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 d├ęcor. (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!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Sabrina

 Another gorgeous maternity photoshoot from last month! Sabrina is expecting a little one very soon and I was excited to capture this amazing time for her with a collection of professional maternity photos.

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As a maternity photographer I am always adding to my selection of outfits and backdrops. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make each session special and unique so that every client can choose exactly the options that fit their style. I had recently purchased an amazing gray backdrop with the most beautiful floral pattern that I couldn’t wait to try out with Sabrina.

I was also excited for this beautiful mother-to-be to wear one of my new maternity gowns: gray with feathers. It’s a different style than anything else I have, and the feathers allow for three different looks, as you can see in the photos below: gown only, feathers only, or both together. They all look great!

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Sabrina had the most incredible red hair and I loved the contrast in our photos. My hair and makeup artist had the best time playing with that hair! I almost didn’t want to do any black and white pictures in our maternity photography session since only full color does justice to those gorgeous tresses! We did do a few black and white shots though, for variety and because Sabrina looks lovely in both.

Speaking of looking lovely, I love the nude shots we did as well. There is nothing like being pregnant, and showcasing the power and beauty of a woman’s body during this special time is something I take a lot of pride in. Sabrina also had such pretty tattoos on her arm, and it was fun to highlight that artwork.

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Absolutely loved doing these maternity pictures for Sabrina! She is a stunning lady and I’m so glad I could capture these memories for her. There is truly nothing I like better than using my skills as a Eugene, Oregon photographer to create these kinds of treasures.

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Are you expecting? For professional and customized maternity portraits, please get in touch! Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, and there’s no better time to show yourself some extra love and show off your amazing body than during your pregnancy. I provide both outdoor and in-studio maternity photography sessions, as well as a milk bath option. Your partner/spouse and children are welcome to join in as well—it’s completely up to you to decide exactly what you want. Feel free to scroll through my maternity gallery for more ideas and inspiration, and then let me know how you envision your own session.  

And if you’re in a different stage of life, I would still love to welcome you and your family to my studio! I also specialize in family, baby and child, and newborn photography, so you can have polished, professional images of your family at each new phase of your journey together.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have fun exploring the site, and I hope to hear from you very soon.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Eugene Oregon maternity photographer: Amanda


It was so great to see Amanda again at the end of last month! I photographed her younger son Asher all the way from her maternity photos when she was pregnant with him to his one-year cake smash. So I was super excited when I learned she was expecting another little one. This time—it’s a girl! I know mom is thrilled, as are dad and both big brothers. It was wonderful to be able to help them get ready with a beautiful maternity photography session for Amanda.

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I recently acquired some new backdrops for my Eugene, Oregon photography studio and I was so happy to try them out with this lovely lady. We used one of my white lace gowns for the backdrop with the leaves. It gave us a beautiful spring/summer feel and I love the lightness and elegance of the lace. 

Since the leafy backdrop and lace gown was such a light and airy combination, I wanted to give this maternity photography session some contrast by using a darker setup too. Another new backdrop (this one a nice deep brown) with a gorgeous burgundy maternity gown was perfect to balance out our pictures with some depth and richness. I also had fun playing with both color and black-and-white to give us even more variety.

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Of course, as important as the session itself and all the fun gowns and backdrops is the preparation! All of my full maternity photoshoots now come with a professional hair and makeup session so you can look and feel your best during this exciting time. As an expectant mama, you deserve some pampering, and my makeup artist, Sami, is great at making you feel extra special and extra beautiful in front of the camera.

Loved having Amanda back in the studio and being able to showcase the amazing mother she is. I’m so happy for her and her growing family, and absolutely love the way our photos turned out! Can’t wait to meet sweet baby girl when she arrives.

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Are you expecting? Congratulations—I’m so excited for you! If you’re interested in professional, personalized maternity photos, please get in touch! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer and would be delighted to help you capture memories of this incredible stage in your life. I’d be happy to discuss your session with you and answer any questions you might have. As you’ll see from scrolling through my maternity portfolio, I have tons of options and am happy to customize your session so it’s totally unique to you. No matter what style you have in mind for your maternity pictures, I can help you create exactly the session you’re hoping for.

A little past the expecting stage? Don’t worry! I also specialize in newborn, family, and baby and child milestone photo sessions, so no matter what stage of life you’re in, you can have beautiful pictures to treasure for years to come.

Thanks so much for visiting the site, and I hope I’ll be hearing from you very soon!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Megan and Family

 It was so good to see Megan again for this maternity photography session. And it was especially fun because the whole family was able to join us! Megan and DJ are expecting a little girl very soon, and older siblings Jacoby and Violet are very excited that they’re going to have a baby in the family.

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Although most of my maternity sessions focus on mama, it’s always an option to include your partner and/or your other children. It really just depends on your personal preference and the feel you’re going for. If you’re expecting, be sure to check out my maternity photo gallery for lots of ideas on different styles, indoor vs. outdoor sessions, milk baths and more! (I also did several studio maternity sessions in August, which I’ll be blogging over the next few weeks—so be sure to check back for more gorgeous pictures!)

As a maternity photographer, I’m happy to customize the experience to suit your needs. This type of session really is all about you! For this mama, I knew she wanted to include the whole family, and have a really fun, sweet, relaxed feel. Since this session took place in early August and the weather was beautiful, an outdoor location seemed like the perfect choice! We got together at Cuthbert (part of Alton Baker Park) on a sunny evening and got some super cute maternity pictures.

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Jacoby and Violet had a great time and were so cute. They loved hugging mommy’s tummy and we got some adorable family shots. Of course, we also made sure to get some portraits of the happy couple and of Megan on her own. Love the way our session went, and the photos were exactly what this family wanted. I’m already looking forward to welcoming them to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio very soon—this time as a family of five—after new baby girl arrives!

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Interested in professional, personalized maternity photos? Please get in touch! As an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer I would love to help you capture memories of this exciting stage in your life. There is nothing like the anticipation of pregnancy, and even though it sometimes feels like it will last forever (believe me, I’ve been there!) baby will be here before you know it. In addition to newborn photos, you’ll love having maternity pictures to look back on. Plus, a maternity photo session is a great way to pamper yourself and show off what a beautiful woman you are—and who can’t use a little more of that in their lives?

In addition to maternity photography, I also specialize in family portraits, baby and child milestone sessions, and newborn photos. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you deserve to have beautiful pictures of it that you can treasure for years to come.

Thanks so much for visiting the site, and I hope you’ll choose Shanna Chess Photography for all your portrait photography needs! I can’t wait to meet you and your beautiful family.

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