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Entries in southeast Portland (2)

Friday
May312013

Vintage lovin’ at a closed-for-the-season amusement park (Portland, Oregon couple photographer)  

You know how kids latch on to something they love and get a little obsessed? Well, for me it wasn't My Little Pony or The Muppets or even Cabbage Patch dolls, it was the 1950s. (Ok, it was that other stuff a little bit too.) I don't know how it started, but for several years of my life, I liked to dress up in a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, decorate my room with cardboard records and a jukebox and dance around to Leslie Gore and The Supremes. My sweet parents took me to every '50s-style diner in the Portland metro area.

So you can imagine my excitement when Tony and Alena told me they wanted to do a 1950s-inspired couple portrait session. My inner child was beaming.

We shot the photos at the historic Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland, which was closed for the winter, and was a perfect backdrop for the day.

I brought the era-appropriate pink dishes I bought at a garage years ago, a few old 45s and my vintage suitcases.

Alena and Tony brought their style and charisma. I had so much fun with them. They are both are so funny and full of rapid-fire pop culture references and witty observations. Every time I have a conversation with them, I walk away feeling like I'm funny and witty too.

Tony and Alena, thank you for being awesome friends and for spending a nostalgic Sunday morning with me. 

Sunday
Mar242013

Shelby is my homegirl/Centennial High School, class of 2013 (Portland, Oregon senior photographer)

The eldest daughter of a wonderful family, Shelby is kind, thoughtful and so sweet to her siblings. She’s also a great athlete, super hardworking and fun to be around. By the time we shot her senior photos, she’d already been in front of my lens for some family photos and as a bridesmaid for her mom and dad’s wedding. She was a pro.

We met at Laurelhurst Park, an expansive and diverse park for photographs or for hanging out in Southeast Portland. Shelby brought her best friend along to make the day even more fun and to help keep her energy up on a cold, winter morning. (Thanks for holding my sorry-looking reflector Jessica!) After an outfit change, Shelby’s amazing mom went and got us all hot chocolate to keep us warm between shots. (Love ya Tiffany!)

Shelby helped me realize that senior photography is one of my absolute favorite things to do. High schoolers are fun to be around and always make me laugh. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a bit of a teenager at heart myself; someday I’ll be too old to talk about boys, laugh at fake moustaches and dance like crazy to Usher, but today is not that day!