Jessica | Portland Portrait and Fashion Photography

Jessica is an old friend who I only get to see about once a year (twice if I’m really lucky). We met in 6th grade and have been friends ever since. We originally both wanted to be doctors, but I kind of changed my mind… haha. She didn’t. She’s currently in med school at Northwestern. In case you didn’t get that, Jessica is amazing. Brilliant girl. Totally hilarious too. I hope we stay friends forever, cheesy as it sounds.

We drove to forest park, a cemetery, and an abandoned house to shoot these random portraits. It was a whimsical shoot – just aimlessly driving around northwest Portland while catching up and chasing the last rays of sun. Why not? Life is short.

Gaby | Corvallis Portrait Photography

Gaby is one of my boyfriend Wil Crowe’s coworkers. She’s Puerto Rican and has a beautiful, dark, exotic look and personality that has always made me reallllly want to photograph her. We went on a double date a few weeks ago (our boyfriends are old high school pals) which unfortunately ended with the boys playing Madden while we sat around doing nothing. That is, until I realized it was the perfect opportunity to do a midnight test shoot with a gorgeous girl and a tilt shift lens that I borrowed from my good friend Pete Stone. The pictures have some scary undertones, but if you know Gaby at all, it kind of suits her. Afterwards, I asked her if she might be interested in doing a shoot during the daytime when we had more light to work with, and she responded with: “I don’t really like the daytime.” Hahaha. Well then. In that case, I think she’ll really like these, eerie as they might be.

Megan and Spencer | Chehalis, Washington Wedding Photography

I’m not going to dance around this one. I adore this couple.

I loved them from the second I met them at the Deschutes brewery in Portland. They offered me a beer and we shared a night of great conversations and laughter from the very beginning. I loved them when Megan let me in on some of the sadder times of their lives, and how they’ve only gotten stronger because of everything they’ve been through. I loved them when they shared their story of how they first met back in high school, lost touch, and then were reunited by Spencer’s sister, a DECA event, Taco Tuesday, and dog tricks.

But most of all, I loved their wedding.

Maybe it was Megan’s vows that were crammed on several 8.5 x 11 pages because she had so much she wanted to say. Or the quiet moments where I found Spencer going over his notes alone in his car, looking handsome, nervous, but most of all, excited to make Megan his wife. Perhaps it was when Megan’s dad pulled Spencer into a kitchen to give him a family heirloom – a watch – as a gift on his wedding day. Or maybe it was the best man’s speech, explaining how broken Spencer had been until he met Megan. How Megan brought a warmth back into his heart that he never thought he would see again.

They were married on October 29th, 2011 at Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, Washington. The weather was perfect. The venue was perfect (I shot Amy and James‘ wedding there too). The whole day was like a beautiful dream. Congratulations you two. You deserve it!

Thank you so much Megan and Spencer! I hope you can tell how much I loved working with you. I wish you both the best in your marriage! Congrats!!

Joe and Erica | Portland Fashion Photography

I’m a list person. I’m constantly drowning in sticky notes. One of the things that has been on my “long term to-do list” for awhile now is to do some test shoots with off-camera lighting since it’s something I don’t use all that often during weddings or portrait shoots. What can I say? I love me some natural light. I go gaga for it. I’m always on the hunt for it – that perfect evening glow that I love oh so much. The idea of making my own light almost seems like cheating somehow. But it’s also wonderfully fun. And it’s always good to mix things up from time to time. So lately, I have been.

My good friend Peter Chee (who works for Powers Studio) met with me at the West End Theatre to help me orchestrate the shoot. Joe and Erica both drove up from Corvallis to model for us. They are good friends of mine who I have shot before and I knew they’d be perfect (and patient with me) for this sort of thing.

We started off with some basic headshots and portraits, playing around with the lights in a studio environment.

And then we moved upstairs to do some more storytelling. Admittedly this next set was by a ton of bay windows so we didn’t use need to use the lights for those… (the light was gorgeous as it was!) but for all the rest of the photos we did.

Thank you Joe, Erica and Peter for working with me!