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.
— Katy + Family
"Kenzi has been taking our family photos exclusively for almost 2 years now. 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 always print my favorites as soon as possible, though it’s hard to choose because I could frame each one! Thank you, Kenzi! Book her today! And watch your years be captured authentically and beautifully!"
i'm based in the salem, oregon area. i don't charge travel fees within driving 100 miles of your session. i mostly operate in greater salem, portland, eugene, albany and corvallis and there are no travel fees in these areas. i do travel though and keep fees low- so if you have a mountain/beach/desert sort of session, reach out for pricing!
i always wear a mask to sessions, i social distance and would never attend a shoot where i felt sick at all. i also can use zoom lenses to keep a further amount of distance- indoors or outdoors. i am a firm believer that photos can be done safely during this pandemic and it is more important than ever to have family photos done. these are seasons of life for the kiddos that only happen once.
I'm a big believer in letting kids be kids and not expecting them to take photos like an adult would. as a whole i love creating a relaxed + connected environment where they can just be kids and you can love on them and play with them during your session. i also have some tricks up my sleeves + techniques that add to experience for them!
sure, you can reschedule up to 2 times! In oregon, our rain is unpredictable and changes by the hour. my method is to play it out and see what's going on the day of the session. we also have back up locations with good tree cover. in 2 years, i've only had 2 sessions get rained out!