Make Good Use of Your Sidebar

Use this space for anything from simple blocks of text to powerful widgets, like our Twitter and Flickr widgets. Learn more.

To access Website Management, hit the 'esc' key or use this Login link.

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.


 

Monday
Apr272015

Eight tips from a do-it-yourself-bride (Clackamas wedding photographer)

Are you a DIY bride? Craft Warehouse in Gresham is hosting its first-ever DIY by Design “I Do” event on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. Come and learn how to make your own invitations, tablescapes, jewelry for you and your bridesmaids, paper flowers and much more. There will also be free demos and giveaways. Craft Warehouse is located in Gresham Station at 687 N.W. 12th Street. If you haven’t visited their shop before, it’s a very inspiring place! I was so honored when they asked me to have a table, so stop by and say hi! For more information, call the shop at 503-907-3137.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Amanda and I were born two months apart, and our parents became friends when we were still infants. She is my oldest friend. I have great memories of driving to her house in Damascus and playing board games, doing crafts, listening to NKOTB, climbing trees and telling stories. Our time was so full and happy that even when I was older, I still always fell asleep on the car ride home. 

That’s why it was beyond meaningful to me to photograph her beautiful wedding to Jake in the backyard of her childhood home. 

Amanda, whose love of craft projects as a child grew into a full-blown passion as an adult, is a gifted artist who can make just about anything. 

With the help of her family and friends, Amanda hand-crafted just about all the little details that made her day special — invitations, decor, jewelry, signage, bouquets, her veil, etc. Other than the wedding attire, everything was handmade. 

“I know that professionals know what they’re doing, but I just like doing it on my own,” she said. “It gives me a sense of accomplishment.”

To plan her do-it-yourself wedding, Amanda said she started by thinking about what she wanted — an antique/country wedding — and chose sage, lavender and wheat as both a color palette and a recurring theme.

“I really had fun making the jewelry for everyone because it was something they could take with them, and I could make exactly what I wanted with the exact colors I wanted,” she said.

As the wedding day got closer, Amanda said she wondered if she was going to have enough decorations once they were all spread out in the space, but once she saw it all together, she was happy with the outcome. 

“I thought, ‘This really does look pretty darn good.’” 

 So here are eight tips from a lovely do-it-yourself bride who’s been there:

  •  Think about timing: Make sure you have plenty of time before you start projects. Remember it could take a lot longer than you think, especially if it’s not something you’ve tried before. “It’s easy to get carried away because it’s fun.”
  •  Make a list of projects early on: With a  complete list in hand, if anyone asks if they can help, you’ll know exactly what you need. You’ll also be able to prioritize and make sure the time-sensitive projects (invitations!) meet their deadlines. 
  • Solicit your friends: People are so willing to help if you give them a job and make it fun. Amanda said sitting on the porch with loved ones making centerpieces was one of the best experiences of wedding planning.
  • Don’t micro-manage: If you have loved ones who are willing to help you, just give them clear instructions and then try not to be critical if there’s a little extra glue or if the ribbon isn’t perfectly straight. These projects are an act of love. 
  • Break projects into smaller pieces in case disaster strikes: That way, if you mess something up or a detail changes, you can just fix one part of the project instead of starting from scratch. For example, Amanda and Jake had to change the venue partway through their planning, so they had to redo the invitations. Luckily, they had made them with three separate parts (card stock, vellum and ribbon) so they were able to just change the vellum printed part.
  • Be realistic about costs. Some projects will cost more than you think, especially if you don’t already own the right equipment. 
  • Give yourself a deadline of at least a few days before the wedding: You don’t want to be up until 2 in the morning the night before your wedding gluing burlap to vases. If it didn’t get it done in the weeks ahead, just let it go. 
  • Enjoy your day: “If you’re going to do everything yourself, then on day of the wedding you’re done. Just enjoy your day and let everyone else take care of the details.”

 

Wednesday
Apr082015

Kids go wild on cover of Metro Parent (Portland children's photographer)

Since high school, I always wanted to work for a magazine. It was even my major in college. I think I always envisioned it would be a very glamorous and action-packed job. I came pretty close by working in newspapers for the past decade, and while I've had my name and photos in print many times, I have always had a special place in my heart for newsstand glossies. I tell you this so you'll understand what a dream come true it is for me to have my very first magazine cover! 

I'm so thankful for the kind and creative staff at Metro Parent magazine for seeking me out for this fun collaboration. Their staff is lovely to work with, and I'm thrilled to have my name attached to such a fantastic publication. Metro Parent is colorful and full of great information about local events, people and trends. You can pick it up for free at libraries, doctors offices and other places that families tend to congregate. (Wondering where you can pick up a copy? Visit www.metro-parent.com/find-magazine/)

The article is about Portland's natural playgrounds that are popping up all over town. I went out to Westmoreland Park in Southeast Portland with my kids, niece and nephew on one of those shockingly warm and sunny days in February and got some fun images of them scampering up logs and climbing rock formations. Here's a few of the other photos from that beautiful day: 

Thank you Julia, Ali, Susan and the rest of the Metro Parent team for making my magazine cover dream come true! 

Sunday
Sep142014

My kid is totally rad (Portland styled child photographer)

My daughter is a great muse. She's sassy, energetic, sweet, funny and very dramatic.

Whenever I pull out my camera, she snaps her little body into a fresh set of angular poses. I have no idea where she got these funky moves, but they are pretty fabulous. 

One day at home, she pulled on my old-school, over-the-ear headphones and started bopping around like crazy. They weren't even plugged in, but the two of us were giggling and dancing around in a moment of sheer joy. Days later, I found myself smiling every time I saw that image of her in my head. That day inspired me to create a photo shoot that represented who she is at this moment — so full of movement, laughter and joy. I wanted to incorporate bright colors to match her personality, and it struck me that what we needed was neon.

We found the perfect ’80s-inspired outfit during our first grown-up shopping trip together. Later, I bought a boom box at a garage sale for $1 and borrowed the crimping iron from my sister (the very same one we’ve used to crinkle our hair for special occasions since 1985). My plan all came together when I remembered that graffiti wall I'd shot a senior session at a few years before.

This photo session is a celebration of this wonderful little person in my life. She started kindergarten this week and I feel like life is moving really fast. Sometimes I wish I could write down every funny thing she says, photograph every goofy smile and memorize the way she makes me feel. The best I can do is live in the moment and take photos that help me remember her this way. 

I’m bursting with ideas for more themed or styled photo sessions for kids, couples and teens, so drop me a line and we can capture the essence of your little loves.