Archive for January, 2010

Kailee & Joey

January 26, 2010

It’s been almost a year since I shot Kailee and Joey’s engagement session but it was definitely worth the wait!  The day started downtown at Hotel Fifty, one of my favorite places in portland to shoot “getting ready” pictures.  I had been crossing my fingers for dry weather but Portland didn’t really cooperate. Luckily, the bride and grom were a pair of  troopers and with the aid of the hotel lobby, the parking garage and a big black golf umbrella we still managed to get some great ‘urban-esque’ shots. 

Kailee did an amazing job on all the wedding details, accomplishing a perfect blend simplicity and elegence. After shooting downtown we headed across the river to Sellwood for a perfect and intimate ceremony at the Oaks Pioneer Church a beautifully restored 160 year old church from Oregon’s pioneer days.

The reception was just down the road at the Oaks Park Dance Pavillion and was absolutely awesome. The ring bearer wins two awards for the night: 1) best dancer, and 2) worst cup-cake thief  (see below). Rex with 1st Choice DJ Entertainment did an amazing job (as he has every time I’ve worked with him) of keeping the dance floor hoppin. It didn’t take long for the ladies to ditch their shoes, which made for one of my favorite reception shots of the night, even though it was not an easy one to get crawling with my big ‘ol pregnant belly. 

It was a great day – so very full of love, laughter, and fun. Kailee and Joey, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the priviledge of being a part of such a beautiful milestone in your lives.

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It was a  chilly January wedding day in Salem, but Erica and Mike didn’t flinch. We made our way from the Capitol building to Downtown and then off to Waterfront Park snapping great shots all along the way. Erica and the bridesmaids would bundle up between clicks and during posing but when it came time to get the shot, they shed the extra layers and looked like seasoned models.

The reception was held at the Grand Ballroom downtown, and was as gorgeous as I’ve seen it. They have one of my most favorite dance floors of any venue I’ve worked and it didn’t dissapoint. The paper laterns and twinkle lights created incredible lighting scheme and a great ambiance – I even brought one of my big studio strobes along for some extra dramatic lighting during the dancing. I love taking dance pictures with the strobe, it really gives a ‘spot-light’ type of feel to the pictures and it offers some extra creative flexibility.

Another one of my favorite parts of the night was when I got the chance to take Erica and Mike outside the Ballroom to get some low light stuff under Salem’s cool downtown street lighting. There’s something about shooting in the dark without a flash that makes for an extra romantic, movie-like quality to a picture. Ever since the low-light workshop with Art, I can’t get enough of it.

It was a great day and a blast of a wedding.  A couple months back I was a little worried about how my pregnant body was going to hold up during all my winter weddings but so far, apart from some extra sore feet, I think I’ve handled it like a champ!  :)   Thanks Erica and Mike, for trusting me with your big day – your pictures turned out amazingly and I can’t wait for you to see the rest.

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A Studio Sesh with Mr. Reed

January 13, 2010

Meet Reed! An adorable 1 year old hailing from Oregon City. This little guy had to be one of the most mellow 1 year olds I have ever photographed!  We plunked him down in front of the big picture window and he literally just sat through the session.  He also has a great snarl which is absolutely adorable, I am sure he does it due to the laughs he still gets out of people!   I totally dig his solitary front tooth – apparently he’s been teething since 6 mos. old – Holy Cow! It was fun getting to photograph this little guy – He made me even more excited for our March arrival. I feel like all my latests posts have been weddings so this is a nice change of pace.

Here are a few from the session, Enjoy!

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Megan & Joe – Snow Day!

January 5, 2010

As a Portland wedding photographer, there aren’t many times I get to shoot in the snow…but this was one of them.

Megan and Joe (and the entire wedding party for that matter) were great sports as I paraded them around the temple grounds for pictures in the middle of Portland’s first snow storm of the winter (a bit of a stretch to call it a storm I know).  It came down in big, soft, fluffy flakes that photographed wonderfully. What a treat to have snow filled wedding pictures! It’s definitely not  something many other Oregon brides can say.

Photos at the Temple went oh so smoothly and the reception down at the Green Villa Barn near Salem was equally perfect. They had wood stoves set up all along the walls (guess where I stood when I wasn’t shooting) making the barn an incredibly welcoming and cozy place to celebrate their new vows.

I also had a chance to meet Michael Jensen, a very talented videographer from Antelope, CA. He was easy to work with and put together an amazing “same-day” wedding video that was shown at the reception. There should be some video clips from the day up on his website soon.

Here’s a few of my favorites – I sure wish it would snow more often!

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