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Driftwood + Beach Wedding Inspiration at Fort Stevens | Photographers of Portland Ever dream of a sunny beach wedding? Check out this styled shoot by Jenna Saint Martin Photo, with lots of dreamy beach portraits from Fort Stevens, home of the wreck of the Peter Iredale. You can see more at Ruffled, a wedding blog where the images were published. You’ll find lots of lovely wedding decor inspiration there! Little known fact: gorgeous Fort Stevens is available for events up to 300 people. Could there be a beach wedding in your future…?

Waterfront Maternity Session | Photographers of Portland

I have had the privilege of calling these two gorgeous and fabulously kind people my friends almost as long as they’ve been a couple. I thought they were perfect for each other back in 2002, LOVED celebrating their wedding over Labor Day in 2010, and this year, in addition to getting to photograph their beautiful waterfront maternity session, I get to be one of the first people to meet their son, Gage!

I am SO lucky to get to document love for a living. I NEVER feel entitled to be my friends’ photographer for their special moments. But, I love it when they ask me. It gives me a front row seat to some seriously special moments in their lives that I might otherwise miss. I don’t take that for granted!

Thank you, Heather and Eric, for an afternoon of laughs, memories, stories, and catching up. Oh, and thanks for being ridiculously fun and gorgeous in front of the camera too! Because, yeah. You are!

A Mothers Love... | Photographers of Portland

We sure had an indian summer this year in the Portland area! These pictures were taken 2 weeks ago in Vancouver, WA. I love capturing the emotion shared between a mom and her daughter, a sister and her brother, or a grandma and her grandson. Those candid moments convey so much more than your typical posed photo.
If you’re thinking about Christmas cards, contact me asap to get on my schedule. I’ll be booking a day at the Christmas tree farm next month! See more of my recent work at Take 5 Photography and full sessions here.

Capturing Your Everyday Stories Through Photography is Becoming a Lifestyle Trend! | Photographers of Portland

Capturing lifestyle family portraits is becoming quite a trend these days, and it’s no wonder why – these are the moments that remind us exactly who we are and create a sense of true belonging in what can otherwise be an overwhelming and chaotic world.  It’s easy to think this does not apply to you.  Maybe you are a blossoming photographer yourself, or you don’t have kids, or you have some other reason for brushing of the idea of hiring someone to take photos of your everyday life.

I would like to share a personal story about the moment when I discovered the value of lifestyle photography in my own life, and why it had nothing to do with babies or kids.  Well, maybe it had a little to do with babies or kids… you’ll just have to read the story and decide for yourself :)

Oregon State Pride at Fall Brooks Farm | Photographers of Portland Chelsie and George paid honor to their alma mater at their Fall Brooks Farm wedding this past summer. Sticking to a black and white color scheme with pops of bright orange, they found a way to tie in an Oregon State University theme but still keep things extremely timeless and chic. Chelsie and George celebrated their day surrounded by stunning horses and were able to pull off a wedding that was fun and totally them.

Check out more of this Oregon State themed wedding on Brittany Lauren Photography’s blog!

What is Lifestyle Photography? | Photographers of Portland

I’ve spent the last few years denying that the work I do is “lifestyle”.  Like most trends, many people have adopted this term for their work when what they do is wildly outside the expectations I would have for true, professional, authentic, relationship-based work.  But I’ve come to realize that avoiding the term “lifestyle” for my work comes only from my stubbornness.

True lifestyle photography is based on relationships.  Relationships between family members or friends who are in the photographs and also relationships between those people and the photographer.  Because it’s much easier to be yourself when you are with friends.  And being yourself is the most valuable part of capturing pictures that will be meaningful to you in the future.

If you’d like to capture pictures that look great, feel true, and give you more to reminisce over than just the funny hair styles of 20 years ago, check out this article featuring a lifestyle photo session in the home of a family with a brand new baby and two older brothers.

Singing Along to the First Dance ~ A McMenamins Sandtrap Wedding | Photographers of Portland

Anyone who knows my work knows that I’m such a sucker for awesome moments! Stephanie and Grant are such a fun, easygoing couple, and Grant wasn’t afraid to belt out “All of Me” along with the music for their first dance! Check out this McMenamins Sandtrap Oregon Coast wedding and their beautiful day, including sunset portraits on the beach. Check out more moments by Portland Wedding photographer Studio Varnika!