Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ginger Crinkles are the Best!

These old fashioned Molasses cookies are a Haugen family favorite (except for our oldest who doesn’t know why you would waste time on anything that doesn’t have chocolate in it). The recipe came from my mother. The cool thing is that it is easy enough for young children to do with a little help so it was always part of our Christmas baking tradition and was great for gifts.

Ginger Crinkles

2/3 c. vegetable oil 2 c. flour
1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking soda
1 egg ½ tsp. salt
¼ c. molasses 1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix oil and sugar thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.  
3. Add egg and beat well. 
4. Stir in molasses.  
5. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add a little at a time to liquids and mix  thoroughly.  
6. Put ¼ cup sugar in a small bowl.  
7. Spoon out walnut-sized balls of dough and roll in the sugar to coat.  
8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  
9. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Options for Displaying Multiple Images

After you have chosen your main wall display, what do you do with the other images from the session that you love? Here are a few ideas:

The Watercolor Panel- Three images framed and ready for your wall!


The Watercolor Panel with the typical black frame.
The vertical orientation is perfect for small walls.


The Modern Collage is four images presented
on a canvas wrap with one larger image
and three smaller. We will customize the design
to fit your images and style.


Show all those faces that
make you smile.
The Expressions Collage is
 typically presented as a 20x20 canvas.


The 10x20 Standout Collage is a perfect wall display for up to 8 images.
The traditional folio holds 8 4x5 prints.


The perfect keepsake! The 10x10 book will hold 20-50 images.
Wait until you see it in person. Stunning!


Traditional prints never go out of style.
These packages are a great value for those that
using their portraits as gifts. Mix and match any
size up to 8x10!
Christmas or any time of year, greeting cards
 are a great way to share your images
 with family and friends. Our most popular cards are
5x7 with one image on the front and several more inside.

25 for 125.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

What Do People See in a Haugen's Portrait?

What do you see in a Haugen's portrait? Not superficial signs of aging but rather a meaningful evolution in relationships.

Beyond a mirror image, it can clarify who you are and how you see yourselves.

Not the weight of responsibilities but a thousand memories.

Your portrait will trigger special feeling like when you hear an old song.... taking you back to a special time.

Meaningful connections that you will want displayed in every room.

Do you want us to create a Haugen's portrait for you?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Country Kids and Families - A Portrait Event

Join us on July 2nd for Country Kids and Families, a portrait event! These 15 minute sessions will feature our old barn board background and are perfect for families (big and small), couples and children. Packages start at $19.

CLICK HERE to schedule or give us a call at the studio (503)838-5416.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Senior Model Call


Haugen's Galleri is looking for members of the class of 2017 to model for a special project. 

Our ideal model is active in and out of school and on social media, fun, kind and willing to have fun in front of the camera. You must be a member of the class of 2017 from any high school in the mid Willamette Valley. 

Application deadline is June 27, 2016. Applications must be submitted by this date to be considered.

The Download (what you get if you are chosen)
  • FREE Stylized Photo Shoot. We will be creating one "knock your socks off" image to show the world the awesomeness that is Haugen's!
  • You get one image for use on social media and we expect you to share it!
  • Referral phone app with exclusive app coupons to share with friends
  • Before final selection is made, we will ask each finalist to come into the studio with a parent for a consultation and interview.
  • Get 1/2 off your senior session fee with Haugen's Galleri
 Click Here

to fill out the questionnaire and you're done! All applications must be in by June 27, 2016. We will be contacting you shortly after the deadline,to let you know if you are a finalist.

Questions? Call 503-838-5416 or email:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gentle House & The Portrait Park- Two Favorite Places to Photograph

Planning an outdoor portrait session? I get asked all the time if I have any favorite spots so I decided to share with you two of my favorites...

Gentle House

Gentle House is a beautiful place In Monmouth to photograph. Since it is rented out for weddings and events, we need to be careful that it isn't booked for something before planning your portrait session for this location. There are lots of ideas and backgrounds available and it is handicap accessible!

Here are a few of the ideas that are possible:

Haugen's Portrait Park

Located on the outskirts of Monmouth-Independence, the portrait park is 8 1/2 acres of beautiful, rustic landscape. We have a pond, swings and an old tractor that little boys love. This is more farm-like and not as manicured as Gentle House.

Do you have a special place or activity that you love? Let's get together and brainstorm about YOUR perfect portrait session.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Looking for a Studio Portrait for Your Family? Look no further...

This is not the time of year that most of us are looking to do outdoor portraits but there are plenty of options in the studio where it is nice and warm! Here is a little sampler of what we have....
This is our Tuscan Wall.

This background is actually blue-gray and look awesome in black and white or sepia tone.

The classic beige...

This is the Tuscan Wall again...
This is real barnwood from a reclaimed barn.
We call this our Old Master background because it evokes the feeling of  a Rembrandt painting.

Our studio is in a building that is 120 years old and we have the wall to prove it!

Black is timeless.
Here is the blue-gray background in color.
Would you like to have your face on our blog? We have more backgrounds to show and would love to have your family here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beach Sessions are back!

Join us August 14-15 for a fun portrait session on the Oregon Coast!

Call and schedule your Portrait at the Beach today!

The Beach
Come to the beach where the sea is blue
And little white waves come running after you.

A wave comes splashing over your toes
You just stand still and away it goes.

We'll build a castle down by the sea
And look for shells  if you'll come with me.


We love to capture the perfect moment!

Happiness is... A day at the beach! 

Haugen's Galleri - (503)838-5416 -
275 East Main Street - Monmouth, Oregon 97361

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Celebrating new life and relationships.....

Dreaming of Superheroes

What is a Superhero?

Fighting crime? Running into burning buildings to save lives? Running faster than a speeding bullet?

We all have ideas. Your child's idea of a superhero may be the Dad who Can Fix Anything or the Mom who Knows the Answer To Every Question.... or the way a kiss always makes a hurt feel better.

Our focus is on Superheros and raising money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital during the month of April.

What is it all about?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How The Little Gym is Making a Difference

Denise McCoy never imagined herself spending her days tumbling with 4 year olds, managing a staff, marketing and keeping an eye on the bottom line. It is interesting the twists and turns that life takes, isn't it?

I met her when I stopped into The Little Gym in Corvallis to see if I could put up a poster about the Children's Contest and discovered that we had met years ago. She had modeled for Haugen's when she was a student in education at Western. (Just so you know, that curly hair is all natural...) Small world!

Back then, her plan was to be a teacher but her father became ill and couldn't help with the tuition.  She took a detour into business school and found good job opportunities  in medical assisting. Meanwhile, her husband, Randy, was able to complete his teaching degree but jobs were scarce in education at that time. Rather than finding a position in the public schools, he was hired by one of the first The Little Gym locations in Seattle. Attracted by the idea of making a lifelong difference in children's lives, Randy found a home at The Little Gym and he and Denise became the first franchisee when they bought one of the Seattle The Little Gyms.

Eventually, they decided to come back to Oregon and, for a time,  did The Little Gym on Wheels.  They took the show on the road, setting up and doing classes in schools and churches until they felt that the Mid-Valley was ready for a permanent location and opened a brand new The Little Gym Too in Corvallis in 2009. This is Denise's baby and Randy's laboratory. He is now the Director of Curriculum for the Little Gym International... yes, the little company that started in Seattle in 1976 now has locations all across the US and the world from Australia to the Czech Republic!

Making a Difference

The Little Gym is all about helping kids get moving, exercise their brain, and learn leadership skills. In essence, they are changing the future. Denise believes in building the community that she is in helping cancer kids and that is why the winners of the 2015 Children's Contest will be receiving Little Gym camps and classes! Talk about a perfect fit. We are all working together to promote healthy kids...our kids and the cancer kids at Doernbecher Children's Hospital!

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Script - Superheroes

This song is a great theme song for this year's children's contest. During the month of April we will be doing Superhero portraits to support Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kairos Community Directories

The Kairos Story

For over 38 years, Neil and I have been photographing families, children, a ton of high school seniors with weddings thrown into the mix. We still love what we do and have no plans to slow down. Along the way, we had opportunities to photograph church directories but we looked at how the big national companies did it and just couldn't see ourselves doing it. High pressure sales and cookie cutter photography seemed to be "the way it was done". "No thank you!" we thought.

Enter Cherie Renae. 

Cherie has been our dear friend for many years. Long before she became a photographer, our kids played together, we played church league softball, sang together, cried together, prayed together. After her husband passed away suddenly, Neil and I became her mentors and she started her own portrait studio.

When our church decided that it was time for a directory, Cherie said, "Let me think about it. Maybe there is a different way to do this." She came up with the idea of giving back to the church a percentage of the money earned. The church directory became a fund raiser, a ministry, and a partnership between herself and the church.

She did a number of directories on her own but now we are helping her to spread the love to a bigger community. We have formed a new LLC called Kairos (a Greek word meaning "God time") and are working on our second directory. 

We are on our way! Exciting times for us. Neil and I will be doing some photography, as needed, but are working primarily behind the scenes to make sure that the quality is high, the delivery is speedy and everyone is thrilled. Here is my new digital business card:

If you have questions about Kairos feel free to contact me at 503-983-8973 or email 

Happy times!