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The Blog is a place we like to share some of our recent photo sessions, talk about the amazing people we get to work with, and let you in on a little bit of our crazy lives. We are a wife and husband team, who love our job and love working together. That's a photo of us on the right we took during a snow storm in Central Park. Leave it to us to visit New York during one of the worst snow storms in 60 years! Of course it did make for a great photo. We hope you stick around to enjoy some of our work and get to know us. We promise to share some of our crazy adventures. If you feel like it be sure to show us some love by leaving us Blog comments, they always make us feel good. Thank you for visiting! ~Brandy & Justin

McCloud Photography's New Office and Meeting Space!

I am excited to announce our new office and meeting space! It's located on River Rd. in Keizer. I love how it turned out and think it's a perfect place for our clients to visit with us. We have a comfy little sitting area for chatting and then directly across from that we have a large t.v. perfect for viewing and ordering images. I am sharing the space with my awesome office-mate, Debbie Ego from Events Planned Perfectly. I am thrilled with how our styles came together. The timing and details for the new office couldn't have come at a better time for us. Looking forward to meeting with clients, new and old, as well as fellow vendors in our new space.

Changes and the Love of my Mom

It is hard to know where to start on a post about something personal. For the past several years, we have kept quiet about my Mom's condition in order to respect her privacy.  However, with the changes we have had to make in order to care for her, it is no longer possible. If you read my short Facebook post, you know we have purchased a home in West Salem to be closer to my Mom and rented out our home and studio in Monmouth. We do have plans to go back but currently we need to be closer to my parents.

First of all, before I talk about my Mom's health, I wanted to thank all our clients who have been patient with us as we make adjustments to how we are doing things. I also want to make it known, we will be still very actively taking jobs, so please still contact us for sessions. We may change how we do things but will still be available to our clients. I will keep you updated on changes along the way. Change can also mean good things and I promise we will do our best to make these changes positive for our clients.

A few of you do know of my Mom struggles but many do not. My Mom is battling the horrible disease we call Alzheimer’s. I call it a battle because I have watched her fight hard to stop this beast of a disease from taking hold of her but unfortunately there is no way to fight it off forever. There have been many ups and downs in the past few years but obviously I like to focus on the ups. 

I have had the chance to have amazing moments with my Mom and continue too, even in this current day. She is very much still a part of this life and her family. She loves just as deeply, worries about her loved ones, and shares in joys and sorrows. I have found her love for her family does not change even in the worst moments. I have learned that even in the tough moments, our bond can and has become stronger. I have seen just how strong of a man my Dad is and I am unbelievably thankful for his never quit attitude. Through him, I have seen what marriage is truly about by watching him stand by mom's side. Then there is Justin, who has become my true rock and is an even greater man than I thought possible. He has been more than willing to make every change needed so we can be there for my parents. I love him more then he knows for this. And the most amazing thing I have seen through my Mom is even as she struggles with her losses, her faith in God has not wavered.

With all the positives I can give of course there are hard days but I do want our friends and family to realize we are still living a good life. Some days may bring tears but some have us in tears laughing about the day’s events.  I am so thankful to be able to be near her during this phase of life in both the good and the not so good days.

For those of you who know my Mom, I have one request...that whenever you see her, or think of her, you don't think of the loss that she may currently have but see her for everything she has left, everything she has always been, and the person she will always be to the ones that love her. I am a truly blessed woman to be able to call her my Mom.


Zach and Ryanne's Engagement Session - Salem Oregon Wedding Photographers

We had such a great time with this engagement session and I am just in love with all the fun images we got! When Ryanne brought up the idea of a camping/smores style session I got so excited.  Camping and smores are two things Justin and I both love, so to create a session around them was just pure heaven. Pulling together all the items Ryanne and I could find plus somethings she picked up from Danner and Soli I think this stylized engagement session was a hit!

We know both Zach and Ryanne as the owners of Apogee. Zach is a DJ and Ryanne is a wedding and event planning specialist. That means beyond camping and smores we also all have a love for weddings. We just know their wedding is going to be amazing and we can't wait!


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Abbi's Senior Photos - Salem Oregon Senior Photographers

We had a great day with Abbi capturing her senior photos.  We had so many great locations to shoot in and as you can tell, Abbi is quite photogenic.  We spent alot of time during her session out in the country side of West Salem as well as a visit to downtown Salem.  It may of been an overly hot and bright day but I think both Abbi and I would agree it was all worth it when you see the results.  Check out the photos for yourself below and be sure to click on the link for a slideshow of her images.

Thank you for spending the day with us for your senior photos, Abbi.  Good luck at South Salem this year!


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Amanda ~ West Albany Senior Photographer

This beautiful young lady, Amanda, is our Senior Rep from West Albany High School. Amanda happens to be part of WAHS's Dance Team, check out her jump. I was definitely impressed. :-) We had a wonderful time and can't wait for her next session!

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The Johnson Family - Lincoln City Oregon Family Photographers

Just a few family photos from their session. It may of been a typical foggy day on the Oregon Coast, but that didn't stop us or this family from having a great session.

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Newborn Photographers ~ McCloud Photography

We took these images almost two months ago but we just realized we hadn't shared them yet. This little guy was way too cute not to share! We just love the newborn sessions and capturing those first few days.

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Senior Model Madi ~ Salem Oregon

Meet Madi, our uber talented senior model from South Salem High School! We are so excited to have Madi as one of our Senior Reps/Models for the Class of 2012. Below are a few photos from Madi's first session. We will be sharing more photos from Madi later this year.

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Baby Simon ~ Corvallis Oregon Newborn Photographers

Sweet, sweet baby boy! Oh how I love the newborn sessions. Just past a week old and perfect. It was a joy to photograph Simon in this first part of his life and get to see his Mom and Dad who's wedding we photographed in 2008. Click here to check out some of their wedding photos.They make a perfect family and it made me smile as I watched the three of them interact. Check out a few of the photos from his session.

Baby Olive ~ Newborn Photographer

More images from Olive's newborn session in our studio just a few weeks ago. She was so good and let us try just about anything without fussing. Isn't she just beautiful?

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A Glimpse at Today ~ Newport Oregon Engagement Photographers

This was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, watching the love between Phil and Rikki. They have been engaged for just a little over a week and they were glowing. Here is just one of the many images from their session today on the beautiful Oregon Coast.

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A Product Showcase ~ Oregon Senior Photographers

This collage just arrived and I thought it would be great to share. This is a collage option we offer for all our photography services. This collage happens to be for Caitlynn, who was our Rep for the Class of 2011. I love how her collage turned out. It allows her and her family to enjoy so many of the images from her two sessions...all in one place. This 24x36 is going to be a beautiful art piece on their wall. We offer collages in a wide variety of sizes and design options.

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