Archive for September, 2012

I love chucks.  I LOVE chucks on kids.

Check out this uber cute and stylish family portrait session at Luscher Farms.  I love photographing big kids with their little sisters – they are so sweet together!  Mari, I’m so happy to have finally met your family.  You all look gorgeous!

- Sneak Peek -

Here’s a little sneak peek of two very handsome little boys and their sweet family!  Two years ago, I captured Chase’s 1st year portraits and now he’s a big brother!!  Check out Chase and his little brother Camden.  Careful, they may just melt your heart!

More to come soon :)

This shot just cracks me up!  I just keeping seeing greeting cards in the near future ;)

Just look at that handsome start [insert heart here!]

I have to admit, enwrapped in wedding season – it had been quite a while since my last newborn session!  However, when your friend gives birth to one of the cutest little boys – how do you decline?!  Newborn sessions in general take a long time.  Most of my newborn photographer friends spend an average of 4 hours on each newborn session.  Really?  Ha.  YES!!!  Best done within 5-7 days of birth, there’s feeding, changing, napping and all other things to consider.  Though it’s not an easy task, the images are priceless [insert heart here!]  Here at Erica Hartman Photography we have a very lifestyle approach to Newborn Photography.  Though we like to bring in props from time to time for when baby is napping, we really LOVE to capture the interaction between mom, dad & their new little bundle of joy!  And if it’s not their first little bundle of joy, we encourage bringing along big brothers & sisters.  The first few weeks of getting to know a newest member of the family is something you only experience once.  We are honored to capture that for our clients.  We were especially honored to capture that for Angela & James.

These adorable newborn portraits were taken during our second session when Angela brought little Wes in to the studio.  There is something about tears & toes – I’m a sucker!

I know what you’re thinking.  Didn’t I just talk about how extensive Newborn Portrait Sessions were?  I sure did!  Than why, you ask, did I ask the entire family to venture out to Luscher Farms?!   We thought it would be a wonderful idea to pair Gods gifts of life [in all forms:] newborns & mother nature.  Beautiful.  Don’t you think?!  Angela, THANK YOU for trecking the entire family out to West Linn for your fist newborn session.  I am in love with how beautiful you all look!!

While mom was spending some much needed time with little Wesley, James & Hezzy went picking wild black berries – gotta love the Pacific NW!

A sleepy baby is precious and perfect for pictures.

If you LOVE these family portraits as much as I do, LIKE and let Angela & James know just how sweetly beautiful their family is!

xoxo ~ erica

katherine + h.j. =  in love.  engaged. & tying the knot!

It’s not an overload of images if they’re all AMAZING, is it?  I couldn’t part with any of these and so I simply had to share them all!  Thank you -and- you’re welcome :)

These two lovebirds met while studying at the University of Oregon.  Ummmm.  Actually, I believe it was at a greek party – quite possibly their most memorable greek party ever.  Yup, I’d say that meeting your future Mr. & Mrs. to be is reason enough to take a little study break and head for the jello shots!   Quite a few years later they are more in love than ever, engaged and planning a wedding.  LOVE!  I know it’s a little less than a year away but I’m already looking forward to their wedding!  I had an amazing time venturing out for their engagement pictures – they are both as sweet as it gets!

Look at them.  Katherine & H.J – you both are glowing!

Katherine – you had the cutest, most comforted expressions when you were snuggling up together!

Dock-siders & strapy wedges are perfect accessories for an engagement session in the South Waterfront of Portland.

Dress by Anthropology.  Perfect for a little Marilyn Monroe breeze!

Ummm.  Can we say picture perfect smiles?!

Oh yes.  Did I mention we went SAILING?  Did I mention it was my first sailing trip EVER?!

H.J’s father is an oh-so-adventurous sailor and was happy to steer the wheel for a while.  I actually think he would have preferred to nix the pictures completely and sail full speed ahead!  With the wind, the choppy seas and an adventure seeking captain, exciting doesn’t even begin to describe my fist sailing trip – I’m totally hooked!  I should also note that all of my equipment is now fully insured ;)

Katherine & H.J. – as the boat was rocking side to side,  you two did an amazing job of blocking out the wind and hamming it up for the camera.  You both look cool, calm, collected and gorgeous!   You totally rocked your engagement session and I hope you’re loving your pictures as much as I do.  Cheers to your upcoming wedding!