A year or two ago, I was standing in a bar in Corvallis trying to order a drink, when this gorgeous girl approached me. I recognized her as being a singer in one of OSU’s a capella groups.
“Hi!” I said, somewhat confused.
“You’re going to shoot my wedding someday,” she replied. “I’m not engaged yet but it’s going to happen soon and you are going to be my photographer.”
Honest to god, that was the first ever conversation I had with Aranda. In Peacock Bar and Grill. At like 1 o clock in the morning.
But I never forgot it.
So when she did get engaged, and she emailed me, and she booked with me, and we set up our engagement shoot, I could not have been more excited.
Excited for her. Excited for Ryan. Excited to be working with a couple that trusted me and let me have complete creative control.
We started at their cute little home and took a few photos on their doorstep, then hopped in the car and drove out toward the gorge, stopping on a whim wherever we wanted. We shot until dark. I felt like I had two new best friends.
I cannot wait for their wedding next summer. It. Will. Be. A. Blast.
One of the most fun parts about my job is getting to work with people from my past! Daniella and I went to high school together and I hadn’t seen her for a couple of years, but I was so excited for her when I saw her announce her engagement on Facebook! I have always known her as this beautiful, bubbly, happy person and I am so thrilled to see her engaged to an awesome man who clearly brings out the best in her. They were introduced through a mutual friend and had a blind date (the only one they have each ever been on) and it didn’t go so great. Neither of them got good first impressions of each other. But somehow they scheduled a second date and it was then that they realized there might be something there. And there was!
Anyway, Daniella and Chad live in Southern Oregon, so they were only up in Portland for a couple of days when we did this photoshoot. When the weather forecast was looking iffy, I asked if they wanted to reschedule, but since they live so far away it was just much easier to tough it out. So we did. We started the shoot up in the Hoyt Arboretum, went down to Ankeny Plaza, and ended on the East Bank Esplanade next to the Hawthorne bridge right as it was starting to rain. Daniella and Chad were troopers though, and we got some amazing, veryyy Portlandy photos in the rain, and everyone was happy!
Can’t wait for their wedding next summer! Congrats you two!
Here’s a few things about me that you should know:
I love earrings. I love birds.
So, with any logic it’s only natural that I would also love feather earrings. Right? Right.
I do. So much. I have many many many pairs. I’m a wee bit obsessed. But hey, that’s okay!
Because… I have a friend who runs her own business making feather earrings! Veryyy convenient for my obsession. Her name is Nina Lee and her business is called Simply Feathers. She hand-makes the most beautifully stunning adorable feather earrings I’ve ever seen. I would know because I consider myself a bit of a feather connoisseur (not to brag, but you know, I kind of am). So when she asked me to do a product/fashion shoot for the launch of her new website, I basically jumped for joy. Feathers? Cute product display? Awesome models? Nina’s ridiculous creative talent? Yes, please.
So, take a look at this fun shoot, and then if you want, head over to her site and check out her latest fall line! I own “Cheeky,” “Nest,” and “Finn” and I love them all. Enjoy!
Megan went to a house party one night in Corvallis with a group of friends.
The door opens.
This guy with no shirt on, black fairy wings and goggles looks down at her and says “sorry guys we can’t let anyone else in.”
Little did Megan know, this man would later become her husband.
Because sometimes you meet your fiance at the 420 house in Corvallis.
Because sometimes you are an engineer he is a PHd student in physics and you are both really smart and both like to party and both like camping and… hey! It just works out.
That’s love for you. Doesn’t always make sense in the beginning. But it makes sense in the end.
But anyway, we took these pictures around Corvallis at Avery Park, the Peavy Arboretum, and at a random spot along a road near Bald Hill. The photoshoot included a cute puppy, champagne in the woods, and bush-whacking our way up a hill in the middle of nowhere, because I thought it seemed like a cool idea. By the time we were done I was exhausted, a little bit tipsy, and covered in scratches from berry bushes, but man was I happy. I live for photoshoots like this one. And for the couples who give me the creative freedom to make them happen.