Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Eugene, Oregon family photographer | Christmas Minis 2020

Hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start! I know Christmas is already behind us, but I’m still seeing Christmas lights and decorations up around town, so I hope it’s not too late to share the photos from my Christmas minis with you.

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I feel like nothing went as planned in 2020, and my Christmas minis were no exception! Typically I do at least three elaborate setups in the studio and also schedule a time for Santa to come in for photos with the kids. Back in March, when the COVID restrictions were first set up, I really didn’t expect for it to last as long as it did. I certainly didn’t think I’d still be worrying about it at Christmas! But as the time got closer to the holidays and the pandemic was still happening I went back and forth trying to come up with a safe way to do Christmas photography for my clients. It’s a tradition I love, and I know my clients count on it for holiday photos and Christmas cards, so I didn’t want to let them down. But client health and safety is a huge priority and I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the health of these precious families.

Eventually I realized that we could still do it—I would just have to get creative.

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Instead of my usual 3+ super fancy setups, I went with two very simple, COVID-friendly studio setups—A big wreath on the wall with a red couch in front of it, and a festive fireplace. I made sure these had minimal props to be touched and could be easily sanitized between clients. And even though they’re simple, they’re still beautiful!

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I did have to forego doing Santa photos, which was sad. My girls and I did stop to say hi to him in the mall, but it just wasn’t the same. However, back in September I’d had the foresight to do a photo shoot with him at a tree farm holding frames. I figured that way, even if we couldn’t get together at the studio, I could still give Santa photos to my mini session clients. They were a huge hit! And since I knew 2020 was making it tough for families everywhere to do the usual fun Christmas things, I decided to offer those Santa pictures to non-clients as well. I ended up selling over 50 pictures to families across the nation to enable them to get their safe Santa photo even with all the COVID craziness going on. Santa was so pleased when I told him and said he didn’t know whether to smile or cry!

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Even with all the changes, we still had a wonderful day of Christmas photo mini sessions. It was great to see all my clients and their families! Plus, since I had to change 2020's setups, and since I always buy a year in advance, I'm already set for Christmas minis at the end of this year. Can't wait to see everyone again--hopefully under circumstances that are much more merry and bright!

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Lilith!

 I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday so far and that you’re all getting ready for a great new year! What a strange year this has been. I’m sure a lot of you are like me and will be more than happy to see the back of 2020, but it’s important to remember that plenty of good things have happened too—not least of which are our precious 2020 babies. My job as a newborn photographer reminds me that no matter what happens in the world, the miracle of life keeps happening—and it is beautiful every time!

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This sweet little girl is Lilith. Her mom brought her to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio back in October for baby pictures. I had photographed her big sister Dahlia as a newborn (about two and a half years ago now!) and was so excited to meet the new addition to their family.

Dahlia was a real beauty as a baby, and Lilith is every bit as adorable! I remember being impressed with Mom’s taste and sense of style during Dahlia’s session—she chose such pretty dark colors—and I love the results from this newborn photography session just as much. The deep purple and navy Mom picked out were absolutely gorgeous. The dark colors were reminiscent of big sister’s session, but instead of plum (which gave Dahlia’s session a very royal look), these celestial colors that Mom chose for Lilith give us the same depth and elegance with more of a night sky look. So pretty!

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We also did a little splash of pink with our carriage setup. We used a similar setup with Dahlia, so that was a fun throwback! Some parents like to do something totally different with each new baby’s photo session, and others like to use similar setups or colors for cohesion. Both methods are great! When picking out colors and themes, it’s always a good idea to think about how you want to use your finished photographs. Will they be collected in a special album? Displayed as artwork in the home? Given as gifts? Knowing how you want to display your photos is helpful as you design and customize your session.

Another throwback shot that echoed big sister’s newborn photography session was the closeup on Lilith’s sweet baby lips. Aren’t they perfect?

Lilith was a great little sleeper for me and did a wonderful job during this mini session. It was so fun to meet her and to see Mom again.

I hope you all have a wonderful start to your new year! See you in 2021!

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 portrait photographer specializing in maternity, family, baby and child, and newborn photography. Whatever stage of life your family is in, I’d love to record those precious memories. Can’t wait to hear from you!


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Simon!

 This little guy was wonderful for this newborn photography mini session. What a cutie! It was so great to have this little sweetheart in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio. He was such a good baby and it was a pleasure to create these images for him and his parents. Enjoy the photos!

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Mom and Dad brought Simon in for pictures back in October. He needed some extra time under the lights at the hospital so we had to delay his session for a few days, but it was no problem. I’m just glad I got to see him!

Simon had some jaundice going on, but you’d never know it to look at our finished baby pictures. Parents sometimes worry that they won’t be able to get good photos if baby is jaundiced, but it’s not actually something I shy away from at all. It’s not difficult to edit that yellow tone to a very natural, warm skin tone, so I just take care of it on the computer after our session. By the time you see your finished gallery, you’ll never be able to tell!

One of the advantages to jaundice (for a newborn photographer) is that jaundiced babies also tend to be really sleepy. And sleepy is exactly what I want when I’m doing baby portraits! A sleepy baby is super easy to work with and allows me to get all those cute poses that parents want. That’s exactly what happened with Simon: Happy baby, happy parents, and happy photographer. It’s a win-win!

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You can’t go wrong with blue for boys, so we did a traditional color scheme with lots of navy blue. We also did a few lighter shots with neutral colors—always a good option since neutrals are so versatile. If you’re planning to use your finished portraits as home décor, I’d definitely recommend a few shots in neutral colors. That way you know you’ll be able to use them in pretty much any room.

Simon was nice and curly, which meant we could get the froggy pose (a favorite!) and curly tummy shots with his toes tucked right up to his chin. Super adorable! Loved every minute with him.

People sometimes ask me what a mini session is. This is a perfect example of what you can get with a mini newborn photography shoot. Basically it’s a shorter session (up to one hour) and focuses exclusively on baby. Although there are fewer setups and you don’t get parent/family shots, you can see that you still get a beautiful variety of professional baby portraits. Plus, since the price is all-inclusive, you don’t have to order images separately: all of my mini sessions include five high-resolution digital images.

If you’re interested in professional portraiture, 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. Whatever stage of life your family is in, I’d love to record those precious memories! Can’t wait to hear from you!


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Eugene Oregon baby and child photographer: 6 months with Zya!

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know the holidays are looking different for a lot of folks this year, but every time I do a photoshoot I’m reminded that family is the most important thing and as long as we have each other we have a lot to celebrate! Of course, as a baby photographer I also believe that nothing spreads good cheer quite like pictures of adorable little ones. 😊 Although I did this milestone photography session a couple of months back, sharing these pictures seems like the perfect way to usher in December. Cutest baby girl ever!

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Zoe and Andrew had to wait a long time to bring little Zya to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio. She was born in March, just a week or so after I had to close the studio due to COVID. Since things were so uncertain and up in the air at the time, mom and dad decided to just hold off until Zya was six months old instead of doing a delayed newborn session. Sometimes if you’ve missed the newborn window, waiting until 6-9 months to do baby pictures can be a great idea. Babies can usually sit up mostly unassisted by that age, so it gives us more options and variety as far as posing and props. Plus, at that age babies also tend to be super smiley and haven’t really developed stranger danger yet, making it really easy to capture all kinds of adorable images.

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I was hoping that that would be the case with Zya—and she did not disappoint! She was such a happy baby and had so much fun during our baby and child photography milestone session. She loved tummy time and sitting up by herself. What a big girl! She also gave me the cutest expressions and made us all laugh. I’m sure there is never a dull moment at their house.

Although I’m sad we couldn’t do a newborn session back in March, I’m so glad that I still got to see Zya and her parents in the studio and that we could capture these adorable pictures! Although this year has been crazy, it’s also been pretty inspiring to see how people adjust to the changes and carry on. Zoe and Andrew may have had to change Zya’s session date, but we still got to have a wonderful session and I know these images will be a treasure for them.

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Thanks so much for stopping by the website! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, family, and baby and child photography. I’m honored to serve families across the state and would love to help you capture whatever stage of life you’re in. If you’re interested in a professional photoshoot, please get in touch with me. I’d love to chat with you about session possibilities. Together, we can create a session that will be a fun experience at the time and provide a record of your memories to cherish for years to come.

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!


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