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About Yah Yah Photography


Yah Yah Photography specializes in birth, newborn, children, families and wedding photography.

We offer both location and studio sessions, serving Portland Oregon and the surrounding areas.

Have a look around the blog to see what we are up to. Life is full of so many wonderful things that we will be sharing a little of this and a little bit of that.

Thanks for stopping and hope to see you soon,


Portland Oregon Children’s Photographer {Mother’s Day Sale}

May 13th, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama’s out there! As a thank you for all the things mothers do in a day, I wanted to make your life a little easier for a moment. All mamas really want is more time during the day and, well, to be caught up with laundry. I can’t help you with the laundry ( I have piles of my own), but I can give you a little more time. The hard part is over, you have already had your gorgeous session. Now you just need to hang some portraits on the walls, and that is were I come in, because canvas wraps are ready for hanging. All you need to do is choose an image. Need help with picking out the perfect portrait? I would love to help.

     I want your pictures out and on the walls for you to enjoy!

Portland Oregon Photographer {Up Coming Mini Session Photo Events}

April 29th, 2012

In the City- June 10th

Have your family pictures taken using Portland’s urban core as a backdrop. The colors and textures found around town make for a magazine style photo shoot.
$150.00 includes a half-hour session and a fully edited CD with 20-25 images. Book by May 15st and save $25.00

Majestic Oregon Coast- July 22nd

This is our most popular event. Join us just minutes outside of Cannon Beach for some truly magical portraits set against the stunning Oregon Coastline.
$200.00 includes 45 minute session and a fully edited CD containing 25-30 images. Book by June 15th and save $25.00

Space for both events is limited. Call 971.235.7637 to reserve your session.

A $50 deposit is due to reserve your session time and the remaining balance is due the day of the session

Portland Oregon Modern Children’s Photographer {Pearl District}

April 10th, 2012

The city makes a perfect backdrop for a photo session with all of the colors and textures to be discovered. This little guy loved being able to run, jump and climb his way around the session. It is so cool that in a one block area there are so many different looks to photography, it never gets old.

Spring Mini Photo Event {Woodburn Tulip Festival}

March 28th, 2012

Spring is here, well, sort of.  Nothing says spring like fields of brightly colored tulips. Come and join us this year at the Woodburn Tulip fields for some spectacular family photos. Space is limited, so call 971-235-7637 or email to reserve your session today.A $50.00 deposit is due at the time of booking your session to reserve your time. The remaining balance is due the day of the event.

Tasty Tuesday {Moroccan Chickpea Salad}

February 22nd, 2012

What a great way to kick off Tasty Tuesday and be featured on Foodgawker last week! This weeks dish can either be a main dish served warm or have it as a side salad served room temperature. How ever you choose to eat it, you won’t be disappointed with this richly flavored dish.

Naturally Vegan and gluten free.

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

Serves- 2 Main Dish or 4 Side Dish

Prep time- 5 minutes     Cook time- 10-15 minutes


2    Tablespoons Olive Oil

1     Medium Onion Chopped

4    Garlic Cloves Minced

1    Teaspoon Cumin Seeds

1/2    Teaspoon Turmeric

1/2    Teaspoon Cayenne or Paprika Powder

3 1/2     Cups Cooked or Canned Chickpeas drained

1    Cup Water

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Juice of 1 lemon

2    Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro

2    Tablespoons Chopped Parsley


1.    Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and saute onions until soft over medium heat, about 5 minutes

2.    Add garlic and cumin seeds and saute, stirring constantly for 2 minutes

3.     Stir in the turmeric and cayenne or paprika, then add in the chickpeas and reduce heat to low

4.     Add water and simmer until reduced to a thick sauce

5.    Add lemon juice and cook for one more minute

6.    Remove from heat and fold in cilantro and parsley

Serve immediately or at room temperature





Enjoy with a German Riesling Kabinett.

The acidity in the wine will marry nicely with citrus notes while the gentle sweetness helps carry the spices.


Have a wonderfully yummy week,


Portland Oregon Modern Children’s Photographer {Sisters}

February 20th, 2012

My life is filled with all things boys, and I do love my boys, with all the Lego’s, trucks and running around that goes on in my house. So when I get the chance to photograph girls, I love it! To be honest, girls are just different, and that is a wonderful thing. It is so much fun to watch little girls twirl around and pick flowers to put in their hair. Girls have such cute clothes and accessories, and when you have boys, well it’s just not the same.  I am so happy I got to hang with these girls to get my girly fix, and the two of them kept me moving and laughing the whole time.  They were also such troopers. It was well over 90 degrees that morning, with wickedly high humidity, and they still rocked it. Thank you Wisconsin!

Foto Friday {MCP Mini Fusion Action Tutorial}

February 18th, 2012

Every Friday will be Foto Friday, were I will share tips, tricks and other fun stuff related to photography. For the first week I thought it would be fun to talk about actions. If you haven’t already explored the world of action, now is a great time to discover what they can do and play around with them. There is a plethora of fantastic actions out there to purchase.  The great thing about actions is that they are time savers, as well as helping to create a look for your work.  What if  you don’t know what look you want for your work? You’re in luck because many action makers offer free ones to try out!  One site,, is a great place to start. It has many actions and other downloads for you to explore for free. Talk about some good karma coming her way! If you enjoy her work why not create some good karma for yourself and donate a little (if you can) to her site. Another site, and the place I downloaded the action I used for this tutorial, is MCP Actions. She is another rocking woman, and her blog is filled with so much good stuff. The link takes you to her Facebook page where you can download the Mini Fusion action for free, just by liking her. I told you she rocks. Also, go to her blog and visit her store. She has so many wonderful actions and you will be hooked after trying this one. Lets get started on working with actions.

Here is the before and after

Once you open your image in Photoshop make any exposure corrections to your image before you run the action. I always like to do a Curves correction to my images to give it a little pop. If you shoot in RAW like I do, the images are flatter and not as sharp as straight JPGs. Did you ever wonder why the image you saw on the back of your camera looks different then on your computer. It’s because JPG images have been slightly processed in your camera, unlike a RAW image, which is left pure. Create a new curves layer (press the black/white circle) and select curves. Pull the line up or down to your liking in the Curves panel. When your done, click back on the Background layer to highlight it.

Now for the fun part, watching your photo change before your eyes with one click of the play button. In a couple of seconds your Layers panel will fill with a bunch of new layers to play with. I like to start at the top and work my way down and then go back and make little tweaks here and there. First click on the layer you wish to work on and make your way to the opacity slider, then move it back and forth to see what it does. I also like to turn the layer on and off by clicking on the eye icon on your highlighted layer to see what effect it has on the photo.

You are going a long and you like what is happening to the trees, but not anything else in the photo. What to do? Layer mask time. A layer mask is built in to each one of these layers in this action, to give you more control over the look you are giving your photo. To use the layer mask, click on the white box and then select your paint brush having the color black. Next take your paint brush and paint over the area you don’t want the effect on. If  you make a mistake just change your paint brush to white and paint back the effect.After you have gotten your picture the way you want it to look it’s  time to flatten your image.  After flattening, I would look at the image and do a final look and take care of any distracting elements. I didn’t care for the way a pole looked and used the patch tool to remove it. That is about it. Now go and have some fun with action!


Until next week, Olivia


Tasty Tuesday {Chocolate Chip Cookies}

February 14th, 2012

Every Tuesday I will be serving up a yummy new recipe to share with all of you.  Besides my love of photography, I have a major love affair with food. Like all good infatuations, mine with food is all encompassing. I love reading cookbooks, the sound of bacon cooking, tasting a perfectly ripe peach, licking melted chocolate from my fingers and of course talking about food. Yep, I am proud to call myself a food geek, although I did happen to marry a bigger food geek then myself. He is also an awesome cook. Yes, I am a lucky lady. What better way to kick off this adventure is to start with a classic…. The chocolate chip cookie. And if the opinion of a 5 year old counts, ” Mama this is awesome, I mean an AWESOME cookie”


The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie- Yes it is Awesome!

Makes about 18 Large Cookies unless you sneak a little dough (don’t worry, I won’t tell).

{Preheat oven to 325 and position rack to the top third position and line a baking sheet with parchment or use nonstick }


2     Cups plus 3 level tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2    teaspoon baking soda

1/2    teaspoon salt

12     tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled till warm

1     cup packed fresh dark brown sugar (gives it the nice rich color)

1/3     cup granulated sugar

1    large egg plus 1 egg yolk

2    teaspoons vanilla extract

1   cup chopped walnuts

1 3/4- 2    cups semisweet chocolate chips


Step 1-   Place flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl whisk until combined; set aside.



Step 2-   With a mixer ( or by hand ) mix the butter and both brown and granulated sugar until blended. Beat in the egg, along with yolk and vanilla until combined.



Step 3-     Add the dry ingredients in to mixer and beat on low until combined. Stir in nuts and chips by hand.


Step 4-    Scoop out a 1/4 cup of dough and roll into a ball. Hold with both hands and rip in 2 equal halves. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and rejoin the halves, leaving rough side up. Place them on your prepared cookie sheet with about 2 1/2 inch spacing between them.

Step 5-     Bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet half way through. Make sure to not over bake. The outer edges should just be hardening with the center still puffy and soft and an overall golden brown color. Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before moving them with a spatula to a wire rack.





Enjoy with a tall glass of ice cold milk!

Have a wonderfully yummy week,









Portland Oregon Modern Family Photographer {Olbrich Gardens}

February 12th, 2012

I was so excited last summer when I went back to Wisconsin and got to photograph one of my dearest family friends. It was wonderful to meet this handsome little guy and wander around the gardens with an awesome family. I love that I am able to know people over the course of a lifetime.

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