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12.14.15

The Pittman family’s “Day in the Life” Storytelling family session continued & finalized in PART III.  You can view Part I here  and  Part II here.

After finishing up dinner al fresco at one of their favorite local restaurants, Laughing Planet, they walked back through Gabriel park towards home. Sweet little Via pet every single dog she encountered. She has one of the kindest oldest souls I’ve ever seen in a 4 year old.  The kiddos played in the leaves and with odd shaped pine cones just as the sun was setting and showing off by bathing us all in it’s magical golden light.  They topped off the night with some Frozen Yogurt in Multnomah Village and of course, a stop at the local beer store.  They joked that instead of cute photos of the kids getting baths, we were at a beer store.  But hey- that’s what a storytelling session is. True to YOU and your day…. not uber planned and staged. Via inquisitively wandered down an aisle, looked up and announced, “HEY! We like that kind!”   Megan’s eyes got huge and she scooped her up implying it was time to go home.  Sweet little Via fell asleep while eating her froyo on the way home in the stroller… spoon still raised in the air, with some libations in the seat next to her for the adults to enjoy at home after a very full Saturday.

I find so much joy in documenting families lives. It’s so important to capture these small moments that so easily pass us by because, we’re busy, we forget or we want to be in the frame. What a special gift to have these images to reflect on in a few years and again when they’re adults.

You can learn more about these Day in the Life Storytelling sessions here.  Please contact me if you’re interested!

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12.13.15

Enjoy Part II of this beautiful Day in the Life storytelling session of the P family in Portland, Oregon.  You can view PART I with the full day fusion video here and Part III here.

The weather was so perfect. It was October in Portland, Oregon and the sun was out. They made sandwiches for lunch, did some yard work after selecting plants at Home Depot, explored their rainforest front yard, walked through some beautiful parks & more forests on the way to one of their favorite local dinner spots. Stay tuned for more!

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12.11.15

“A DAY IN THE LIFE” photo session…. what is that really? Just what it sounds like! I photographed this family from sun up to sun down one Saturday.  It is one of my favorite sessions to date.  Sometimes it’s difficult to describe what a lifestyle documentary family session is so let’s just call it a “Day in The Life” storytelling session. You can learn more about these sessions here. 

I mostly stay behind the scenes, but of course you’ll find me playing with the kiddos here and there. I also encourage families to just be themselves. Yes, please tidy up your house, but it doesn’t have to be magazine perfect. This session is to capture YOUR uniqueness. YOUR current stage of life. The little quirks your kiddos are deep in. Tantrums and tears. Your Saturday morning routine. Your favorite park down the street. The favorite cafe for lunch. Doing yard work together.  Completing a puzzle together. Getting a hair cut. Washing the car (or dog). Reading books to your littles before bedtime. Whatever is unique to you. This is your story and I want to capture it!!

I find so much joy in capturing these things that are YOU. I didn’t once direct this family what to do. Nor did I turn on or change any of the lighting in the house. I just arrived as the kids were waking up and started shooting and didn’t stop until after dark (14 hours later).  There is so much beauty to be captured in your story. I would be honored to be the one to document that.  Please contact me if you’re interested: http://laurenallenphotography.com/contact 

I really enjoy the Pittman family. They are beautiful, unique, gifted, artistic, musical, intelligent, etc… and I hope these images portray that.  Their home is nestled in a small rainforest in the middle of Portland  so, it’s its own oasis. I arrived just as everyone was waking and beginning their Saturday morning routine. They made biscuits, bacon, eggs, and fruit and enjoyed it in the beautiful Fall sunlight of their all green-house like awesome breakfast nook.  Then, they slowly got dressed and the kiddos played before heading to Home Depot to select some new flowers to plant in their front yard. This is Part I of III blog posts… stay tuned for more.  Enjoy!

You can watch the entire fusion video here:
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PART I of III still photos are below:

Part II and II will be available later this week…

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