Family session: Three kids and a big red barn

This summer I had the chance to go to one of my very favorite places and take photos of some of the cutest kids ever.  I really enjoyed getting to know Gina and her adorable little ones as we explored some of the sights at William L. Finley National Wildlife Preserve.

I love the wildlife refuge because there are so many different backdrops for great photos.  There is an 1850s farmhouse built by a family that came over on the Oregon Trail, a beautiful big, red barn, a huge hunting lodge, several gazebos, and of course, all the woods, trees, and nature you could possibly want.  It’s a great place for a picnic or hike (in fact, my family takes me there for Mother’s Day every year). There are several easy hikes perfect for kids as well as some more challenging ones for the bigger folks.  The refuge provides maps and brochures for the trails and even bird and animal checklists.    If you have a chance to visit, you should definitely check it out!



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Mentor Shoot: Anne Nunn Photography

This summer I had the privilege of going on a mentor shoot with the amazing Anne Nunn of Anne Nunn Photography.  If you haven’t checked out her work, you should.  She is incredible!

The extremely talented Susan Dusseault of  Lily Fields Photography also joined us as we headed to the Bald Hill Natural Area near Corvallis to take pictures of this adorable family.

It was so overcast that you never would have guessed it was June, but that just gave us even more opportunities to learn some tricks on getting  good exposure.

I just loved watching the interactions between the little girls and their mom and dad.  Such a loving family!

The whole day was a wonderful experience.  I learned so much from Anne and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with and observe someone as talented and gracious as she is!

By the way…the adorable tutus and hair accessories  are by Alicia Hancock at Margie and Mabel.  Check out her site!