Thursday, March 28, 2013

Preschool Portraits at Small Friends Preschool

Preschool Portrait
I always look forward to photographing at Small Friends School in Portland, Oregon (I'll be there on April 15 and 16 this year). Small Friends holds a special place in my heart because it was the first preschool I photographed at some fifteen years ago. I think it was also the first time I had been to preschool since I attended preschool. I was blown away with the creativity of the environment, the art projects, the activities and the interactions.

I am fascinated by the way these little ones see the world and inspired by their wonder and creativity. The teachers do an amazing job creating an environment where the children can freely explore, engage and express themselves. It makes it easy to capture the true essence of the children in my photographs, and is one of the reasons I love photographing at preschools. I am creatively energized whenever I visit one.

Since my first visit to Small Friends, I have been fortunate to photograph at many other fantastic, creative and inspirational schools. If you know of a fantastic school that would benefit from some creative portrait photography, let us know.

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Portraits while you play at Gymboree Play + Music

I will be back at the Gymboree Play + Music centers in Portland, Oregon in a couple of weeks, photographing the children as they explore all the fun that Gymboree has to offer. It is always a great time. If you, or someone you know, are interested in attending (you must have children five or under) or getting more information, contact one of the Gymboree locations below.

Gymboree West of Bridgeport Village
Wednesday, April 17, 5:00 – 5:45 pm

Gymboree South of the Streets of Tanasbourne
Friday, April 12, 3:45 – 4:30 pm

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Preschool Portraits at Little Green Apple Preschool

Preschool Portrait

Last year I photographed the children at Little Green Apple Preschool in Portland, Oregon for the first time. Shortly after I posted the proofs, I received this wonderful e-mail from the Theresa, the school's Director:
“Thank you for capturing the small magical moments in our classroom, thank you for taking the time to get to know the classroom and each class, thank you for your prompt deadline and thank you for reminding me as a teacher that I am blessed with a wonderful and inspiring job. It is, as you can imagine, hard at times to remember how fortunate I am to get to be with these children, their families and my teachers every day. 
Your photos reminded me of why I was so drawn to this profession in the beginning. The magic of childhood should never cease to remind us to take time to play each day. I do, and will continue to do so.”
Theresa's message resonated with me, because "the magic of childhood" is the reason I love to photograph at preschools and love photographing children in general.

I am really excited to be returning to Little Green Apple Preschool on April 17 and 18 this year to capture more of that childhood magic.

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Preschool Portrait

Want to schedule portrait days for your school? Get more information on my school portrait work or contact me today.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

March Mini Portrait Sessions at the park in Seal Beach

Family and Chil Portraits

Our March mini sessions are back. This time at a park in Seal Beach. The mini sessions fit easily into your busy schedule, are an affordable way to get updated portraits, and are a lot of fun. There are only four mini sessions available, and they are scheduled on a first come first served basis, so be sure to schedule soon.

Each Mini Portait Session is $100 and includes:
• Approximately 20 minutes at the park in Seal Beach (location provided when scheduling)
• Just the kids or the whole family (up to 4 people, more for $25 each)
• Free 8x10 print ($35 value)
• Proofs provided on a private website
• Up to 10 screen res images to share on Facebook, in e-mail, etc. (images contain a small watermark and are not suitable for printing, but are great for sharing online)

Available Times
March 23 at 3:40, 4:00, 4:20, 4:40 pm

Specially Priced Add Ons*
4x6 Proof Prints (approx 30)...$199
11x14 Mounted Print...$79
16x24 Canvas Print...$199
6x6 Brag Book...$249

The session fee is due in full when booking and is non-refundable, but may be applied to a future session or purchase if you need to cancel. In case of inclement weather, a mini session will be cancelled and rescheduled at a future date and time.

*Special promotional pricing is available from the date of the mini session to one week after the proofs are posted.

Contact us to schedule a time for your family.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preschool Portraits at Great Beginnings

I am very excited to be photographing at Great Beginnings Preschool in Long Beach again on March 12 and 13. This will be the 12th year photographing at Great Beginnings. This year will be a bit bittersweet for me, as it is the last year that I have children attending Great Beginnings. Children grow up so fast, which is why I love to help families capture some of the fleeting moments in childhood.
See more samples of my school portrait work and learn more about our school portrait sessions here.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Follow me on Pinterest

I recently signed up with Pinterest as a way to keep track of all the great photography projects, craft ideas and creative activities for kids I have come across online. These are the types of things I enjoy doing with my own kids, or hope to try someday, but I also wanted to share them with you, my creative and artistic clients. Are you on Pinterest? Any tips for a newbie?

Follow Me on Pinterest

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Big Savings on Big Prints
Now through July 22, receive 30% off 11x14 and larger prints.

To order, select your images then call or e-mail with the image number, size, and quantity. Orders must be placed through Dodgen Photography (not our online partner Pictage). If your proofs are no longer online, just contact us to have them posted again.

• Sale ends Sunday, July 22nd at 11:59pm PST.
• Sale does not include canvas prints, acrylic prints, bamboo prints, mounting or framing.
• Shipping, taxes and rush fees are not included.
• Once ordered, you cannot change the order details.
• This offer cannot be combined with other reduced pricing offers.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Photograph,

I have been intending to mention the wonderful site, Dear Photograph,, on here for a very long time. It so simply conveys the power of photographs, memory and human connection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Canvas Print Promotion

From now until June 20 get a free canvas print with every canvas print you order. The free print can be of a different image and size, but must be of equal or lesser value. Contact us soon to place your order.

This promotion is not available on canvas orders placed through Pictage.