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The beauty is in the details. It is the raggedy blanket. It is the toddler who insists on wearing boots and no pants. It is the way the light comes in through your kitchen window in the afternoon. It is the looks you share with those you love. I want you to look back decades from now and say “YES! That’s exactly what our life looked like. Wasn’t it beautiful?”

This is my invitation to you…


Let’s get to know each other

The best way to capture true, beautiful moments is to spend time with people you love. Of course that means your family, but it also means your photographer! My clients are like family to me. The kids I photograph get excited for me to come, and sometimes cry when I leave. Everyone is truly happy to see each other. And that’s where the magic begins.

Let’s play together

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 just right. Your job is to simply 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, truth, and joy.

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.

What do you want to do first?

Family Playdate

Some people might call this a photo session. I call it a playdate. Why? Because that’s what it is! I’ll bring my camera along and we have fun doing what your family loves. This is the secret behind my ability to capture the images that make your heart skip a beat. This is your chance to get in the picture, and love the result.

Details and pricing for family playdates.

“How To” Playdate

photo of a mama learning to take better pictures of her childrenYour family goes on living life—even when I’m not there! I know. Crazy, right? Empower yourself to have photos that inspire you every day, not just on the “special” days we play together.

So let’s do a 1-1 mentoring session. Bring your questions! I will start by teaching my 4 easy steps to better pictures, and then we will do a hands-on workshop to answer your questions.

Details and pricing for “How To” Playdates

Join The Community Online

This is a photo taken during a community playdate at Harper's Playground in North PortlandInspired? Want to share your passion for taking true, beautiful pictures of your life? Have you been wishing for a little bit more from your own photos? I love to help people see the beauty in their lives.

Join the 4 Easy Steps Facebook Group. Make new friends, strengthen your skills, and gain accountability when you join this community! My “4 Easy Steps to taking better pictures” guide is available as a starting point, and the rest is up to you. I’m around to answer questions, give feedback, and share advice.

Book Me To Speak At Your Event

This is a photo of Serra Hadsell presenting her 4 Easy Steps To Better Pictures at BabyFest in 2015

Serra, a Portland-based lifestyle family photographer, teaches basic photography to parents

Do you host a mom’s group? Own a family-oriented shop with workshop space? Are you in charge of booking classes or speakers? Let’s play!

I have three fun workshop options available:

  1. 1-hour long talk designed for adults and also appropriate for older kids who have the attention span are interested in photography. I have put together a fun talk with tons of photo examples and tips about what makes a photo “good” and how to get closer with very little effort on your part. May be done stand-alone or followed by a second hour of hands-on practice.
  2. 2-hour scavenger hunt for school-aged kids and their adults. We will do a very abbreviated version of the 4 Easy Steps To Taking Better Pictures lesson followed by a scavenger hunt that is designed to help you practice what you’ve learned. At the end, we will have a viewing party to celebrate favorite photos taken by group participants.
  3. 15 minute presentation on the importance of moms getting in the picture. This one is particularly good for moms to be and new moms, but good for any parent. I love it when couples attend this talk together. This presentation is usually followed by 45 minutes of conversation on the topic. It’s amazing how much conversation comes up every time on this topic!

Please reach out with your ideas. I can’t wait to collaborate with you!


One of the main reasons my clients choose to work with me is this: They want these storybooks for their family. How many times have you started making an album, or had a tab open on your browser for weeks because some company advertised a deal, but you didn’t know where to start?

If you are like most people, you have started projects like these and never finished them. You are not alone. I do it with my own books, too! In fact, I still haven’t finished my wedding album from 2011! The process is overwhelming when you don’t have a trusted advisor to keep you accountable.

My formal training is as a documentary filmmaker. I am a storyteller who uses photography as my tool. I love making client’s stories come to life, and I make it happen with minimal effort on your part. It’s a bit like magic!

Custom Storybook Pricing

The design of your book is included in the cost of your playdate, so the additional cost to bring your book to life is quite low.

  • 8x8″ Family Library Storybook = $299
  • 12x12″ Coffee Table Storybook = $349

Before, the pictures were stuck in my computer. It was a pain to pull them up, and I could never find the ones I was looking for. Now I can grab the book and all my favorite pictures are there for me any time I want.

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.

Lifestyle family photo of photographer, Serra Hadsell's, family playing in their living room
Lifestyle family photo of photographer, Serra Hadsell's, family playing in their living room

Hiring a photographer is like making a friend. You don’t want to hire just anyone! You’ve got to choose someone whose work you like, but also someone you like and trust as a person. You should feel like your photographer would fit in with your group of friends. If I’m going to get true images of your family, I will have to become part of your life! Before hiring someone, get to know them a bit to make sure it’s a good fit. If they are any good at what they do, they’ll be doing the same thing when they are getting to know you! In that spirit, I want to share the story of how I came to do this work.

I am one of the lucky ones in my generation… read more

Appointments and sessions available:

Mondays 9 am – 6 pm
Fridays 9 am – 6 pm
Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm

Mobile Phone: 503-810-9984

Home Base: Northeast Portland, Oregon
Please feel free to call or email any time or day.
I will make every effort to answer your inquiry within 24 hours.

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Lifestyle Family Photographer

Serra Hadsell

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