Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Penelope!

 Looking forward to sharing these photos! These are from a super fun newborn photography session I did earlier this year. Arianna and Hector brought big sister Maya and new baby girl Penelope to my photo studio in Eugene, Oregon towards the end of January for some newborn and family pictures, and we had such a great time together!

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I love the name Penelope. This is a multi-lingual family (they speak English, Spanish, and Italian) so Mom and Dad told me they like to choose names that translate well into all three languages. I think that’s great! Really like how it gives equal honor and respect to all the different heritages in their family.

Penelope was such a cutie! Loved all that dark hair and sweet baby fuzz. She slept wonderfully, so we were able to get a ton of variety and play around with lots of different outfits and poses. As a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer with nearly a decade of experience photographing these little ones, I’ve learned lots of tricks for keeping babies calm. But I have to say, it’s nice when baby is so easygoing that I barely even have to try!

Since Penelope was so happy to sleep, we pulled out all the stops. Swings, slings, buckets, beanbags; swaddle shots, naked shots, outfits, headbands—she did great with everything!

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Mom and Dad chose mostly neutral colors (gray, white, and cream) for Penelope’s newborn photo shoot, with just the tiniest bit of pale pink. I think it turned out so pretty! Even though our pink was very muted and we didn’t use much of it, our session still has a sweet, girly feel thanks to the soft textures, lace, and the occasional flower or pearl.

Big sister Maya was also amazing with new baby Penelope. Just as I’ve learned tricks for keeping babies calm, I’ve also learned ways to get reluctant older siblings to participate in a newborn photography session. Some big brothers and sisters are not into it! No problem at all with Maya though. She was happy to cuddle with baby, and was awesome about posing and looking at the camera. What a superstar!

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Loved spending a few hours with this beautiful family! They were truly a pleasure, and I don’t think our session could have gone any more smoothly.

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Thanks for visiting Shanna Chess Photography! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity, family, and baby and child portraits.

If you’d like to learn more about what I can offer you, 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 my cozy newborn photography studio, or learn more about me and my work.

Need more adorable baby pictures in your life? I had a feeling. Check out the newborn gallery for photos from past sessions, and remember to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest pics!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Delilah

 Delilah wanted a special maternity photography session for her last baby. I love that! Pregnancy is such a special time for a woman, and when you know that this is your last one and that this new baby will complete your family it’s a bittersweet moment. I think commemorating it with a beautiful maternity photo shoot is the perfect thing to do!

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Delilah ended up coming to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio on her own, but her husband wanted to be involved too, which is great! He ended up picking most of the gowns as well as the floral colors for the milk bath part of our session.

Delilah and I started out in the studio and had fun playing with a few different gowns. I have a large collection of beautiful maternity gowns that are available to my clients—and I’m always adding to it! Whether you’re looking for neutrals and muted tones or bright colors, a sleek modern look or something more flowing and feminine, I can pretty much guarantee I have a gown that will suit you perfectly! Delilah and I used a white lace dress and a cream silk, and then tried a more earth-toned one with beautiful detailing on it that reminds me of fall.

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Eugene Oregon maternity photographer

We also had fun trying some different backdrops. Again, I try to have a wide variety so that I can cater to lots of preferences.

Once we had all the shots we wanted in the studio, we moved to the master bath for some milk bath maternity photography. (Milk baths are available as an add-on to both my full and mini maternity photo shoots.) Love the contrast of the black lace gown with the white bath. And the red and purple flowers were just gorgeous! The perfect complement to the dramatic black and white. Well chosen, Dad!

Loved spending some time with this beautiful mother. Our photos turned out beautifully, and I’m so excited for Delilah and her husband to complete their family with this last precious baby.

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Are you expecting? First of all, congratulations—I’m so excited for you! And secondly, if you’re interested in professional, customized maternity photos, I hope you’ll get in touch. As an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer I’m honored to help mothers-to-be record their pregnancy and prepare to welcome a little one into the family.

Feel free to scroll through my maternity portfolio to get more ideas and inspiration, and to get a better feel from my style. As you’ll see, I have tons of options and enjoy customizing my sessions so that each one is unique. No matter what style you have in mind, I can help you create exactly the kinds of images you’re hoping for.

A little past the expecting stage? Every stage of life is an adventure, which is why I also specialize in newborn, family, and baby and child milestone photo sessions. No matter where you’re at in life, you deserve to have those special moments recorded so you can treasure them forever.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Fox!

 It was so fun to have Fox and his mom in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio towards the beginning of this year. This little guy was absolutely adorable! Enjoy his photos!

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Fox was just perfect for me. Super sleepy, which makes my job as a newborn photographer so much easier. I’ve learned lots of tricks over the years, through both training and experience, to help babies stay happy during their session. And before parents come in, I send them a guide with tips they can follow before bringing their little one to see me to make it more likely that baby will be nice and sleepy at the studio. With full newborn photography sessions, we have quite a bit more time for feeding and cuddles in case baby is fussy. My mini sessions—like this one—are shorter, so it’s even more helpful when baby is calm.

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Fox couldn’t have been better for his photos! We did some naked shots on my white beanbag for some really clean, minimalist pictures. And I love the vivid blues mom chose for his swaddle poses. Such a great contrast with the white. The pose with one of my fuzzy heart props being held in baby’s toes is a favorite!

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Of course, with his name, we had to tie in a fox hat in some of his pictures! So cute, and the orange gave us a splash of color and went great with the blue as well. I have lots of these fun animal-themed hats in the studio. They’re great for tying in to boy names like Fox and Bear, and of course, animal or woodland-themed nurseries are a popular choice with parents, so the hats are a nice way to give us some baby pictures that will be a perfect match for the nursery.

Our hour-long mini newborn photography session went by so fast! Could have photographed this little guy all day. What a sweetheart.

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Thanks so much for stopping by Shanna Chess Photography’s website!

If you’re looking for a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer, please get in touch. I love capturing the many special milestones of life for families throughout Oregon, and (confession) newborn photos are my very favorite. They’re what started me on the road to professional portrait photography in the first place. And looking at the pictures of this sweet baby boy, you can probably see why! I also specialize in maternity, baby and child, and family photography, so you can have beautiful images of every stage of your family’s great adventure together.

Interested in learning more? You can find pricing information here and also get some session details so you can get a feel for what type of session might be right for you.  And if you need more adorable baby pictures in your life be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or my new TikTok. Can’t wait to connect with you on social media or—even better—welcome you to the studio sometime soon! I would love to help you record those special memories!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Bri

 It was a pleasure to have beautiful mama-to-be Bri and her husband Hunter in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio early this year for a maternity photography session.

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We started off doing hair and makeup with my go-to girl, Sami. I offer professional hair and makeup services with my full maternity sessions. This is a really popular option with clients! I want you to look and feel your very best during your maternity photo shoot, and provide not only hair and makeup services, but also a wide range of beautiful gowns so you can have the special, luxury experience you deserve.

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Once hair and makeup was finished, we spent some time in the studio for some couples photographs and maternity portraits of Bri. She chose my cream silk maternity gown, a new mauve tulle, and then a black strapless gown for a more modern look. I love the combination of different textures and colors.

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We finished our session with some milk bath maternity photos. Milk baths can be added to either my full or mini maternity sessions for a small additional fee, and are a great way to create some very feminine, unique pictures. In this case, I really liked the way it softened things up. Since we’d gone with some more modern, high-contrast looks in the studio it was nice to have the balance between that and the softer look of the milk bath.

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We also chose some really gentle, soothing colors for the milk bath portion of our session. Since everything else is white, you really don’t need a ton of color for it stand out. Cream-colored flowers with just a few blues and purples looked absolutely beautiful. Bri also has some great tattoos that we were able to show off a bit during this part of the session.

Really enjoyed my time with this great couple. They are excited about welcoming a little one into their lives and I couldn’t be happier for them! The excitement and expectancy of this stage of parenthood is so special. As a maternity photographer, I love helping my clients record their pregnancy and build the anticipation for their new arrival. Congratulations to Bri and Hunter—best wishes for you and your little one!

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Interested in professional maternity photos? I offer both full (1 hour) and mini (20 minute) maternity sessions, so you can choose what fits best with your lifestyle and what you’re hoping to get from your session. Both types of sessions can be started in the studio and finished with a milk bath, and both can be either mama-to-be only or include your spouse and/or other children. Check out my investment page for more details as well as pricing information. And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m happy to provide more information about what to expect, help you choose which option is best for you, and discuss your vision for the session. Spaces fill up quickly, so contact me as soon as possible to reserve your session date!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Jacquellynn

 It’s been a while since I’ve shared any maternity photos on the blog—and even longer since I’ve had a whole family in the studio for a maternity photography session! So much fun! I’m excited to finally share the great photos we got.

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Jacquellynn wanted both studio and milk bath photos for her session. Milk baths are a really fun and beautiful option—something a little different! (Both my full and mini maternity sessions can include a milk bath option as an add-on. If you’re thinking about your own maternity photography session, check out the investment page for more details.)

Dad (Dylan) and older brother Eden joined us for the first part of our session. We got some wonderful family photos—I love how they turned out! Expecting mothers often ask if their spouse/partner and the other kiddos in the family can join in for part of the maternity session, and the answer is, “Absolutely!” It’s wonderful to have all that family support when you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby, and I love including everyone in those photos.

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Of course, the star of any maternity photography session is the beautiful mother-to-be. After we got some family pictures, we moved on to some portraits of just Jacquellynn. She picked out a couple of gorgeous maternity gowns from my collection. (I have lots of gowns for my clients to choose from, so if you don’t have something you’re excited about wearing, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. We finished up with our milk bath maternity photos. So pretty! A mix of mauve and cream flowers gave our photos some color. Jacquellynn has the most amazing hair too, and I love the way that beautiful color stood out against the white.

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We did this session in early December, and I was so excited to meet the new baby! At the beginning of February the whole family brought him back to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio and we got such great pictures (plus a behind-the-scenes video for my new TikTok). Keep an eye out on the blog for those baby photos in the next few weeks! You’re going to love them!

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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 who specializes in capturing these extra special stages of your life. I would be delighted to help you record your pregnancy.

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 completely unique to you. No matter what style you have in mind, I can help you create exactly the session you’re hoping for.

A little past the expecting stage? That’s wonderful news too! I also specialize in newborn, family, and baby and child milestone photo sessions. No matter what stage of life you’re in, it deserves to be recorded. I would love to help you create beautiful images of these irreplaceable memories.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Navy!

 It was so great to see this family again as they welcomed the newest member! Brandi Jo and Nathan welcomed baby number four to their growing family last year. I had done newborn pictures for their third baby (Bowen) and was thrilled when they asked me to do a newborn photography session for Navy as well!

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Both parents and all of Navy’s older siblings (Beck, Maesa Jo, and Bowen) were able to join us. I always love it when the whole family is involved in newborn pictures. As a photographer and a mom I know how important it is to capture those relationships. That’s one of the reasons I make sure my Eugene, Oregon photography studio is a comfortable place for the whole family. I keep it well stocked with toys and snacks for siblings and coffee for mom and dad. Several of my clients have told me how much they enjoy the comfortable, relaxing experience of being in my studio while I take care of their little one’s baby pictures. Makes me so happy!

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Since I had photographed this family before, we thought it would be fun to recreate one of the shots from their earlier session. When Bowen was a newborn we had his older brother and sister pose with him on the bed, and we did the same thing with Navy and his older siblings. They are so cute together!

As a newborn photographer, I’m always trying to come up with creative ideas for baby portraits, whether that’s baby by themselves or with other members of the family. With Navy, I thought it would be beautiful to have a shot of him with everyone’s hands cradling him. I love the way that image turned out! It’s so expressive of the love and care this little man is blessed with because of his family. So sweet.

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Brandi Jo wanted simple grays and whites for this session and preferred no hats. I love it when parents give me these kinds of details so I can make sure picture is perfect for them.

Navy woke up briefly during our newborn photo session so we could get those beautiful baby eyes—and a huge yawn! What a cutie.

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Loved having this family in the studio again to record this exciting change! I’ve enjoyed getting to know them a little bit and was so glad to get to know them a little better this time around as well. They are so much fun and a beautiful family.

Thank you for visiting Shanna Chess Photography. I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer specializing in maternity and newborn photography as well as baby/child milestone and family sessions. If you’re interested in booking a newborn photography session or have any questions about how my services work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would love to hear from you! You can find basic session information and pricing here. And if you’re still exploring, check out my portfolio so you can get a better sense of my style. I hope to see you in the studio!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Eugene, Oregon family photographer: Fall Minis 2020

 I know we woke up to fog this morning in Eugene, but the past couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous! Sunshine and blue skies—plus I’ve been seeing daffodils and tulips popping up around town. All the color and warmth are getting me so excited for spring! I am itching to get outside again, but for now I thought this would be the perfect time to share photos from my outdoor minis last summer.

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These have become an annual tradition for me and something I look forward to every year! I generally hold spring minis, late summer/early fall minis (like these), as well as Christmas minis. Many of my clients join me for these outdoor mini photography sessions every year, so I try to switch up the location. It’s fun for me to try new places, and I want to make sure my clients have something new and different for their experience. Last year a friend of mine was kind enough to let me use her property in Veneta. It’s a beautiful place—even has a vineyard and a cute little pond.

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We spread these mini photo shoots over several days in August, September, and October. We had a lot of fires in the area this summer and I had to reschedule a couple of evenings because of smoke. Also had to reschedule once because of rain, but we managed to get them all in before the wet season started and it was time for the grapes to be harvested.

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These family photography sessions are always such a great time to reconnect with my clients. I was able to photograph over 21 families this last time. Many of them I’ve worked with for years, and it’s so special to see them again and catch up with how they’re doing. It’s also amazing to watch the kiddos grow! I photographed some of these cute faces as newborns, and it’s hard to believe how fast they’re growing up.

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I’m so glad these outdoor family minis have become so popular and that more and more people are interested every year. As a Eugene, Oregon photographer I know how important it is to record these memories, and I’m honored to be a part of that. Had so much fun doing these last summer, and I’m already looking forward to my next round of minis. Bring on the sunshine—my camera and I are ready!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m an award-winning photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby and child, and family photography. It’s my pleasure to serve families all over Oregon, and to record the many exciting stages of their lives.

If you’re interested in professional portraits of your family, I hope you’ll get in touch with me. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to getting to know you and your beautiful family!

Find information about pricing and the types of sessions offered by Shanna Chess Photography here.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Beau!

 Another newborn photography session with the whole fam there. I love these! Parents Cassi and Chuck recently welcomed their fourth baby to the family. They brought little Beau in to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio in December along with older siblings Ana, Christian, and Ava. So much fun!

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I have done photos for this family several times before, so it was amazing to see them all in the studio. I think the last time we had the whole family together for photos was when Ava was a baby, so this time around brought back a lot of fun memories! I was looking back and realizing that the last time we were all in the studio together it was 2019—before all this COVID craziness happened. Lots of things have changed since then, but what a great reminder that the most important things—love and family—can always be counted on!

Beau was just perfect for me. Even got a little sleepy smile out of him. 😊 He looked so much like his big brother Christian did as a newborn. Love that sweet little button nose!

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Eugene, Oregon newborn photography

We picked out some really nice deep blues and grays for Beau’s newborn photography session. Really liked those dark colors—everybody in this family has such pretty fair hair, so it was a great contrast.

Big sisters and big brother all did such a great job posing for me too. They’re always a pleasure to have in the studio and it was so fun to watch them interacting together and snuggling with new baby brother.

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My repeat clients are so special to me, and it’s extra fun when, as with Cassi and Chuck, I’ve gotten to see them many times over the years and celebrate several new arrivals with them. So excited about this latest addition to their family, and loved spending more time with in the studio! Such great memories, and the sweetest ever images.

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Thanks so much for stopping by the website! If you’re looking for a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer, I hope you’ll get in touch with me. I love capturing every age and stage of life for families throughout Oregon, and newborn photos are my very favorite. They’re what started me on the road to professional photography in the first place! I also specialize in maternity, baby and child, and family photography, so you can have beautiful images of all the important milestones!

If you’d like to learn more, feel free to explore the website. You can find information about pricing here, check out the studio here, or get to know me a little more on my about page. And if you need more adorable baby pictures in your life—let’s face it, who doesn’t?—be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. There’s nothing better than adorable baby pics in your social media feed, and every once in a while I have special opportunities, deals, and model calls that you won’t want to miss out on! Hope to see you in the studio!

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