I am Rosemary Ragusa, a photographer with a passion for storytelling in Portland, Oregon. My natural portraiture will tell your story. With a portrait session at home or your favorite outdoor location I will capture the fleeting and beautiful moments of childhood in a place where you and your children make memories happen. Over the years we will create a lifetime of heirloom pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.

Family Portraits at Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on October 19th, 2016


Working with families as a photographer over the last 12 years has been one of the greatest joys I’ve known. It is with such delight that I relish my sessions with the families I’ve watched grow over time. This family is an all-time favorite. I got to know them a few years ago with a session when it was just mom, dad, little G and a sweet pup. Since then the adorably chubby little cherub baby S was born and about a year ago I photographed the family as a new foursome at home.


This summer I met the family at Laurelhurst Park. We had a lovely time running around the park, finding favorite spots, and snapping some sweet family portraits. I have so much fun with this crew, I can’t wait to see them again!!



The McFrazz Wedding – Wedding Photography SE Portland, OR

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on October 18th, 2016


I feel like I’ve know Jeana forever. When she led Basic Rights Oregon over the last several years I photographed many of their events. I’ve seen her speak a number of times, always nodding in agreement with her poignant speeches. We’d see each other at local events and greet each other fondly. But it wasn’t until I visited her and her family in the “Big Purple Barn” that I got to know her as half of the warm, hilarious and down-to-earth couple she and her (now) wife Collin are. We drank pink wine on one of those perfect Portland summer afternoons and decided then and there that I had to photograph their amazing garden wedding to be!
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Family Portraits in the Rose Garden – SW Portland, Oregon

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on September 20th, 2016


I love seeing generations of family come together from far-flung parts of the world to reunite and celebrate the unyielding ties that bind them forever no matter how far apart the paths of life have moved them apart. In the case of Connie & Spencer, a fab Portland couple with an adorable 18-month-old (and an adorable furry baby) whose moms live far away, this summer was a particularly wonderful one, with grandmothers on both sides of the family tree visiting with their mutual offspring and enjoy the summer splendor together with their beloved, bumbling little grandbaby C.


We met up with the reunited clan at NW Portland’s crown jewel of summer beauty, the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. With the place bursting in full bloom and the weather beyond ideal, our portrait session was graced with heavenly conditions for the family’s unguarded exuberance to set the tone, as mom and dad had both their mamas and their vivacious little one all together and frolicking in Portland’s floral wonderland at golden hour.



Family Portraits at Home – SE Portland

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on August 12th, 2016


Ah, such an adorable family, captured on a beautiful summer night in SE Portland, Oregon. Who could ask for anything more?! I met this sweet trio about 6 months ago. Our babes are about the same age and we were both looking for childcare solutions. It worked out for our families so that we can each take turns watching each other’s toddler one day a week. Our kiddos love each other and this family has become part of “our village”. Sometimes I marvel at the fact that people can really just come into our lives and make them so much richer just by being exactly who they are.

They haven’t had family portraits so I gleefully offered to become their family photographer. I could go on and on about how much I love these folks and the portraits we captured that night but I think Mama Nico perfectly put into words exactly what I’m trying to capture as a home life portrait photographer in each session. Scroll down to see a few more of these sweet photos and then see what Nico has to say about our session.


“I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate seeing, in photo form, the beautiful life we’ve spent the past few years building. Family has always been at the center of my soul, but there’s something about these pictures that just lay it out before my eyes… a life I never really thought I would or could have, but that exists as a source of strength and great love for me each and every day.

The path to get here hasn’t been perfect, and the efforts to maintain it are far from easy, but these people are my home, and I love them more than life, itself.

Rosemary, thank you for this beautiful gift. You did an amazing job, and it means the world to me ♥” -Nico

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Portraits to welcome the newest addition to the family! SE Portland, OR

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on August 6th, 2016


Recently Corey, Rylee (and big brother B) adopted little A into the family. I was overjoyed when they asked me to capture a collection of portraits of the foursome together, enjoying an afternoon at the park. This is the second portrait session I have had with this family, check out how much B has grown since our first session!

It seems clear that this group is full of love for one another and is having a great time getting to know each other. The brothers are already chasing, hugging, and joking around with each other while mom and dad just do their best to keep up with these wild boys. I can’t wait to document this family through their many changes in the years to come. Congratulations to all!