The Invitation

What conversation do you want to have with your kids when you are looking through your pictures 30 years from now? I’m guessing you want to remember stories about your life. You want to say “Oh my gosh, do you remember that toy you used to be obsessed with??” and “Look how sweet you were to your little brother” and “I really miss the time we spent together when you were little.” And your family wants to have the same memories about how you were in their lives.

By learning to take good photos, having fun, and building community with others who share the same passion you will begin to understand the truth, beauty, and joy of your everyday. You will understand that you belong in the story.

This is the driving force behind why I do what I do.

This is my invitation to you.

Let’s get to know each other

What do you do together when you have a day off? Go for a hike? Cook? Go to a game? Play at home? A lot of people think there is nothing unique about them, but when we get together and start chatting, the possibilities come to life.


Let’s play together

Whether I’m photographing your family, or teaching you to document all the little moments, let’s go to the park! Let’s dance in the living room! Don’t worry, while we’re having fun, I’ll make sure everything looks great. Just relax and enjoy being together!


Let me show you the beauty in your everyday

Through this lens, you get to see your life just like everyone else sees it; full of beauty, joy, and truth.

I felt like we had a fun afternoon in the park, not like we were getting photos taken. We look like ourselves, and the whole experience has been amazing. Kate K.

Experience Kate’s maternity play date!

My Story

If you're going to invite me into your life, you should know a bit about me too!

I grew up loving art, and loving to take pictures.

But mostly I grew up loving stories.

This love led me to a degree in documentary video.

It took me over 15 years of living to realize that I was needed right here, where the most important stories – our stories – are happening every day.

I am one of the lucky ones in my generation. I have a lot of beautiful images from my life growing up because my mom (although modesty would probably stop her from admitting it) GOT IT.

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She not only saw the value in capturing the everyday things, and the action, and the emotion, but she had the eye to make beautiful, well composed pictures that were uncommon for those of us growing up in the early 80’s – a time of Olan Mills and Sears Portrait Studio… I’m sure you know what I am talking about. These are the type of portraits most people in my generation seem to have. My husband’s family has a remarkable collection of family photos.

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There is very little that is true about these images.

You can’t tell anything about the personalities of these people. You don’t know what they love. You don’t get to understand their relationship with each other, or the world at large.

When I look at the wonderful pictures I have of myself growing up, however, I notice that my mother is almost entirely missing from the story.

That is one thing the Olan Mills experience offered to families; the ability to get a good clear image of the whole family together. It makes me sad. Because I know she was an amazing mom, and I want to see the evidence! I want to remember our early relationship with clarity. I want to see her playing with me. I want to see her looking at me with love in her eyes.

Now, as a mom myself, and I want to be able to look back and feel even closer to her by sharing the same challenges and triumphs.

That’s why I love doing this work for you.

So when you ask me to photograph your family, you are bravely asking me to be there for the whole story.

I want my images to be something you can look back on decades from now and say “Yes – THAT is what our family was like. That looks like a normal day in our lives. Can you believe how beautiful it was?”

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I can’t wait to walk this path with you. I can’t wait to show you your truth, and watch you as you realize how beautiful it is.

Serra Hadsell, Photographer

Portrait of Serra Hadsell, Portland based lifestyle photographer

Possibilities

Family Play Date: $1175

A photo session with me is just like a play date – I bring my camera along and we have fun doing what your family loves. It is in this way that I am able to capture the images that allow you to step right into your life.

I said this so many times that one of my clients suggested I just rename my sessions and call them Play Dates! It has been so ever since.

Your play date package includes:

  • 1-hour Getting To Know You Date
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation
  • 2-3 hour Play Date
  • Image optimization and basic retouching
  • 1-hour Viewing Party
  • Full set of high resolution images on USB drive
  • Design layout for Custom Storybook to inspire you
  • Design layout for Custom Story Wall in your own home

“How To” Play Date

Ever wish someone would show up at your front door and walk you through a few easy steps to help you easily take better pictures of your baby, or family?

Let me make your wish come true!

 

Private 1 on 1 mentoring session at location of your choice: $275

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Invite a friend or two and you all save! Plus you get the added benefit of learning together, which means you’ll have each other as accountability and resources going forward. And you’ll be able to capture images of each other!

2-hour mentoring session with 2 people: $175 each
2-hour mentoring session with 3 people: $125 each

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Save $2000 with this bundle!

5-Session Baby’s First Year Bundle: $3875

  • 1-hour Getting To Know You Date
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (maternity)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (maternity)
  • 1-2 hour Maternity Play Date
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (newborn)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (newborn)
  • 2-3 hour Newborn Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (maternity+newborn sessions)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (4-5 month “tummy time”)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (tummy time)
  • 1-2 hour Tummy Time Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (tummy time)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (7-9 month “mover & shaker”)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (mover & shaker)
  • 1-2 hour Mover & Shaker Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (mover & shaker)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (1st birthday)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (1st birthday)
  • 1-2 hour 1st Birthday Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (1st birthday)
  • Image optimization and basic retouching (all sessions)
  • Full set of high resolution images on USB drive (all sessions)
  • Design layout for Custom Storybook to inspire you (all sessions)
  • Design layout for Custom Story Wall in your own home (all sessions)

*Bundles require 50% down at booking and the remainder upon completion of the 1st play date.

Why these milestones?

Maternity

Many women skip maternity photos. Somehow, the value of these images doesn’t become clear until years down the road for many of us. I’ve seen over and over, however, the immense value these images have for families and especially for children as they grow. Many of my families report their toddlers and young children want to read their 1st year book over and over, watching as they grow in mommy’s tummy and then in the outside world!

Newborn

Newborn sessions typically happen within the first 2 weeks of a baby’s life. New babies change so incredibly quickly that before long you will look at the images from this session and say “there’s no way our little one was ever that tiny!”. It’s something the mind and heart can not remember clearly on their own.

Tummy Time

Right around 4 months babies really start to change in remarkable ways. They can push up on their tummies, smile, giggle, and sometimes they can even find their toes!

Mover & Shaker

This is the time to capture babies sitting on their own, playing with toys, standing up holding mom or dad or older siblings’ hands! 8 month sessions are one of my all-time favorites. The world is literally their playground at this point and capturing that joy is pure magic.

1st Birthday

To bring closure to baby’s first year here on earth, we can’t forget the birthday play date. Some parents like to bake cupcakes or some other treat for their littles, while others meet me at the local park or simply hang out at home with their little one and marvel at all that has come to pass.

 

Are you part of a mom’s group, or just know a lot of people who are interested in improving their basic photography skills and capturing true, beautiful images from their lives? What better excuse to throw a party?

My “How To” Parties are 3-hours long and very hands-on. I can start with a brief presentation about the concepts and then everyone can play, ask questions, and capture a ton of images while I make the rounds and work with each person individually to open their creative floodgates.

Photo party with 4-8 people: $500

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 Community Play Dates

Picture a mom’s group with a photography expert available to answer all your questions.

I have developed a simple list of 4 easy steps to help you take better pictures of your baby.

Learning to see these principals will take practice. The more you pay attention, the easier it becomes. And it’s fun, especially when you have people to share it with.

I am building a community like this where families who share this passion for documenting the truth, beauty, and joy in their everyday lives can get together in the park with their kiddos, take fun pictures, get inspired, ask for tips, and build friendships over time through FREE community play dates.

Join us!

 

 


Play Date Bundles tell your story over time

When I work with clients, we always have so much fun we can’t wait to get together again! And the more you want to play, the more committed I am to making that possible for you.

Vertical-Collage-Play-Date-Maternity-Newborn-Lifestyle-Family-Photography-PicturesSave $355 with this bundle!

Maternity and Newborn Bundle: $1995

  • Getting to know you date
  • Collaborative play date plan (maternity)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation
  • Maternity Play Date
  • Collaborative play date plan (newborn)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation
  • Newborn Play Date
  • Image optimization and basic retouching (both sessions)
  • Viewing party (both sessions)
  • Full set of high resolution images on USB drive (both sessions)
  • Design layout for custom storybook to inspire you
  • Design layout for custom story wall in your own space

*Bundles require 50% down at booking and the remainder upon completion of the 1st play date.

 

 

Save $2000 with this bundle!

5-Session Baby’s First Year Bundle: $3875

  • 1-hour Getting To Know You Date
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (maternity)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (maternity)
  • 1-2 hour Maternity Play Date
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (newborn)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (newborn)
  • 2-3 hour Newborn Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (maternity+newborn sessions)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (4-5 month “tummy time”)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (tummy time)
  • 1-2 hour Tummy Time Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (tummy time)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (7-9 month “mover & shaker”)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (mover & shaker)
  • 1-2 hour Mover & Shaker Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (mover & shaker)
  • Collaborative Play Date Plan (1st birthday)
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation (1st birthday)
  • 1-2 hour 1st Birthday Play Date
  • 1-hour Viewing Party (1st birthday)
  • Image optimization and basic retouching (all sessions)
  • Full set of high resolution images on USB drive (all sessions)
  • Design layout for Custom Storybook to inspire you (all sessions)
  • Design layout for Custom Story Wall in your own home (all sessions)

*Bundles require 50% down at booking and the remainder upon completion of the 1st play date.

Why these milestones?

Maternity

Many women skip maternity photos. Somehow, the value of these images doesn’t become clear until years down the road for many of us. I’ve seen over and over, however, the immense value these images have for families and especially for children as they grow. Many of my families report their toddlers and young children want to read their 1st year book over and over, watching as they grow in mommy’s tummy and then in the outside world!

Newborn

Newborn sessions typically happen within the first 2 weeks of a baby’s life. New babies change so incredibly quickly that before long you will look at the images from this session and say “there’s no way our little one was ever that tiny!”. It’s something the mind and heart can not remember clearly on their own.

Tummy Time

Right around 4 months babies really start to change in remarkable ways. They can push up on their tummies, smile, giggle, and sometimes they can even find their toes!

Mover & Shaker

This is the time to capture babies sitting on their own, playing with toys, standing up holding mom or dad or older siblings’ hands! 8 month sessions are one of my all-time favorites. The world is literally their playground at this point and capturing that joy is pure magic.

1st Birthday

To bring closure to baby’s first year here on earth, we can’t forget the birthday play date. Some parents like to bake cupcakes or some other treat for their littles, while others meet me at the local park or simply hang out at home with their little one and marvel at all that has come to pass.

1st Play Date: $1175 Add a 2nd Play Date for only $850 Add a 3rd Play Date for only $750 Add a 4th, 5th, 6th, etc! for only $560 Special offer – add a second play date within 3 months of your first and pay only $525 for the second one!
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Save $600 with this package!

Special Business Portrait Package: $575

  • Getting to know you phone date
  • Website review
  • Collaborative play date plan
  • Wardrobe and styling consultation
  • Business Portrait Play Date (60 min)
  • Image optimization and basic retouching
  • Online image selection gallery
  • Image choice consultation
  • 3 high resolution images on USB drive

Headshots are often brushed off as stuffy, old fashioned, or unnecessary. If you run a creative business, you may believe that your product will speak for itself. But the truth is that people connect with people. And if you’re putting out an image that doesn’t represent you in an authentic and inspiring way (or worse if you’re leaving out the photo all together!), you’re leaving a lot of business on the table. We are all visual creatures. Most people think and remember primarily through visual cues. And, most people have very short attention spans. Giving people the right visual cues immediately is critical to getting their attention and gaining their trust. People will likely notice your picture before they actively pay attention to what you have to say. First impressions matter (this is a one-shot deal) and they are almost always visual. A story-based headshot session will help you represent yourself, and your business, in a way that is uniquely you. With the right headshot, you will automatically attract your ideal clients.

Storytelling

Let’s Bring Your Story To Life

One day I hung one of my favorite wedding photos on the wall. There it was: The gratitude. The joy. The strength of my relationship. The love. My story. Suddenly it was so easy to appreciate! Now I’m hooked. I’m building my family wall and want to share the joy with you, too. Together we’ll find the anchors, and I’ll show you how to fill in the rest. I’ll design a custom layout for you to follow, so the process of bringing your family wall to life is made super easy. Once you start, you won’t be able to believe you ever lived without it!

Pricing for key framed images:

  • Single framed 16×20 = $125
  • Pair of framed 16×20 = $195
  • Single framed 20×24 = $175
  • Pair of framed 20×24 = $245
  • Other sizes and combinations available

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Let’s create a custom story book

My clients tell me over and over how surprised they are at the value their story books add to their daily lives. Kiddos LOVE reading these books that feature themselves and their family members as the key characters! One of the most important pieces to a fulfilled life is a sense of belonging to something bigger. When we look through our family story books together, it is clear that we are part of a bigger story. It strengthens bonds and gives children an extra boost of confidence. The design for your story book is included in the cost of your play date. Because of that, the additional investment to bring it to life is quite small.

The glorious album came yesterday. It is more beautiful than I dreamed! Even the packaging was wonderful. Thank you again and again for your wonderful vision! I kind of want to grab people by the lapels and say ‘Look at this! It’s beautiful!’ But I am kind of controlling myself. Kinda. Rise V.

Story Books For A Lifetime

Read a book to your child that features them and their family as the main characters! Watch as their sense of excitement, belonging, and peace builds through the sharing of this truly personal story.

Custom Story Book Pricing:

  • Small = $175
  • Large = $215

Are you ready to get to know each other?

Serra Hadsell, Photographer

Phone: 503-810-9984

Serravision Photography has an appointment-only studio location in NE Portland.

Please note:

  • No regular hours are kept at the studio
  • Please call before coming out
  • Studio building is behind the house
  • Please do not knock or ring doorbell on the main house at any time

Studio Address:
3431 NE Fremont Drive, Portland OR 97220

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