The J Family | Old Mill District | Family Photos in Bend Oregon

I have known the J family since my oldest son was in preschool with Liam. Since the day we met, Lisa and I have been close friends. Do you have one of those friends who just "get you"? Lisa's mine. The boys now go to different schools so we don't often get to see each other as much as we'd like.  I was so honored to be asked to photograph their family again. The Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon was the perfect backdrop for this fun session. I love the urban feel to it! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place-there are endless fields, woods and natural scenery. It was fun to step out of my norm a little :) 

Next time you're looking for fall family photo locations, consider the Old Mill District in Bend for a little bit of everything!

The Rubio Family | Newborn Photos | Bend, Oregon

I just knew when Taryn contacted me about birth and newborn photos that I would have a great time photographing her and her sweet family. Taryn is the easiest going woman I have ever met. I traveled to their gorgeous home in Bend, Oregon for their newborn session and just about did a happy dance when I entered their gorgeous house. Photographing the first few days of a newborn's life are so special. This is why I love traveling to my clients homes-it's so much more personal. The cozy snuggling shots are my favorites and we definitely got plenty of those! Thank you, Rubio family for welcoming me into your home and allowing me to photograph this special time in your lives! 

The Nobles Family | Newborn + Family Photos | Smith Rock, Oregon

You may remember these two from a session I did at Shevlin Park in Bend, Oregon, from a year ago. It was just them, and a "just because" session. They have since expanded their family by four feet: twin girls! David and Valentina contacted me not too long ago for an outdoor session with their twin girls at Smith Rock which happens to be one of my favorite places to photograph. We ended up having to reschedule because of all the smoke from the fires. Smoke + newborn babies = no, no. Luckily, the day we rescheduled for ended up being just slightly hazy and at risk from the weather cooling soon, we decided to go for it and boy, were we not disappointed! 

You know how there are some people who were just meant to be parents? David and Valentina are those kinds of people. The entire session was so calm and relaxed (the complete opposite of what I was as a first-time parent.) I am seriously impressed with these guys. Selah and Evie are a couple of very lucky sisters. David and Valentina, you guys are awesome and I can't wait to watch the girls grow :)

The Ward Family | Maternity Photos | Smith Rock Oregon

I knew as soon as we exchanged that first email that Rebekah and I would jive. She just "sounded" like such a friendly person, plus she was up for meeting at one of my favorite places-Smith Rock. 

I could hear Rebekah and Dale's little girl, Clara, chatting away as soon as soon as I arrived. Clara didn't need much warming up to me and she even showed me her new baby doll, appropriately named "Baby". At the end of our session, Clara even gave me a kiss on the cheek! 

I'll leave you with my favorites from this lovely maternity session. Smith Rock certainly is a breathtaking backdrop for any photo session. I cannot wait to find out of the newest member of the family will be another little girl, or a boy! What do you think it will be?

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The P Family | Family Photos at Shevlin Park | Bend Oregon Photographer

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this session was so much fun! I really feel like I say that about all my sessions, but I really do have the best clients who make our sessions so enjoyable.

When Terri mentioned she wanted some shots of her family and their two dogs, I had no idea they would be bringing bears to our session! Ok, maybe not bears, but two very large dogs. They each weigh about 200lbs!!! I'm pretty impressed though, they were so well behaved and sweet. Had it not been 90 degrees during our session I would have LOVED to snuggle up with the dogs. 

We met at Shevlin Park which is one of my favorite places to shoot. There's such an array of beautiful areas to photograph in this large park. Whether it be the meadow in front of the Aspen trees, which by the way is absolutely breathtaking in the fall when the colors change, or the multiple bridges available, and even quaint little spots by the water-there is no shortage of beautiful scenes. I couldn't have asked for our session to go any smoother-the dogs were great,the kids were great, and the weather was perfect  :) 

Thanks P family!

Michael & Joella ~ Bend, Oregon Photographer

Funny that I should be posting a snowy winter session just as it's finally starting to warm up here ;) 

I first met Michael and Joella last September when I signed up to train for the Happy Girls Half Marathon through Fleet Feet of Bend. Michael and Joella were my coaches! 

Joella reached out to me about needing some professional photos for an upcoming marriage and family therapy conference she and Michael were speaking at. Michael and Joella are marriage and family therapists at Cascadia Institute located in NWX here in Bend (www.cascadiafamilytherapy.com). 

 After a few setbacks no thanks to the weather, scheduling conflicts and life getting in the way, we finally set a date. Turns out, the date we decided on was the same day a huge winter storm was set to roll in. I was expecting disappointment and having to re-schedule our session (again), but instead, Michael and Joella were game and excited for their snowy winter session-a score for me because I'm always up for a bit of an adventure! 

We drove up to Mt. Bachelor with Michael and Joella's dog, Abbey, in tow to find the weather cold but so beautiful! We had a pretty impressive snow season here in Oregon and there was no shortage of the fluffy white stuff. We finished our time together with some fun couple(y) photos and of course, we had to include Abbey. You'd have no idea Abbey is an older dog judging by her bounding around in the snow-she looked like a puppy! 

During our last communication a few days ago Joella shared with me that "Michael just said “Its time to schedule our summer session”'. It makes me so happy to hear that clients had a good time at their session and love their images! 

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G Family | Bend, Oregon Photographer

Wow you guys, I'm really sucking at this blogging thing. Maybe one day I'll be on top of it. Let's face it, with three young boys running amuck there's not much time for the "extras" in this business. 

Now, for the G family. I loved everything about this session from the get go-except for me getting my car stuck in the snow on their street. Thankfully my husband wasn't too far away and I was able to ask him to help dig me out! 
K is the sweetest person you'll ever meet. Her husband was days away from leaving to move to Japan (how cool, right?) and she was going to be staying behind to take care of their little girl, manage her business and tie up lose ends here in Bend before joining him in Japan. She's a rockstar for sure-I admire women like her. 

Their house was absolutely perfect-a photographer's dream and I may have squealed a little inside when I walked in. Little Miss. A was the cutest and completely took to me, no shyness whatsoever and I loved being able to include the dogs, they're family too, right?

I like my family sessions to be as relaxed as possible and though I have a mental checklist of shots I want to capture, I generally go with the flow. I was so excited mom and dad were open to getting Miss A in that gorgeous farmhouse sink for a little bubble bath session toward the end. Dad picked that sink out when they bought the house and he is very proud of it! I just love the simplicity. 

Thanks G family for a super fun morning together! They are now reunited in Japan-best of luck to you guys there! I travel, just putting that out there ;) 

xo 

{Announcing…} Bend, Oregon Photographer

{Announcing}

I'm so happy to announce that YSP is now offering Milestone Minis and a Grow With Me package! 

Milestone Minis are a 30 minute session at your chosen location in Bend, Oregon for babies 3-18 months. These short but sweet sessions are the *perfect* way to capture your little one's milestones. Did your little one just learn to crawl or walk? Book a milestone mini to capture these special moments! Your session fee includes 8 hand edited digital images delivered via a password protected gallery along with printing rights. 

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Also new, the Watch Me Grow package! The Watch Me Grow package is perfect for parents who want to document their baby's milestones from birth to their first birthday. With this YSP package you get a newborn session,  mini milestone sessions at 3, 6 & 9 months AND a one hour session at age 1 with family included. You will receive print ready images printable at any size with print release. 

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More details here :)

Want to book, have questions or just want to say hi? Drop me a line 541-647-0255 or contact me here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a look back at twenty sixteen.

Wow-what a year!

I wanted to get this post up before the end of the year; my FIRST year officially in business, a year of successes, break-throughs, lots of ups, some downs, but most importantly, a year of privilege. Privilege because being invited to capture the memories of so many families, being invited into their homes and into their lives, to capture these moments forever IS a true privilege. I am so lucky!

Twenty sixteen was a year of growth and personal struggles trying to balance family and work life. Having been a stay at home mom for the last seven years where parenting was the biggest challenge (and boy, is it a challenge some days!)  I won't lie, there were days I came home from a shoot during the busy season to my husband pulling his hair out keeping our wild boys in check. 

The thing is, I LOVE photography. I love capturing a season in time for a family. It's no secret that family is #1 in my book and documenting a moment in time for them is my passion. Looking back at photos of my own family and knowing the memories I preserve will be cherished forever gives me all the feels <3

I'd like to thank my husband for his never-ending support. He truly is my biggest fan, my biggest cheerleader. Without him there would be no Yvette Seile Photography.

Finally, an enormous thank you to all my clients I've had the pleasure of photographing this year. It's been amazing meeting you and sharing our time together. I can't wait to see what next year will offer and hope to see you all in 2017! 

 

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Hansen Family ~ Old Mill District, Bend Oregon

When I posted a sneak peek on my Facebook page of the Hansen family, my caption said that families that come back to me is the biggest compliment I could ask for-and it's not joke! I'm so happy the Hansen's asked me to photograph their sweet family again this year. Last year, the session took place on their gorgeous property, but this year they wanted to branch out a little. The Old Mill District was the perfect spot and boasts a little of everything-some nature scapes, some industrial (as industrial as Bend can get… :) ) and a little mix of the two. 

The girls are full of personality and I LOVED spending my time with them. With my own household full of boys, it was a treat to hang with the girls for a while. Thanks again Hansen's for hanging out with me on a most gorgeous October evening! 

 

 

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Welcome to the World, Patti-Lu ~ Bend, OR Birth Photography

Ty contacted me months ago asking me to photograph her baby girl's birth. See, her husband is overseas with the Marine Corps and they weren't sure if he would make it back for the birth. Ty wanted everything documented and I was so excited she asked me! Photographing births is something I hope to offer more frequently. Luckily, Ty's husband, Kevin, was able to fly in after all and we spent the beginning part of the night chatting, along with Ty's sister and Ty's doula.

Things were progressing slowly, but steadily. Soon enough, it was time to push. Within 30 minutes, Patti-Lu (Patricia Louise) was welcomed into the world. There was not a dry eye in that room! Thank you, Ty and Kevin, for allowing me to photograph this amazing miracle. I am so honored to have been there.

 

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FREE FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a free portrait session to one lucky family! The free portrait session includes a one-hour portrait session for one immediate family and high resolution edited images on a custom USB. 

HOW TO ENTER:

 Go to my Facebook page and follow these steps:

1. "Like" Yvette Seile Photography on Facebook

2. Find and comment on the giveaway post

3.  Share the giveaway post with your friends on Facebook

CONTEST RULES:

Session must take place within 25 miles of zip code 97702. Winner chosen outside this area must be willing to travel or a new winner will be chosen. Session must be completed by December 31st 2016. May not be combined with any other offer and not redeemable for cash. 

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, August 31st at 12pm PST. Winner will be announced Thursday, September 1st. 

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