Portland Family Photographer

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Lifestyle photography mentoring

Experience a transformative journey in lifestyle photography mentoring, where we cut through the noise and adopt a no bullshit approach. Bid farewell to perplexing tutorials and embrace practical, fun, hands-on guidance that instills confidence and ignites your passion for capturing moments. Whether you're a beginner striving to master the art of authentic photography or a seasoned photographer seeking a creative surge, my personalized mentoring program focuses on your specific needs. Now is the moment to delve into the depths, push your creative boundaries, and unleash your untapped potential as a captivating storyteller. Engage in a stimulating dialogue that nurtures your creativity and enables you to produce work that truly inspires you.

Location : Portland / Oregon

Online + In-Person

Personalized Lifestyle Photographer Mentoring

for Family + Portrait Photographers

Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or an experienced photographer looking to re-ignite the creative spark, my mentoring program is designed to help you where YOU uniquely are in your photography journey. No topic is off the table. Let’s start a conversation about your work through online meetings or one on one conversation and instruction. Below are just some of topics we can cover.

Ignite Creativity

Enhance Your Editing

Working with Clients

Find your voice

Stuck in a rut? Have a ton of ideas but don't know where to start? I will help you break through creative blocks, explore new ideas, and push the boundaries of your photography. I will guide you in discovering fresh perspectives and techniques to bring your vision to life. What made you pick up your camera? Let's find that feeling again.

Edit your photos like a pro! I will teach you advanced editing techniques using industry-standard software. From basic adjustments to complex retouching, I'll help you elevate your images to the next level and develop a consistent editing style that aligns with your artistic vision.

Building a successful photography business relies on attracting and retaining clients. I will provide you with insights and strategies to hone in on your ideal market, optimize your workflow and establish your brand. Includes guidance on portfolio creation, client communication + management, etc.

Developing a unique photographic style is crucial for standing out

in a saturated market. I will work closely with you to uncover your authentic voice, helping you develop a signature style

that resonates with your personal vision and connects with your audience.

Are you in the right place?

Topics we can cover

you are if you answered yes to any of the following.

-Setting up a CRM

-Shooting in Manual Mode

-Creative Shooting Tricks

-Editing in Lightroom/Photoshop

-Finding your artistic voice

-Natural posing

-Location Scouting

-Camera Settings/Gear

-Editing Workflow

-Social Media/Marketing

-Building a trusted brand

-Shoot + edit family films

-Client Experience

-Working with kids (of all ages)

-Photographing Light

-Self Portraiture

-Personal Projects

-Creative Editing Techniques

-Portfolio Review

-The Art of Storytelling

+ You are interested in offering family films to clients. (or making your own)

+ taking on clients is new and you are nervous to take the plunge into being a business owner. (scary sh*t, I get it!)

+ You are struggling to find your niche and create work that is fulfilling (and pays the bills).

+ You have fallen into a creative rut and need a boost to change things up

+ You just got your first DSLR and want to learn how to use it effectively

+ You want to become a better storyteller

+ You think I'm pretty cool and I'm just the person to cheer you on + learn with

Lifestyle Photography Mentoring

Lifestyle Photographer Mentoring PACKAGES + INVESTMENT

Virtual Mentoring

Let's get together...online. We can chat about anything you'd like help with via Zoom. Want to screen-share and learn how to edit from me? I'd love to. Need help getting out of a rut or how to achieve natural posing? Let's talk about it. These meetings are collaborative, relaxed and catered to your needs. I will send you a questionnaire prior to our call for planning purposes and each meeting will be recorded so you can get the most out of our time together.

FREE 15-minute follow up call within one month of initial meeting to check-in and see how you are progressing!


$300 for 90 minutes

$500 for 2, 90 Minute Meetings

$950 for 4, 90 Minute Meetings

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In-Person Mentoring

Create work you are excited about! Let's settle in and dive into the heart of your work. I love for these meetings to feel more like a collaborative, creative conversation.. My aim is to answer any questions you may have and work alongside you on: editing, photographing light, session workflow, client communication, finding your niche, etc. I will provide you with a questionnaire to identify any pain points or topics of interest prior to our meeting.

These meetings take place in the Portland, Oregon area unless previously arranged. Travel is welcome.

FREE BONUS - A mini portrait session with me of YOU


$825 for 4 hours

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Shadow Shoot {+ edit*}

Shadow me on a family or portrait shoot. You will learn: my creative process, how I work with clients, lighting, location scouting, directing your subject(s), creating an experience for your clients, session flow, how to co-create alongside your client, and editing the session afterwards. Editing can be done in-person or virtually.

You will have a chance to observe my entire process and pick my brain. I invite you to create for your portfolio and learn alongside me the entire time. Shadow Sessions will take place in the Portland, Oregon area unless travel is arranged.


$1800 for 8 hours + editing

split with a friend for $2500

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I have been photographing families and events since 2011. However, it wasn't until 2017 that I took the plunge into operating my own photography business. At that time, I had a major case of the 'scaries.' I always thought, "I'm an artist, not a business person." To be honest, starting my business scared the shit out of me, and the fear took over. It took me a couple of years to formulate my plan and actually follow through with it.

With that being said, I started my photography business a year after moving to a new city with two toddlers, a house renovation, and a traveling husband. Despite the challenges, I took a huge leap of faith. Seven years later, I'm still here, pursuing my dreams. It hasn't come without its trials and tribulations, but the mistakes are where I learned and grew. They are the stepping stones to my continued growth as a working lifestyle photographer and educator.

My background is in the fine arts, specifically graphic design. However, my heart longed to be in the darkroom. No matter what profession I've had, photography has always been a constant, steady love that continues to bring me opportunities. Over the course of my career, I've photographed families, weddings, elopements, newborns, portraits, products, landscapes, and events. During that time, I discovered my voice as a photographer and where the heart of my work lies.

My business and inspiration evolve each year, and I attribute that growth to the people I work alongside in this creative life. As a lifestyle photographer and mentor, I strive to share my knowledge and experiences with aspiring photographers, guiding them on their own artistic journeys.

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A Note to you, the artist behind the lens.

When you hear the phrase, 'Putting your work out into the world is not for the weak-hearted," I GET IT. Moreover, when you compound that with imposter syndrome, algorithms, social media, marketing, saturated markets, gear, and the everyday challenges of living your life, it's easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. You might even feel like you've lost your creative mojo. Doubt creeps in, and nothing kills an idea like doubt.

In my experience, creativity is fluid. It ebbs and flows. Your creative process isn't always a neat, straightforward path. At times, it can be a bit zig-zagged or even have some dead ends. Life gets in the way. Fear gets in the way. Fatigue gets in the way. So, what is currently holding you back?

Sometimes, you need a little help from your photographer friend—ahem, me. I will provide you with honest, constructive, and friendly feedback, and we can work collaboratively together, either virtually or in-person. I don't claim to be an expert, nor do I believe there is only one 'correct' way for things to be done. Instead, I offer you my distinct viewpoint and toolset, aiming to provide you with fresh concepts, resources, and motivation to propel your ever-evolving business forward.

Creativity is contagious, and nothing lights me up more than working alongside other photographers and seeing them succeed! I'm an open book, so let's start a conversation about how I can support you as an artist and business owner. Together, we can ignite your creative spark and overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.

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