If you’ve ever experienced the “newborn haze,” you’ll understand the importance of documenting your baby’s first moments on Earth. A professional newborn photographer is there to capture all of the special moments and emotions that make this time so special, allowing you to relive them again and again.

Couples welcoming a newborn into the world in Portland can look no further than the following 10 photographers, who have a unique talent when it comes to documenting babies.

Elizabeth Hite Photography

Based in Portland, Elizabeth Hite helps busy families to “press the pause button on this beautiful and messy thing we call life.” Since July 2020, she has been a mom herself and understands the joy, connection, and laughter that family life brings.

Elizabeth has a background in early childhood education and social work, meaning she knows how to effectively work with both families and children. As a newborn photographer, she aims to create the most relaxed experience possible in the comfort of your home.

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Holly Dresher Photography

Holly Dresher is a newborn, maternity, and family photographer who shoots on location in and around Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. She regularly works with clients in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tualatin, as well as being available for travel upon request.

In addition to outdoor newborn and family sessions in some of Portland’s most popular local parks, she can also be hired for in-home shoots in the comfort of your home. Holly is a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America association.

Ashlie Behm Photography

Ashlie Behm is a Portland-based photographer who has been capturing the precious and magical moments of new life for years.

Despite doing so many shoots, she says that she is “continuously awed by the natural miracle of babies, especially their sweet rosy cheeks, tiny toes, and chubby baby rolls.”

Through her lens, Ashlie aims to document these moments in an authentic and natural way while creating timeless images that you will want to hang on the wall.

Natalie Broders

Natalie Broders is a Portland birth photographer, filmmaker, and doula, who was inspired to document births following her own experience. While she has blurry images taken by her mom that she is eternally grateful for, she regrets not having professional photographs of the occasion.

Today, Natalie is an internationally award-winning birth photographer, with her images capturing the tumult of emotions that pregnancy conjures up. When she’s not documenting births, Natalie is busy on her farm growing food, raising goats and children.

Four Jays Photography

Danielle is the creative behind Four Jays Photography, a Portland-based business that offers newborn, fresh 48, maternity, and family portraiture. After spending 15 years working in the field of engineering (as well as being a mom to four kids), Danielle made the leap to go full-time with her photography and hasn’t looked back. She has a knack for bringing a sense of calm to all of her sessions while ensuring your memories are captured in the most beautiful way possible.

Amy Coles Photography

Amy Coles is a newborn portrait and wedding lifestyle photographer based out of Portland, Oregon. She discovered her love of photography in middle school when she received her first camera and realized there was “something deeply powerful about light, people, and the practice of remembrance.”

Ten years ago, Amy launched her photography business and has since moved across the country, connecting with people and telling their stories in a process that she is honored to be a part of.

Sweet Beginnings Photography

Sweet Beginnings Photography is owned and operated by Stephanie, who picked up a camera after giving birth to her first child in 2010. Rather than just clicking away, she went to the trouble of taking classes to understand the techniques behind good photography and her passion only grew from there.

As a mom herself, Stephanie understands what it means to give birth to a child and says that she gets “swallowed up in the simple yet profound moments of connection.” She loves airy images and golden dappled light - “the way it dances and bounces around on my subject’s skin.”

Abby Watkins Photography

Abby Watkins is a professional newborn photographer based out of Happy Valley in Oregon and a certified member of the Professional Photographers of America. She describes herself as one of the “fortunate people with a career that allows me to spend time with wonderful people.”

As a newborn photographer, that means cuddling babies and playing peek-a-boo while capturing all of the joy of growing families. In addition, Abby helps new businesses to boost their brand and documents live music events.

Zoe Arnesen Photography

Zoe Arnesen’s photographic journey began around 15 years ago, initially documenting weddings. After giving birth to her daughter, she fell in love with newborn and family photography, which she has been dedicated to since 2016 when she left her career as a child and family therapist.

Zoe is based out of a beautiful home studio in southeast Portland where she provides everything you need for a relaxed shoot, including newborn wraps, props, and professional backdrops.

Amy Selleck Photography

Originally from Michigan, Amy Selleck is now based in the Pacific Northwest on beautiful Bainbridge Island. She lives surrounded by old-growth trees and water, so it should come as no surprise that the natural world inspires her work.

Amy is a passionate storyteller who loves creating memories for her clients, whether they are new parents or business professionals in need of a headshot. She draws on a background in graphic design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University.

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