Silhouette of family reflecting at a pool at Glass Beach during a family photo session at sunset.

Family Photos

Oregon Summer Road Trip

August 23, 2023


I hope you’re having a good, relatively calm closure to your summer and transition into fall. We wrapped up our lazy summer with a mini family reunion and our first road trip up the CA and OR coastline. On the way up, we drove along the coast and visited the towns of Fort Bragg, Klamath, and Bandon. And for our return, we ventured more inland into the OR wine country and visited Silver Falls State Park, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Crescent City, and Shelter Cove. Our most northern destination: Astoria, where I got to fulfill my dreams with all things Goonies like a wistful 80s awkward teenager. By default, my extended family was also subjected to nerd fandom and were locked up in the same prison cell filmed in the opening sequence.

Aside from spending quality time with one another, other highlights included seeing elk prancing in the wild, discovering exotic marine life, exploring sea caves, experiencing our first bonfire on the beach, and even having a real, proper photo session with Portland photographer extraordinaire, Posy Quaterman. (Not pictured: all the toe injuries, random car on fire along the highway, driving through a Level 3 Evacuation wildfire (!!!), and a person doing his “business” right at the hood of our car—pretty much all things most memorable for my pre-teen). ????????

It’ll be a million years until I edit all my photos, but here are some favorites.

How was your summer and your transition back to school? Any adventures or misadventures along the way? I wanna hear all about it.

About Me

Real life is more than pretty pictures.
The beauty is in the journey, and it's absolutely
worth documenting all of it. 

I’m captivated by people and always have been; my B.S. is in anthropology. Early on, I appointed myself the family documentarian, carefully recording milestones and travels and learning along the way how much I love visual storytelling. I picked up my first professional camera when my daughter was born, knowing those early years with her were precious and full of changes. A photographer friend’s encouragement soon led me to make photography my career. Today, after many years and proud accomplishments, my passion for it only grows.

I can’t imagine doing anything else.