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!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Horse and Rider Invitational

True Friendship is seen not through the Eyes but the Heart.

We are celebrating the love and friendship that only those that have owned a horse can know. We are creating a new exhibition of Horse and Rider images and are in search of  people and their horses to include. If you have dreamed of having your portrait made by famed photographer Miriam Haugen with your beloved horse, now is your chance! 

The normal barn call is $400 and that is being waived for these sessions.

We have just five invitational sessions available and they must be done before July 1, 2014.

The goal is to capture the heart of the relationship between you and your horse. Our mission is to make you look good!

There are only five sessions available and when those are filled, we will not take any more:
call  503-838-5416  or send us an email.

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Children's Contest Voting

Time to Vote!

This is your official voting site for the Haugen's Gallery Children's Contest. This is a fundraiser to support Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Every penny that is donated through this page will go to support the amazing work that Doernbecher does.

Voting ends June 1!


Here is what you do:
  1. Select your favorite image below.
  2. Send us an email 
    1. Tell us the number of your favorite image
    2. Include your name
    3. Tell us the amount you are donating (that way we can match it up to the donation made through the Paypal site and make sure your favorite contestant gets credit!)
  3. Click on the "Donate" button below and follow the instructions.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Haugen's Children's Contest - Jack's Story

This year Haugen's Children's Contest - Tutus & Ties - benefits Doernbecher Children's Hospital. If you live in Oregon or Southwest Washington, chances are you've heard of Doernbecher Children's Hospital, maybe even have a child who has been treated there. Doernbecher's mission is to provide the premier children's healthcare experience in our region through excellence in care, advocacy, innovation, education and research. They do this by providing quality and compassionate, family-centered care to every child, every day. Doernbecher knows that going to the hospital can be scary so they've made sure that everything is designed for kids-- from playrooms and playgrounds, to medical equipment and exam procedures-- helping to take away that fear and uneasiness.

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting and photographing the Elstad family.
 Jack and Hannah are four-year-old twins and big brother, Ryan, is seven. Ashlie and Jason are amazing parents to this little trio. The love that surrounds the 'Elstad 5' is obvious in everything they do. The bond that this family shares is unbelievable and I was honored to capture it.

The Elstad's know first-hand how amazing Doernbecher Children's Hospital is. In January, 2012 Jack was diagnosed with  ALL Leukemia...

"January 5th, 2012 was a day that changed our lives forever.  After bringing a seemingly healthy Jack in for routine  blood work because we thought he might be anemic, our suspicions were confirmed in a way we never could have imagined.  Just hours after we had his blood drawn the doctor called and told us to leave immediately for the ER at OHSU. We were admitted to Doernbecher's Children's Hospital that night and stayed for a week. After a bone marrow aspiration the next  
day, we found out Jack has ALL Leukemia and we are in for 3 plus years of intensive chemotherapy treatments."

After two years of countless spinal taps, rounds of intense chemo, transfusions, steroids, IV's, blood draws-- the list goes on and on-- it would be so easy, and understandable, for Jack to dread going to the hospital. Instead, most days' his mom has to drag Jack out of what he calls "my hospital".

"Doernbecher has been such a warm and friendly place for us. From the first moments that we found out Jack had cancer, and through all of his treatments, we have felt taken care of by the doctors and nurses. They have so much to offer Jack during his chemo visits." - Ashlie
The doctors, staff and volunteers at Doernbecher fill each visit with as much fun, laughter and smiles as possible. They know these things are an important part of getting healthy. These are the things they want their patients to remember about their time spent at the hospital, not the needles, surgery or chemo. What a blessing this is!

"We have an end in sight... March 13, marks ONE more year left of chemo for Jack!! I know, I know, it's still a heck of a long time, but we have come so far! We can do this!" - Ashlie, Jack's mom

Keep fighting, Jack!! You've got this!!!

About the Children's Contest
Haugen's Children's Contest is going on now thru April 30th. The entry fee is $49, which includes a portrait session of your child, and will be donated in its entirety to Doernbecher. One image from the session will be selected for the contest and posted online, allowing friends, relatives and the general public to vote for their favorite with donations to Doernbecher, Every dollar donated counts as one vote. The top 13 fundraisers will be published in the 2015 Tutu's and Ties Calendar, supporting Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Click here for all the contest info.
We still have sessions available! Help us support this wonderful hospital, schedule your session today!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Story

It is only natural that I am a photographer. I grew up in a family of avid amateur photographers, learning to develop film and make my own black and white prints at the age of 12. I still have the camera that my dad bought me, a Yashica twin lens reflex that took 120 roll film. 

A love of music led me to the small university town of Monmouth, Oregon to become a classical guitar major. There I met Neil in Basic Musicianship class. Love blossomed. Before long we were sharing a passion for photography, as well. 

With access to cameras and a darkroom, Neil was soon finding any excuse to view the world through a camera lens. Photography, clearly was a calling for both of us and we opened a portrait studio in 1977. We learned from every source we could, reading, taking classes from well known photographers and business people, entering print competitions, and enrolling in the most effective university of all, SHK (School of Hard Knocks). Being run of the mill or merely competent was never enough. We had to be the best we could. Neil and I both earned our Master of Photography degrees from the Professional Photographers of America and began consulting and teaching others. 

Along the way, we kept our hand in music as much as we could, raised and family and practiced a deep faith life. One of our proudest moments was watching our daughter, Anna, enter full time ministry. 

So here we are, starting 2014 and looking learning new things and moving forward. We added metal prints to our offerings in the last year and we are adding video this year. exciting things to come.