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Green Villa Barn Wedding-6918 A handmade quilt guestbook, vintage cuteness and soft colors, YUMMY food, super sweet family & a groom who faces his fears of dancing to boogie on the dancefloor with his bride – those are just a few of the things I loved about Nancy & Tyler’s wedding at Green Villa Barn. …I also seriously loved the little heart sticks lining the aisle pathway! Congratulations, Nancy & Tyler! I hope you guys are having a blast together!

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This couple wanted to do something out of the box for their maternity session. They were visiting family in Oregon and really wanted to utilize the Columbia Gorge for their photos. The sunset was absolutely perfect that night and covered the gorge in a wonderful glow. Check out more from this session as well as some other favorite photographs of 2014 shot by Catalina Jean.

Many people enjoy vacationing on the Oregon Coast and find that it is also the perfect place to have a wedding. Michele and Eddie, from Spokane, Washington were no exception. They knew it would be perfect for their small and intimate wedding ceremony. The spectacular weather and the perfectly placed fog bank made for the most romantic beach wedding portraits I have seen yet. Check out the full blog post with more images from their Cannon Beach destination wedding.

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As an artist, I believe it is important to pursue personal projects that fuel your passion and push you to further your craft, which is why have joined an international collective of photographers who are committed to sharing a storytelling photo each week of 2015 documenting the beautiful reality of our families. We are called Sham of the Perfect and our name is derived from a poem that speaks the truth about motherhood and the unattainable allure of perfection. I would love to have you follow along on our journey. You can see more of my own work documenting my family, as well as, see how I tell the story of other families.

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This lovely senior from Forest Grove High School wanted to take her senior portraits with a natural backdrop, so we chose a sweet little pine grove, carpeted with a bed of ferns. The breeze was chilly (it was November!) but this young lady was a trooper, and the wind ended up making for some lovely shots. Keep your eyes on the Jenna Saint Martin Photo blog for more from this session!

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There is something so special about a first child. Being able to capture first time parents as they are falling crazy in love with their brand new little baby is a great honor. After a baby is born the first few weeks go by in a haze. Time passes so quickly and your baby changes and grows at an incredible rate. Being able to have photographs that capture these moments are a wonderful way to always remember how it felt to be brand new parents and remember just how tiny your baby once was. See more of Lacey Monroe Photography’s Portland lifestyle newborn session.

Serravision Photography captures little girl Little one, you took your first walk longer than a couple steps during our photo session and it was a very special moment for everyone…

This is why I do the work I do.
I am just over the moon in love with my clients and their stories.

Serravision Photography specializes in capturing lifestyle photography of families : real life as it happens

best of 2014

Another year has come and gone and the start of a new year is always exciting. It is full of possibilities, goals, and aspirations. It’s also a time to look back and reflect on the past year. This is true not only for people, but for businesses as well. As a wedding photographer, it’s a chance for me to look back on the weddings I was able to photograph, the couples I was honored to work with, and the fellow wedding industry friendships I was able to create or strengthen. You may notice some of the Photographers of Portland will be or have already posted highlights from 2014 on their personal blogs. To see 14 of Brittany Lauren Photography’s favorite wedding images from 2014 head on over to her blog today!

Emily-Hall-Photography---Randi-&-Aaron-2810 I LOVE a good New Year’s Eve Wedding! It’s perfect for a wedding! Everyone is excited about getting dressed up, there are tons of sparkles, and nobody tries to leave early, because you’re hosting their New Year’s Eve plans! (I also think having a NYE anniversary is a great way to guilt someone into babysitting in the future if that ever comes up, but I’ll have to get back to you on that one.) I’m not booked for New Year’s Eve 2015 yet, so if you’re considering a New Year’s Eve Wedding, Hit me up! Randi & Aaron were married LAST NIGHT at the Grand Theater & Ballroom in Salem. I’m still importing their images, but I had to sneak a peek at the confetti canon photos, because – confetti canons! Happy New Year!!

Cannon Beach Engagement

I love it when I get to photograph adventurous couples who aren’t afraid of a little weather! Farrah and Matt wanted to go somewhere special and of course somewhere that would look good with that gorgeous aqua dress that she found online! So we made the two hour drive out to the Oregon Coast. It was a gorgeous drive, pure sunshine the whole way… oh, until about 2 minutes before we actually got to the beach. All of a sudden, the fog rolled in so thick, we literally could not see the ocean. Ocean or not, I loved this Oregon coast engagement session!

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What are your family’s holiday traditions? Do you have impromptu dance parties in kitchen? Decorate cookies? Cut down your own tree? Have epic board game nights? These are the things that  make the holiday season special. They are the things that your kids will remember when they are grown and reminisce about their childhood. And they are the things that should be documented. They mean so much more than a posed family portrait of everyone looking at the camera with a fake smile plastered on their face. I love the real stuff. Give me the real you- your smile, your laughter, your love for your family. It’s what matters.

If you want, you can see more of my own family’s holiday craziness.