Oregon Family Photographers

Photographers in Oregon for Family, Vacation, Birth

Portland, Salem, Eugene, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, Corvallis, Gresham, Hillsboro,

The accredited documentary photographers of the Oregon Family Photojournalist Association are at your disposal for in-home or even outdoor family photo sessions. Choose from these incredible photographers to make your birthing sessions, day trips, family vacations, reunions, and anniversaries as memorable as possible:

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving Oregon

10 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

Portrait of Oregon family photographer Cliff Etzel

My role is to be the observer, the curator of visual moments. I’m not there to make moments, I’m there to capture them. My name is Cliff Etzel and I’m a Pacific Northwest regional award-winning photojournalist specializing in family, wedding, and end of life documentary photography. My passion to document the lives of everyday people is inspired by the works of William Albert Allard, David Burnett, David Alan Harvey plus many others and my passion hasn’t diminished even after all these years. A photograph to me needs to show an element of humanity and I believe I photograph “people being people”. I’m passionate about what I do for my clients and I’m constantly searching for those unfolding moments that shows deep empathy for my subjects, documenting the topics of birth, death, day to day family life, celebrations, homelessness, and the other aspects that are a part of the human experience. I prefer to shoot stills (my true passion – especially in black and white), but I can also shoot video, record audio and utilize text and other interactive content for imparting information. Most of all, what I bring to your project is compassion, sensitivity, and experience as a documentary photographer and storyteller with over 30 years of professional working experience. When I’m done with your project, what you’ll have is a story. Your story.

Portland, Oregon Family Photographer Heidi Kramer

Hello! I am a photographer and digital storyteller based near Silverton, Oregon. I travel around the Pacific Northwest to document love and life. I make pictures every day. When I'm not working to document a client's event or family, I document my own. I live with my husband and our three daughters on our small vineyard, where we are learning to appreciate everything Mama Nature has to offer. Prior to our move to the vineyard (we're Wisconsin-ites at heart), I earned a BFA in photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After working as a photojournalist in Kansas, Nebraska, and Washington and as the Manager of Multimedia at Pacific University, I started photographing weddings and families in 2009. I look for the quiet, subtle, funny and chaotic (as well as the beauty of course) with the intention of finding artfully composed, authentic moments.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Family Photojournalist Ron Storer covering Seattle, Washington

Ron is a family photographer based out of the Northwest. He has been married to his wonderful friend, Neesie, for nearly the past 29 years and they have two amazing boys; Grant and Torey. 15 years ago, Ron Storer worked on a freelance basis with non-profit Organizations doing relief work around the globe. Now on occasion Ron still assists NPO's when possible and as his schedule allows. Prior to his photography career, Ron Storer raced on the US Cycling Team earning a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games and a Silver Medal in the Olympic Trials.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Florida and Sarasota family photography by Samantha Moore

Hi, I'm Sam: a photo-taking, baby-making, adventure-seeking mama + photographer. For my "Real Life Family" sessions, I prefer to ditch the park setting and capture your family as you REALLY ARE. I offer both "Breakfast" and "Bedtime" sessions, where I shadow your crew for a few hours either first thing in the morning, or last in the evening, to capture the details of your world and the moments that make up your days. Let's trade in the matching outfits on the beach for pajamas with a side of morning cuddles and teeth brushing, or dinner time chaos and bedtime stories. Or invite me along for your day at Disney or fishing in the Keys! Come home from vacation with a souvenir that really brings back the memories and keeps them for safe keeping. I'm a mother of two myself, and nothing we own means more to me then our family albums: easily the first thing I'd grab on the way out if the place was on fire. Those albums begin at birth, and there are few things like the honor of taking someone's very first portrait. I've had the joy of supporting women in labor and documenting the last leg of their journey to meeting their new babies. There's nothing like it. Before becoming parents, my husband and I specialized in destination wedding photography and have had the pleasure to document wedding celebrations all over the United States, the Bahamas, and into Europe. Beyond photography, I love being a mom and a wife, gardening, decorating, dancing, traveling, sewing, clean sheets, dinner parties, snow boarding, camping, IPAs, hiking, and that tingly feeling when you first get into a hot bath. I love great late-night conversations that dig deep, karaoke in dive bars where people are performing like they're on the verge of a midlife crisis, and the rush of Christmas mornings. And I'd love to connect with fresh families that dig my style and would like to document their families.

Southern California is home to Ventura based documentary family photographer Loren Haar

I am a Southern California natural light, documentary-style photographer, which just means I’m a storyteller, capturing your everyday life and times in images. For me, it is all about authentic imagery that represents who you are. I’ve always been one to document, but my love of photography really blossomed with the birth of our first child. I inherited my first DSLR camera, which I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until a friend taught me how to use the manual mode that I realized pointing and shooting play a very small role in creating a compelling image. So my quest began: to make images — creatively and expertly — that move the viewer. Soon after, I had life changing moments to document: our 2nd daughter’s cleft palate surgery and bringing our son home from the hospital for the first time. But I have realized what I enjoy most is capturing the little things: how she cocks her head when she pushes her palms into the play dough, or how he clambers up onto a bike that is way too big for him. For me, the joy of capturing a moment beautifully and memorably is the most exciting part of photography. I would love to share this gift with you, to come together for a time and create a collection of images that bring you just such joy.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Margaret Albaugh is a family photographer from Spokane, Washington

Photography for me is about more than just snapshots or pretty pictures. As my work has evolved and as I have evolved, I've realized my photography is about celebrating authenticity. For my client work, I celebrate the authenticity of real life, real parenting, and family. There is nothing more beautiful than what is real. As a mother, I learned to embrace the real - and the more I embraced it the more I loved it. I want my clients to feel that deep sense of joy and connection to themselves and to their families in the way I have experienced it within my own life. And I have been able to give that through photography. By photographing their real moments, I've been able to tell them they are enough. They don't need poses, props, or prompts - all they need is themselves to be present. When they put this artwork up on the walls, they reaffirm that message to themselves and to their children - they are enough. And I can't think of anything better to give a child. My hope is to capture moments that tell the story of someone's life, their family, or their business. I want my work to reflect not just who was there, but the feeling of that time. If you'd like to work with me, I'd love to chat. For a bit more about me - I'm a mother to two tiny humans, I have a wonderful husband, and I seem to be collecting cats as we have just gotten a third. I am a Game of Thrones addict, a movie buff, and I have major wanderlust. So let's go wherever your story takes us. ------- You may contact me for personal work or commercial work.

Nick Otto is a San Francisco, CA based family photographer.

Hi All! I am photojournalist dedicated to telling the story of your family through genuine, moment driven photographs that will stand the test of time and be enjoyed by your family for generations to come. I'm a San Francisco based photographer who, for over a decade, has spent most of my time covering news worthy events both big and small. Before San Francisco I was based in China. I've always been drawn to defining moments and the light that surrounds them. I've worked for newspapers and magazines spanning 6 continents as well as leading global companies and NGO's. Some notables being The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle,The Associated Press, The NBA, U.N.H.C.R. and The W.H.O. There is something inherently different about the way photojournalists see the world. I think bringing this unique view and moment driven photography to families truly creates images that people can enjoy for generations to come.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
San Francisco family photography by Anthony Thornton, of California

After growing up with drum sticks in my hands, I went to music school and earned a B.A. in jazz drumming. But in 2008 while studying abroad in Amsterdam, I discovered a love for photography. And in 2010 my focus completely shifted from music to image-making. To learn this new craft, I studied (and continue to!) the masters and assisted as many photographers as possible. While freelancing for publications in Colorado I eventually became a staff photographer for the Vail Daily, where my images were also published in other outlets including The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine. Today, I'm a beardless freelancer living in San Francisco and specialize in making people look and feel like themselves.

Jared Lindsay - DFW Texas family photographer

As a father of 3 I know how crazy parenthood is. I also know how fast time goes by and how important it is to record those fleeting moments that make up this wild thing we call 'life'. That is why I feel, more strongly then ever, that it is very crucial to be as unobtrusive as I can be when making photographs of families so that I do not interrupt those moments that make this whole thing worthwhile and precious. Documenting those moments is not just for you, the parent, but more so for your children - for them to have an honest record of how your life and family really were... in all it's chaotic glory!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Portrait of San Francisco Family Photographer Lisa Winner

Hi, I'm Lisa, a family documentary photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have two children and a husband, who I like most of the time. In this crowded market, what makes me unique? Well, there are a few different reasons why I should be your next Photographer (I mean, there is more than a few, but who has time to read all that). 1. I’m not interested in creating photos that look like everyone else’s This is an important statement for a couple of reasons: with the proliferation of photographer’s on social media, it is very easy for both me, the photographer, and you, the client, to get caught up with the latest trends and say: I want that too. Just like everything else, trends come and go, and in a couple years’ time, you’ll be frustrated by that picture on your wall because it will be ‘outdated’, and the whole process starts all over again. The absolute #1 priority for me when at a photoshoot is the moment. Special moments between you and your spouse, you and your child, you and your dog – moments that define your relationship and capture your life in its current state. I aim to make timeless photographs that you will enjoy for years to come. And while yes, I want you to come back to me next year for updated photos, I want it to be because you’re ready for more moment capturing – not because the photo filter that was the hot trend 2 years ago now seems dark and ‘blah’. 2. I go beyond the ‘JCPenney portrait studio’ business model. I actually get to know my clients. While I am a business, I am also a human being. I do not subscribe to the “churn and burn” model. There’s no way I would be successful at point #1 if we didn’t get to know each other. Do we need to be best friends? No. Though that would be nice. I like best friends. But will we talk and chat, and possibly have a laugh or three throughout the day? Absolutely. I might even tell you what I was known for in high school (probably not, but if you reach bestie status, then maybe). 3. I’m sincere and honest (to a fault). And I’m funny (not to a fault). I “grew up” career-wise in a corporate environment. I did retail and account management for 15+ years. I learned a lot about who I was as a person and how I wanted to be viewed within an organization. And that came down to two points: Good at my job, and funny. I never wanted to take myself too seriously. Sooooo many people think that being professional = being boring, and it doesn’t have to be that way. At least, I never felt it had to be that way. Customer Service is about meeting the client where they are at, and providing something that A) the client needs and B) delivering it in a way that makes them want to come back to you, again and again. Do I take my art form seriously? You bet I do. Because when you recommend me to your friends and family, I want that recommendation to be because you’re crazy about your photographs, and you loved our time together (and now we’re besties – see #2).