Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Oaklee!

I am extra excited to share the pictures from this newborn photography session. Why? Because this little cutie is my niece! I’ve been looking forward to meeting her for what feels like ages, and doing my sister’s maternity photos only increased the anticipation.

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My sister Lindsey, brother-in-law Nainoa, and niece Harbor made the drive down from Washington to my Eugene, Oregon newborn photo studio with the brand new addition to the family towards the middle of May. They stayed the whole weekend so I got to have lots of baby cuddles with Oaklee Rae (same middle name as her auntie—me)! She was absolutely perfect.

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Oaklee was born a little early and was a touch jaundiced. Not a problem! Jaundice is common in newborns and actually tends to make them extra sleepy, which is perfect for photos. I barely saw Oaklee’s eyes all weekend! And since jaundice is easy to correct in pictures during the editing process, it really doesn’t influence your finished images at all—as you can see!

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I realize that, as the auntie, I may be just a teeny bit biased—but Oaklee really is such a cutie! Come on, am I wrong? She looks so much like her big sister, Harbor, but I think she’s going to have my sister’s fairer skin tone, where Harbor has her daddy’s. I love the sweet images we were able to get of these two gorgeous girls together! Harbor is totally smitten with her baby sister (as are mom and dad) and I don’t blame them. I kissed that little face all weekend and still couldn’t get enough of her! And that floof of hair—irresistible!

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Lindsey and Nainoa like to keep gender a surprise, so when we were talking about setup options for our newborn photo shoot we didn’t know if we’d be welcoming a boy or a girl. My sister loves sage though and I knew she wanted to tie that into the session. So I prepped ahead of time and got some new sage props to make sure we had some options for either gender. I’m so glad I did because it really photographed beautifully! I hope others will choose it in the future as well. I loved it with the neutral colors—and it pairs perfectly with pink or coral too.

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I’m so happy I got to do this newborn photography session for one of my favorite families in the whole world! Time with family, baby snuggles, and capturing it all with my camera—sounds like a dream weekend to me!

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Looking for a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer? I hope you’ll get in touch with me!

If you’d like to learn more, you can find pricing information and a general overview of session options here, or scroll through the newborn photo gallery. You can also follow me on Facebook for updates and super cute baby pictures (‘cause who doesn’t need more of those in their feed?) I’d love to connect with you on social media, or, even better, welcome you to the studio!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Shaylee!

 Happy Wednesday, everybody! Halfway through the week—we got this! I hope your week is going great, but if not, here’s a little something to brighten it up. Because baby pictures make everything better!

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Ashley, Heath, and big sister Shelby brought beautiful new baby Shaylee to see me for a newborn photography session. They made the drive to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio all the way from Drain, and I’m so glad they did! It was a pleasure to meet this sweet family and spend a couple of hours with them capturing memories of this special time.

When I said Shaylee was beautiful, I meant it! Okay, okay, as a newborn photographer I admit, I think every baby I get to photograph is adorable. But with her milk white skin, blonde hair, and big gorgeous lips, Shaylee was seriously perfect and it was a joy to take pictures of her. Plus, she was an amazing sleeper to boot. I couldn’t have asked for better!

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Since Shaylee was so cooperative, our session went really smoothly. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to calming fussy babies, but it’s even better when I don’t have to use them! We were able to get tons of great shots, both of baby by herself and of baby with her parents and big sister. Shelby was such a sweetie and did a wonderful job with little sis. A lot of times when I do newborn and sibling pictures, it’s with a toddler sibling, so it’s kind of fun to work with kiddos that are just a tiny bit older. We have more posing options since they’re better able to interact safely with an infant, and it’s just fun to see their personalities and how nurturing they are with the newest member of the family.

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Picking out colors for your newborn photography session is always fun. We did lots of pale pink with Shaylee, along with some splashes of color and a few black and white pictures to mix things up. Turned out so cute!

What a great experience to meet Ashley, Heath, and their adorable girls! And I’m super happy that I’ll see them in the studio again! Ashley decided to invest in the full first year package, so she’ll be bringing Shaylee in every three months over the first year for milestone baby and child photography sessions. I feel so lucky that I’ll be able to see them regularly, and I’m so excited to watch this baby girl grow! Can’t wait until our next session together!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the website! I hope you’ve found everything you’re looking for. If you have questions or are interested in booking a session, please get in touch with me. I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in maternity, family, baby and child, and newborn photography. It’s my pleasure to provide professional portraits for families throughout Oregon, so whatever stage of life your family is in, I’d love to record those precious memories!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Ezra!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! I don’t know about you, but for me it feels like the summer is going by way too fast. So many fun things to do (including outdoor mini sessions!) and not enough time! I’m loving the sunshine while it’s here though. Speaking of—this little guy certainly brought a ray of sunshine to my Eugene, Oregon newborn photo studio back in April when the weather was still being gray. Can’t wait to share his pictures with you!

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Brisa and Kishon brought gorgeous Ezra in for baby’s first photoshoot. This is their first little one and they are totally in love with him. I’ll admit I fell pretty hard myself! Ezra had the squishiest little face and did wonderfully for me from start to finish.

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Mom and Dad liked the neutral colors, so we did lots of creams and grays. It ended up being a great color scheme for mixing with some black-and-white photos. (Black-and-white shots go great with any colors, but they just blend in so seamlessly with the neutral colors, making it easy to create collages and pair photos together.)

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They also preferred a minimalist look, so we didn’t do many props: Mostly beanbag poses and swaddles. I have some clients who like to keep things simple, and others who love trying lots of props, outfits, and bright colors. Either way is great! I have lots of options to choose from and you really can’t go wrong. The biggest thing is just to take your own style into account when planning your baby’s newborn photography session—as long as you do that, baby and I will take care of the rest and you will love your finished artwork!

Ezra was a good sleeper and snoozed happily through every pose I positioned him in. We were able to get some great baby-only pictures and also some beautiful portraits of parents and baby. Can you feel the love?

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So fun to spend time with this beautiful family! Brisa and Kishon are a lovely couple and super sweet—and Ezra fits right in! I loved meeting them, and loved every minute of our newborn photo shoot!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Are you looking for a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer? I hope you’ll get in touch with me! I’m an award-winning portrait photographer who specializes in family, maternity, baby and child, and newborn photography. Capturing all the ages and stages of life for families throughout Oregon is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Every step of the journey is so special and deserves to be remembered forever.

If you have questions, feel free to get in touch with me! You can also find pricing information and a general overview of session options here, or follow me on Facebook for updates and photo inspiration. I’d love to connect with you on social media, chat over the phone, or—best of all—welcome you to my photography studio! Are you ready to create some memories together?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Archie!

 Wow, what a week it’s been! I hope you were all able to stay cool in the crazy hot weather that hit Eugene over the weekend. I love summer, but I’m happy to have temperatures down to a more manageable level. Way more comfortable for me and all the sweet babies out there! Speaking of which, it was so much fun to do this newborn photography session a few weeks ago! Amber, Alex, and big brother Jax brought new baby Archer (nicknamed Archie) to see me. I hadn’t seen this cute family since Jax’s one-year cake smash session (I also did his Fresh 48 and newborn photos), and they have since moved to Portland. So I was super happy that they made the drive down to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio for newborn pics.

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Archie was absolutely perfect for me! He slept great and was a natural with all of the poses we tried. I also loved the colors mom requested! The mix of rusts and browns with clean whites and greenery turned out so beautifully.

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I remember when I did big brother Jax’s newborn pictures, mom requested some greenery and floral elements, which I thought was so fun! I don’t normally get those requests for baby boys, but it can totally work. We did something similar with Archie’s session too. Mom brought daisies (Archie’s birth month flower) and some other flowers to bring in some natural elements, and it ended up being so cute! Who says flora is just for the girls?

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Mom added another great touch by bringing some ultrasound photos from her pregnancy. Ultrasound pictures are so clear now, and it was fun to compare those pre-birth images with the precious little bundle in front of me! I love it when parents add personal touches like these. While I have a HUGE selection of props, outfits, and setups in my photo studio, some things are unique to you and can’t be duplicated. So if you have sentimental items, handmade gifts for baby, photos, or other props you’d like to include, just let me know! I’m happy to incorporate those personal items to make your newborn photography session fully customized and 100% you!

I’m so glad that despite this family’s move to Portland, they still chose me as their Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer. It was wonderful to see them all again, catch up on how they’re doing, and celebrate the arrival of the newest member of their family. Loved capturing these memories with them!

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Thanks so much for visiting the website! I’m a top-rated Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in family, maternity, baby and child, and newborn photography. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be chosen by families from all over Oregon to help them preserve these special family memories. Life is beautiful, and it deserves to be recorded! If you’re interested in professional portraits to help you remember all the wonderful stages of your family’s life together, please contact me! I would love to help you plan an amazing session!



Thursday, June 24, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Lindsey

 It was so fun to travel to Washington in April for my sister Lindsey’s baby shower! Of course, being a maternity photographer, I had to get some photos too. My sisters know that’s part of the package whenever we get together. And hey, there are worse things than being forced to have professional pictures of the big moments of your life, right?

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Lindsey is always such a good sport about modeling for me. I really wanted someone to model a couple of new maternity gowns I’d recently purchased for the studio (a white tulle and a gold sequined dress) so the first evening I was there we went to the beach so Lindsey could show them off against a gorgeous sunset. That part of the session was for me, and I appreciate my little sis being willing to let me do my thing! I love being able to use new dresses in photos right away so that clients can get a good idea of how they look. (Yes, I provide TONS of maternity gown options at my Eugene, Oregon photography studio. You don’t have to worry about what to wear if you’re doing a pregnancy shoot with me!) Thank you, Lindsey, for being a beautiful model for me!

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The next day was the baby shower, which was hosted at Lake Sylvia. So much fun! She wore her green dress to the shower so that we could get some more maternity photos of her with her hubby (Nainoa) and my adorable niece Harbor. Aren’t they the sweetest family?

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After the shower she changed into my boho lace dress (which was her dress of choice) and did the rest of our maternity photography session in the forested area around Lake Sylvia (which was also the location she wanted.) See, the session wasn’t all about me. 😊 And I have to say, Lindsey has great taste. I loved the combination of lace and woodland!

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I’m so glad we were able to create these maternity pictures together. I always love being able to record special times like these for my family members, and I appreciate them being flexible and willing to let me play a little bit. It ends up benefiting us both!

Spoiler Alert: It’s a girl! Lindsey, Nainoa, Harbor, and my brand new niece (Oaklee Rae) traveled down to Oregon for newborn photos last month and I got to do pictures and baby snuggles to my heart’s content. One happy auntie here! Keep an eye out on the blog for those baby pictures coming soon—you’re going to love them!

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Thanks so much for visiting! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in capturing the extra special stages of your life—like anticipating the arrival of a new little one—and I would be delighted to help you record your pregnancy. As you can see from my maternity portfolio, I have tons of options and am happy to customize your session experience so it’s completely unique to you. No matter what style you have in mind, it would be my pleasure to help you create exactly the session you’re hoping for.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Lowynn!

 It was wonderful to see one of my favorite families in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio again in April. I first met Ashley and Eric shortly after their oldest daughter, Merida was born and I did newborn photos for her. They’ve come back a couple of times since then, for Merida’s one-year baby pictures and more recently for Ashley’s maternity pictures as they got ready to welcome new baby Lowynn!

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I was so glad the entire family was able to make it the studio for Lowynn’s newborn photography session. It’s always fun to get some sibling images if you have other kiddos, and I loved being able to do that with Merida and her new sis. Lowynn was adorable and looked a lot like her older sister did as a newborn. Lowynn also had tons of hair! Merida had a lot of hair as a baby too, but not as much as Lowynn!

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Since she had such a gorgeous mane, I thought it was totally appropriate that Lowynn’s name means Lion. Mom decided to play it up by bringing a cute lion hat and tail to tie in with our newborn photography session. So adorable! I have so many fun props and outfits at my photo studio, but I always love it when parents bring their own too.

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Big sister Merida was just perfect with the new baby and we got the best sibling and family photos. Aren’t these sisters the cutest thing ever? Lowynn clearly knows big sister loves her—do you see that little smile?

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We used a similar color scheme for Lowynn’s newborn pictures as we did for Merida’s session. Mostly blues and purples, although we also added more pinks with Lowynn. (It just looked so pretty with her dark hair!)

I always love seeing repeat clients over and over again as they welcome new little ones to their family and celebrate special milestones together. I love being a newborn and family photographer and capturing these special memories for Oregon families!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the website!

Are you looking for a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer? I hope you’ll get in touch with me! I absolutely love capturing the many special stages of life for families across Oregon, whether that’s recording your pregnancy, creating professional newborn and baby pictures, or getting beautiful family portraits. While every stage of life has something special to offer, I’ll admit, capturing those first days of a new baby’s life is my very favorite. Photographing these little ones is what started me on the road to being a professional photographer in the first place, and I have a special place in my heart for them.

If you’d like to learn more, you can find pricing information and a general overview of session options here. You can also follow me on Facebook for updates and baby photo inspiration. I’d love to connect with you on social media, or, even better, welcome you to my photography studio! Can’t wait to create some memories together!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Eugene, Oregon baby and child photographer: Brothers milestone session with Zeplin and Ozzy!

 It was so fun to see one of my favorite families again back at the beginning of April. Samantha and Christopher brought both of their boys, Ozzy and Zeplin, for some baby and child photography, since they were both celebrating milestones! Zeplin was turning two years old and Ozzy had just hit his 6-month milestone. Seriously, where does the time go?

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I first met this family when they brought Zeplin to see me for his 6-month baby pictures, and I’ve been photographing them ever since! Once you find a photographer you love, it’s a great idea to stick with them for all of your portraits, if possible. It gives your photos consistency in style, so they’ll always look wonderful displayed together in frames or an album. And it can also make kiddos more comfortable going to a photographer they’re familiar with and have gotten to know. I love seeing my repeat clients year after year—or even more frequently!

These boys are always so happy and smiley—I loved working with them again. And it was extra fun to have them both in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio at the same time so we could do sibling photos! We took the opportunity to recreate some of the pictures from Zeplin’s 6-month session. We had done the bed setup with him, so we did that again with the two brothers. They are too cute, and I love comparing the adorable shots from both sessions. (Check out Zeplin’s earlier session here if you want to do the same!)

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Zeplin had so much energy and was just as happy as I remembered from last time. He has the biggest smile! He wasn’t big on sitting still (what two-year-old is, right?) but fortunately kiddos don’t have to pose for us to get great shots. As a Eugene Oregon baby and child photographer, I’ve learned to just roll with whatever these little ones want to do. Candid shots are the best—and trust me, you’ll love looking back on photos like these and remembering how energetic and wiggly your kiddo was!

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Ozzy wasn’t totally sure about the camera at first, but he warmed up in no time and we got such cute pictures! (He also loved the swing!)

It was so great to do the baby and child milestone photos for these two adorable brothers! It’s always a treat to have them in the studio and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown. Can’t wait until the next time!

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Interested in professional milestone baby and child photography for your little one (or two)? Please contact me! I offer milestone sessions for all ages and stages of childhood, from newborn and 6-month photos all the way to high school portraits. Take a look at my gallery for examples. I offer milestone sessions both outdoors or in the studio, and as you can see, if you have more than one kiddo I’m happy to do sibling portraits featuring all the sweet kiddos in your family.  

I hope you’ll choose Shanna Chess Photography for all your Eugene, Oregon photography needs. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Eugene, Oregon baby and child photographer: 6-month milestone with Maverick

 Does anybody else feel like they’re going to melt in this heat wave we’re having in Eugene, Oregon? Feels like summer already. If you want to melt in a good way though, just take a look at the photos from this cutie’s six-month milestone photography session! The weather was still pretty gray when we did this shoot back at the beginning of April, but Maverick brought the sunshine right in to my Eugene, Oregon photo studio!

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I know Maverick’s mom, Kelly, through Junior League of Eugene, where we both serve on the board. But with COVID, we’ve only been meeting virtually since last year. So it was great to see her in person and finally meet her little guy! Sometimes when I first meet these little ones it seems like the pleasure’s all mine—at least until they warm up—but not so with Maverick! He seemed happy to see me right from the get-go and was super smiley and adorable. Made me feel awesome, and we had a great time together!

We kept things pretty simple as far as props—just wanted a nice clean look. We did have a lot of fun with his outfits though. Those bunny overalls just kill me! So cute!

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Kelly wasn’t planning to join in the photos, but I convinced her to get in a few. Since she had booked the full baby and child milestone photography session, which includes a setup for family images, it just made sense. Anytime you book a full session with me, whether for newborn or baby, it’s also the perfect opportunity to get some updated family photos or a few portraits with you and your sweet kiddo.

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Maverick loved everything we did at the studio. From the swing to the basket, and from sitting on the chair like a big boy to crawling all over the studio set, he had a blast! It was so fun to watch him and capture his big smile and happy-go-lucky personality. I’m so glad Kelly decided to do these baby pictures—and I know she’s going to look back on these years from now and will be so glad she invested in them as well!

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Interested in professional photos of your little one? Even if you missed the window for newborn (because of COVID or whatever else), you can still get amazing baby pictures—and it’s so worth it! Milestone photo sessions are always really fun because we get to capture your cutie’s budding personality. Whether you decide on a sitter session (usually between 6 and 10 months old, or whenever baby is sitting on their own), a one-year birthday session (yes, I also do cake smash photos!) or “just because” pics at any age, you’ll love having these adorable images to treasure and pass down over the years. Check out the investment page to look at options, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or to book your session. I would absolutely love to meet you and your little one!

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