Friday, May 11, 2012

Lack of Updates

Updating my blog has not been high on my priority list lately, so I thought I'd write a brief post just to let you know that I am still an active photographer (just not blogger).  I post more--though still not all--of my sessions on my facebook page, so if you would like to see some of my more current work, here's a link:!/pages/Jen-White-Photography/139209199454118

Current session information, including pricing, can be found by clicking the "Session Information" tab above.  I look forward to working with you and your family.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Parrott Mother/Son Session

I had planned to take Christmas vacation off, but I ended up with 3 requests for portraits during that time.  Besides helping pay for Christmas, there were other perks to working during the holidays.  My favorite lens stopped working on December 27, during this session.  And the warranty expired on December 31st.  So I’m thankful for this session because I love my job, I really enjoy being around this family, and because it helped me take enough  pictures that the lens failed during the warranty period instead of after.  Thank you Katie!!


I’ve been to this park dozens of times and knew it had some great spots for pictures, but I’d never noticed the rail road tracks near the entrance of the park (possibly because there’s a road over part of them, which means no trains).  We decided to stop there for some of our pictures, and I love what we got.  There were other good ones from the park, but these at the track turned out to be my favorites:

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And a cute one at the park:

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Thanks Katie!  Your boys are really wonderful.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fun at the Fire Station

We had a wonderful Christmas break with our extended family this year, but one of the highlights for my boys was visiting their uncle at the fire station.  It was fun for them to hear the other firemen call him “captain,” and they learned that you should never go down the fire pole in shorts (ouch!) or large belt buckles (scratches the pole).  The goal was to learn fire safety, so hopefully some of that stuck too, but it didn’t make it into the conversation in the car on the way home.  Here are a few pictures of my boys learning about fire safety, belt buckles, and how much cooler you look if you use a bigger ax:









What a fun day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Clarke Portraits

I forgot I hadn’t posted a sneak peak of these adorable kiddos!  We had a lot of fun chasing ducks and were lucky enough to avoid the worst part of that day’s rain.



This little gal was smiley and so excited to be photographed:

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Her brother was more difficult to win over, but still such a sweetheart.  Between the playground, the pond, and the ducks, it’s no wonder he wasn’t interested in the camera!

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We took cover from the rain for our group shots, and I’m so happy with the result:

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Here’s my favorite from our session:



And here’s how you know when it’s time to go home:


Thanks, Heather, for spending the morning with me.  Your children are adorable, and I enjoyed or session.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Romney (cont’d)


Romney Baby (and a few more tips)

Such a sweet little guy.  We set the appointment for a time when he was supposed to be napping so we could get detail shots and sweet sleeping baby pictures.  I’m so glad he was awake for this session!  Here are my favorites:


Just like with my last session, we had a cold Oregon day for our shoot and so we were working with natural window light.  The shot above and below were both taken with baby on the bed in the master bedroom—in the above shot, I knelt between him and the window.  The front lighting is very forgiving of skin imperfections, and we’ve got great natural catch lights in his eyes.

For the 2 shots below, he is parallel to the window.  That gave us a little more shadow, which adds character and depth.  If there’s too much shadow, you can prop a white pillow (out of the picture) on the non-window side.  That will reflect some light back into the shadowy area.







Another one with him facing the window and pulling an adorable baby face:


And of course I love shots of mother with baby.  I told Jana that she was my prop in these pictures—they’re really more about the interaction of mother and baby than getting a great shot of mom.  (but of course you want mom to look great, too, or she’ll never show anyone the pictures!)  And the background is a sheet draped over the edge of the crib.  Just make sure to iron it first—wrinkles can be hard to take out in Photoshop (as I experienced first hand with these pictures).

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Thanks, Jana.  Your little guy is adorable, and I really enjoyed getting to know you a little.