Meet Owen & Evan. These two cuties have been hoped and loved and wished for for a very long time. When their mom and dad first contacted me, they were on a waitlist to adopt. They didn’t know how fast or long it would take to start their family, but if a baby was to come into their life, they definitely wanted to document the growth of their family. Fast forward several months later….. their mom contacts me again, with some exciting news: “We’re pregnant! And not just that….it’s TWINS!”
Luke & Ai had a lovely, modern wedding, surrounded by family and friends at the Urban Studio in downtown Portland, Oregon. Luke & Ai love city life, and wanted to capture Portland's charm by photographing some portraits under the St. John's Bridge in Cathedral Park. The iconic turquoise bridge was the perfect blend of Portland’s beautiful urban architecture in the midst of lush, scenic landscape. Ai had a gorgeous bouquet and hairpiece made by Annie at Floral Sunshine, which matched the natural greenery around them during portraits. As the sun set, the lights dimmed in the Urban Studio and twinkle-lights all around the room glowed romantically for dinnertime ambiance. And what Portland night is complete without some doughnuts? In lieu of a cake, guests enjoyed an assortment of doughnuts from Portland’s famous VooDoo Doughnuts.
Pets are a special part of the family. They steal our hearts, make us laugh, provide endless entertainment and love. After a while, you can’t even imagine life without them. So, it’s always so much fun when clients ask to bring along their furry friends to include in their photo shoot. Daniel & Natalie were just about to give birth to their first baby, but wanted to capture their little family of 3 before their baby girl arrived. We decided to photograph their maternity session in Hood River (at a place affectionately called “the Spit”), where Daniel & Natalie often take their dog, Monty, to run and play. Before the session, Natalie warned me that Monty was quite an energetic, handful. We captured lots of portraits of Daniel & Natalie along the water’s edge of the Columbia River Gorge as the sun romantically set behind them. All this, while Monty ran his hardest, back and forth and through the water, greeting passersby with jumps and licks before excitedly running off in the opposite direction. He had a blast, and we had a blast just watching him. In the end though, Monty was a good boy. He posed beautifully for several portraits, and Daniel and Natalie ended up with some super cute family photos together. 🐾
What do you watch when you’re caught up on all your shows and suddenly fall into the dreaded “show hole”? For Joe and I, one of our favorite shows to fall back on is The Office. Between Michael & Dwight, Jim & Pam, Kevin & his chili, what’s not to love?! In fact, while I edit photos from the week’s photo sessions, I often have an episode of The Office playing in the background. So, since we love throwing each other funny, elaborately themed parties (Joe threw me a magical Harry Potter birthday party a few years back), we decided to bring Scranton to Portland and plan a Dunder Mifflin birthday party to celebrate Joe’s 30th!
It wouldn’t be one of our parties without our signature party guide, which this year included Stanley’s crossword puzzle, a “That’s What She Said” quote-matching game, and a scavenger hunt to find Dwight’s hidden weapons throughout the house. Office Olympics were set up all around, and guests competed for Schrute Bucks throughout the night, all leading up to an award ceremony where three lucky partygoers won gold, silver and blue medals (aka: yogurt lids). We had a blast designing and crafting hidden little details for Office fans to discover, including the infamous stapler in Jell-O, a Michael Scott quote gallery, Angela’s live cat cam, and even Café Disco! For Joe and me, half the fun of these parties is just dreaming it up and planning it all out. But once our friends start arriving, we remember just how amazing it is to celebrate such special milestones surrounded by the people we love.