Portland Maternity Photography: Jenny + Alden

The tagline that I wrote some years back, and that I still use to guide my photography work and my business today, is as follows:  “Based in beautiful Portland, Oregon, Alyson Levy Photography loves to work with families to catch the moments that make them unique and beautiful, creating images that tell their story.”  I remember the day I sat down to write the copy for that website:  hours agonizing about how to succinctly convey the idea behind my fledgling photography business, what was unique about me as an artist, until that sentence fell out onto the page, a fully formed idea.  As the years pass, my own photographic style continues to develop, but photography for me remains a balancing act between conveying my own vision and meeting my subjects where they are in their own lives, and always working to tell their story in a beautiful and honest way.  Looking back through and posting these maternity sessions recently has made me reflect on this continuing balancing act.

For Jenny and Alden, this session was about capturing a moment in time just before their lives changed in a big way.  I love how these images manage to convey their love and affection for each other, as well as a feeling of excitement and anticipation for baby’s arrival.  (I’m especially fond of the last image — standing amidst the clutter of an unfinished nursery, two people solidly together and so clearly in love.)  My hope is that over the years, my clients will look back at photos I’ve taken for them and will find clear memories of important parts of their family’s story, and be glad that they took the time to stop and capture those moments.

Many thanks to Jenny and Alden for being such lovely subjects, and for hiring me for three sessions in baby’s first year — stay tuned for baby photos as the blog continues to expand!