The days are long, but the years are short...
In the presence of great love, something happens beyond the obvious. It’s a nuanced language of in-between moments that speak to the grand intentions words cannot. It's the way they fit in your arms, the pitter patter of little feet on the floor, a sleepy smile after a long night. These moments often go unseen but mean the most when looking back. Don't let those moments slip away; keep them close forever.
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Collections & Keepsakes
They're Only This Little, For A Little While
A true documentation of life in your family. We're going to spend time together creating authentic heirloom quality images to be hung on your walls and bound in an album for all to see. Whether it's your growing belly, a sleepy newborn, or just your growing family we're going to make memories that are worth looking back on. The session fee covers the creation of your images and you will receive your portraits in an online gallery for ordering.
I know you’re busy caring for your growing family, so let me take care of you. My portrait experience is stress-free and designed to serve growing families during each chapter in the story of life. I capture families in their own space that speaks to who they are and where they feel most comfortable. I come to you and by documenting your family in your home your children feel at ease and you relax not needing to get everyone ready to go.
The perfect start to preserving your family legacy. For maternity, newborns, babies, and families. We will spend time together creating raw, emotional images to document this new chapter in life.
It’s the little things in life that matter. A mini session perfect for maternity, nursing, and different milestones throughout your child's first year of life.
*Only available within Tacoma city limits
Bundle sessions together to create the perfect belly to baby or one year package! Ten percent off for packages bundled in two or more, contact me to create the perfect bundle for you!
Prints Starting at $45
Gallery Boards Starting at $120
Framed Prints Starting at $160
Gallery Wrapped Canvas Starting at $230
Heirloom Albums Starting at $2,000
Single Digital Images Starting at $125
Digital Collections Starting at $500
Social media changes, technology advances and fails, but albums and prints are timeless and the archival paper I print on can last hundreds of years. I believe in full service photography that involves planning your session, guiding you through your photos, and getting you tangible items you can view daily to put a smile on your face. Show people who you are and show them with great style.
One of my favorite things to do is pull out boxes of old photo albums, prints, and slides we have saved from all the way back to my great grand-parents generation, will your great grand children be able to do the same? We are the most photographed generation, let's make sure those photographs live on past facebook and instagram and into the hands of our future loved ones to remember us by for generations to come.
Military Discount to all active duty families. Easy payment plans available!
Session fee required to reserve. WA state 10.01% sales tax will be added to your final total.
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Questions & Answers
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Where Are You Located?
I am located in Tacoma, WA and work all throughout the Tacoma and Seattle area. I also travel throughout the Pacific Northwest for sessions, if you have a certain location in mind just ask!
Do You Have A Studio?
I travel on location for sessions and don't have a studio at this time (although one is in the works!). If you feel your session might require a space just let me know and we can decide where to rent.
What Do You Photograph?
I am focused on photographing new and growing families throughout their first years with their children. So mostly maternity, newborn, babies, children, and family. My collections are set up to best focus on these areas.
I also take on a small number of elopements each year.
What Should I Wear?
I've got a pretty killer client closet that is always growing! It Features pieces that coordinate, photograph well, and represent my style of photography. There's a variety of dresses for both maternity and family and children's clothes sizes 6-24 months. You can check out my client closet on pinterest and also browse my other boards for inspiration! All my clients have access to the closet for free, just set up an appointment to come take a look! I always suggest to wear items that are long and flowing for movement, neutral colors for easy coordination, and layering chunky knit sweaters or scarves gives good texture as well. I suggest men wear white, grey, or black t shirts with jeans.
How Many Photos Will I Receive?
Signature sessions come with a 25 image gallery and simple sessions come with 10. You'll be able to look through fully edited images from your session and pick the ones you'd like for download and additional purchase.
How Will i display My Photos?
It's my goal to make sure all my clients display their photos and that is why I offer professional prints and products to help get you started on preserving your family legacy. Typically families invest in one of our heirloom albums (full digital collections are included with albums), ready to hang wall art, and a few loose prints.
When Will My Photos Be Ready?
2 - 4 weeks depending on my workload. I have a little family of my own so I am always working around our life together.
How Do I Schedule Around My Due Date?
Easy! We use your due date as a tentative date and once baby is here all you have to do is let me know and we schedule your date within the first few weeks.
I'm Ready To Book, Now What?
Excellent! Send me an inquiry through my contact form and I'll be in touch within 48 hours. Most clients book me in advance but I do have last minute openings available. A retrainer will be required to reserve your date and time.
– Lena Porter –
visual story teller
Hi I'm Lena and from the moment I picked up a camera for the first time on our family vacations 20 years ago and captured the intimate moments my family shared, I knew I was onto something special. Seeing those memories my family had together, was the perfect precursor to my career today.
Through years of learning and life experiences, my camera was never far away. My dreams to capture intimate and emotional moments for others ultimately led me to my career as a documentary newborn and family photographer; after all, what's more intimate and emotional than the family and life you create?
With a family of my own now, and as a mother I understand. Life gets busy but it goes by so fast, too fast! The babies that made me a Mom are now big kids that make me crazy and I ache for those lazy days with my sweet babies. I know you will too, but the memories to look back on make it better and the days to look forward to make it funner.
And just as I did for my family who still reminisce over the album of photos I took 20+ years ago, I look forward to creating unique and beautiful photography with you and yours which will act as a window back to these most precious moments for years to come.