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I am a lifestyle photographer. I LOVE showing genuine emotion in my images. I want you to FEEL when you see an image. I want you to know what it was like to be there, in that moment. To feel their joy, to watch their free spirit soar as they ran, to feel the laughter as they shared their inside jokes as a family. My sessions are full of laughter, playing, little ones running, cuddles, and a lot of love.

Your session will feel like one big fun adventure with the ones they love the most in this world.  You will enjoy this beautiful time as a family, where time stops for just a little bit, and all of the wonderful things you love about your life comes out; now being preserved forever. I won't require your amazing 2 year old to sit still for long (for them that means 2 minutes) period of time.

Two year old bodies are made to be encouraged to run, explore and move those growing muscles. I want to capture that - those moments as they are right then.  I always start your session with the tradional posing of everyone looking and smiling at me. You will love those, and so will Grandma ;) however, i'm sure you will be like most of my clients, and have the ones of you laughing and cuddling hung above your mantel instead.  Please get in touch with me today to book your session with me.  

| The Cherise Mae Photography Registry: Set up a registry at Cherise Mae Photography for your baby shower! Your guests will be able to contribute toward timeless photographs telling your families story at your Newborn or Maternity Session. For more information- please contact us! We will send you complimentary cards to include in the invitations! |

Beginnings Session

Those adorable chubby cheeks, wiggling toes and tufts of soft hair? Their coos and sighs? The way they look at you in fascination as they’re trying to figure out the world? Or the way they grab mama or papa’s fingers and hold on tightly?

I always suggest getting newborn photographs within the first two – four weeks of your child’s birth. Those early days are life changing for everyone involved. By scheduling your newborn session early on (even within the first three days of birth), I’m there to capture all the feelings and emotions you and your baby are going through.

Babies also change a lot — even within the first few weeks. Getting your newborn photographs as soon as possible ensures we capture that “newborn look” and all those moments.

Please contact us as soon in your pregnancy as you can to get on our calendar - we take a very limited number of clients each month to ensure the BEST quality experience, timeliness, quality product, and customer service you as a client deserve.

Life Sessions

Oh goodness. If you asked me what I am most passionate about in photography- it would be this. Your family. Your story. Preserving that for your children.

I can honestly feel that sweet, warm, cozy feeling inside just thinking about all those times where I would curl up on my mother’s couch, pull up that fuzzy warm blanket, and start flipping through all of our photo albums. They were beautiful. Full of imperfect pictures right alongside the classically posed ones. The ballet recitals, standing next to Minnie Mouse, blowing out candles- and especially- the family pictures. All of us together, and let me tell you, with 7 children (6 girls!) that was saying something! I don’t know how I would feel if I couldn’t look back on those. So when my family gets together for a photo session nowadays I make sure I print all of my images- that I put them up on our walls- for my kids. Can I tell you a little secret? They love it!

There is just something about gathering together and looking back that makes a person feel at home. Somewhere they belong. They fit. Somewhere they feel loved. We all have busy lives- it gets hectic and time passes. We don’t know how another year passed.

That’s where I come in. I am passionate about capturing this time in your life- your story- through photography.

Exclusive Sessions

Everything about Exclusive sessions makes your life easier.  These sessions will take care of every detail for you, and make this experience as easy as possible. They are catered perfectly to your family.

The Exclusive sessions include:

 Wardrobe styling for the family

 A session location that fits you and your family's style

• Hair and makeup for Mom

 Consultation services after to help you get everything printed, and put up on walls or in albums and ready for gifts.

Themed Sessions

I hold Themed Sessions occasionally,  and they are always different!

These are ones that appeal to your family and your personality. For example, I did Campfire/Adventure styled sessions- these appealed to many outdoorsy families that loved being out in nature and exploring. I have also done Styled River sessions that offered a timeless look.

All of my themed sessions are planned out to the tiniest details to provide a perfect, one-of-a-kind experience. A stylist is also available for an additional charge to help you plan your families wardrobe. I highly recommend this as it alleviates SO much stress and time, but it is not necessary.

session pricing

Your session fee includes the photographer's time, talent, materials, our time together planning, and spent at the session.  It also includes a minimum of 40 fully edited high resolution digital images from the session.  These will be available as a direct download through an online gallery that will be sent to your email.

 | A travel fee does apply for any session greater than 20 miles outside of the area code 97015. |

Beginnings | 500

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• Scheduled for Saturday AM sessions only for in-home lifestyle sessions. Other days and times available for sessions in my Silverton, OR studio.

• Session is held in the comfort of your home for a lifestyle session, or in my studio in Silverton, OR for a posed or lifestyle session.

• Additional fee for 6+ people.

• Customized with stylist available for additional fee

Life | 485

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• Scheduled on Mondays, Fridays and one Saturday a month.

• Additional fee for 6+ people.

• Customized with stylist available for additional fee.

Exclusive | Custom quote

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• Additional fee for 6+ people.

• Customized with stylist available for additional fee.

• Exclusive & Themed sessions are available during limited times in the year. Please email me if you would like to be put on the list to be notified when a styled session is coming.

frequently asked questions

Are you the right photographer for me?

I intentionally put this first. I really want to make sure you are getting the absolute best experience with your session. The most important part of that experience is making sure you and your photographer are the right fit. Just as you see many different paintings from artists and different styles, there is just as much variety in photographers styles. If you start looking at different photographers you will notice differences in their art. All of the work is subjective, none 'right' or 'wrong', just different. Different art appeals to different individuals. So what appeals to you? What kind of colors do you like to see? Rich and deep or light and airy? Are you drawn to images where everyone is looking and smiling, or where you can feel their energy, love and emotion from the way the subjects are interacting? Keep this in mind as you look through my work. Make sure you love what I provide. If you do- then perfect! I will lead the session and provide you with images you will absolutely be in love with for years to come!

What is your photography style?

Hmm.. Well, that's hard to put into words, but i'll give it a go. I am a lifestyle photographer. I LOVE showing genuine emotion in my images. I want you to FEEL when you see an image. I want you to know what it was like to be there, in that moment. To feel their joy, to watch their free spirit soar as they ran, to feel the laughter as they shared their inside jokes as a family. My sessions are full of laughter, playing, little ones running and a lot of love. To your children, your session will feel like one big fun adventure with the ones they love the most in this world. To your spouse, they will be pleasantly surprised just how many times I tell them to "please, STOP looking at the camera". You will enjoy this beautiful time as a family, where time stops for just a little bit, and all of the wonderful things you love about your family comes out, now being preserved forever. I won't require your amazing 2 year old to sit still for long (for them that means 2 minutes) period of time. Two year old bodies are made to be encouraged to run, explore and move those growing muscles. I want to capture that- those moments as they are right then. I of course will start with the picture of everyone looking and smiling, but i'm guessing you will be like most of my clients and have the one of all of you laughing and cuddling hung above your mantel instead.

Where are you located?

I am located in Oregon, serving Oregon City, Portland, Vancouver, Silverton, Salem and surrounding areas.

What should I wear?

GREAT Question! Make sure you plan early! Please read over this very informative and easy read What to Wear blog post here: http://www.yourqt.com/10-tips-on-what-to-wear-to-your-photography-session-portland-oregon/

What should I do to prepare for the session?

Make sure your children have been fed and have had naps before the session. If it's during a time of year where the session is late in the evening, I recommend having your child do a late nap. I know the hardest part of a photography session is actually getting to the session. Give yourself PLENTY of time to get to your session. Think of the time it takes to get in the car, get out of the car, traffic, etc. Once you are at the session the BEST thing you can do for your session is to be HAPPY! Your children (and spouse) feeds off your energy. Make sure they know this is a FUN event. We will be running around, playing, and having a great time. So once you finally make it- let everything else go and have fun!

What time do you have your sessions at and why?

For family outdoor sessions I ONLY book them one hour prior to sunset (So make sure you aren't late for your session!) You can check times here: http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/portland-or) If that is too late for you in summer, check fall dates! I only book during these times to ensure I provide you with the absolute best looking images for your session. The lighting not only is beautiful at this time of day, but also gives the best color for skin tones and is the most flattering light. It moves an image from "oh, that's nice!" to "WOW!". The exception to this, is I might move a session up 30-60 minutes if it's in a very covered/shaded park or an Urban session. For lifestyle sessions I book them in the middle of the day on Saturdays. This provides the most ample light that is needed for those indoor sessions.

How do I book you?

Simply send me an email at Cherise@yourqt.com. We'll discuss what you are wanting, dates and make sure we are the right fit for each other.

When will I receive my photos?

I will post a preview within 2-3 days of our session. Then, 2 weeks later, I will send you a link to your finished session. You will then be able to download all of the full resolution images directly to your computer.

Are there any additional charges for me to receive my photos?

I charge a one-time flat rate for your pictures. No added sitting fees, special effect fees or huge prices for portraits. The price quoted does include the photo shoot, your personalized link containing all of your images to download immediately, with permission for you to share and print the photos from anywhere and keep forever.

Who do you recommend for printing? Do you offer prints and products?

My price includes the full resolution images to print wherever you like. Though, I have learned through experience that different printers offer different quality and color calibration. Walgreens for example may provide you with a green tint to all of your images. I recommend Mpix.com for the best color, along with your local Costco photo center **though, make sure to ask them when they calibrated their photo printers last- they should be doing it daily.** If you find your image doesn't match what you saw on your screen- it is the printing company you chose. I do offer prints and products. If you'd rather skip the hassle and have me do it and make sure all of the colors are calibrated correctly and images that will last 100+ years, just contact me and I can help! I also offer custom products you won't be able to get from companies like Costco. Just ask if you are looking for something special.

What are your styled sessions?

Ohhh I am so glad you asked! I LOVE my styled sessions, I do a couple each year and they are always different! These are ones that appeal to your family and your personality. For example, I did Campfire/Adventure styled sessions- these appealed to many outdoorsy families that loved being out in nature and exploring. I have also done Styled River sessions that offered a timeless look. All of my styled sessions are planned out to the tiniest details to provide a perfect, one-of-a-kind experience. A stylist is also available for an additional charge to help you plan your families wardrobe. I highly recommend this as it alleviates SO much stress and time, but it is not necessary.

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