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.
– Lena Porter –
visual story teller
Mother & Photographer
Hi I'm Lena, that’s me up there expecting baby number three! 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 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 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 newborns. 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.
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 organic photography with you and yours which will act as a window back to these most precious moments for years to come.
Lena Porter is a Tacoma Newborn Photographer with a natural light studio located in Tacoma,Washington. Serving Seattle, Gig Harbour, Puyallup, Olympia and the greater Pierce County area. Lena specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, milestones throughout the first year, and lifestyle family sessions.
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Collections & Keepsakes
They're Only This Little, For A Little While
This is the beginning of everything, your family. We're going to spend time together creating organic 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 download and 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 the childbearing years. I capture families in my home studio to ensure my work is cohesive to what you see in my portfolio. No need to worry about how your home looks or cleaning for the photographer leave all the fuss for me. Let’s work together to capture this new season in life!
The perfect start to preserving your family legacy. For maternity, newborns, and families. We will spend time together creating organic, emotional images to document this new season in life.
*newborn sessions are 3 hours long
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 in studio
Bundle sessions together to create the perfect belly to baby or one year package! Receive $50-$100 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
While I don’t require any additional purchase, 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.
Located in Tacoma, WA my natural light studio has everything needed for your maternity, newborn, or family session. It features an extensive and ever growing client closest with dresses and children’s outfits up to 24 months. Neutral and earthy toned wraps, bonnets, and headbands for newborns. Seating and toys for guests and children. Your session is a luxury photography experience, relax and enjoy the time spent capturing this precious moment.
All sessions are shot in studio. In home documentary sessions can be booked with an additional travel fee. Outdoor sessions are offered May - September only and take place 1-2 hours before sunset when lighting is best.
Military Discount to all active duty families. Easy payment plans available!
Retainer required to reserve your date.
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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 work out of my home in Tacoma, WA. I am set up for all my sessions here and am located just a few minutes from Point Defiance Park where I will often do mini sessions or on location shoots. I do offer in home lifestyle sessions with an additional travel fee.
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 chambray button up shirts with jeans or khakis.
How Many Photos Will I Receive?
Signature sessions come with a 20 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 1-2 months in advance or in the beginning of their second trimester, but I do have last minute openings available. A retainer will be required to reserve your date and time.
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Document the Everyday
Don't Forget Their Littleness...
Salt & Ink Photography is a Tacoma Newborn Photographer with a natural light studio located in Tacoma,Washington. Serving Seattle, Gig Harbour, Puyallup, Olympia and the greater Pierce County area. Lena specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, milestones throughout the first year, and lifestyle family sessions.