Veronica is a gorgeous senior at Tualatin High School! She approached me about taking her senior pictures because she really wanted to do something that was different. “Everyone takes their photos in fields of grass and stuff like that,” she said. “I want to do something unique.” I liked this immediately. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, shooting in the same locations in the same ways. With Veronica, that was not a problem. We decided to start the shoot later in the evening so we’d be taking photos well into dusk. We started at Tryon Creek State Park, (which I had never even heard of before) and then went downtown to the waterfront to get some photos with the city lights. It had been stormy and rainy all day, but the weather stayed dry for our shoot, only raining while we were driving from the first location to the second. In fact, the stormy weather resulted in some really beautiful light, and the wet streets looked way better in the photos because they reflected all the lights! You never know. Sometimes the worst conditions (dark and wet) can turn into the best!
Kelly and David did just that.
Everything about the day went just right. I had a grin on my face the entire time I was editing the pictures because everything was so cute! Amazing venue + gorgeous couple + fun guests + delicious food + wonderful planning + perfect weather? It was like a dream come true. It WAS a dream come true.
I’m sure it has something to do with the dynamic between Kelly and David. They are ridiculously well matched. Not because they are the exact same person – no, not at all. David and Kelly are compliments of one another. David’s beaming smile and loud, friendly personality perfectly balance Kelly’s quieter demeanor. He keeps her laughing, she keeps him calm. They are different but they understand each other, and their differences keep their relationship playful, which is always important when you’re planning to spend the rest of your life with someone.
Kelly and David’s dream day took place on 8/6/11 at Wine Country Farm, a stunning little winery perched high in the Dundee hills overlooking the Willamette valley. It was everything that I would have hoped it to be, and more.
When I arrived, I ran into David, gave him a hug, and then he promptly ran away. Literally. Before getting ready or doing anything else he went for a nice little jog around the hills to clear his head. Such a funny guy.
When he was done jogging, he showered and got ready, and Kelly did the same. All ahead of schedule, of course.
And without any stress, it was time for their first look!
We found some horses! And some carrots! I was totally excited. So were they!
When we were finished shooting the wedding party, I took some family portraits, and then photographed the guests arriving for the ceremony! I loved the guestbook table that Kelly had arranged! The typewriter was such a cute touch!
And then, without further ado, the ceremony began! David looked so excited.
After the ceremony they celebrated with a lot of hugging, a little beer, and of course, signing the actual marriage license!
Then we gathered as many family members as we could, and took a giant group picture!
By the time that was done, it was definitely time to eat! The reception dinner overlooked the winery with a great view of the valley, and the tables looked just gorgeous with the purple linens and cute little vases!
Then, while everyone was eating and enjoying the incredible food (seriously some of the best I’ve ever had at a wedding – it tasted phenomenal) I took some photos of David and Kelly’s rings, and then wandered around photographing the scenery some more. It was hard not too; it was so pretty there!
When he was done with the song, friends and family gave several very amusing toasts. We all learned that David was once featured in YM magazine – as a man for the ladies! Totally funny.
When their guests were finished sharing stories, we all headed over to the beautiful dessert table for the bride and groom to cut the cake!
When the couple finished their last dance of the night, I was lucky enough to pull them away one last time for a few night portraits. I was so glad that I did.
Congratulations Kelly and David! I know you are going to have a long and beautifully happy marriage! Thank you so much for giving me the privilege of photographing such a fun and gorgeous wedding, it was seriously one of the most fun nights of my year!
Reed is a stunning senior at Liberty High School! I met her through her older sister, Kenna, who I photographed years ago for a fun photoshoot I did in Corvallis with some Chi Omega girls. Reed is really into photography herself, so she was a natural around the camera. And yes, this was yet another senior shoot that felt more like a fashion shoot because she was just so darn pretty. I was perfectly okay with that! We shot these off of NW 18th and Marshall downtown, and then at Tanner Springs Park a few blocks away in the Pearl.
A few months ago, I shot family portraits for Ryan Ihde, my awesome accountant! He’s also an OSU grad who runs his own business (Ihde CPA), so he understands my situation haha. In exchange for helping me with my finances, I did a super fun family portrait session with him, his wife Jeannie, and his three handsome boys! They are seriously such a beautiful family and I had a blast hanging out with them! Also, if you ever need help with your taxes, or you need a great, reliable, and very patient accountant, Ryan is your guy! I’d highly recommend him, especially if you are like me and taxes confuse you to no end, haha.
Brittany is a senior at Westview! I shot with her (and her little brother) a few weeks ago in the Pearl district in downtown Portland, and we had a blast! She was all worried about closing her eyes too much in pictures, or not being photogenic, which was ridiculous because she posed like a pro! I had a great time working with you Brittany!
I went to high school and college with Anisia, so I was really excited when she messaged me about shooting her engagement photos! Her fiance Josh also went to Oregon State, but he is a few years older so this was the first time I had ever met him.
Apparently the two met through a mutual friend… who he was dating at the time. After a couple of years passed, and Anisia was no longer friends with the girl, she decided it was perfectly okay to go out with Josh. Heck, why not? The rest is history!
We shot these pictures on a hot afternoon at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland. I’ve shot there many times, but this was the first time I’ve taken photos with a couple at the location! Anisia and Josh, I had an amazing time working with you! You are such beautiful people, inside and out. I’m so bummed that I’ll be overseas next July and can’t shoot your wedding!
Marriage is about partnership.
It’s also about love, and passion, and trust and a lot of other things, but partnership embodies it all.
If you plan on spending the rest of your life with someone, you want to be able to get along. To feel at ease together. To mesh.
Sarah and Matt do just that.
They are partners in crime, without the crime part. I get the chance to observe a lot of different relationships, and this one is pretty darn perfect. I could instantly tell how being with each other made Matt and Sarah calmer, happier, and more relaxed. Throughout their wedding, they were always on the same page, and always together.
It was immediately clear to me that they are going to have a fantastic life together.
Sarah and Matt were married on July 23, 2011 at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in Northeast Portland. It was a stunning venue and I would highly recommend checking it out if you are looking for a great place to get married!
I started the day early with Sarah, her mom, and her bridesmaids at Dosha salon off of SE Hawthorne.
Once everyone’s hair was done, we headed back over to Sarah’s dad’s house, to photograph details and do makeup! Sarah got her beautiful dress at Charlotte’s Bridal in Beaverton.
Once they were both ready, I led Sarah and Matt out to the back porch to do their first look and portrait session!
Then we went back inside for a few shots before the ceremony began – they were so calm!
By this point, everyone was starving, and dinner began! Everything (including the cake) was gluten free and delicious. The Queen Anne staff did all the catering, and the cake was made by Sweetpea Baking Company.
And then it was time for toasts! The first one was sweet, the second one was hilarious, the third one was emotional, the fourth one was silly, and the last one was inappropriate! I had a great time catching Sarah and Matt’s reactions to their friends’ words.
Congratulations Sarah and Matt! I had an amazing time getting to know you both! Your wedding was a blast and you planned it perfectly. I hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon in Mexico, and I wish you the best of luck for years and years to come! Thank you for giving me the honor of being your wedding photographer!