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!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Jules!

 I had so much fun doing this newborn photography session! Honestly, I love every session I do, but this one was especially fun because the whole family was able to join in: mom, dad, and big brothers Lucas and Asher all came with baby Jules to her newborn session. How often do I get to have a family of five in the studio? Had an absolute blast with them!

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Since we had the whole family there it was the perfect opportunity to get some group portraits. We got pics of baby girl with mom, dad, and both of her big brothers. They are all so excited about this new little sister! I don’t blame them one bit.

Parent and sibling images are offered with my full newborn sessions, so those are a great way to go if you’re looking to include the whole family. Of course, it’s completely up to you—some families like to focus only on baby during their session, which is great also. You can compare my full and mini newborn sessions here to get a better feel for which type of session would be right for you. Although I love both types of sessions, I’m really glad this family chose to include everybody!

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One of the things that was fun about having the whole family in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio was seeing them interact together. This family is just so in love and sweet with each other. I seriously could have photographed them all day! Lucas and Asher were so great about posing with their little sister. Maybe it’s genetics, because baby Jules was the same way—she posed like a dream!

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Oh, and did I mention how gorgeous Jules was? Just look at that sweet little face! I also love the pretty colors we picked out. Peach and pink go great together and it’s a fun way to add a little more color to the traditional pink and white for girls. Flowers are also a classic and beautiful touch if you’re welcoming a girl to the family.

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We did mostly neutral colors for our baby and family photos. This is a great way to go since it ensures that your photos will work with any décor over the years. I often like to get a collection of neutral-colored shots, more colorful pictures, and a few black and white images so families have a variety to choose from during their ordering session.

Such a fun time with this family—Jules was absolutely precious and I loved being her newborn photographer!

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I’m so glad you stopped by! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer who specializes in family, maternity, baby and child, and newborn photography. It’s an honor and a pleasure to help families record all the amazing ages and stages of their lives together! If you’re interested in professional portrait photography for your family, I hope you’ll get in touch with me. I would love to be a part of your journey and to create beautiful images for you to treasure.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Delilah!

 Valentine’s Day is coming up, and what better way to spread the love than by sharing pictures from this sweet baby girl’s newborn photography session? She was so adorable and just a delight to have in the studio. Love the way her baby pics turned out. Enjoy!

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Danielle and David welcomed sweet Delilah to their family in the latter part of last year and scheduled her for a newborn mini session. These are a little different from my full newborn sessions, and they’re a fantastic option if you’re looking to focus just on baby and want more of an all-inclusive package. My mini sessions are nice and short—only an hour long—and include five high-resolution digital images. There are no parent/sibling images included, so if you want baby pictures only, this may be the option for you.

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The sweet spot for newborn photography is when baby is between seven and fourteen days old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get beautiful photos beyond that. Little Delilah was almost four weeks old when she came to my Eugene, Oregon photography studio, and she was just amazing! Still nice and sleepy, beautiful skin, and the best rosy cheeks!

Since our session was short, we didn’t want to mess around too much with changing Delilah in and out of outfits. Instead, we chose some pretty headbands and soft swaddles that looked adorable and kept things simple. Swaddles are a really nice way to get the “newborn pose” look even with older babies. I absolutely loved the pink and mint combo that Delilah’s parents picked out!

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I also couldn’t resist getting some closeups of those precious baby fingers and toes. My little felt hearts make really popular props, and they’re never cuter than when they’re tucked between baby’s feet.

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I think we must have known that I would be posting this session in February, because hearts were a bit of a theme in Delilah’s photos! We also used one of my favorite props (my wooden heart bowl) to cradle Delilah against a pretty pink background. Love it!

It was so fun to work with this sweet family. Delilah is gorgeous and I’m so glad I got to meet her! I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos of this little sweetheart.

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If you just can’t get enough baby photos in your life—and let’s face it, who doesn’t need more cuteness?—be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by the website! I hope you’ve found everything you’re looking for. If you’d like more information about pricing and the types of sessions I offer, check out the investment page. Or, if you’re interested in booking a session or just want to chat, please get in touch with me. I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon 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 for you. Can’t wait to see you in the studio!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Henry!

 Happy February, everyone! Last year felt like it lasted forever, but I think this year is going to fly by. Seriously, it was New Year’s yesterday, right? Hard to believe it’s already time to start shopping for Valentine’s treats. It’s also hard to believe that it’s already been three months since Rustin and Carlina brought in their adorable new baby boy, Henry! I hope you enjoy the photos from his newborn photography session!

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I was so excited to see this little guy in late October. Both his arrival and his photos had been long awaited, so it made me extra happy to watch this family expand with Henry’s arrival—and so special to be able to record it for them! Memories like this are so incredibly precious, and that stage of infancy goes by in the blink of an eye. That knowledge is one of the things that led me to my current profession: After my first daughter was born I knew I didn’t want to lose a single moment of watching her grow. With photos, there’s a way to hold on to those memories forever.

Henry was such a sweetheart for me. Cute as a button, and nice and curly so we could get some of those classic newborn poses. Working with babies like this reminds me of just how lucky I am to be pursuing my dream job as a newborn photographer! I love all kinds of portrait photography, but there’s no question that my passion is working with these tiny new babies. Although working with newborns requires extensive training and is a unique challenge, it’s also my favorite thing ever!

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Mom and Dad decided to go with lighter colors than I usually see for boys—which I’m all for! Although I’m always happy to offer suggestions and help people figure out what might work for them, I also love it when parents have their own sense of style and know exactly what they want. These are your baby pictures, so you should absolutely use the colors, styles, and props that capture the feeling you want.

Loved having Henry and his parents in my Eugene, Oregon photography studio. They are fantastic people and I’m so happy 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, 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 what Shanna Chess Photography 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 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 for all the latest news and pictures!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Eugene, Oregon newborn photographer: Welcome Ozzy!

 Samantha, Christopher, and big brother Zeplin brought adorable new brother Ozzy in for his newborn photography session in October. I did 6-month milestone baby pictures for Zeplin back in 2019, so it was wonderful to see this family again and celebrate the new arrival with them!

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I love the dark colors mom and dad chose for Ozzy’s setups. The super dark grays, blues, and blacks gave a lot of depth to our photos and he looked so good in them! There are plenty of popular color options for baby photography, but I love it when people have their own style preferences and aren’t afraid to do something a little different.

I remember big brother Zeplin being super smiley as a baby, and he was the same way this time around—so happy and adorable! Look at that grin. 😊 Toddler siblings aren’t always thrilled to have a new baby in their lives, but it looks like Zeplin is adjusting just fine.

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Samantha and Christopher decided they wanted some family pictures during this newborn photo shoot, and I’m so glad they did! Pictures with parents and siblings are always an option with my full newborn photography sessions, and it’s such a great opportunity to get beautiful images of the whole family while recording the arrival of your new little bundle.

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Ozzy was really good for me, so we were able to get a variety of the classic curly and swaddled newborn poses. My Eugene, Oregon photography studio has tons of props to choose from, so we had fun creating different setups. I especially love the moon and stars—all those deep colors just worked so well together, and the lighter grain of the wood in the backdrop reflects the gold from the stars.

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Since it was almost Halloween, we also did a couple of festive shots, including one with my little candy corn prop—always a favorite for October babies!

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Loved welcoming this family back to the studio. It’s always so fun to see past clients. I love catching up with them, seeing how their families are growing, and continuing to be a part of their adventure!

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If you’re interested in booking a professional newborn photography session for your little one, please contact me! I’m an award-winning Eugene, Oregon photographer offering sessions for all ages and stages, including maternity, newborn, and family sessions, and milestone sessions for babies and children. Take a look at my newborn gallery for ideas and inspiration from past photoshoots.

It’s my honor to serve families throughout the state of Oregon, including Eugene, Springfield, Creswell, Cottage Grove, Junction City, Florence, Bend, Roseburg, and Salem. If you’d like to learn more about my services, please feel free to explore the site. You’ll find session options and pricing, information about the studio, and more about me and my work. And, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

I hope you’ll choose Shanna Chess Photography for all your portrait photography needs. I can’t wait to hear from you and create an amazing session together!

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!


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