{Rachael} Makeover Photoshoot in NW Portland + Why Professional Portraits Are Important To You

{Rachael} Makeover Photoshoot in NW Portland + Why Professional Portraits Are Important To You

Fellow photographer Rachael hit me up last fall to shoot some portraits. The intention was that these images would ultimately become Christmas presents for her family. How sweet is that?? (And how awesome is Rachael's hair that changes color depending on the light?)

It's funny how, when we're little, our parents drag us off to the crappy portrait studio in town every year to have cheesy photos taken. They then proceed to order a hundred copies of all different sizes, frame a couple, give away as many as possible, and then the leftovers sit in a cabinet in the basement until the end of eternity.

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Hiking to Blue Pool, Floating the McKenzie River, + Playing with iPhone Camera Lenses

Hiking to Blue Pool, Floating the McKenzie River, + Playing with iPhone Camera Lenses

Last summer I finally bit the bullet and jumped on the iPhone camera lens bandwagon. I mean, I sit here calling myself a photographer and am constantly taking snapshots and uploading images from my phone. Why not mix it up with a few different lenses?

$50 bucks later, I had three little guys from Photojojo: the wide angle/macro, the fisheye, and the telephoto. A 4th of July trip to the McKenzie River had me sold.

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Exploring Deschutes National Forest {Odell Lake, Salt Creek Falls, + McCredie Hot Springs}

Exploring Deschutes National Forest {Odell Lake, Salt Creek Falls, + McCredie Hot Springs}

The last four months of my life were spent backpacking around SE Asia. Updating this lovely little website of mine definitely took a backseat. So it's only now, several months later, that I've gotten around to publishing these shots of Deschutes National Forest that I took back in September.

To be fair, I doubt the forest has changed all that much over the last few months. And I'm pretty sure nature doesn't care so much about timeliness. Salt Creek Falls isn't going to be blowing up my phone demanding its photos...

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{Angela} Glamour Portrait Photography in Portland, OR

{Angela} Glamour Portrait Photography in Portland, OR

The rule of thumb for posting on a blog is to be consistent in your timing. Post once a week or twice a week or 5 times a week, but do it every week (or month or day, etc. etc.).

Well. I have failed splendidly at that for the last couple of months. And quite frankly? I don't care.

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{Kelli} Makeover Portrait Photography in Portland, Oregon

{Kelli} Makeover Portrait Photography in Portland, Oregon

When lady shows up to be photographed in a cocktail dress with a vintage camera and lace gloves, my job becomes a whole new level of fun. Someone else loves cameras and wants me to photograph them? Yes, PLEASE.

Props definitely make a portrait shoot more personal. Not to mention they can also relieve some of the nervous butterflies of stepping in front of the camera. The focus is still on the lady (or gentleman), but there is an element of distraction that I've found makes one more comfortable.

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{Kaycee} Fashion Portrait Photography in Portland, Oregon

{Kaycee} Fashion Portrait Photography in Portland, Oregon

Meet the lovely, bright, and smiling Kaycee Dae. We had so much fun at her shoot that afterwards we went straight to happy hour to get to know one another better.

We may or may not have ended up visiting several amazing cocktail bars across the 5 quadrants in Portlandia. (One of my favorite Portland anomalies is that there are 5 quadrants.)

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An Edwardian Steampunk Wedding at the Edgefield in Portland, Oregon

An Edwardian Steampunk Wedding at the Edgefield in Portland, Oregon

This creatively cool couple's unique wedding fell on a beautiful autumn day last October. No standard Portland weather to, ahem, rain on their parade.

The historic Edgefield Resort was a perfect backdrop to their Edwardian Steampunk theme. I was so happy they gave me a good chunk of their day to wander the grounds capturing their portraits.

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Mother-Daughter Portrait Photography in PDX {Krishna + Pañña as Pegasus!}

Mother-Daughter Portrait Photography in PDX {Krishna + Pañña as Pegasus!}

You may remember my previous photo shoot with Krishna. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when she got in touch to have some photos taken with her very badass daughter, Pañña.

And that they'd be wearing matching Pegasus costumes for Halloween.

Oh my goodness. Yes, please. A million times over.

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An Autumn Wedding at the 1824 House in Waitsfield, Vermont

An Autumn Wedding at the 1824 House in Waitsfield, Vermont

With the temperature in the mid-seventies and not a cloud in the sky, Mother Nature was definitely on Emily + Jesse's side for their late September wedding at the 1824 House. Surrounded by family, friends, and stunning fall foliage, their day was about as perfect as could be.

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