I met with the Sanchez family at the International Test Rose Garden in Washington Park. If you have not been there, it is a must see location in the city. One of my favorite places to wander in Portland. Little “G” and his sister Rory were beyond cute. I always love photographing little boys because no matter what location we go to, they will always find a pile of dirt or a muddy puddle to splash in. Boys will be boys, they can’t resist.
I was contacted by Kristie, the owner of eCom Merchant services to head out to her gorgeous property in Damascus Oregon to photograph her team. They had the always talented Nicole Wagner from Powder do everyone’s makeup for the shoot. I loved meeting and working with so many intelligent, driven, successful women.
I was thrilled to show up to Cathedral Park in North Portland a couple weeks ago and meet this adorable little girl for her photo shoot. She was napping before the shoot and as I arrived, they opened the trunk of their car to gather things for the shoot. She slowly woke up and immediatly had a huge smile on her face. It melted my heart. She won me over instantly. Her parents clearly adore her and shower her with tons of love which makes for a super smiley, happy girl. I love meeting new people and being welcomed into their lives for a moment to see how they love each other and play. The shooting part of my work never feels like work, especially with cute kiddos like Adelyn.
I made a special trip up to Seattle a couple weeks back to meet with Maria and Niilo for their engagement shoot. I always love an opportunity to see a new place. When Maria and Niilo suggested Discovery Park for the shoot, I hopped in my car and traveled north! We covered a huge portion of the property and I still felt like there was more to see. We wandered around a military Fort, found some cliffs overlooking the sound and ended up on a rocky shoreline with a lighthouse in the background. While doing the shoot, I found out Niilo proposed to Maria at the park. He also showed me where his grandparents lived at the Fort years ago when his grandfather served for our country. I love stories connecting people, places and experiences. It always makes photos more meaningful. It was a stunning evening with this sweet couple. I’m happy I made the trip!
I have had the privilege to work with my friend Keo and his beautiful family for years now. I photographed his wedding back in 2007, and over the last few years, he has welcomed me into his world time and again to photograph his growing family. His wife Rhandie and he have two crazy cute kids. When they found out they were pregnant with baby number two, they decided to have me out to photograph every 3 months of her life. This is Rhian’s nine month photo shoot. I think my favorite part of photographing this series has been Kason’s reaction to seeing me every time. He starts off shy, but he recognizes me. It presents the challenge for me to win him over. This time, I got him laughing when I continually threw a bouncy ball at my head. It yielded great results.
I LOVED starting the 2013 wedding season with Kelly and Brian’s day. I saw when I met them months ago that they treasured one another and were in the process of planning a heart-filled day. It all unfolded in perfect Portland fashion with a box of Voo Doo Doughnuts at their sweet home as their closest friends and family prepared for the day. Before heading out for formal photos, we had to snap some shots of Kelly’s dog Leroy. What a ham! We ventured to Forest Park for some posed photographs. It was a nice contrast the Northstar Ballroom in where the ceremony and reception were held. The ceremony was sweet. The reception followed with a Whiffle Pie food cart serving up dinner. Oh man, it was so yummy! They danced the evening away with their favorite people. The day was a complete success in so many ways. I was honored to have been the one documenting their patient, passionate, and deep love. Congrats to Kelly and Brian. Here’s to an incredible 2013 season ahead!