Welcome sweet Maxwell. You are my nephew, and I already think about you everyday since we met last week. You are so handsome and cute. Those cheeks are to die for. You are strong and healthy and you are so new to this life. If you don’t already know it yet, soon you will understand how fortunate you are to have some of the most incredible, loving, funny, thoughtful, and playful parents I know. I, along with so many other, and so happy you’re here!
This time of year is cozy in Portland as the weather cools off, the leaves change and the boots and sweaters start to make their way into our wardrobes. Thankfully, even as I write this all bundled up on a drizzly day, I get to look through photos from our summer. They keep me warm as I remember the days and sunshine while I work.
Today I’m sharing my favorite moments from Kim and Kevin’s wedding on September 21st. They got ready downtown at the stunning Hotel Vintage Plaza. While the girls finished up with the final details, the groom and his friends headed to the bar to toast to the day. We started portraits downtown to capture the city then headed over to Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland. It is one of my favorite locations in the city. The ceremony was performed by one of Kim’s closest friends and the party began following the vows complete with local Oregon beers and VooDoo Donuts! One of my favorite people from the day was Kevin’s mom who broke into tears more than once due to her excitement and joy for the day. The first time she saw Kim and Kevin dressed up as bride and groom was hilarious and awesome as she broke into tears and hugged them both. I love people that show so much love and enthusiasm. It’s the best. Another favorite was a guest named TJ who broke out the best moves I’ve ever seen on a dance floor. He deserves a huge shout out. I need to figure out if I can hire him to spice up dance floors in my future.
The day was easy going, playful, fun and paid homage to my favorite local locations and treats. I also loved the board game decor. Thrilled for Kim and Kevin and grateful I was there to document the fun and the love! Congrats you too!
Venue: Hotel Vintage Plaza
Venue: Laurelhurst Club
Second Shooter: Scott Larsen
Photobooth: Stumptown Photobooth
Dessert: VooDoo Doughnuts and Tillamook Ice Cream
Cater: Catering by Laurie
Rentals: Something Borrowed
Flowers: Floral Sunshine
Hair and Makeup: K A Salon and Spa
Wine: Division Wines
Beer: Rogue Brewery and Bill’s Tavern
Wedding dress: Brides For A Cause
Where do I begin with this wedding? Can these photos tell you the story as I remember it? This day was incredible from start to finish, and I don’t even know if I can do it justice with my writing, but I will try. Janan and Levi held a wedding I would have loved to simply attend without my camera, but I was grateful to be there to document it all. The day started with portraits at Carlton Cellars, complete with a set of donkeys. This detail didn’t make it into the itinerary for me, so it was quite awesome to turn around and see these two ready for their photos in the middle of family photo time.
The ceremony followed up on a hillside, under a giant tree that stood alone overlooking the incredible valley below. A New Orleans style brass band marched up the hill, between the grape rows along with the wedding party and close family as they entered into the ceremony. It was bright, hearty music. Friends and family spoke during the ceremony, listened, and supported these two committing to one another. After the kiss, they led the entire wedding back down the hill into the reception site where they were greeted with wine, music, and incredible food. After the toasts, cake and orange sunset, Janan and Levi (and a couple dozen guests) broke out into a flash mob to start the dance party well into the night. Everything flew by so fast, I couldn’t believe the night was already over when the music stopped. These two kept everyone happy and engaged all day.
Levi and Janan bring a love, honesty, warmth and a playfulness I wish everyone could bring and experience in their lives. It keeps you wanting more in your life and more in those around you. It was an incredible day. I’d live it again if I could. I suppose that is what these photos are for.
I want to give a special thank you to Zach for his mad second shooting skills on this one. Thank you!
Second Photographer: Zach Krahmer
venue: Carlton Cellars
Band: The Brassroots Movement
DJ: Jesse Espinoza
Love this couple! They’re so playful and kind and funny and TOTALLY in love. They just make me so happy to be around. I might have kept saying “I just LOVE love” at least 100 times throughout the shoot. When I first met them, they spoke about how important sports are in their lives (especially Kayla being a a soccer coach), so the soccer ball had to make an appearance during the shoot. I’m excited to work with them again soon when they tie the knot in a few short months!
I met with Hong and her family last week to capture them before the three become four. Their sweet boy is two and her second is on the way. The session went beautifully and the weather has been a dream here these last few weeks with sunshine and 80 degree days. I’ll take it Portland, thank you! The things you don’t see in these photos are the behind the scenes silly dances, elmo dancing on my head and a wide variety of noises and awesome jokes only a two year old will get (like “what does the cat say? Moooo?”). (<- I’m funny, I know)
It’s fall! I love Love LOVE this time of year. It’s when my busy season is winding down, the weather is cooling off, the boots and sweaters get to come out from hiding in the closet all summer, and the colors are so wonderful! I’ve been busy here (although not posting much) with family photos and wrapping up the summer wedding season. I was thrilled when my friend Caitlin decided to treat her mom and her entire family to a fall photo shoot last week. It was a great way to get started into my favorite time of year. We walked around the Pearl District, stopped by some favorite locations including Tanner Springs, Jamison Square and the Eco Trust Building. They all showed up happy and looking awesome! I mean seriously, look at how color coordinated and stylish this group is. I need them to style shoots for meThey make me look good. Thank you to the Sessa family for the awesome morning and fun session!