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03.17.17

It was a very cold January day for Dallas, TX. I had just travelled from Portland, OR back to my old stompin’ grounds (Dallas) to document this sweet family’s day. We had only spoken on the phone a hand full of times before meeting each other early that morning.  A little fact about Lorilei is she LOVES Christmas decor, which she leaves up for a couple months after Christmas (hence all the decorations). Their sweet son, Killian, had actually slept in later than usual that morning so we got to capture him waking, which is always fun. “Hey kid! Here’s a giant camera in your face! Wake up!”  He wasn’t really phased, though.  In fact, he liked the camera!  It’s so nice how the family tends to forget I’m there within a couple hours of stalking them with my camera. Everyone relaxes and I’m able to capture very REAL moments and emotions.

We started the morning by cooking breakfast in their home after Killian helped his dad retrieve the morning paper. Tory is apparently the cook and Lorilei made her daily smoothie, followed by some crafts at the kitchen table, and exploring some water beads in a giant tub of water before venturing out of the house.  Killian usually has a full schedule of fun activities throughout the week and since mom and dad took the day off from lawyering we all got to accompany him to his activities. We started with a nice lunch out then, attended his sports lessons class (which was inside b/c of the cold), followed by private indoor swim lessons. The kid can swim the length of an  olympic pool. Better than me. And he’s FOUR. Quite impressive.  Apparently his dad has been taking him to this pool to swim since he was 6 months old and he took to it really well.

We ran an errand on the way back to their house to pick up a sink/plumbing part for their master bathroom that Killian would help dad repair. Dad prepped dinner while mom and Killian built a gingerbread house.  We enjoyed a nice Italian dinner and they indulged in s’mores in the backyard for dessert.  Afterwards, Killian and his dad worked on a Star Wars Lego project (doing legos is their “thing”) before heading to bedtime routine. They’re geniuses and have a reclining couch IN Killian’s room so they get super comfy during bedtime book reading. Each parent takes their turn reading books before bedtime prayers are said and goodnight kisses are given.

One thing I really enjoy about these storytelling sessions is that I get to learn the nitty gritty details of people’s stories. I get to learn their joys and their struggles.  How they discipline their children. How they reward their children.  They’re favorite foods and the little mannerisms that their kiddos have- but may only stick around for another few months. I get to see who does most of the cooking and what bedtime routines look like. I get to see how the kids adore their parents and the sweet affectionate touches and looks the parents give each other throughout the day. I see how they help balance the load of parenting.  I LEARN from these families. These are the memories worth preserving!

It was such a pleasure and joy serving this family with a full Day in the Life Storytelling Session!  It wasn’t but a couple weeks after their session, one of their sweet 15 year old dogs passed away.  I’m so glad they have these videos and pictures to remember her as a part of their family.

Here’s a quick 1 minute clip of their day (see full version below):

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Here are some of my favorite images:

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03.15.17

Back in August (2016) it was a PERFECT weather day so we dropped what we were doing and headed to the beach for the day. I am SO grateful we live a mere 1.5 hours from the Oregon Coast. What a treasure! We also found our new favorite beach just South of Cannon Beach, called Hug Point.  We recently visited this beach for a super quick sunset “couples” shoot when my step mom was visiting (she took pics of us).  We didn’t get to play much since the sun was quickly setting and the evening fog was rolling in as it got darker so, I made a mental note to head back there next beach trip.

I don’t want to take these days for granted when I can just drop what I’m doing and head to the beach with my sweet little adventure boy, Brady.  Pretty soon he’ll be in elementary school and we won’t have as many “free” days.  We explored beach caves, huge rocks, live things growing on the rocks, crab legs/claws, beach water falls, a couple little hidden oasis right on the beach. It’s incredible. We even tried to blow bubbles, which was a fail because of the wind, but made for some funny pictures. He loves to chase the water and be chased by the water. Too bad it’s pretty cold water… I honestly haven’t gone in past my hips.

Who wants to do a portrait session at this beach?! Email me Hello@LaurenAllenPhotography.com

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03.08.17

July is simply a wonderful time here in Oregon. This was our second trip to the Sauvie Island Lavender Farm when we had more family in town visiting from Texas. My step mom is a very talented photographer so, of course we took some photos at the lavender farm.  The ones of me (blonde) were shot by her  (www.DariaRatliff.com) and edited by me.  The rest were shot by me as we played around the field. I can’t wait to go back this year, but it might be a little different seeing as I’ll have a newborn in tow.   I wish I could transmit the SMELL of this gorgeous place through the internet. Blooming lavender plants have a sweet clean mild floral and almost vanilla aroma (to me at least). You hear a faint hum of all the bees pollinating the blooms. Typically I’d slightly freak out and not want to be near the bees, but they stick to their business and we stick to ours. Thankfully we had no stings either time we were there.

I don’t typically love being on the other side of the camera, but I’m so grateful for these lovely images by Daria. It was also super bright midday sun when we took these and Daria’s sweet mom helped hold a big diffuser during most of the shots! Thanks, Sandra!

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