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Archive for January, 2016

Home Life Portraits with the Gauntlet Family in NE Portland

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on January 25th, 2016

Hello All,  I would like to introduce the Gauntlet family. Not only do they have one of the coolest last names of all time, but they are a terrific family to spend a morning with. I arrived at their house on a crisp December morning. The kids immediately got to work with the tour of their rooms. We enjoyed a little “getting to know each other” sesh in each room, then played Candy Land, there was a musical interlude, and then a trip to the front porch and back yard. All this in one hour! The kids are a joy to be around with their zest for life while mom and dad made me feel right at home with their travel stories and smiles.01_Homelife-Portraits-PortlandHomelife-Portraits-with-pets Unique-Homelife-Portraits-PortlandCasual_Homelife-Portraits-Portland

I met this splendid crew after my son and I visited Smartypants in North Portland for an artsy birthday party. I loved the place so much that I got to talking to Amber (the owner and Gauntlet Mama) about the studio and about working together. I’m so glad I did. If you have a wee one you simply must check out the studio! While you’re there, take a look at my work hanging in their hall.





Business Portraits – Skin by Marywynn

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on January 14th, 2016


One of my very favorite Portlanders, Marywynn Ryan is a true original. With her extensive background and unique skill set as an esthetician, Marywynn has created a singular staple on the Portland small business scene with Skin by Marywynn, a luxurious spa and skincare salon located in NW Portland’s Alphabet District. Whether it’s a full facial treatment experience you’re looking for, or a customized skincare regimen curated by Marywynn’s staff of exceptional estheticians, Skin by Marywynn is an indispensible dermatological resource for us all.


Marywynn and I have been friends for many years, having met through a business-networking group here in Portland. We’ve called on each other’s services dependably over the better part of the last decade, with me photographing Marywynn’s personal and business portraits here and there, and her team of professionals taking care of my skin regimen with maximum therapeutic benefit. Working with them has been so much fun, both as a client and service provider.


I’m currently working with Marywynn and her team of awesome ladies on new professional portraits, with Marywynn’s vision of cool, strong-looking black-and-white headshots coming to fruition beautifully. I’m so excited to see what the next year has in store for these gals, and especially for my friend Marywynn, who has proven herself year-in and year-out to be one of Portland’s genuine greats.

Newborn baby with his moms & big brother at home – Sellwood Portland

Posted by Rosemary Ragusa on January 14th, 2016


The Frost family is such a fantastic foursome.  Moms Deb and Marja are a lovely couple whose wedding I photographed a few years ago, and recently they welcomed a newborn baby into their family, which until 2015 consisted of Deb, Marja and their adorable son. Now, with their precious second son joining the fam, Deb & Marja wanted some new family portraits taken at home, where the family could be most comfortable and at ease in their element.



Our Home Life portraits are perfect for a family like the Frosts, allowing the five-year-old cuddlebug to feel safe and at home in his own familiar place. Older brother set the tone for the family, which was so wonderful because before our shoot, the Frosts weren’t sure they were the “right family” for Home Life portraits, though they wanted something candid and unposed so I was glad they trusted me and allow me to come capture their family as-is, while life happens. The casual method turned out to be a marvelous fit, so many thanks to Deb & Marja for trusting me to capture the essence of their family at home. It’s a real privilege.