Welcome to the world, baby Javi! Portland Newborn Photographer

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things.
Paulo Coelho

Our documentary newborn session took place on Javi's second day on the outside. Javier is Emily and Eric's second child, their older daughter Elena was at home with her grandma waiting for her mom and dad to bring home her new baby brother. They were anxious to get out of there, but there were just a few last things to check off before they could get discharged. While I was there they played the ever-so-fun game of trying to get the baby to sleep so he could have his hearing test, but of course when he slept the tester wasn't available and then inevitably came in *just* as he woke back up! They headed home later that afternoon to begin their life as a family of four. I was honored to be invited into their room at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon, to capture them focusing on their new baby boy.

Are you interested in having a documentary newborn session? Email me at hello@laceymonroephotography.com and tell me all about your upcoming arrival! 

Day in the Life with the Roa Family, Seattle Area Documentary Photographer

There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.

Michael Ende

One whole day.

It was a day like any other, nothing special or out of the ordinary (expect for the fact that I was there with them); for Erika and Gus this day was like many of the days they spent together while Nick was off on a submarine for a 4+ month deployment. It was the longest time that Gus had ever been away from his dad and that Erika had been away from her high-school sweetheart since they begore they got married. In the grand scheme of things this 4 months is not that long, but when you are in the midst of it, it sure can seem otherwise. Now Nick is home and late next autumn they will be welcoming their second child into the world. Never again will it be just Gus and his mommy. The months spent exclusively together have come to a close, but this day will live on as a reminder of the many that they spent together.

Just the two of them. 

Mother & Son.

Erika & Gus. 

Interested in having a full day session? Email me at hello@laceymonroephotography.com and we can schedule your session to make one day immortal. 



Street on the Portland Waterfront

Photography is the art of observation. I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliot Erwitt

I went out with a friend the other day to have some fun shooting street photography. It's so nice to just go out and remain open to what goes on in front of you... without having to watch over two small people and keep them safe- also, I'm sure the kids would NOT have been down with me sitting in certain spot for extended periods of time just waiting for someone to walk or bike into the frame. We hit up the waterfront and did a loop using the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. 

Baby David, Fresh 48 Newborn Session

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.

Paulo Coelho

With the arrival of a new baby there is no way to ignore your heart. It is screaming out to you with new life and new love as you navigate your way through an entirely new and foreign experience. First time parents Erica and Jeff welcomed their beautiful baby boy into the world at Andaluz, a freestanding birth center in Portland, Oregon.  I joined them at for the end of their stay at  Andaluz as they prepared to head home for the first time as a family of three.

Are you expecting or know someone who is? Then reach out now at hello@laceymonroephotography.com to learn more about documentary newborn photography and Fresh 48 sessions.

A Morning with the Jones Family

Sometimes, home has a heartbeat.

Beau Taplin

A morning filled with making muffins, baths, getting dressed, dancing to the Frozen soundtrack, riding trikes outside, and most of all playing together as a family. 

Like the Jones family, I too have two small people that are toddler & preschool aged and all of those activities would not be out of place at my house. Yet in my family it would look completely different. That is the beautiful thing about families! We are all in this together and going through the same milestones and daily routines, but everyone experiences it in their own unique way. We are all individuals and family photographs should reflect that. Our homes. Our personalities. Our lives. Our love. Our family.

Want your real life photographed with a documentary family session? Email me at hello@laceymonroephotography.com to get in touch and we can figure out which type of session is perfect for you.