Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Waylon!

 Landon, Garrett, and big brother Grayson brought new baby Waylon to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio in late September for a newborn photo session. I photographed Grayson as a newborn too, so it was great to see the whole family again. Waylon looked so much like his big brother did at that age. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got the pictures to prove it! Be sure to check them out here. I think these two boys are going to look a lot alike!

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It’s always fun to have siblings in the studio during a newborn photography session. But some kiddos are more willing to pose with the new baby than others—and Grayson needed some convincing. It’s a problem I run into pretty regularly, so as a Eugene, Oregon photographer I’ve got a lot of tricks up my sleeve to get toddlers to take photos with their new siblings. It’s not always easy though! In this case, Grayson’s Toy Story friends helped a lot. We even got a smile out of him!

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With Grayson’s baby pictures we did a lot of blue, but mom and dad wanted something a little different for Waylon. I mentioned in a previous post that olive green is becoming a really popular color in baby photography for both boys and girls, and that’s what we went with for Waylon. We combined it with gray and brown for a really nice, earth-toned session.

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This little guy really liked to be swaddled, so we did lots of shots of him all wrapped up in a comfy blankie. We also found out that he looks great in hats! He stayed pretty calm throughout most of our session—although he did wake up for a few minutes and give me a chance to capture those sweet baby eyes!

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We didn’t do a ton of props, but we did do a moon and stars setup; and, since it was only a few weeks until Halloween, we used a cute candy corn fuzzy too. Sweets to the sweet, right?

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Loved seeing this family again, seeing how much their oldest has grown, and being able to help them welcome the newest member! Capturing these memories for people is what keeps me going. What an adorable family!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the website! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon portrait photographer specializing in maternity, family, baby and child, and newborn photography. I’m honored to serve families all over Oregon, including Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Junction City, Bend, Florence, Salem, and Roseburg.

If you’d like to learn more about my services, feel free to explore the site or contact me with questions. I’d love to chat with you! You can also find information about photo session options and pricing, check out the studio, or learn more about me and my work.

Need more adorable baby pictures in your life right now? I know you do! Check out the newborn gallery for photos from past sessions, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Olive!

Hope you’re all staying warm! We’ve had some beautiful afternoons here in Eugene the last little while, but mornings and evenings are getting quite cold. The cold is what makes the color though, and I am loving all the beautiful fall foliage—it has really started coming into its own the last couple of weeks and is so pretty! As beautiful as all those autumn leaves are though, they still can’t compete with this little lady!

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Olive and her family (parents DJ and Megan, and older siblings Jacoby and Violet) came to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio near the end of September for newborn pictures. I have been photographing this family since Violet was a newborn, and did maternity pictures for them over the summer as they got ready to welcome Olive. It was really fun to do a maternity session with the whole family, and I felt so lucky that I got to see them all again for this newborn photography session.

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I love the name Olive, and it’s extra cute for this little girl because it goes so well with her big sister’s name! When I photographed Violet as a new baby we did lots of purples as a play on her name. I was kind of hoping Mom would want to incorporate some olive green into Olive’s session, similar to what we did for big sister—and she did! Olive is a pretty popular color right now, for both boys and girls, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a really lovely, soothing color, and goes just as well with coral, pink, and peach for girls as it does with navy, tan, and gray for boys.

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Of course, variety is the spice of life, so we didn’t confine ourselves exclusively to an olive palette. We also used cream, white, and blush pink—all of which were beautiful!

Just like with Violet, Mom didn’t want anything too over-the-top girly, so we used little touches like simple flowered headbands and lacy textures to give us a look that felt feminine but not girly. Love the way it turned out!

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Since we had the whole family there, we made sure that we also got several family shots during this newborn photography session, as well as baby portraits with both parents and siblings. Back in the summer when I did Megan’s maternity session, Jacoby and Violet were so excited about having a new baby sister. Now that she’s here, I think they’re even more excited! They did a great job posing and cuddling with her, and both so smiled so big the whole time! Olive is lucky to have such great siblings to look out for her.

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Loved the opportunity to be the newborn photographer for this wonderful family again. I think it’s so great that they were all able to make it to Olive’s session, and love the adorable images we created. Congratulations to this beautiful, growing family, and thank you for letting me be a part of this special time!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Eugene, Oregon cake smash photographer: Adeline is ONE!

 I can’t believe how long our beautiful fall weather has lasted! I am loving the sunshine and the crisp, cool mornings and evenings. Usually Oregon autumns get soggy too quickly to really be able to enjoy the crunching leaves and pretty colors—but we have gotten super lucky this year!

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Of course, regardless of what the weather is doing, I am lucky enough to have a ray of sunshine in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio whenever I’m working. These little ones are so much fun and always a highlight! About a month ago I had Adeline and her parents (Lili and Jordan) in the studio for Adeline’s one-year baby photography session. We had a blast together!

Adeline was super smiley and happy the entire session, which was great. Sometimes kiddos this age have developed a little bit of stranger danger and it can take them a while to warm up to me. But Adeline had no problem working the camera! She had the most adorable little head tilt and liked sticking her tongue out. So cute! Those eyes sparkled with fun from start to finish, and those pigtails just topped it all off. 😊

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We got some really cute milestone photos during the first part of this baby and child photography session. Some of them were portraits of the birthday girl by herself, and some of them were shots with mom and dad. Love the way they turned out! I love capturing the personalities of these little ones. Kids this age are just so honest and open. Even though their mood can change in an instant, at least you always know exactly how they’re feeling! I was glad Adeline felt comfortable and had fun during our time together.

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Once we had our portraits, it was time for some cake smash photography! I’d created a setup that was simple but still celebratory, with lots of pretty pinks and peaches, and ordered a cake to match. Adeline loved her cake! She actually kept it pretty tidy for the most part—focusing on eating it instead of smashing it—but she still managed to get some frosting on her face so we could record that sticky smile!

It was great to celebrate this sweet birthday girl’s special day with her. Happy birthday, Adeline!

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Interested in a cake smash photography session? It’s a great way to celebrate a major milestone in your little one’s life! If you’d like, we can combine your cake smash session with a regular milestone photo session. This is what we went with for Adeline, and is a great option if you’d like some baby portraits and/or want to include parents and siblings in your images as well as having some fun birthday pictures. If you just want to focus on the birthday boy or girl and their special day, I also offer cake smash only sessions.

And of course, if you’re at a different stage of life right now, I also offer maternity, newborn, and family sessions. At Shanna Chess Photography, we have all your portrait photography needs covered! Contact us to learn more.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Piera!

 Hope everyone is enjoying the transition to fall weather! I’m loving that we still have sunshine every afternoon. I know the rains are on their way, but I’ll soak up the sunshine for as long as I can get it. Hope you enjoy the beautiful pictures of this little angel!

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This session was so much fun! Little Piera was lucky enough to have her parents, Katie and Pierino, big brother Marco, and her grandparents (Katie’s mom and dad) join her in the studio for this extra special newborn photography session. Katie’s parents were visiting from out of state and I know she was so excited that she would be able to get photos with her parents and children. Family members are always welcome to join in my full newborn sessions, and it was wonderful to be able to get multi-generational pictures during our time together.

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Piera was just stunning! She had the prettiest skin, a full head of lovely dark hair, and the cutest little face. And it wasn’t just skin-deep either. She was a total angel for me about posing! Slept beautifully the whole time and let us get exactly the photos we wanted without any trouble at all. As a newborn photographer, I love all my little clients—but super easy babies like this make things go so smoothly!

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Although pink is traditional, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a different color scheme for your baby girl. Mom didn’t want any pink, so we incorporated some blue in our family pictures and then did mostly yellows and peaches for the newborn photos. I’ve noticed that’s starting to be a bit of a trend with a lot of the girl moms right now. It isn’t everyone who can pull off yellow, but Piera has the right skin tone for it and it looked so pretty and sunny! The perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

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I’m really glad the timing worked out so well for this newborn photography session—it was great to have the whole family there! Piera has certainly been welcomed into a wonderful family. I loved being able to spend some time with them in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio, and the photos we got were just precious. I know they will be a treasure for many years to come!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer specializing in maternity, family, baby and child, and newborn portraits. I’m honored to serve families all over Oregon, including Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Junction City, Bend, Florence, Salem, and Roseburg.

If you’d like to learn more about my services, feel free to explore the site or contact me with questions. You can find information about photo session options and pricing, check out the studio, or learn more about me and my work.

Need more adorable baby pictures in your life right now? I know you do! Check out the newborn gallery for photos from past sessions, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Dawson!

 This was my last session of August—and what a great way to finish off the month! Mr. Dawson was such a cutie pie. The whole family was able to join us for this newborn photography session, which was even better.

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I usually like to get newborns into my Eugene, Oregon photography studio within a couple of weeks after birth, but that doesn’t always happen. Welcoming a new baby is a busy time (as all new parents can attest) and sometimes things have to be rearranged or pushed back despite your best efforts. Dawson was about five weeks old by the time the family was able to make it in for his newborn photos, so I wasn’t sure how our session would go. Photographing older newborns is totally doable, but it can sometimes be a bit more challenging, since older babies tend to be more wakeful and less cooperative about posing for the camera. Dawson did great though! He was actually a really good little sleeper, and on those occasions when he did wake up he was pretty calm, so we were able to carry on with the session pretty smoothly.

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Parents Whitney and Stormy wanted a very neutral color scheme for their new little fella, so we stayed with grays, whites, and tans. Although bright colors can be fun in newborn photography, they’re not necessary—you can get great baby pictures with any color scheme and style you like. Neutral colors and black and white pictures are a great choice for certain styles, can give more of a timeless look, and can be more flexible to go with several different types of home décor. (Thinking about how you’re going to use your baby pictures can be helpful as you decide on color and style. You might want a different feel for a photo album than you do for announcements, for example; and a canvas print that will be displayed in your living room might need a different color scheme than one that’s going to be hung in the nursery.)

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Dawson was so good for me, and so adorable! His parents and big brother Declan are totally smitten with him. It was so fun to have them all in the studio and to capture this special time for them. Congratulations to a beautiful family!

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Interested in a newborn photography session? I hope you’ll contact me! I’m a Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in newborn portraits, as well as maternity, family, and baby and child sessions. I love recording these precious memories for families.

I recommend that you book your newborn session as far in advance as possible. However, as you can see, you can still get beautiful newborn pictures even if your baby is a bit older. Some poses (such as the popular froggy pose) may not be feasible, since babies become less flexible as they grow, but we can still get a variety of sweet and adorable shots, so please feel free to get in touch so we can discuss the possibilities!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Rita

 This is the last of the maternity photography sessions I did in August. It was so fun to be able to see all these moms and join in the excitement of getting ready to welcome a new baby! Rita is expecting baby number three very soon and the whole family is super excited!

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Rita was a gorgeous maternity subject! I especially loved the purple gown on her. So pretty with her skin and dark hair! We tried a few different maternity gowns (all of which looked amazing) and I also got to use a couple of my new backdrops. I like being able to offer my clients lots of variety when it comes to outfits, props, and backgrounds, so I regularly invest in new pieces. My collection is constantly expanding, which enables me to customize every session especially for you. With Rita, we chose a muted floral backdrop for some of our pictures, and then contrasted that with a much darker background to add some drama and flair. Because we were working with mostly neutral colors, I only played around with black and white photos a little bit, and kept most of them in full color.

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Loved being Rita’s maternity photographer, and we’re both so happy with the way the pictures turned out!

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Are you interested in a maternity session? Here’s what you should know:

Session Options

I offer both studio and outdoor maternity photoshoot options. With fall weather just around the corner, please note that outdoor sessions are subject to weather conditions, and may need to be rescheduled or relocated to the studio if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

You can also choose between a full or mini session. Full maternity photography sessions are up to an hour long, and have the option of starting in the studio and ending with a milk bath. With a full maternity session, all prints, products, and digital images are ordered separately. Mini sessions are available only to clients who purchase a full newborn session. The mini maternity photoshoot is about twenty minutes long and includes five high-resolution digital images. Regardless of which you choose, your spouse/partner and other children are welcome to join in. 


Full sessions are $200, and an additional $500 minimum purchase of prints, products, and/or digital images is required. Mini sessions are $350, which is an all-inclusive price. If you’d like a milk bath, a $75 fee applies for either session.

When to Book

When it comes to scheduling your session, earlier is always better! Although you’re always welcome to check about last-minute bookings, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to reserve a spot if you book well in advance. Maternity sessions are generally best done between 28 and 36 weeks, when your belly is nice and round, but you still feel comfortable enough to enjoy a photo session.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I’d love to help you plan a beautiful, personalized maternity session to celebrate this amazing stage of your life!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Eugene, Oregon family photographer: Sarah, Luke, Liam, and Magdalina

 What a perfect summer session! I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than at the beach. One of the reasons I love Eugene, Oregon is that it’s so close to all kinds of fun outdoor activities. We’re an hour from the mountains in one direction, and an hour from the ocean in the other, so quick day trips to fun places are super easy.

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Sarah and Luke requested a beach location for their family photography session, so we met at Heceta Beach in Florence, Oregon last month. We got so lucky with the timing! The tide was out, and we found a bunch of tide pools that were just teeming with life, like big starfish and tiny little crabs. The kiddos and even dad were super interested in these natural wonders, so our photos took more of storytelling approach instead of a posed one. I love the spontaneity and family togetherness they convey! As a family photographer, I want your session to be genuine and reflect the unique and wonderful personalities of each family member. As such, although I’m happy to pose you if that’s the style you’re looking for, I’m also happy to just let the session unfold naturally. That’s what happened with this one, and we all had a great time.

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We also got lucky with the weather. People say there’s never a bad day at the beach…but I can attest that there can be days that make it a little tough to do portrait photography! Fortunately, this wasn’t one of them. We had pretty good cloud cover which diffused the light nicely. Didn’t give us that golden light, but it still worked really well. Plus, it was warm and not very windy at all, so that made it easy for us to have fun and get some great shots.

In addition to getting to spend time at the beach, I also loved being able to meet the whole family! I photographed Magdalina when she was a newborn (obviously that’s been a while ago—she has gotten so big and is such a cutie), so I already knew Sarah and Magdalina, but I hadn’t met the guys yet, so it was great to meet Luke and Liam. What a wonderful family, and what a fun day!

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Thanks so much for visiting my website! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer with extensive experience in maternity, newborn, baby and child, and family photography. I serve families all throughout Oregon and would love to capture your family’s special memories as well! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to book your session. I can’t wait to welcome you to the studio, or meet up in a beautiful outdoor location for a session of picture-taking and memory-making!

Until then, be sure to check out the family photo gallery for ideas and inspiration, and don’t forget to follow Shanna Chess Photography on Facebook for all the latest news, updates, and fun photos!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Wren!

 August may have been a big month for maternity sessions, but I also managed to squeeze a couple of newborn photography sessions into the mix too. I love doing portrait photography of all kinds—maternity, family, baby and child—but there’s no denying that newborns are my absolute favorite to work with. There is just something so special about capturing that brand new life, and who can resist that newborn squishiness?

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This little cutie is Wren. She came in with parents Jen and Adam and big brother Bruxton for baby pictures around the middle of last month. It’s been a couple of years since I saw this family, so it was wonderful to be able to welcome them back to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio. I did Jen’s maternity pictures when she was pregnant with Bruxton, as well as Bruxton’s newborn and one-year photos, but he is a big boy now—all of three years old! I think Wren looks a lot like her brother did as a newborn. You’ll have to compare photos and let me know if you see the resemblance!

Wren is a rainbow baby, so we did some really sweet rainbow-themed shots. As a loss mom myself, I know how hard that experience is, and also how important it is to celebrate and treasure that precious rainbow when it comes. I know Wren’s parents love her to pieces!

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We also wanted to do some family shots during this session so they could have images of Wren with her brother and her mommy and daddy. Bruxton did a great job snuggling with little sis so we could get some cute pictures of the two of them together. Aren’t they adorable?

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For the rest of our session we focused on Miss Wren. We used mostly pinkish purples and olive green and it turned out so pretty! As a newborn photographer I enjoy seeing the different trends and what’s popular in baby photography, and I’ve noticed that olive green is becoming more and more popular—especially for baby girls. It makes a great contrast with lighter floral colors and adds some depth and weight to balance out the traditional pinks, whites, and lavenders, so I can definitely see why it’s gaining traction! Wren definitely looked great in it.

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It was great to spend time with this amazing family and meet the newest member! I’m so happy that they’ve been able to welcome another little one into their home. They are fantastic people and they and Wren are lucky to have each other.

Thanks so much for visiting the website! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer with a special place in my heart for newborns. If you’re in the market for portraits I hope you’ll consider Shanna Chess Photography! Newborn photography is my passion and I would love to work with your and your little one. Please check here for pricing and session options, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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