Family

Front Porch Portrait Series
Our Strength at Home in 2020

2020 might not have been exactly what anyone expected, but for so many it allowed time to slow down and soak in precious moments with our family. Through my Portland Front Porch Portrait series, documented in May 2020, during the mandated quarantine due to the Covid 19 pandemic, I photographed 15 families that wanted to encapsulate this unprecedented time with family portraits.  Remembering all the beauty in the chaos and to hold memories of strength at home with our nearest and dearest loves.

I’m so excited to share some highlights from the Portland families I had the pleasure of photographing, making the best of a tough year and creating joy together during the lockdown of 2020. These were all photographed by me, with a mask on, all at a proper social distance using longer and telephoto lenses outside on families porches, and yards.Thank you to all the families who chose me to document these bittersweet memories at home and for sharing your personal thoughts about the experience. I’ve included select quotes along with photographs to share this strength in our homes and our families during this hard time. Hugs to you all and stay safe out there!

“I’m writing to tell you I am SO glad to have your photos. I absolutely love love LOVE #28, Sam looking lovingly at smiling Lily & Henry that you rendered in black & white. I know this will be one of the most cherished images I’ll ever have of my children. I’m going to put it into a big beautiful frame. I told my husband it’s one of the things coming to the nursing home with us some day :)” -Dawn Peck
“Jessica photographed our wedding 5 years ago, and when she announced she was doing Porch Portraits , I was thrilled to have her surprise my husband when I had a socially distancing birthday with members of his family. It was the first time we had seen each other in months that was not through a screen. I had also booked the Portland Famous Unipiper as another surprise for his party. She took pictures of us with the Unipiper , with our family in masks and around the outside of our newly purchased home. We are so happy to have professional documentation of a strange, emotional and unique time with someone who makes us comfortable like we are chatting with an old friend.” -Nicole Benoit“In a time when you feel like lots of things are being taken away these photos are a great reminder to appreciate what we do have – a home and our family.” -Patience Deeks “Jessica’s work is phenomenal. She is able to capture the tiniest sparkles–the love contained in each moment! These months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainty, but contained within have been cherished weeks of getting to spend time with our children and seeing them grow. I felt every drop of that sentiment in our porch photos. We felt safe and seen. When I look at these images, I will remember the best of times and the magic.” -Katherine Berman
“Grateful to have many wonderful pictures of our family, a beautiful memory from a challenging time. This period will shape us as we move forward, and I hope these photos will be a reminder of the comfort that family provides each of us.” -Kellie Gulden“We were so happy to have Jessica come by for these photos. The pandemic disrupted our plans for a photoshoot with our baby in his first year, but we were still able to capture the moment in front of our new home, where we are getting to spend so much time together now. Jessica shot our engagement and wedding photos as well, and it was so nice to have her behind the camera again!” -Jesse Neilson and Giorgina Castillo

“So special! We had recently moved into our home and just got a new puppy so it truly captured this moment in time! The good and the bad.”  -Merrin Permut

Jessica Hill PhotographyFront Porch Portrait Series | Our Strength at Home in 2020
Engagement

Molly & Scott
A Cooper Mountain Park Engagement

Molly, Scott and their sweet son Ethan and I all met up for their engagements back in late February and it was happen to be a gorgeous day! We all met for the photos at the beautiful Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton, Oregon and I was so beyond inspired by this hidden gem of a city park! They had relatives watch their cutie-pie son so we could get some magical couple photos around sunset. Excited for their outdoor vineyard wedding this September! 

EvanLMolly & Scott | A Cooper Mountain Park Engagement
Family

Portland Porch Portraits!

 

Announcing Portland porch portraits!

Your house is your home and it really does represent your family love especially during this trying time! Your 15-20 minute mini session will include your immediate family in a short and sweet photo session at your Portland home to celebrate your strength during Covid-19.  Your porch, driveway, balcony, sidewalk or garage can act as a great backdrop for these portraits. This is a historic time and you will want to remember the beauty in the chaos!

Feel free to be casual in jeans and t-shirts with bare feet or make it funny with pajamas and wine! 15% of each session goes towards our charity partner at the Oregon Food Bank to support families in need.

I will maintain a 10 feet+ distance and will be wearing a mask. I will be using longer lenses to achieve the “close up” looks.  I’m always happy to include your new baby, furry friends and maternity for the portraits. Your online gallery will be available for 48 hours for you to choose the two that came in your package and order additional prints, digitals or albums. Booking May sessions now at this site.

Jessica Hill PhotographyPortland Porch Portraits!
Baby

Sara & Monica
A Mt Tabor Maternity Session

After photographing Sara and Monica’s wedding in 2016, I was so excited to hear that they were expecting! It was even more exciting to find out that they wanted to do a maternity shoot to celebrate this very special time. With views of Portland in the distance we captured beautiful photos at Mt. Tabor on the SE side of the city. Monica looked radiant in a floral blue dress against a backdrop of warm autumn colors. Sara and Monica are expecting a baby girl (yeah baby Irene- who I’ve since had the honor of photographing!) and decided to bring along their pup, Sasha, to complete their first family photoshoot. I absolutely loved the ultrasound photo and those teeny tiny baby booties! I couldn’t be happier for Sara and Monica and know that they are going to be two of the best moms to this little girl. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of photographing another amazing time in both of your lives!

Jessica Hill PhotographySara & Monica | A Mt Tabor Maternity Session
Family

Baby Sheils
A Lewis and Clark Maternity

Ahhh! I couldn’t be happier for this wonderful family! After photographing Elizabeth and Tim’s amazing engagement & wedding several years ago, I was honored to photograph their stylish and joyful maternity session at the historic Lewis and Clark campus. Photographing a family’s milestones in this wonderful life is why I do what I do!  Tim and Elizabeth are just as kind and wonderful as they appear and we had lots of laughs and long the way. Also, can we just mention their adorable pup, Penny? She stole the show with several people stopping us to pet her and give her love! Very excited for them to welcome their baby boy later this month! Eeeeek!

Jessica Hill PhotographyBaby Sheils | A Lewis and Clark Maternity
Baby

Welcome Baby Ceci
A Portland Baby Photo Session at Home

Mia and Chris and I met at a wine-tasting event WAY back in the day right around the time when Chris proposed! We photographed their apple-orchard inspired engagement session back in 2012 and had a blast together. Since then so much has happened, marriage, houses, careers (Mia is the manager at the Pearl Anthropologie!) and Mia and Chris welcomed their sweet baby girl Ceci into this wonderful world! Was so honored to photograph their sweet family along with their pups at their stylish home in NE Portland. I especially loved the Jonathan Adler couch! (Yes please) and Ceci’s hip and bright nursery. Their older pup passed very soon after these photos were taken so I’m very humbled to have photographed that sweet pup. So much love for this kind, stylish and creative family!

Jessica Hill PhotographyWelcome Baby Ceci | A Portland Baby Photo Session at Home
Engagement

Margaret and Noah and Family
A Tualatin River Engagement

Margaret and Noah have the kind of love that moves mountains and makes you dance under the moon. Margaret is a friend, a fellow (amazing) photographer, and a talented writer bringing attention to things that need to be talked about like mental health, gender and marriage. Noah is an activist and conservationist who adds spark to any room with his wit and humor. I met up recently with Margaret and Noah and Margaret’s two incredible kiddos, Beck and Riley and we photographed at their charming home in the woods on the converge of the Tualatin and Willamette rivers. Needless to say this gorgeous couple and their family was a joy to document and spend time with. We skipped stones and danced under the purple moon and made magic. We also photographed some fun 70’s inspired couple’s glam boudoir pics that you can find over at my Peekaboo boudoir blog. Excited for this intelligent, artistic, kind-hearted couple and their at-home wedding this September. 

Jessica Hill PhotographyMargaret and Noah and Family | A Tualatin River Engagement
Family

Portland Family Photography
The Klep-Vance Family

Christy is a beautiful momma friend of mine and I’m so happy to have known her for over 10 years! She is a delightful and hilarious momma who made two beautiful girls with bright spirts and wild imaginations. This boss-babe also owns the Original Photo Booth Company which is a rad photo booth team of cool booths and people and photos. These lifestyle and studio photos for mothers day of this year, though admittedly the shoot happened after moms day because… life! We first met up at my studio and then walked around the Mississippi arts area, including Ruby Jewel ice cream for the little ladies, which always makes for good pics (& bribes!) So fun spending a sunny afternoon documenting a fun family of incredible women. Celebrate family with a studio/street session! Check out more of my portland family photography work here or contact me at my quick contact form to book your session for fall 2018!

Jessica Hill PhotographyPortland Family Photography | The Klep-Vance Family
Baby

Baby Hailey and Family
A Portland Family Photographer

Brett and Laurie recently welcomed the beautiful baby Hailey into this world and I’m so honored to have photographed their family. Not only did I get to document their new baby girl, I also had the privilege of photographing their fun wedding at Black Butte Ranch back in 2015!  I love being able to document in people’s homes and I love the intimate details that make us this beautiful life, like dad’s thumb being held by his daughter’s tiny hand or the softness of mom’s shhhhing her baby girl to sleep. These are the moments and this is why I love what I do!!! Thank you Laurie and Brett for inviting me into your home! 

Jessica Hill PhotographyBaby Hailey and Family | A Portland Family Photographer