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Our Easter Sunday.

Spent lounging…2 farm store visits & dirty looks from goats…Farm store #2. this time with sweet looks from goats…New babies. Here’s Bunny. A Black Sexlink…And here’s Happy Unicorn Lady Gaga. A Buff ORphington…

Sunshine and a little yard clean up. Sam said it was “pretend summer”, thus nekkidness was required…And some water play…Chick watching…And some egg dying that was an exercise in patience…Dyed finger tips…And our own natural egg bounty. (finger nail by Zoë)…

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  • beartoApril 2, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Fantastic images from Sunday!

I’ve photographed Leeann throughout several life events… her pregnancy, her newborn, and as she has grown her business, Verabel Jewelry. When she contacted me recently needing updated photos for a special feature on Of A Kind and a bunch of other purposes I jumped at the chance to photograph this stunningly beautiful lady once again. Thank you, Leeann, for coming back to me once again, and for a lovely stroll down Alberta Street on a beautiful Portland Spring morning!

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Oh my gosh, the past couple of weeks have found me BIZEEEEEEEEEE! We’ve had my birthday, house guests, parties, Spring Break, Zoë’s birthday, and then some. So I apologize for being amiss with my postings. I’m shooting my Sunday today, and the kids go back to school tomorrow so I will be able to spend a little more time at my computer showing you guys what I’ve been up to in pictures.

In the meantime… I got to spend some time with these cuties in their glorious kid haven of a backyard the other day, celebrating SPRING and the amazing weather we’ve been having in Portland for the past few days!

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  • Sonja BarclayMarch 31, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I have to admit that my kids are pretty darn cute, but somehow you make their grubby, dirt and snot covered faces look stunning!

  • Sarah RemApril 1, 2013 - 1:36 am

    Oh my LORD! These are incredible! Authentic beauty of soul.

I believe in love and families that come all different configurations. I believe in compassion and respect and open-mindedness and acceptance. I believe in equality and inclusivity (is that a word? if not, it should be!!). I believe in kindness. I believe everyone (EVERY. SINGLE. HUMAN.) has a story that is worth listening to. (even the assholes. even if you vehemently disagree with someone’s values. there is a story behind it all.)

I absolutely believe in gay marriage and love and family. I am so hopeful that with the Supreme Court hearing against California’s Prop 8, despite some of the archaic beliefs of some of the justices, we see some historic progressive steps in the right direction. Its really quite an amazing time.

And as usual, I am so much better at expressing myself through images rather than words. So please allow these photographs that I’ve taken over the years speak volumes about the love that I see between these wonderful people who have allowed me to witness their connection and the spirit of their relationships…

Thank you to these wonderful people, and to each and every person who has chosen and entrusted me with the honor of documenting your lives. This work means so much to me.

If you would like to book a session with me, I would be so tickled to hear form you! Just shoot me a message over on the SAY HELLO page. I’ll be looking forward to it! xoxo


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  • Ashley McAfeeMarch 27, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    these images are moving as are your words to stand up for what you believe in and the rights of others. thank you for sharing.

  • Amy GraceMarch 27, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    jen, my heart is so incredibly full, it hurts. BEAUTIFUL. you, them, us, love. you get it, you share it, you mean it. my heart…is full.

  • Jen McGreer DownerMarch 27, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Amy, YOU are one of the most loving people in the universe. Thank you so so much for your kindness and support. ALWAYS. Love you!

  • Michelle StoneMarch 27, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    oh this is so beautiful, Jen! just beautiful! love is love is love!

  • Jen McGreer DownerMarch 27, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    Thank you, Michelle!!! love to YOU! (how is your mom doing??? and yourself?)

  • DebbieMarch 28, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Such a joy looking at these images. Love is love, and nothing should hinder two persons who are in love to be together. Love this series so much.

  • Anne WickMarch 28, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Amazing and powerful. Thank you <3.

  • Katelyn VonfeldtNovember 18, 2013 - 6:01 am

    oh!! these are so beautiful it makes my heart ache a bit