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Winter Toddling

Sharing with you today this unbelievably cute little guy who decided he wouldn’t even say one word to me. The strong and silent type. The contemplative type. In fact, it took him up until the very end of our time together to flash me a grin. Anyone relate? Any photographer out there deal with littles who just aren’t that into you? Any parents out there filled with dread when your little one just WILL. NOT. DO. THE. THINGS?

But they are my favorite

Contrary to what one might think, these are my favorite kind of toddlers. Yes. The slightly obstinate, slightly shy, slightly, completely uninterested kind. Here’s why. In my quest to document the authentic…you know, that word photographer’s constantly throw around, there is no better way to catch those “authentic” moments than when we let the kids be exactly who they are without interfering. Letting them be their true selves. And this little trick I play…leaving them to toddle about uninterrupted always leads to them finding me quite interesting. Usually they creep on over to show me a rock they’ve found…sometimes they throw rocks at my ankles to get my attention…and then…are you ready? They smile. Giggle. Laugh. They WANT to engage with me. They know I’m not a scary stranger (who…currently…would be masked at your session), but a fun lady who lets them play unencumbered.

Parents did you read that? You can let them play. Wander (Safely). Just be. My sessions are unpressured. An atmosphere without expectation. If you know and appreciate my art, you’ll see the moments are not old fashioned portrait photography. Of course you know the photos I’m talking about. JC Pennys…awkard smiles and double exposures. Sometimes pet cats are involved (which btw pet cats are always encouraged). My moments are genuine and captured almost secretly. The best images don’t happen in the first fifteen minutes. The best images come last. When everyone’s guard is down and they’re relaxed. Consequently the kids…they’ll completely relax and engage when they know it’s safe. It’s the Wildling Photography guarantee.

You Want Me To What

Letting the kids play and explore also let’s me catch those steamy parent moments. Get a load of these two…I would very seriously frame them and put them on my wall! There is peace in knowing your child is safe and finding joy. There is something about watching your child explore and be free that every parent can’t help but take pride in. Their discoveries bring genuine smiles to their faces which…get this…brings genuine smiles to your little one. And isn’t this what it’s about? Documenting the truth? The way you are, right in this moment?

Some Tips

Parents…let go of all expectations for the kids. I promise it will all unfold in the best possible way. Let them play. Let them get dirty (don’t put them in Great Grandma’s unwashable hand crocheted christening gown. Seriously.) I won’t ask them to pose or do anything crazy other than finding a flower for mom. Or the best rock to throw into the pond. Try not to get frustrated with them or ask them for too much. They will feed off of your frustration and get upset too. And you didn’t come for photos where everyone is unhappy…you came to me to capture your joy and togetherness. Let them go barefoot. Heck let them go shirtless. Who doesn’t love a good baby belly?

You will leave thinking “OMG she didn’t get anything good there’s no way any of us looked reasonable I bet I had 6 chins and my kid was crying and threw a rock that hit their sister in the arm and she lost it and dad was frustrated and hiding and these will just be the worst.” I promise you. Come as you are. Be chill. Be together. Treat this like a snuggly Saturday morning on vacation where there’s nowhere to go. No one to pass judgment. And I promise you…your photos will take you right back to this very moment every time you look back at them.

I share some extra special moments from other families and my own here and here.

Expecting couple in the river at dusk
$150 due at booking
60-90 minutes of creating together
Full digital gallery of 100+ hand edited images
Unlimited calls and texts for planning and discovery
One location in and around Portland, OR. | In home or in the wild
Location planning | Styling assistance
Best light of the day is sunset, which changes throughout the year
*Add $100 for travel more than 50 miles from 98682



$150 due at booking

60-90 minutes of creating together

Full digital gallery of 100+ hand edited images

Access to client wardrobe

Unlimited calls and texts for planning and discovery

One location in to around Portland, OR.

Location planning | Styling

Best scheduled around 30 weeks

*Add $100 for travel outside of 98682


$150 due at booking

60-120 minutes of creating together (for feeding breaks)

Full digital gallery of 100+ hand edited images

Documentary style photos and posed photos (backdrops and bonnets provided by me)

Photos are best taken between 10-25 days, a rough guideline

Location planning | Styling

*Bundle Maternity and Newborn sessions and save $400


$150 due at booking

40 minutes of creating magic together

Choose 40 images from a full digital gallery to keep, additional images may be purchased

Must be within 20 miles of 98682 (add travel fee for >20 miles)

Location planning | Styling

Choose 40 images from a full digital gallery to keep, additional images may be purchased

Unlimited calls and texts for planning and discovery

For those who need fewer photos

Perfect for extra wild children (My favorite kind)


$150 due at booking

Three mini sessions in a 12 month period

20 minute sessions

Each mini session yields 20 hand edited images

Must be within 20 miles of 98682

Perfect for first year milestones, birthdays, and tiny snippets of everyday life.



Packages start at $2995

Please contact me for full pricing options

*All deposits are non-refundable. Dates are negotiable.

Daily of three walking on the rocky riverfront
Family of four snuggling overlooking the Columbia River

Deb Morlan is a family and motherhood photographer serving the Portland, Oregon and beyond.