Jessica (Jessie) and Chad have the sweetest souls. Jessie is the type of girl that makes you feel like her life-long friend the day she meets you. She is loyal and generous, if you make friends with her, it's for life. She is chatty and can tell a story better than anyone I know. There is never a dull moment with her wild sense of humor and adventure. To top it all off- she's gorgeous, and if that wasn't enough, she is a professional motorcross racer. I know (what?!?). As she puts it, she was a "tom boy" for most of her life. Um. No. Not so obvious. I was thinking super model or something ;) Chad is a lucky man, this is for sure, but Chad is a gem of his own. For one thing, he (they) are waiting to kiss until their wedding day. The kind of strength, dedication and respect that takes is out of this world to me. And even more so- never once during this shoot did he waver in his commitment to wait. He wasn't nervous to kiss her forehead- but rather initiated it! He pulled her in so sweetly, so gently, and kissed her sweet little forehead in such love that is specifically unique to Chad. He is kind and generous, intentional and dedicated. They have such a grace for one another, and seem to know each other so deeply. I think it's amazing how much I learned about their love in just a matter of hours. That's how raw they are. It's written all over them. They're in love. They're happy about it. And it's amazing. Jessie loves nature (I believe that's some of her motorcross coming out), so she requested that we go to Governments Cove along the Columbia Gorge for their engagement session. I had never been, so I jumped on the opportunity to have such great tour guides. I was blown away by the beauty. Still am :) Enjoy!
The sun shined in all of it's glory for the Haugen family's portrait session. We played in the grass, flew in the air, and danced in circles until we all fell down. It was perfect and lovely. This family is so beautiful. Every photo nearly brought me to tears. I can't wait to have a big family like yours, folks. Also, Eddie, your Texas accent brings my heart joy! All of yours, really. So sad you're going back to Texas soon after your Pacific North West summer vacation, but happy we got such beautiful photos to document your time here. Love you all!
Hooray! You may have noticed that I've had a lingering "coming soon" badge on my site in the design section. I've been perfecting a new line of wedding stationary unlike anything the industry has seen. Truly alternative, funky, colorful paper goods for all things wedding related. I was approached by the Committed Show (a local Portland wedding show for alternative brides) to launch my designs at their show in October. How could I resist?! All designs will be sold online (and a few in person at the show!). Unicorns, rainbow and glitter will be involved, of course. I can't wait to show you! Question- what do you want to see? What HAVEN'T you seen in the wedding stationary area that you really want? Glitter envelopes are something I've been searching for, personally ;) We'll see if I can find something. I want to hear from you guys! Comment below and let me know.
We snuck into a castle. We climbed cliffs. We laid in green pastures and mooed at cows. If there was ever a perfect time to get to know a client before their wedding day in a calm, peaceful and adventurous way, this was it. I mean, we could have just chatted over coffee. This was way better.
In all of our Destination Wedding packages, we include an engagement session. Caitlin and Ed admitted they were a bit hesitant to do an engagement session, they had seen their friends photos of Facebook and they were "cheesy" and "awkward." I hear that a lot :) But! They took a chance on it anyway, and afterwards joyfully admitted that our session was far from awkward and not even close to being cheesy. I love exceeding my client's expectations! Engagement sessions are meant to be a celebration of your relationship. A loud, excited YAY that you've made it, you've passed the years of dating and are excitedly moving forward in your relationship. Engagement sessions are meant to be one of the best dates you'll ever go on. Two hours of cuddle-filled, adventure-filled glory, documented on camera. That's exactly what this session was all about. I couldn't be more happy with how they turned out. Thank you Ed and Caitlin for being fun and beautiful! See their wedding day photos here. Enjoy!
I want to take a moment and discuss something that's been on my heart for a long time. In the wedding industry, there is a lot of pressure on both bride and grooms and photographers to be a certain style, shoot a certain way, and look a certain way. Call it inspiration from Pinterest gone wrong, or aspiring to be what we've seen on the blogs we love, but sometimes I can't shake the feeling that I need to pose my clients in a trendy way that just... doesn't suit them. We were at this castle and I thought to myself, "What a romantic spot! I'll pose them in a sweet, romantic way." Well, that worked for a few photos and that looked great, but then you could tell caitlin and Ed just got... bored. They wanted to play! Luckily, I had a feeling this would happen, and I had brought this silly blow-up sword I got from a party store. I got it out and Ed got SO excited. They both laughed, and we spent a few minutes just being... silly! After that, I felt like I understood my clients so much more, and captured the full spectrum of who they really were. And I really believe this is where Caitlin and Ed started feeling more comfortable with me. I accepted them for who they were and didn't try to force them to do something that didn't really fit them. On their wedding day, I mentioned this to one of the wedding guests and they laughed and said, "Oh yeah, the romantic thing is great, but the sword is AWESOME. That's way more their style." I think it's important to remember that as wedding photographers, yes, we are hired to photograph couples in romantic ways, but also to capture who they ARE. Their personalities! That might go beyond what we see on wedding blogs :) I think this is something most photographers do, but it's not always what we see online. Just something to remember. Anyway! Moving on.
I have been working with Furls Crochet for years now on their product photography and catalog design. Furls Crochet produces the most luxurious crochet hooks in the world: they are curved to fit your hands perfectly and because of this, they actually increase the hand-health of their owners as they are used! Not only that- but look at them. They're BEAUTIFUL. They just released a new line of colorful hooks which they rightly dubbed "Candy Shop" because of their glittery bright color. I was obviously thrilled when Harrison called me to shoot these gorgeous ladies.
In addition to weddings and portraits, I specialize in creative and clean product photography for small businesses. If you love a balance between fun and professional photography, I'm your girl. I wanted these photos to have fun shapes, a clean light grey and white background, and of course, bright colors. I called in the magic styling skill of Michelle from Golden to help me style these hooks in as many ways possible, and I'm so happy I did! The shoot goes so much quicker with a stylist, yall. Invest in them. If you want your shoot to be done quickly with an extra zest of style- email Michelle. Seriously. Enjoy, yall!