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Monday
Jun092014

Putting a bird, and a ring, on it (Portland elopement photographer)

Ballgowns and ballrooms just weren’t in the plan for Tanis and Michael. When the adorable, longtime couple decided to tie the knot after 14 years together, they wanted a day that reflected their personalities. The North Vancouver, B.C. natives both love Portland and “Portlandia,” the show that skewers all the unique/hipster/silly and nontraditional aspects our town, and incidentally the elopement they planned could have made for an episode of the show.

After a few days of enjoying our food carts and sights, the couple got married in a quirky ceremony inside Portland’s most famous pastry haven, Voodoo Donuts. With a line full of customers as witnesses, the couple exchanged rings amid Cap n’ Crunch-topped crullers, a painting of Shaft and a man in a hot-pink gorilla suit. A circle of rainbow-colored sprinkles around them sealed the union. A heart-shaped donut the size of a human head served as their wedding cake. (The donut had "Put a bird on it" in icing after "Portlandia's most iconic catch phrase!)

After they exchanged vows, we headed back to the Ace Hotel, where they were staying. The hotel is beautiful and full of eclectic touches, like a photobooth and cruiser bikes in the lobby, and an eight-foot-tall mural of a handsome cat in their room.

Spending the day with them and taking their photographs was such a joy. Tanis and Michael are very loving and kind to each other and definitely one of the most easy-going couples I’ve ever met. Their day was a perfect reflection of the spirited and adventurous life they’ve built together. Tanis and Michael, here’s wishing you MANY more years of happiness and fun!

P.S. The Boston Creme donut I had later that night was fantastic.

If you'd like to see more photos from this fun destination elopement, check out their slideshow below, and email me here if you're interested in wedding or elopement photography that fits your personality and style.  

 

Thursday
Feb272014

All you have to do is dream (Milwaukie children's photographer)

The internet is magic.

You can have whatever you want delivered to your doorstep. You can know the answer to a burning question in an instant. You can get to know people who live on the other side of the world.

Basically, you can make awesome things happen, and do so with ease.

One day, an idea popped into my head: Wouldn’t it be cool to do a photo shoot in the old-fashioned soda shop in downtown Milwaukie? (If you read this blog regularly, you know I have a love for anything 1950s-themed. Here's a link to a vintage-themed couple's session I photographed a while back.)  I posted my idea onto my Facebook page, and minutes later Kayla wrote back and said she’d love to hire me to take photos of her children there. Within no time, we were brainstorming retro-inspired outfits for her two adorable kids, choosing a color scheme and meeting for coffee to hash out the rest of the details.

Kayla brought a lot of creativity and beautiful details to the photo shoot. She bought her daughter a perfect, vintage-style dress on Etsy, rounded up her mother’s antique cake plates that matched the era, and brought color-coordinating accessories to tie it all together.

The kids were so good during our shoot. There was a lot giggling and fun that morning — I’m sure the cookies and ice cream sundae helped!  

Thanks so much to Chris from Main Street Collectors Mall and Soda Fountain for letting us take over her fantastic shop for the morning. In addition to the historic soda fountain, you should stop in to check out the vast collection of antiques, toys and collectibles. There’s a ton to see, and you’ll also get a taste of history — John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop at the soda shop when he toured Portland in 1960.

How do I know? I looked it up on the Internet.

 

If you're interested in a photo session that reflects your style and personality, send me an email!




Monday
Jan132014

The gift that keeps on giving (Portland, Oregon boudoir photographer)

A few years ago, my coworker asked me to take portraits of him so he could give them to his wife for Valentine’s Day. It was such a sweet and simple gesture. These weren’t provocative or glamorous images, but they absolutely captured his personality and charm. He printed a few out and bought a nice wood frame for his favorite. After 40 plus years of marriage, he had already bought her all the gifts he could think of, and came to the realization that the best gift he could give her was himself.

I think giving photos as gifts is a fantastic idea. It’s such a lovely keepsake to remember you by. The coolest thing is that a photo can freeze time, transporting the viewer back to that moment, helping him hold on to the feelings he had once upon a time. Photos are pretty magical that way. 

The boudoir photo sessions I’m offering next weekend are a tad more glamorous than the ones I took of my coworker, but the concept is the same. It’s a chance to give the person you love a gift that he can’t buy for himself, something that reminds him of you and the way he feels about you right now.   

And if you are in it for the long haul, you’ll always look back with wonder at how young and hot you were.

I have a few more openings available if you’re interested in booking your boudoir session!

 

Tuesday
Dec312013

One more time, with feeling (Milwaukie, Oregon portrait photographer)

I'm going to be honest with you; I had a tough year. My dad died in June, and it still hurts every day. We were very close, and it's been hard to get used to this new normal.

But there was a lot of joy this year too. My nephew was born, I witnessed a lot of firsts in my kids' lives and the people who rallied around me gave me so much comfort. My photography gave me incredible enjoyment too, even in the tough times. Through my business I got to meet new people, collaborate on some creative photo shoots and spend quality time with a whole bunch of adorable kiddos.

I want to wish a very heartfelt thank you everyone who supported me this year. Here's wishing you an abundance of health and happiness in 2014!

Just for fun, here's a few Instagram photos that sum up my year behind the lens: 

 How was your 2013? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

Saturday
Nov162013

The most wonderful thing about your wedding (Lake Oswego LDS temple wedding photographer)

The thing I’ll never forget about Jeri and Cody’s gorgeous wedding day was how they were surrounded by family and loved ones. Like, literally surrounded. There was a huge group of friends and family members cheering them on as they triumphantly exited the LDS temple in Lake Oswego after their sealing. Then, when we took a group picture of the whole gang in front of the picturesque reflection pool there, I had to switch lenses and have my handsome assistant help me wrangle them all together. Even though it was a big group, you could tell they are tight-knit. There was a lot of love there.

 

I think that’s one of the most wonderful things about your wedding day — the fact that it brings everyone you love together in one place.  

 

From her gorgeous bouquet and dress, to their fun wedding party, to their lovely reception, Jeri and Cody’s wedding was a perfect representation of the happy, sweet, loving and down-to-earth I've really enjoyed getting to know over the past few months. Jeri and Cody, I hope you have a lifetime of exotic travel, inside jokes, public displays of affection and endless joy!

 

I love photographing weddings and getting to know couples as in love as this amazing bride and groom. If you're interested in wedding photography in Portland, Oregon or the surrounding suburbs, contact me so we can talk about your day.