Time moves fast- too fast. Every season of life for your family- the good + the challenging- deserve to be documented. It’s so valuable to look back at these photos and see the connection with each other. To remember the season your kids were in, remembering the trials you overcame at that time, the joy in their faces while they’re little and the sweet moments “in between” poses. Your family in its most raw, authentic form is beautiful + unique and is worthy of being captured.
In a world filled with social media + riddled with comparison, my heart is that you feel completely at peace during your session. The goal isn’t perfection, its being present and letting that presence + bond you have show through in your photos. It’s documenting the real smiles, the giggles + the fun of having your photos done together. It’s about photos that last for generations to come. There’s not an instagram worthy dress code, a standard to have to hit, or even about kiddos that don’t struggle through it at points. It’s a grace filled space for you to be yourselves, let go of the worries traditionally associated with having your photos done + truly enjoy being in the moment + being fully your unique, goofy, love filled selves.
We are always sure to get the photo of everyone looking at the camera first. From there take a lifestyle approach to your session. This makes the kids less overwhelmed and sets the stage for more natural + connected photos. During your session we walk around, let the kiddos discover, guide you through prompts and pause you for sweet moments. The photos you get truly encapsulate who you are as a family + the season of life that you are in.
This part of Kenzi Shipley Photography is my passion project. I have a heart for documenting the various seasons of life for families in a way that is laid back, relaxing and something to look forward to year after year. Life moves so crazy fast, having photos of your kiddos + you throughout the years are truly priceless. Whatever is holding you back- stress, finances, not feeling comfortable in front of the camera- I guarantee years from now it won’t matter. All that will matter is that you get to look back and relive a time in your life that has past + look at life with your kiddos while they are little.
— Gaona, Family photos
"I cannot say enough good things about Kenzi. She is so incredibly warm and easy-going and talented. She made us feel at ease from the second we met. She guided us so well throughout the shoot (embraced and rolled with our awkward selves lol) and delivered an outstanding gallery."
— Kayla, Wedding, Engagement, maternity, newborn photos
"Kenzi made the whole experience so fun which for us is hard because we are awkward when it comes to being photographed but it was so easy and seamless with her. ... Her photos are so beautiful and she really captures our personalities and the emotion in every shot!!
— Nikki, Wedding, Engagement + Family photos
"Kenzi is simply amazing. She pours her whole heart into her business and it shows. She takes the time to connect and get to know her clients so that when picture taking time comes, you’re already comfortable."
"Each time, we experience an intimate lifestyle photography session. Kenzi’s work is unique in that it feels like a family date! It’s intimate and creates a family memory while we’re being captured. It reminds us of the love we have and what makes us special and precious. Our whole family absolutely looks forward to it We always leave our photo times more connected as a family than when we came."
I am based in the Salem, Oregon area. I don't charge travel fees within driving 50 miles RT of Salem/ Corvallis, Oregon. I spend a lot of time photographing families in Portland, the Gorge and the Oregon Coast- reach out for a special pricing sheet for these locations!
I offer mini sessions only on specific days. View and book here: