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Creswell, Oregon Fireworks Photography

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to a fireworks display this year.  Paige is 2 1/2 and her bedtime is normally 7:30 and the two of us had our Mommy & Me “Bounce Buddies” class the next morning at Bounce Gymnastics in Eugene (she wakes up at 6am no matter what time she goes to bed, so staying up late results in a very cranky girl the next morning).  But, after letting Paige try out some sparklers, she was pretty excited to see the big fireworks, so we made a very last minute decision to drive up to Creswell & see if we could find a decent spot to see the fireworks.  We ended up parking in a neighborhood that had a perfect view, and the people who live right across the street were setting off their own huge fireworks (that easily rivaled the real ones) that were literally exploding directly above my head!  The only down side to this spot were the power lines that got in my way in a few shots (including the ones I tried to take of the fireworks right above my head).  Paige enjoyed the fireworks until the really big ones started going off right above us, and then she was ready to go.  I ended up missing the last part of the fireworks show, but I still got so many great shots!  Below are just a few of my favorites from this year’s 4th of July Fireworks display in Creswell, Oregon.

Creswell Oregon Fireworks

Maryanne - July 5, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Super sharp and bright!

klarsenphoto - July 5, 2012 - 4:00 pm

These are completely unedited images. All I did was import them to the computer and stick them into a photoshop template.

dianna - July 5, 2012 - 6:09 pm

So pretty! Glad Paige had fun – did you use the plastic cup for the sparklers?

klarsenphoto - July 5, 2012 - 9:47 pm

I planned to use the plastic cup, but Paige was fine with holding the end of the sparkler so we didn’t end up needing the cup.

Ontiveros Family {Hood River, Oregon Family Portraits}

This fun family was in Hood River for a visit with the Grandparents over Spring Break and asked me to take their first family portraits ever! We had a good time visiting Hood River’s Library and the park behind it, as well as a small alleyway in downtown & a local favorite hangout during the summer, Mike’s Ice Cream. It was a little chilly for their session, but we managed to schedule a day with no rain (that turned out to be gorgeous in the afternoon)!

Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

Ontiveros Family

I just love the one of their 6-year-old daughter showing off her very loose tooth!

Do you need to update your Family Portraits or get your first Family Portraits ever? I am currently booking Family Portrait Sessions for Summer (with a few openings left in May), so send me a message through the Contact link in the header and we’ll get you scheduled for a session!

Birthday Party Photography {Cottage Grove, Oregon Photographer}

Is there anything cuter than a kid’s birthday party? Well, probably, but for today, we’re going to say NO!:)(Especially considering whose birthday party this post is featuring!)

My daughter, Paige, turned two in January, and I decided to do a Sesame Street themed party for her. I created everything for her party, from the invitations to the cake to the street signs. (I did get decorating help from my parents when they arrived for her party, too!) Below, you’ll see everything that was created for her party, even down to the plastic Sesame Street characters that my mom saved from my 2nd (or 3rd?) birthday cake!


If you want to do everything yourself for your kids’ birthday parties, but you want to be less stressed than I was when preparing for Paige’s party, I would love to come to the party to capture everything about the day for you. From the decorations to the games to the presents, let someone else worry about getting all of those pictures and cross one more thing off your list!

peg major - March 5, 2012 - 2:51 pm

if that’s not cute, I don’t know what it. Lucky little girl.

dianna - March 5, 2012 - 5:30 pm

I don’t know what you are going to come up with next year to top this! It was so much fun and you did an amazing job! Yep Paige is a very lucky little girl and we are lucky to have her too ;-) !!

Outdoor Couple Portraits {Cottage Grove, Oregon Photographer}

Last week, I posted some Family Portraits and promised to share a few of the Couple Portraits that I took of the oldest daughter and her husband. I had the honor of being their wedding photographer back in 2009, and it was great to be able to photograph them again and catch up on what’s been going on with them over the last few years. These were taken during their full Family Portrait session at the Village Green Resort & Gardens.

Couple Portraits ©Kim Larsen Photography