scenes from my real life – portland oregon family photography

    on this first day of my 39th year, the second day of spring, i had a strong desire to make photographs of my little life.  and so i did.  and it fed my soul.  here i am to share some little snippets of an everyday early spring afternoon…

    his eyes. dreamy.

    he chews his tongue a lot these days. and she loves fiercely.

    being the 8 year old daughter of a photographer can be rough.

    ruby, clover, cutie & pippi

    my girl’s got mad styles

    lucy – 1 year

    my birthday flower from my brother | my brother

    i love his sideburns. it kills me to cut them.

    with love,


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    Amanda KeeysMarch 31, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    Sometimes everyday life photos are the ones we end up enjoying the best. Love the hula-hopping and that chalk wall, so fun.

    Amy NietoMarch 23, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Zoe definitely has mad styles. What a lovely day with the lovies!

    liliaMarch 23, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Oh, Jenny….love love love. They are so present and real!!! You are giving your kids such a gift (and they, you)!

    BettieMarch 23, 2011 - 8:35 am

    So lovely! It makes me happy when you blog. xo

    NicolleMarch 23, 2011 - 2:08 am

    love these so much!

    Michelle StoneMarch 22, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    I know I’ve said it before, but I just adore your work. adore! love the hula hoop(s) and her outfit!! just beautiful, Jen!

    CalvinaMarch 22, 2011 - 11:38 pm

    Love. Love. Love,

    danaMarch 22, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    i adored peeking into your world! you are blessed. may your 39th year be filled with growth, gratefulness, and a renewed sense of loving. xoxoXO

    beartoMarch 22, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    I love these images… Good looking family ~ spring is here!

    ABC’s of… ME! Jen Downer!

    A. Age: I will be 39 on the 21st of this month.

    B. Bed size: KING + extra long twin = giant family bed that the 4 of us snuggle into & have room to spread out.  We love our European Sleepworks mattresses and will likely never buy another kind of mattress ever again!

    C. Chore you dislike: I’ll have to say dusting. Even worse, dusting under the couch.

    D. Dogs: I love dogs… especially mine.  Lucy is a one year old Golden Retriever puppy who delights me and challenges me constantly!

    E. Essential start to your day: a large mug of coffee with a splash of Torani vanilla syrup & Trader Joe’s soy creamer

    F. Favorite color: orange! is my most favorite singular color, but i love color in combination so very much.

    G. Gold or silver: PLATINUM!

    H. Height: 5’6″ and a half (or so).

    I. Instruments you play(ed): i took piano lessons for a few months, and that my dears, is the extent of my musical history.  much unlike my husband, rob who can pick up just about any instrument and make pleasing sounds immediately.

    J. Job title: Momma! Photographer! Entrepreneur!

    K. Kids: two of the little turkeys! Zoë is almost 8 & Sam is almost 6.  Zoë is a clever wordsmith & Sam is a born stylist, a lover, and autistic.

    L. Live: in a small, cute 1940’s ranch style house in SE Portland

    M. Mom’s name: Cathy

    N. Nicknames: Jenny Sue. Sassafrass.

    O. Overnight hospital stays: only when having babies & subsequent jaundice stays.

    P. Pet peeves: I’m going to have to think on this and come back! I like everyone have quite a few, but I’m trying to think of some of the weirdest ones for you!

    Q. Quote from a movie: “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.” – Amelie

    R. Righty or lefty: Right as rain. I’ve always wished I could be ambidextrous

    S. Siblings: Brother, Ryan — he’s 24.

    T. Time you wake up: almost always around 7:00, give or take a half hour

    U. Underwear: Black & stretchy

    V. Vegetables you don’t like: Sweet Potatoes & corn OFF the cob

    W. What makes you run late: oh lots of things!  i don’t like to be late, but often am.

    X. X-rays you’ve had: I can only remember having my arm x-rayed (i fractured my elbow) and my teeth!

    Y. Yummy food you make: Soups! Oh how I love making savory, delicious, comforting soups!!!

    Z. Zoo animal favorites: I’ve always enjoyed the San Francisco zoo Lion House at feeding time. Though as an adult I find it really sad to see the animals caged and pacing the way they do.  I also really enjoy watching the gorgeous giraffes.

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    Michelle StoneMarch 6, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    so fun, I think I am gonna do this too!

    ps…your house is super cute!!