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Fall Mini Sessions: October 23rd, 2016, Portland, Oregon


It’s that time of year! Email me to book your fall mini portrait session. I’ll be holding them on October 23rd in a TBD Portland park (although I’m leaning towards Laurelhurst this year.)  Mini portrait sessions are $250 for 20 minutes and include your favorite 5 images as downloadable high resolution digital files.  Purchase more images from your session for $25 each or all of them (20-30) for $100. Morning and afternoon times available. These will fill up fast so email me today!

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Family Portraits in Portland, Oregon: Siblings hamming it up at Sellwood Park

Not every child is comfortable getting their photo taken. Actually most of them aren’t. I know I’m not and many adults aren’t either.

These two siblings, to be honest, were reluctant participants in their family portrait session.  The sister was shy, weary of me. The brother, self conscious and not sure how to act (not posted here are the 100 or so images I got of him glaring at me or making goofy/sabotage faces.) While this usually stresses parents out, it’s pretty common.

This is part of my job. Moving through the awkward beginnings. It takes getting to know kids a bit. Getting them on board with me, with my camera and giving them space. My 8 years of elementary teaching experience definitely serve me in this arena. Getting good pictures of kids. I’m patient and accepting. I can be goofy or I can lay down some rules. Every kid is different. And in the final images you don’t see the awkwardness. You see the personality. You see who they are in this moment in time. And that is what my clients continuously say they love about my photos of their kids. It’s really them. Not a fake smile, not a perfect pose.

Not every image is a winner. But when you don’t force perfection and let the little ones be themselves you come away with some real gems.

These two helped remind me of that.

Sara Vandepas has almost 10 years experience as a family portraits photographer working in Portland, Oregon and the Willamette Valley. She also does a limited number of weddings a year. Her wedding photography as well as family photography are documentary style, mostly natural lit, authentic, candid style. Email her today to book your full or mini session!

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Newborn Photography: Portland Oregon

This little sweetie was only 10 days old the day I met him and took his family pictures. What a calm little guy and so much hair already you could almost style it! Precious beginnings. It’s always an honor.


Sara Vandepas has been working as a family portrait photographer and wedding photographer for over 8 years in Portland and the Willamette Valley.  Sara specializes in candid, documentary style images of families, siblings, newborns, high school seniors, engagements and weddings. Contact her today to book your portrait session!

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Family Portrait Sessions: Portland Oregon Mini Sessions

Here are some favorite pictures from a Spring Mini Session I did at Mt. Tabor park in Portland, Oregon. I love doing family portrait sessions at local parks, and Portland has some gems. This family, who are lovely friends of mine, hired me for their wedding and twice now to photograph their beautiful daughter. We focused on candid moments of them and were able to include their pooch. 

Sara Vandepas is a candid and documentary style photographer in Portland, Oregon. Sara specializes in family portraits, children, siblings, newborns, wedding photography, senior portraits and more. Contact her today for all your photography needs.

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Family Portrait Mini Sessions in Portland, Oregon just in time for Mother’s Day!

It’s that time of year, folks!  Spring Mini Session are here.  The easiest way to update your family photos in a short, low stress discounted portrait session.  Mini Sessions are $250 for a 20 minute slot and include your favorite 5 images.  Usually you have 15 to 25 images to choose from. These are just in time for Mother’s Day and make great gifts year round. You can always order additional digital copies or prints. Choose May 7th or 15th and email me your preferred time!  Let’s get this booked.



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