Virginia & Cooper, Jessica & Nick | Oregon Couples Photography

Two couples + two photographers + epic scenery + glorious weather =

An amazing day.

I spent this past Saturday driving around the Columbia River Gorge with a fantastic, beautiful group of people. My friend Daron and I collaborated on the shoot and switched off photographing each couple at each place we stopped (Daron’s view of the day here). It was a really fun way to maximize our time! Did I mention the light was perfect? And it wasn’t even that windy, just a bit cold? When I was driving everyone around in the van it honestly felt I was just with a giant group of my best friends on an adventure. So. Much. Fun.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I love what I do.

Red Dress Fashion Show | Corvallis Fashion Photography

I had the privilege of photographing the Red Dress Fashion Show for AIDS awareness at OSU this week! I had a great time documenting the evening and it was awesome to have a reserved seat at the end of the runway! The guest speaker was very moving, and the designers did a fabulous job with all the red dresses!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the night!

If you were a model or a designer, or you just want to see the rest of the photos from the event, you can check them out here.

Jonathan and Whitney | Corvallis Couples Photography

All you really need to know about this shoot is that yes, Jonathan does have a turquoise beard. Awesomeness.

Kayla and Austin | Colton, Oregon Wedding Photography

Kayla and Austin’s relationship started with a wedding.

You see, they’ve already been married once before.

To each other.

In college.

Through their fraternity and sorority.

Now I’ve never been a part of any kind of Greek Life, so I don’t really understand the nature of this joke wedding, but I do know that it was a pretty accurate foreshadowing of what was to come for these two.

The pair were married for the second time (this time for real) on December 17th at Camp Colton. The chapel stood in a clearing of giant Douglas Firs, blanketed in a thick layer of fog that lasted the whole day. It may not have snowed like Kayla had hoped, but the fog was almost as good. It felt like a winter wonderland.

Before heading to Camp Colton, Kayla and Austin got ready at the Prairie House Inn; a gorgeous little bed and breakfast in Molalla. It was a wonderful start to a perfect day.

Congratulations Kayla and Austin! I had an amazing time working with you! Happy new year!

Sunriver with friends | Central Oregon Lifestyle Photography

Last weekend, my friends Audrey and Kaci invited me and our other friend Michelle on a ski trip to Sunriver with all of OHSU! We had a blast skiing at Mt. Bachelor, hot tubbing, dancing at the Sunriver Resort and reading books in front of the big fireplace in our condo. The weather was perfect and sunny the whole weekend, and I could not have been happier. Of course, I brought my camera along to do a quick little shoot while we were there – it was too gorgeous not to! We took these photos along the Sun River behind the resort, as well as off highway 26 in the high desert between Mt. Hood and Warm Springs. I even hopped into a few shots at the very end!

Six best friends | Columbia River Gorge Portrait Photography

Today I adventured out to the Columbia River Gorge with six gorgeous girls in a minivan. They’ve been best friends for years and years but now they all go to different colleges! This was a fun way to document all of them together (I shot with them last year too – while they were still in high school).

We had a blast shooting along the river and by Multnomah Falls, despite the wind and mist and cold. At least it wasn’t rainy!

Audrey | Portland Fashion Photography

My best friend Audrey was born in the wrong decade. She really should be living in the 40s. Or the 20s. Or even the 50s. She’s got one of those classic faces and figures that fits vintage clothing perfectly. I envy this, haha.

I haven’t done a real photoshoot with her in almost a year, so today we got together and made it happen.

Enjoy.

 

2011 in review

2011 was a great year. The end.

Just kidding, you know I have to say more than that! This year was incredible! I did a lot of different things, went a lot of places, and had a lot of fun.

Also, I love my life. Just thought I’d throw that in there.

So here it is, a little synopsis for you. 2011, in review.

The year began with a wedding in Salem on New Years Day.

I went to Disney World in Florida for the first time ever a few days later. I saw my best friend run a half-marathon one day and a full marathon the next day.

At the end of the month I second-shot another wedding with my friend Peter Chee in Portland.

In the first week of March I drove to Hood River to shoot a wedding right on the Colombia.

In March I went to my beach house in Jenner, California with my boyfriend Wil for Spring Break. We almost died driving back up I5 in the snow on the way home.

I shot two back-to-back weddings over Memorial Day weekend in May in Portland.

I painted 191 different bird species (every species I have ever seen) and held a gallery show during the 1st week of June. This somehow made me pass my honors thesis, haha.

I graduated from college. It felt strange. To celebrate I bought two new lenses. A Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II and a Canon 50mm f1.2 L.

I moved back to Portland. Shot 2 more weddings.

Then took a trip to Seattle with Wil. Saw my first Mariners game.

Flew to Boise, Idaho a week later to shoot my first destination wedding.

Came home for another week, then went to Boston for the 4th of July.

On the 5th, my birthday, I flew to Berlin, Germany for the first time.

Visited Tubingen in South Germany a few days later.

Then flew to the UK for the first time and stayed a few days in London. I saw my first Banksy painting. (But it took some searching to find it).

Came home in mid July, shot at wedding two days later in Newport.

Then one in Portland

Another in Dundee.

One in Canby.

One in Tigard and Hillsboro.

And one in Corvallis.

After all that, I got really sick of my long hair, so I cut it all off.

Then went back to California to see my family. Went to the Monteray Bay Aquarium for the first time, and saw wild otters in the ocean as well.

Got back from California, shot another wedding in Portland.

And realized my car was totally broken. So I bought a new one.

2 hours after I bought it, I drove it to shoot a wedding in Amity.

Went beach camping for the first time the following weekend. But it wasn’t very fun and I didn’t take any pictures.

Shot a wedding in Hillsboro.

And then shot a small backyard wedding in Tualatin a week later.

Took a break from weddings for a few weeks while I shot tons of high school seniors.

Then second-shot a wedding in Portland with my friend Blake in mid-October.

Two weeks later I drove up to Chehalis, Washington for the day to shoot a wedding over Halloween weekend.

Once it was November I didn’t do much of anything except catch up on all the photos I still hadn’t finished editing. And hang out in Corvallis with Wil, who I never get to see.

I enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family. Did a fun shoot with my sisters while they were home.

Then went down to Eugene with Wil to visit them on their birthday on the 4th. We did not discuss about the atrocity that was the civil war.

I hung out in Corvallis for a while, then shot two back-to-back weddings over the 17th and 18th. One in Colton.

And another in Jefferson.

I spent Christmas at home with Wil and family, and it was lovely.

I spent 2011 in a total of three countries and six states. I photographed 22 weddings and 54 seniors.

I re-made my website 3 times (including yesterday – go see for yourself).

But I loved every second of it.

Running this business full time has been a big gamble since June, but so far it has been 100% awesome. How often do people get to graduate from college and just keep working for themselves? I am soooo lucky.

I love my clients, my family and my friends SO much for supporting me and putting up with my incessant chatter about beautiful light, lenses and Lightroom. Thank you everyone for being there for me. And for pushing me when I need it. I’ve learned so much over the past 12 months.

2012 is already looking amazing. I’ve got two weddings in California so far, one in Montana, several around Oregon, and I’ll be spending five weeks with my family in Turkey and Greece during June and July. Can’t wait to see where else this year will take me!

Happy New Year everyone!