home with Family Portraits

There’s truth in cliches. Your home is your castle. And in many cases your home is a family’s most valuable asset. And a well decorated home creates a sense of place, comfort and belonging for everyone under the roof—not the just the adults, but the little ones too. So, when it comes time to decorating your own personal refuge, what better option is there than to fill the walls with the people and places that you love the most?