Review by Kelly Horsford – PDX mama and reader of all things PDX Kids Calendar
I had the pleasure of working with Missy Timko of Powder Blue Photography to capture the perfect holiday photo for our Christmas card … and that she did!
From beginning to end, working with Missy was easy. We started out exchanging some basic information by email, then discussed more important details over the phone. Missy was very kind, personable and enthusiastic as she asked about our family – asking about my girls ages and details about their personalities. She was also walked me through what to expect at the shoot, cost for services and some recommendations for what clothing would look best.
For the setting – we chose Mt. Tabor. It’s a meaningful place to our family because it’s close to our home and we spend a lot of time there. Missy was very familiar with the park and had many ideas of where to meet.
Scheduling the shoot around nap times and toddler schedules was surprisingly easy – and we agreed on a weekend morning. However, the day before the shoot – my whole family came down with colds! So we called Missy to let her know that we may need to play it by ear for the photo shoot the next day, and she happily suggested we reschedule to the following weekend – especially since no one looks good in photos when they’re goopy and coughing! I thought that was very kind and thoughtful of her, and I was most appreciative.
As the day of the shoot again approached, we watched the weather. Since it was an outdoor shoot we wanted to be sure we weren’t going to get poured on. We were lucky and the weather cooperated, so we packed up the family and headed to the top of Mt. Tabor. Meeting Missy in person was great – she and her assistant were both very personable and professional, and they had already scoped out some places with great lighting. Both my girls took to her quickly and were willing to do whatever she asked. We did a bunch of more posed family shots, then many that were more spontaneous and natural. She captured both of our girls beautifully as they played in the trees and with the leaves. She even brought bubbles, which was such a nice touch in the photos to see the girls blowing and chasing bubbles. Having these props in hand really helped to ensure the shoot was a positive experience, not only for my husband and me but also for my two daughters
Our photo shoot lasted about 45 minutes, which was actually less time than what I had planned for, but it ended up being just right – especially considering the attention span of my little ones. And Missy captured plenty of beautiful photos to choose from.
Our personal gallery of proofs was available for viewing in just 3 days, and Missy also did a sneak peek of the photo shoot for us to see on her blog. The photos were beautiful and it was hard to choose the ones we liked best. Since my goal for the shoot was to get a nice family photo for our holiday cards, we were excited to discover that Missy also specializes in custom-designed cards – and she had several holiday themed ones for us to choose from.
Overall, our experience with Powder Blue Photography was wonderful – from the personal attention to small, but important, details, to the flexibility in scheduling with a busy family, not to mention a true passion and talent for working with children. It’s clear that Missy loves what she does and her work speaks for itself.
Kelly and her family received their photoshoot and images at no charge in order to write this review on behalf of PDX Kids Calendar