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Saturday
Sep172016

Gladstone High School Senior Photographer | Cody

I had such a good with Cody and his mom during his senior photo session a few weeks back. We met at Gladstone High School, and then I jumped in their Jeep and we were on our way. We explored all the nooks and alleyways of Gladstone and Oregon City. Cody was a great sport! We scrambled down a pretty steep hillside to get some photos down by the Clackmas River, and the photos were definitely worth it. 

Cody is an outdoorsman, a swimmer and honestly one of the kindest young men I've ever met. I'm so excited to see where the next few years take him. 

For unique senior photos that capture your style and personality, email me at jessiekirkphotography@gmail.com

 

Tuesday
Aug232016

Kickstarting an album with Lucia Fasano (Portland band photographer)

I get a real kick out of hanging out with creative types, and Lucia Fasano is just about as creative as one can get. She’s a singer/songwriter, comedienne, cartoonist, actress, photographer and the list goes on. I met her through The Doubleclicks, the funny nerd folk duo I have been honored to photograph several times.

Lucia needed photos that reflected her quirky yet sincere style to promote her Kickstarter campaign. The crowdsourced funds would help release her album of mandolin-infused music. The songs range from soulful and serious to hopeful and cute, so she needed a lot of range out of the photos.   

We met at Council Crest Park, (the highest point in Portland) not for the sweeping views of the city, but for the huge radio tower, which we thought would be a good backdrop for an album called “Radio Silence.”

Thanks to her immense talent, the Kickstarter campaign got funded in less than 12 hours, and now the album is on its way to the masses. If you want to get a copy, there’s still time in the campaign to snag one.

And if you’re a creative type interested in fun photos to capture your style and personality, send me an email and let’s start planning something fun!


 

Tuesday
Jun072016

It's OK to make Dad cry (Portland children's photographer)

My husband will tell you that my goal for the past few Father's Days has been to make him cry, and he's not exactly wrong. I like to create cute photo opportunities for my kids and I've been known to interview them about how much they love their dad. So you see that my real goal is to make my husband feel loved and appreciated, and tears are just the icing on the cake. 

I just wish I could bottle up our kids' absolute adoration for their dad so that we'll remember it even when they're teenagers rebelling against us. 

With Father's Day coming up, I thought I'd share this video I created for him last year (editing late at night after he was in bed). While I've been shooting still photos for many years, I'm newer to videography. The thing I like is how video allows me to remember little details about my kiddos -- like their sweet voices and the way they misprounce words. My babies are growing up way too fast!

If you need a good gift idea for great dad in your life, photos always hit the spot. Here's my Pinterest board full of fun photo gifts to get your creative ideas flowing! 





Tuesday
Oct272015

Cute costume shoot featured in Metro Parent magazine (Portland child photographer) 

The awesome folks at Metro Parent magazine reached out to me again to take part in a fun photo shoot. You'll remember my son was featured on their cover a few months back, and it was a fantastic experience all around. 

The idea for this shoot was to take items that parents are likely to have around the house and create costume ideas. I loved the idea because I love Halloween and dressing up, and I am also a huge fan of anything that takes the stress out of a holiday. 

I found a beautiful natural light studio we could rent in Southeast Portland and the whole team from Metro Parent showed up to wrangle kids, outfits, the freight elevator and my reflector. It was so nice to partner with them and have so many extra hands on the set. I felt especially pampered this time around because as a longtime journalist, this was one of the first time I didn't have to write the feature that accompanied the photos. I didn't even write captions! (Great job on both accounts, Denise!) Click here to read the article

The feature turned out lovely and I am left feeling super grateful for the chance to work with this wonderful group. Scroll below to check out some super cute kiddos! 

Happy Halloween!  

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Jun072015

Making the climb together (Portland destination wedding photographer)

My little family and I hiked Wahclella Falls one summer, a trip the guidebooks called an easy trek for the whole family. With our baby boy in a front-pack carrier and our preschool-aged daughter in hand, we climbed the narrow cliffside to get to the falls at the top. At times it was nerve-wracking for this anxious mom, but the view was definitely worth it.

A few months later, I met Eric and Susan, a sweet engaged couple who told me their plan was to get married beside that very same waterfall. I knew the falls would be a moving backdrop to start their forever, and I was excited to photograph it.

Eric, Susan and I had an instant connection. They are two of the most kind, fun and easy-going people I’ve ever met, and it was truly a joy to get to know them.

Recent transplants to the Pacific Northwest, Eric and Susan’s entire families flew from the Midwest for their destination wedding in the Columbia Gorge. Everyone from grandma to toddler nieces and nephews made the hike like champions, and it was so cool to see their all their faces as they caught their first glimpses of the falls.

After an intimate ceremony, we hiked back down the trail to the awaiting party bus. There was dancing and karaoke that made for the most fun bus ride you can imagine.

The party kept on going as the fun group arrived at the Firehouse, a charming fire station-turned restaurant in Northeast Portland.

Today marks one year since that amazing day these two took their vows. Eric and Susan, I’m so glad you picked me to share your beautiful day. Happy anniversary! Here’s to many, many years of beauty and adventure, and making the climb together.