Michelle Bauer Photography: Blog https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Michelle Bauer Photography michellebauerphotography@gmail.com (Michelle Bauer Photography) Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:58:00 GMT Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:58:00 GMT https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u734466496-o536096055-50.jpg Michelle Bauer Photography: Blog https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 96 120 {Extended Family Photography} Celebration, Love, and Cherished Moments in Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/-extended-family-photography-celebration-love-and-cherished-moments-in-bend-oregon  

A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from Victoria from Colorado. She mentioned that she had found me on Google and was interested in scheduling a family session as everyone would be traveling to Bend to celebrate their mother-in-law's birthday.  A perfect opportunity to gather everyone together for a family photo session! At first, I thought she was someone offering me the next best SEO service. But, she assured me that she was in fact someone who was wanting photos based on what she had seen on my website.  A photographer's shining moment - google search was working!!! The next moment of happiness I received was talking to Victoria about photo style, location, what to wear, and budget.  The whole experience was wonderful. Meeting everyone though was the best part! I think I've mentioned this before, but one of my favorite parts about being a photographer is all about connections. It's about making new connections, capturing connections and simply building and highlighting relationships.  Did you know that when you hear a child laugh, or see someone hug another that your happy hormone levels actually increase? True fact. So...you can imagine how much happiness was filling my system when I got to work with this amazing family. 

Cheers to love and laughter,


Special moments with grandparents Special moments with grandparents Hipster little guy Special moments with grandparents Peek-a-boo - always a great way to get a smile out of a little one! Special moments with grandparents Special moments with grandparents Special moments with grandparents

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{Party For Your Little Cupcake} Cake Smash Mini Sessions In Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/-party-for-your-little-cupcake-cake-smash-mini-sessions-in-bend-oregon Last month, I had the exciting opportunity of teaming up with Ida's Cupcakes in Bend, Oregon for a team effort of capturing some highly anticipated cake smash activities.  We transformed her store on Division into a mini photo studio, cranked up the Disney music and had a little party with our clients. 

Cake smash events have gained some popularity in the last few years. In fact, the Today show posted an article with everything you would ever need to know about what a cake smash event is.  We gave it a little twist though...first of all, we let the client choose their custom cake and scheduled when they would arrive for their session.  I go over the colors they like, and what the first birthday theme will be when the celebration happens at home.  

Just a sample of some of the talent coming from Ida's Cupcakes Just a sample of some of the talent coming from Ida's Cupcakes Just a sample of some of the talent coming from Ida's Cupcakes

Clothing does tend to make a photo shoot come together.  Luckily, with a cake smash event it's a good time to limit clothing to prevent a crazy clean up.  There is something special about getting ready for a party.  Why shouldn't your little love do the same?  

With the help of our local craft guru, Poppet Crafts we were able to take one of our clients requests and hand make the perfect attire for the party.  

Pretty in Pink You don't have to be one to do a cake smash event! Pretty in Pink You don't have to be one to do a cake smash event!

It's moments like this that I'm reminded why I love my job. 

Sessions are being scheduled again for February 17th and 20th and March 12th and 26th.  Call or email to book your session today! 











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{Styled Bridal Session in a Winter Wonderland} Downtown Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-bridal-session-in-downtown-bend-oregon Last month, I had the opportunity to team up with The Bridal Suite and Special Occasion of Bend, Oregon for a styled bridal session.  Erika Swantek Photography joined us on our snowy trek through downtown Bend and Drake Park.  One of my favorite parts about photography has to do with connections.  I love collaborating with others! Being able to work with small business owners while following my passion for photography is definitely a win! 

We had been planning a styled photo session for a couple of months. The idea of a winter session had everyone involved very excited.  Our models, Christina and Shaley were unbelievably beautiful in their dresses.  Not to mention, extremely tough to be weathering the below freezing temps!  Edge Hair and Makeup, with her talent and an eye for beauty provided her expertise and completed the Hollywood Glamour theme! 

To all of my 2016 brides and those that I have yet to meet, if you are still in need of a dress, tuxes, hair, and/or makeup you must check out the links above.  Also, for more images from our photo session be sure to check out Erika Swantek Photography

Enjoy the trip through the photos! 


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Winter Family Photography Session in Shevlin Park, Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/winter-family-photography-session-in-shevlin-park-bend-oregon One of my favorite parts about photography is developing friendships with my clients.  To see these girls growing up and realizing I took newborn photos makes me tear up....and, not just because it means I'm getting old! I loved the outfits, the lighting, and the way that the snow perfectly fell as if planned.  

Beautiful family! Thank you for keeping an eye on me so I didn't fall into the pond! 

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{Schofhauser Family} Thanksgiving in Sunriver, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-schofhauser-family-thanksgiving-in-sunriver-oregon First of all, I just have to say that I have amazing clients!  Thank you for braving the cold!  Thanksgiving is such a special time where families can come together, despite snowstorms and cold temps.  

I have had the privilege of taking photos of this beautiful family for a couple of years now. But, this is the first time I was able to meet the entire family as they traveled in for the holiday.  Not only did they leave their cozy little Sunriver rental to brave the cold but they looked like they were having fun the whole time.  I know I was! 


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{Hill Family} Family Photo Session at the Old Mill District https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-hill-family-family-photo-session-at-the-old-mill-district  

When approaching a photo session, one of my main priorities is to let kids be kids and simply make the process fun!  Getting your photos done can be a stressful occasion for some.  Is everyone's hair behaving, are the outfits matching and so on.  Luckily, none of this matters at the end of the day.  What's important is that you have taken the time to capture the smiles, moments, and connections of those that are the most important to you.  This family was so much fun to work with!  Laughter, joy, and love!  Oh, and of course a new puppy!!!

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{Kerr Family} Holiday Mini Session at Sawyer Park Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-kerr-family-holiday-mini-session-at-sawyer-park-bend-oregon The best part about mini sessions, besides getting to meet such wonderful people, is the ability to capture memories between rain bursts.  We were lucky enough to have beautiful light and a chance for a little walk-about in the "woods" of Bend before the next burst of rain came.  

The Kerr family were so easy-going and fun to work with.  Reason 1001 of why I love what I do!  


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{Greening Family} Fall Family Photo Session at Sawyer Park, Bend Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-greening-family-fall-family-photo-session-at-sawyer-park-bend-oregon What better location to have your photos taken than the very place you were married at three years before!  Kyle and Alise were referred to me by some very sweet friends of mine and I couldn't have been more grateful.  It's not everyday you get to meet such authentically kind people.  

The setting was perfect for anyone who loves the landscapes that Central Oregon has to offer.  With the Deschutes River as our backdrop and beautiful old growth juniper trees we had the perfect spot for photos.  I didn't think to bring a squeaker toy for Gus and my whistles of encouragement were no match for the squirrels, birds, and neighborhood cats passing through.  At least we didn't have to worry about him blinking as he was locked onto whatever dog adventure awaited! 

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{Lindsey Family} Farewell Bend Park Family Fall Photo Session, Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-lindsey-family-farewell-bend-park-family-fall-photo-session Bunnies, bikes, and a walk along the Deschutes River turned out to be the perfect start to a Sunday morning.  Watching the interaction between Jack and his parents was so heartwarming.  His imagination and energy was contagious as we explored the banks of the Deschutes River.  Maybe this is a genetic thing when your father is a USA Today Bestselling author of amazing reads.   From singing Old MacDonald had a farm, to running races and simply enjoying the moments made this session so memorable.  Jack's mom is a photographer and usually when that is the case you run the risk of not being in any photos.  I'm thrilled that I was asked to document some photos with the whole family.  Nothing makes me happier than capturing these types of moments and connections.  If you would like some holiday portraits done give me a call! 

I'm not quite sure, but I think I may have been singing here...from Jack's expression I think I better do some more practicing on my tune.

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{Kaylie} Senior Girl Photo Session In Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-kaylie-senior-girl-photo-session-in-bend-oregon  

I'm feeling a little bit old as I make this post....

18 years ago (On November 1st) this beautiful girl came into the world and has been my favorite little niece ever since.  Now..she is a young lady getting ready to spread her wings into the future.  I asked her what her favorite quote was and she sent me one that says "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are" e.e. cummings. Kaylie - be who you are! Beautiful, talented, loving, and brave.  Set your course for the future but don't be afraid to veer off of it every now and then.  My only bit of advice is to LIVE! Love each day, find the joy in the little things and don't forget to smile!  Love you! (I can't say that often in a blog post) 

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{McGlenn Family} Holiday Family Photos at Shevlin Park, Bend Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-mcglenn-family-holiday-family-photos-at-shevlin-park-bend-oregon It's never too early to get your photos done for holiday cards! These little guys were troopers for sure.  The walk back to the covered bridge at Shevlin Park is about a 15 minute walk. We were laughing on our journey as the sound from the plastic tires and the kids making horn sounds was surely announcing our arrival around every corner.  It's sessions like this that I love the most.  Nature and family connections = happiness! 

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{Medina Family} Hollinshead Mini Family Photo Session Bend, Oregon https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/family-ties  


Fall in Central Oregon means more than puffy jackets and softy socks.  It's family photo session time and preparation for holiday cards!  This adorable family is so much fun to work with.  The part that I love the most is that I get to watch the little kiddos grow up!  I was lucky enough to capture both of the "littles" when they were newborns.  I'm confident that this little cutie will be protected quite well with all of her big brothers watching over her.  Thank you Jessica and Matt for letting me capture your beautiful family once again! Cheers to years of happy memories and moments! 

Try saying no to this face...not possible!

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Coming Soon! https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/coming-soon A special little bundle of love will be introduced to us soon...in the meantime, I got to spend some quality time with her fabulous parents.  She is one lucky baby girl!  I simply cannot wait until I get to meet her!  Thank you Doug and Stephanie for a great evening.  I must say though...the skeeters were after you.  I had to obliterate 6 of them in photoshop as they were lined up for landing or ready for take off once they had their fill.  Cold feet and food for the bugs...I have the best clients! 

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K&J Wedding https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/k-j-wedding Love happens!  Every now and then you meet a couple who really define the true meaning of love.  They truly adore one another and it shines through their expressions and actions.  I may have done a happy dance when Kerri and Jared asked me to be their photographer.  After the engagement session I knew that the wedding day would be nothing short of amazing...and it was!  Here is a sneak peek of what I mean...

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The future of Mirror Pond https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/the-future-of-mirror-pond Mirror Pond has been in existence since the early 1900's.  Truly a trademark of Bend, OR - a namesake for everything from dry cleaning companies to one of the best beers in town! So many times in our life we can tend to take things for granted.  That is the beauty of photography.  The ability to capture places, people, and moments that one day will no longer be.  For me...Mirror Pond is that one place that has a sense of relaxation midst the hustle and bustle of my daily life.  The future of the pond is up for discussion.  The community has the opportunity of getting involved too!  If you are interested in the future of Mirror Pond I would encourage you to visit the following website for further information:http://mirrorpondbend.com

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New adventures... https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/new-adventures Up until recently my focus for photography has only been on portraiture.  However, since I love being in the outdoors it seemed like the perfect transition to try my hand at landscape photography too.  What I have found is that it requires me to slow down and look at my surroundings a little different than normal.  Luckily, I have some very talented photographer friends who help with the endless instruction needed!  

One such photographer is Kyle Moseley.  If you are looking for some phenomenal images from the heart of Northwest Montana then by all means take a look at some of these works of art!  http://www.kmimages.smugmug.com/  They would look good on your wall! 

Feel free to check out my landscape gallery for more images! 





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J & K Engagement https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/j-k-engagement Joy. Love. Affection. Words that describe this beautiful couple!  Kerri and Jarod are tying the knot this August and I cannot wait to capture it!  

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Man's Best Friend https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/mans-best-friend A different kind of captured moment!  

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Young Love... https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/young-love I often get asked what it is about photography that I love...easy, capturing moments like this!  With love like this the future is bound to be filled with joy!

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Cold day...warm hearts! https://michellebauerphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/cold-day-warm-hearts 5 brave souls who ventured out on a crisp Central Oregon morning!  No frost bit reported...just beautiful smiles from an amazing family!!!

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