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Entries in milwaukie photographer (5)

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
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!  

 

 

 

 

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!




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! 

Thursday
Oct102013

Thirty-something things only my close friends know about me (Milwaukie, Oregon photographer)

 

My parents used to go all out for birthdays when I was a kid. I’d wake up to banners and balloons and I was treated like royalty for days on end. It was the best. Now I’m a grown-up, and I’m supposed to be all cool and nonchalant about my special day, but honestly, I still really love birthdays. I like to spoil my friends and loved ones on their birthdays too. If we voted at work, I’d definitely win the “most likely to bring cupcakes to the office” designation.

So, just because I love to spread out a good celebration, here’s a birthday-related post full of factoids about your friendly neighborhood photographer.

Without giving away my age, here are a certain number of facts about me that may or may not add up to be the same number of years I’ve been on this planet.

 10 of my favorite things:

  1. My kids. Of course I love them because they’re mine, but they are truly rad little people.

  2. Thai food. I love almost every dish I have tried.

  3. Quirky, dark comedies like “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”

  4. "30 Rock"

  5. Pedicures. 

  6. Going out dancing — hip hop, ‘80s, salsa, swing, you name it.

  7. Staying anywhere with a view. 

  8. Wandering around Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Target or any number of the cute boutique shops in Portland.

  9. Singer/Songwriter Brandi Carlile. (I have seen her in concert at least half a dozen times.)

  10. Warm weather, being outside and exploring new parks.

 15 things you might not know about me:

  1. I played adult dodgeball on a recreational team for two seasons. We were even named rookies of the year.

  2. My first time on an airplane was when I was 23 years old, and it was a 13-hour flight by myself. (You know, other than the crew and passengers.)  

  3. Growing up I had a turtle named Myrtle and a Dalmatian named Domino.

  4. I got braces six months ago.  

  5. I have a thing for water parks.

  6. I’ve only cried at two movies: “My Girl” and “Marley and Me.”

  7. I studied abroad in Spain, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

  8. I don't sit still very well and I love to learn. I like to spend my free time watching webinars and tutorials, reading articles and taking classes and workshops. I love to learn about photography and graphic design, as well as social media and marketing, Spanish language and culture and how to be the best parent I can be.

  9. I photographed my first wedding when I was still in college.

  10. My creativity skyrocketed when I became a mother.

  11. I love to go to karaoke, but I never sing. 

  12. I had a reputation as a kitchen disaster when I was younger, so now I feel all rebellious and empowered when I’m cooking dinner. My worst offense was serving my friend toast with what I thought was grape jelly, but was actually a super spicy Korean pepper paste my roomate's mom had made. Poor guy was not expecting that! 

  13. I'm a middle child.

  14. Choosing this guy as my partner was the best decision I ever made.

  15. I have taken nine years of Spanish. My daughter watches "Dora the Explorer." Somehow, her accent is better than mine. You should hear her say "piñata."

8 things I’ve recently learned:

  1. My mom is the toughest lady on the planet.

  2. It’s great to philosophize about what kind of parent you’ll be, but when it comes down to it, so much of parenting is just reacting to kids' wants and needs with barely enough time to think. That’s why my goal is to just be a kind, honest, healthy, positive person and teach them by modeling what it means to be a good person.  

  3. I love the article, "How not to say the wrong thing." It may seem obvious, but I think it's such a clever way to think about being a supportive friend.  

  4. There have been several times in my life when I thought, "I can't do this," but then I just went ahead and did it anyway. 

  5. On a similar note, I’ve found that you can get through anything if you surround yourself with the right people who love and support you. I'm super lucky to have a great group in my corner. 

  6. No matter how it turns out or if you never do anything with it, completing a creative project is satisfying to the soul.

  7. Happiness is a choice you make every day. It's pretty empowering to know you can control what kind of day you have.

  8. Pretty much all the cliches are true. ;)