Michaela Graduating Class of 2020 | Southern Oregon Teen Photographer

Michaela | Class of 2020

This is my little sister, Michaela. We haven’t done her portraits in a few years now, so my mom asked if I’d do them now that she’s 15, almost 16.

I’d have killed for an awesome big sister who was an amazing photographer as a teenager (heck, I’d LOVE to have ME as a sister. Period!). The teen years can be so tenuous and full of insecurities and self-doubt. I think we all struggle to some degree with that, but having a beautiful portrait of yourself goes a LONG way in seeing your own self-worth and building your confidence.

I photographed this same street just two weeks before for this high school senior session and it was completely green. I drive by this street nearly every day and love how gorgeous these trees look both green and as they change into bright red/orange. Just a few weeks later, and they have already dropped most of their leaves.

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It was cold and the clouds were rolling in, but we lucked out downtown and captured some amazing sunlight streaming through the trees.

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I always like to chase the light, so we jumped in my van and headed up toward the hills. I pulled off in a business park that had a little field behind it and it was magical! The light was magical – there was actually deer poop every where and it was pretty cold!

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I wish I had a pull-back for the bottom two shots. There was a giant wild rose bush next to the parking lot with an old pallet laying on the ground next to it. It wasn’t actually very pretty to just look at this time of year, but the rose hips on it where a very beautiful shade of red. I asked my sister to tuck inside a little open area of the bush and, sure enough, it was awesome!

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Michaela Jeanne, I love you to the moon and back! You are amazing, kind, smart and wonderful. Always remember how unique and beautiful you are.

xoxo, Crystelle

Talli graduating Class of 2018 | Southern Oregon Senior Photographer

Talli | Class of 2018

I don’t get a chance to photograph high school seniors often, but when I do, I LOVE it! Especially, when the high school grad is as sweet and gorgeous as Talli.

I photographed Talli’s family a few years ago and I was so excited when she contacted me in early August about doing her senior portraits. We set a date and I kept my fingers crossed the blasted wildfire smoke would clear out of the valley by September for her session. It did finally clear out, but we were left with a very dreary, overcast day, and we even got sprinkled on a little. I’d planned for some awesome sunset shots, with a sun-drenched background, but we made the best of the cloudy day and her images came out amazing!

Talli started with professional hair and make up with Jayme of JLM Artistry, who is freakin’ fabulous, btw!

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We started her session in my studio, using my black v-flats, which I’ve kind of been obsessed with lately.

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We then hit up a little side street and small park on our way toward downtown Medford. I drive by this area just about every day taking my kids to ballet and had always wanted to stop and photograph there. I’d wanted the glowy sun streaming through the trees, but they ended up turning out beautiful without it.

We then went under the I-5 overpass downtown where all the bums and transients like to hang out (not really, but they do pass through this area so I’m always on guard). I really like this little spot because it has gorgeous light anytime of day and there is an awesome foot bridge over Bear Creek.

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We walked around a small area of our downtown. Our town isn’t really old enough to be really cool, and there’s not much in amazing architecture, but there is some fun textures, and, most importantly, pretty light.

These were some of the last images of our session and ended up being some of Talli’s favorites.

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Talli, you are smart, sweet, kind, and beautiful inside and out. I truly LOVED getting to photograph your your high school senior portraits and I hope you love these forever!

xoxo, Crystelle

8 Day Old Newborn Portraits | Southern Oregon Newborn Photographer

Marianne Ruth | 8 Days Old

Meet little Marianne, the most alert newborn I’ve ever worked with. She was one of the calmest babies I’ve photographed, but she faught sleep tooth and nail, even after serval nursing sessions.

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She did conk out for the briefest time in this comfy little wire basket. I took advantage and tried to get some variation for their gallery without moving her. I knew once I took her out that she’d wake up again, but I was able to capture some of the sweetest images from just this one pose.

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Marianne made the most hilarious facial expressions!

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I wanted to do some unposed mommy shots and just had her cradle her sweet, new baby and talk to her. Our babies grow so fast that I love to just freeze this one little moment.

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Marianne’s grandma was able to fly in from out of state and join us for her newborn session.

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If I can, I love creating black and white images during a newborn session. I asked dad to bring a black shirt and used my black v-flats as well as a black blanket on the bean bag. These images tend to be some of my all time favorites as a photographer. They are classic and timeless!

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I create a slideshow for every portrait client. Enjoy Marianne’s and make sure to have some Kleenex handy!

 

1st Birthday Photo Session & Cake Smash | Southern Oregon Baby Photographer

Happy Birthday, Tucker & Grant!

Meet Tucker and Grant. They are identical twin’s who just celebrated their first birthday. The boys are my second set of identical twins, and even though they look the same, their personalities are each their own.

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Grant is the more verbal of the two and was much more content to just sit for his session. He also gave so many smiles! He has his bottom LEFT tooth coming in, while Tucker was just cutting his RIGHT.

Grant also refused to hold the letters that spelled out O N E.

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I just got in this awesome vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt top off of eBay and was so excited to use it for their session.

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Tucker is more physical than Grant and definitely wanted to MOVE! He loved playing with the O N E letters and wanted to Army-man crawl all over the place.

I sent their mom some cute clothing options from Osh Kosh for inspiration and she bought them both adorable khaki pants with old fashion suspenders and button-down, collared shirts. I dug through my hat stash and luckily had matching driving caps that fit them. I kept Tucker in blue throughout the session, and Grant had a white shirt with khaki driving cap and his cake was green. I suspect that their family is going to have a hard time remembering who’s who down the road so I try to keep it easy to identify them later.

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WALL ART

I always ask clients if there is a space or wall in their home where they are considering wall art. I have a nifty iPad app called Shoot & Sell and plugged the image my client sent me in and created this wall display for their new home. This takes the guess work out of choosing prints for you wall and you’ll know exactly how much wall space it will take up, but also how the images will look together.

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CUSTOM COLLAGE PRINT

Their mom originally wanted some 5×7’s of the boys spelling out the O N E and a few from their cake smash, but wasn’t sure yet what she’d do with them or where she’d put them. I suggested a collage print so all the images were together and really to display.

She chose her 3 favorite images of the letter images and 3 from the cake smash and I created this collage during our ordering appointment. It will be printed as a 12 x 12 mounted on white styrene with a UV coating. It will be amazing framed, but could also sit on a self as is.

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Everyday Moments of a Photographer’s Child | Southern Oregon Child Photography

Henry James | 25 months

My baby boy is growing up so fast! He’s still a tiny small-fry, but has moved up from the 1st percentile to the 6th percentile for height. He turned two last month and is due for yet another hair cut to keep those front hairs out of his eyes.

He’s pretty much the epitome of a rough and tumble little boy and is definitely my busiest child. He constantly keeps me on my toes. If I forget to lock the deadbolt on the door to the garage, I’ll find him out there wearing a pair of his big brother’s soccer cleats and his bike helmet. I think he’d live in the backyard if I let him.

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We just took the rail off his crib and said goodbye to the pacifiers. I thought ditching the paci at night was going to be an issue, but he’s slept two nights perfectly (knock on wood!). Nap time is a different story. He used to go down without a peep whenever I told him it was time – as long as he had his blankies and a paci, I’d close the door and he’d be down for at least 2 hours. Now he cries for about 30-40 minutes and I have to stay in there with him until he falls asleep. I hoping this is just a temporary transition.

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I recently invested in a studio light (an Einstein and 86″ PLM) and I set it up for the first time the other night. I shot these photos of Henry using the light on a super grey and cloudy day and am pretty pleased with the results.

I took the photos of my son, Sam, below when it was completely dark outside right after he came home from ballet. I’ll still have to play around with it as the only light source in my studio as I prefer having the fill light from the windows (the wall goes very grey with no fill light), but at least now I can get some shots of my older two kids any time of day. Since they are both in school now, I feel like I have NO recent photos of them.

If you have no recent photos of your kids, PLEASE bring them to my studio and let’s capture this moment. This moment before they loose their first teeth, as she’s learning to take her first steps, this moment as she’s changing from a little girl into a tween. It happens in the blink of an eye!

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