Archive for 'Portraits In The Park'

If March remains the month of photographing friends and their beautiful families, I’ll be one happy photographer!  I may just have to set that month aside for portraits of friends year after year ;)  It had been quite a while since I saw Blair, a wonderful friend from my teenage years.  Seeing her for the first time in so long was great.  Seeing her for the first time as a mom – WOW! Blair, I couldn’t be happier for you!!  You are a radiant, fun loving and warm spirited mom to such an adorably handsome little boy.  You and Darren are truly blessed.  It was so much fun spending the afternoon capturing these precious moments for you. I’m already looking forward to it, time & time again!

We started their family portrait session off with an intimate, casual feel in the bedroom of my home studio.  The soft light the afternoon is perfect for capturing the black & whites that Darren is so fond of, as well as Tristans melt-my-heart-flirtatious googly eyes.

Blair is playing peek-a-boo with Tristan from outside on the deck – there’s nothing like the sight of mom & dad to make a little one light up!

Oh those eyes!  This one below just might be on display [life size!] in my studio.  I’m a sucker for vintage fire trucks and adorable toddlers :)

It’s so sweet to see little boys and their dads – Darren, I love these shots of you two!

Above is one of the last family portraits we captured of the day – I think it may my absolute favorite!  Classic & timeless.  You two have started a beautiful family!! I know it was important to you both, that we capture Tristan’s personality and spirit – especially before turning the big 1 year.  I hope these become pictures [captured moments] that you look reflect upon fondly.

xoxo ~ erica

- 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


 I love family portraits in the park.  And I loved meeting this little 1 year old (plus a couple months!) cutie!  Following her around was a definite work out.  Toddlers may not move with lightning speed, but they’re constantly on the go.  Like little lookie-loo’s… from one minute to the next, there’s always something to capture their attention :)  And there I was – ready to capture those captivated eyes.  Oh I just LOVE them!!

Here are three of my ultimate favorite expressions captured from their session…

What play date in the park is complete without a trip down the slide – on moms lap?!  And then a stroll in dads arms :)

Ahh-ha.  Gotcha.  But only for the second she stood still.  With a soccer player for a dad, I can only imagine she’ll have him running off the field too!

Jessica, it was such a pleasure meeting you and your sweet family!

OK, everyone knows I’m engaged.. and this engaged gal is definitely waiting until she walks down the isle [plus some!] before starting a family -

BUT, staring at this OH-SO-Gorgeous and in-love family is making me want my own little cutiepatuties!!

It’s always a pleasure.  But.  Really.  It was such a pleasure meeting the Hefley family just a few weeks ago.  It’s the kind of connection they have, and the desire to [just simply] want to be around one another, that I love capturing.  It’s why I photograph families :) Insert heart here!  Heading to the park for a jaunt of lifestyle photography (aka: family portraits) doesn’t necessarily mean zipping down the slides.  Sometimes the park just offers an opportunity to relax, have fun and be yourselves.  Like our kids.  Like we did when we were kids.  We took that opportunity and ran with it.  I’m in love with what we captured!

Polka dots.  Flowers. Joy. AND those Eyes!

All three have beautiful smiles and spirits to match.

It was wonderful meeting Patti and her sweet family!  Their little cutie is a new walker and fast on her feet… heading straight for puddles whenever she had a chance :) I LOVE adventurous kids!!  I had a blast bopping around Millennium Park with them.  Next time though, I’m thinking we’ll trade in the cute threads for rain jackets and boots – this way, she can stomp around in the puddles all day long!  What do ya say?  Portraits, Portland style!


Family Portraits with Train Tracks

Enjoy your sneak peek.  The slide show and gallery will be up soon!

A Sneak Peek!

What better way to celebrate a {dry} spring day here in Portland, than to head to the park for a bit of family fun?!  Having experienced many, many days of grey skies and rain drops – we lucked out with a morning of sunshine :) I had a blast hanging out with the Williams family at Waluga Park. The park offers a very kid friendly play structure surrounded by a variety of oak trees, grass fields and trails.  And believe me, we traveled it all!


A Portland Family enjoys a spring weekend at Waluga Park in Lake Oswego.

The Slide Show:

One of the simplicities I enjoy most in life, is witnessing true, loving interactions between parents and their kids.  As a family portrait photographer, I am lucky enough to witness this often, and to be able to capture this love for my clients.  Happy Me.  Thanks Leanne & Bronk!  I hope you enjoy your slide show and beautiful pictures :) To check out your entire gallery of images, please click HERE