Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Eugene Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Ethan!

 Hope you’ve all been enjoying the beautiful sunshine—and that you enjoy scrolling through the photos from this adorable newborn photography session!

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Elizabeth and Dan brought sweet new baby Ethan to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio in March for his photos. He was just an angel and the cutest little guy. He was awake for a bit at the beginning of his session, but was completely calm and just kept looking around. Babies this age can hardly ever stay awake for long (unless it’s three in the morning, right, moms and dads?) so it wasn’t long before Ethan got drowsy and drifted off to sleep so we could do our pictures.

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He slept great the rest of the time and we got so many cute photos of this little man in all kinds of different poses and outfits. He had the best chubby cheeks—had to get a closeup of those!

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I have all kinds of great props at the studio, but there’s nothing like personalization, so if you feel like bringing in something special, just let me know! Dan wanted to bring in some deer antlers to pose Ethan with, so we did a setup with the antlers and one of my rustic baskets. I think Ethan and his dad are going to have lots of fun in the great outdoors as this little guy gets older!

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As well as newborn portraits, we also got some newborn and family photos of Ethan with his parents. I love doing these kinds of pictures! A new baby—especially a first baby—is such an amazing change for parents, and it’s so special to capture that relationship just days after baby’s arrival. Love the beautiful images we were able to get of this sweet family during Ethan’s newborn photography session. So wonderful to spend some time with them, recording this first stage of their lives together!

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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 would be delighted to hear from you! I love capturing the many special milestones of life for families throughout Oregon, including maternity, newborn, baby and child, and family photography. While I love recording every one of these stages, I’ll admit, newborn photography is my very favorite. Photographing these brand new little ones is what started me on the road to professional portrait photography in the first place.

If you’re 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. I offer both full and all-inclusive mini options. And if you need more adorable baby pictures in your life be sure to follow me on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or my new TikTok. Can’t wait to connect with you on social media or—even better—welcome you to the studio sometime soon! It would be my pleasure to help you turn your memories into beautiful art.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Ashley

 Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope your week is going well. Just wanted to share these great photos from one of my maternity photography sessions a couple of months ago. Ashley, Eric, and big sister Merida came to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio in February to get some pictures before the new baby’s arrival. They are expecting another girl!

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It’s always fun to have the whole family there for a maternity photo shoot. We got some great couples shots of Ashley and Eric, some family pictures, and a few mom and daughter photos as well. Merida did such a great job taking photos with her mama. She is such a cutie and I love her curly hair. I can’t wait to see her with her new baby sister!

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We did a few different gowns—I have a whole closetful for my maternity clients to choose from! Ashley really liked the purple, and we also did a couple of neutral colors.

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Ashley also wanted to do some nude maternity photos, so we did a few of those as well. I especially love the one with the hat! I know a lot of times women who are pregnant feel like they aren’t attractive anymore. Girl, that is just the hormones talking! Photos like this prove that you are just as gorgeous with that beautiful baby belly as you ever were!

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Loved spending time with this amazing mama-to-be and her sweet family. I’m already looking forward to having them in the studio again for newborn pictures with new baby girl when she gets here. Can’t wait!

Are you getting ready to welcome a little one to the family? Congratulations—I am absolutely thrilled for you! I know you have so many things you have to do to get ready, but believe me, one of the most memorable is to invest in professional, personalized maternity photos. This is such an amazing stage of your life, and even though there are days it feels like it will never end, it will be over before you know it and you’ll have your precious bundle in your arms. Maternity photography is a way to remember all the best parts of those days when you were still anticipating baby’s arrival.

As an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer, I specialize 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. We can do studio or outdoor, and have family members join us or just focus exclusively on 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, April 28, 2021

Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer: Elizabeth

 What a pleasure to have this wonderful couple in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio for a maternity photo session. Elizabeth and Dan are expecting a little boy and will be bringing him to see me for newborn pictures too. Can’t wait!

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Elizabeth chose some of my studio gowns for her maternity photo shoot. Clients are always welcome to bring their own maternity gowns if they have them, but I also have a large collection of gowns in lots of different styles and colors that mamas-to-be are welcome to use during their session. She looked great in purple and loved the flowing style of that dress, so we used my purple gown for most of our pictures. We also did some photos with my new mauve tulle (which has been a popular option lately) and I was excited to use my black silk tossing fabric for the first time!

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Tossing fabric is something that can really make the photos from your maternity photography session stand out. It adds a gorgeous, almost dance-like movement to your portraits, and I love the way the curves of the fabric accentuate a woman’s figure and echo the curves of that beautiful baby bump!

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I also love all the photos we got of Elizabeth and Dan together. I know all my clients love each other, but sometimes that isn’t so easy to translate through the camera. It really depends on the couple. While I try to make all of my sessions as relaxed and natural as possible, not everyone feels super comfortable showing affection in front of a camera! Totally understandable, and I’m always there to help clients pose in such a way that we can capture that special relationship. But with Elizabeth and Dan it was so easy! Their love was very apparent and photographed beautifully. Such a sweet couple.

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Are you expecting? Congratulations—I’m so excited for you! If you’re interested in professional, customized maternity photos, I hope you’ll choose Shanna Chess Photography. As an award-winning Eugene, Oregon maternity photographer, I would love to help you capture this special stage of your life. Pregnancy is such an amazing time, and yours deserves to be recorded!

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. I offer both full (1 hour) and all-inclusive mini (20 minute) maternity photography sessions, so you can choose what first best with your vision for your finished images. No matter what style you have in mind, I can help you create exactly the session you’re hoping for. And yes, both full and mini sessions can be either mama-to-be only or include your spouse and/or other children. Check out the investment page for more details and pricing information. And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m happy to answer your questions and discuss your vision for the session. I can’t wait to welcome you to the studio!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Leo!

 Had so much fun doing this newborn photography session! Jacquellynn, Dylan, and big brother Eden brought baby Leo to my studio at the beginning of February for some newborn and family pictures. I did Jacquellynn’s maternity photos back in December (be sure to check out the blog post for her session if you missed it!), so I’d been looking forward to meeting Leo for a couple of months. He did not disappoint!

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Leo was amazing for me! Super sleepy and didn’t make a peep the entire session. Maybe he knew he was on video and decided to be extra good. 😊 I recently started a TikTok profile (@shannachessphotography) and decided to do a video of Leo’s session so I could share a sped-up, behind-the-scenes peek at what a newborn photography session looks like. The TikTok video ended up going viral, which I was totally not expecting! Over 6 million views. Leo is a popular little guy!

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It was really fun to have Eden there. I’m used to older siblings only being two or three years old, so to have a brother there who was quite a bit older was a rare treat! He was so easygoing—just went with the flow and was so great at holding his baby brother. We were able to get some really sweet shots of the two of them together. That nose kisses one might be my favorite!

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We also did some newborn and family portraits. I’m really glad the whole family was able to join in on this session—especially since both Dylan and Eden were involved in Jacquellynn’s maternity pictures too. Having everyone there for newborn pictures just tied it all together beautifully.

We did mostly neutrals for Leo’s photos. Of course, since his parents are Ducks fans, we had to get some shots in my baby-sized green and yellow Ducks uniform. As a Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer, I figured out pretty quickly that it was a good idea to keep some sports-themed props and outfits in the studio. Eugene is a college town and we do love our sports!

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Although your newborn photography session can be customized using the props in my studio, you’re also welcome to bring special items from home. You can see we did this with Leo. Incorporating your uniform is a great option if you’re a first responder or member of the armed forces. I’m sure Leo will grow into those boots someday!

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So much fun to spend time with this amazing family. I loved seeing them again and meeting baby Leo—what a sweetheart!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in family, maternity, baby, and newborn photography. It’s my pleasure to help families record all the amazing ages and stages of their lives together! If you’re interested in professional photos of your little one or family, please get in touch with me. I would love to be part of your journey and create beautiful images for you to treasure.

 

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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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!

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