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Two preschool boys wearing bright colored red and yellow snow suits play in the snow outside in a portland oregon park

Snow is rare in the Northwest. So when there’s snow – even if it’s just half an inch – there’s no messing around!

It’s all or nothing.

 

Snow in Portland is a precious commodity. We’re lucky to get a day or two of playable snow in an entire winter. Last year, the snow was too powdery to make into snowballs or snow men, and then it turned into ice for days on end. So imagine the delight for kids this year when the perfect packable snow fell and stuck right here in PDX!

Last year, at just over 2, the little guy in red was VERY skeptical of snow. He was ok with being pulled in a sled, but did not really want to stand in the snow, even with boots on. The year before, he was horrified by it. It was tantrum-inducing and not at all intriguing. This year he’s all in – feet first, face first, it doesn’t really matter! Without a question, he and one of his best buddies ran out and started playing hard. And I was lucky enough to be invited to witness the joy.

 

 


Serravision Photography works with families to create custom storybooks featuring their life and their words.

From Serra:

My formal training is as a documentary filmmaker. I am a storyteller who uses photography as my tool. I love making client’s stories come to life, and I make it happen with minimal effort on your part. It’s a bit like magic!

If you place a high value on your family, and on creating a sense of unity and belonging for yourself and your children, you will love this unique way of looking at lifestyle photography.

Free consultations always.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

Amy and Tyler’s wedding flowers didn’t arrive in time for the wedding because of a hurricane in Texas last year, but that didn’t stop them from having the best wedding possible!

Even without their chosen wedding flowers, Amy and Tyler still managed to have a wedding that hit all the right notes in Astoria, Oregon at The Loft at the Red Building!

As a Portland wedding photographer I’ve seen it all at weddings! Couples who are calm and almost zen-like, stressed, and everything in between. I’ve curated a list of tips and things to keep in mind to help you keep it all in check and be sure you have the best wedding day possible without letting petty things bother you.

Everyone dreams of a wedding day with no hiccups, setbacks or stress. Which is why the reality can sometimes be a let down. But don’t despair! With my years of experience shooting weddings, I know my way around stressful days. So repeat after me: Calm, serene, peaceful…calm, serene, peaceful…

Sometimes at the Pacific Northwest weddings it rains (shocker!!) when we really want the sun. Sometimes the florist brings the wrong color flowers. And sometimes your flower girl just doesn’t want to be sweet and instead wants to test out her lungs in the form of an epic tantrum.

Sweltering heat and power outages were in the cards for Meghan and Ryan’s wedding at The Ohana Barn in Corvallis Oregon. This didn’t stop them, not even for a moment, from smiling and having an amazing time at their wedding. They knew what they were there for…to celebrate their love and commitment to each other in marriage.

Meghan and Ryan embraced sweltering heat and power outages at their Ohana Barn wedding in Corvallis, Oregon. But it didn’t phase them! They knew exactly what their day was about: love, commitment, and marriage.

So, what are you supposed to do?

Here are my best tips:

  • Keep it in Perspective! The flower girl screaming is going to make a hilarious story when she’s 17 and trying to be the coolest kid ever. And, really, orange flowers instead of yellow won’t ruin your entire day. You’re there to get married, to have a great party, and commit to your best friend. Remember to take a deep breath and focus on the actual priorities of the day.
  • Have A Plan! Make sure you know who’s supposed to where and when. Oh! And make sure they know where they’re supposed to be and when. It’s easier to redirect one person than it is to try and herd a whole group! Better yet, make sure your photographer has worked a solid plan out for you, knows the schedule, and is able to help you stick to it.
  • Keep Calm and…Delegate! Don’t try to do it all. You and your love are beautifully dressed and ready to have that calm, serene, and peaceful day we just discussed. In the words of Taylor Swift: shake it off…and delegate! Your wedding party is there to support you in your quest to have the best wedding day ever, use that support and love.
Mallori and Tyler had a very windy and foggy wedding on the beach in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. They didn’t get to choose the weather, but they still chose to embrace it and make the best of the situation. I love the clean look and feel of wedding photos on the beach when it’s completely socked in with fog and clouds.

Mallori and Tyler had a very windy and foggy wedding on the beach in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. It wasn’t exactly the ideal condition but the result was beautiful soft skies and an album filled with moments that highlighted their emotion and love.

For more advice on keeping calm on your big day head over to my full article “Five Fixes to Fight Wedding Day Stress”.

Jaime Kae Hazen is a Portland wedding photographer who travels world wide for destination weddings and portraits. Jaime is known as a photographer who specializes in preserving memories for her clients through print with heirloom quality product including storytelling albums and curated wall art selections.

Leather Wedding Album Leather Wedding Album After the delicious cake has been eaten and those gorgeous flowers have wilted, the best way to remember your special day is with a thoughtfully designed wedding album. With Erica Ann Photography, each couple receives a custom designed wedding album after their big day. Your wedding album is something you’ll have to share with your kids and grandkids for decades to come.

This album was from an intimate wedding at Silcox Hut in the fall. Its covered in distressed terra leather and has a cameo cutout for the couple’s favorite photo.

Check out more albums and other artwork at Erica Ann Photography!

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Serravision Photography specializes in teaching families how to improve the pictures they take of their kids, and in capturing lifestyle photography of families : step into your life and experience the truth, the joy, and the beauty that is already present every day.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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Well it seems as though the snow has come and gone for this year, just visiting us in Portland for Christmas eve. I have never been one to long for snow but somehow compared to last year this January doesn’t feel as much like winter. It got me thinking about this beautiful winter wedding styled session I did on Mt. Hood. The lovely Shelley brought out her beautiful wedding dress so we could play in the snow, and I am so happy with the results.

 

See more photos from this winter session, or let Photography by Cambrae help you capture your wedding, visit us at www.photographybycambrae.com/weddings

Suprise 40th Birthday Party

When April’s husband Vince called to tell me he was planning a surprise 40th birthday party for her, I was so excited! Not only for her, but also to be a part of such a fun event.  The most touching part of this event was the toasts.  People took a moment to share how April had touched all of their lives.  I’ll be the first to admit I teared up.

I also decided to surprise April and add video of a few toasts to her image presentation. WATCH it here!

 

Planning a party? Learn more about Photography by Cambrae and our services by visiting us at www.photographybycambrae.com

Girl in a pink dress on the rocky cliff beach. Cannon Beach photographer captures beach session at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park.

Cannon Beach Photographer – Jaime Kae Hazen’s Rock the Dress Photo Shoot

When Chandra approached me about doing a beach photo shoot with a beautiful flowing dress to celebrate her birthday I was totally stoked! It’s refreshing to see someone excited to celebrate something all their own. All to often women hide behind the camera, avoid spending money on themselves, and don’t enjoy looking at their photos without picking everything apart. Don’t think for a moment that being confident and excited to be who you are is the same as being vain. It’s so not the same!

When Chandra came in to view her images yesterday she was so nervous and afraid of how she’d look in her images, and wouldn’t you know it she was absolutely thrilled with how they came out!

This is the perfect kind of session you can incorporate for high school senior girls, bridal sessions after the wedding, glamour makeovers or just for you anytime you like!

Check out this beautiful wall arrangement from Chandra’s session that can be ordered in canvas, metal or wood prints. Worried about what people might think about you putting art of yourself on the wall? Why??? That says more about them and their insecurities than it does about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Choose to be happy and confident, that’s what matters!

 

Wall art arrangement of canvases for in person sales by Photographer Jaime Kae Hazen Photography & Design LLC.

 

More from Chandra’s session can be seen in this YouTube video:

Jaime, a Cannon Beach photographer representing Jaime Kae Hazen Photography & Design LLC, is based on the North Oregon Coast and travels worldwide to photograph her clients for weddings and portraits. View more of Jaime’s work online on Facebook, Instagram, and portraitsbyjaime.com.

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When I asked a dear friend of mine why she decided to wait until birth to find out the sex of her baby, she said to me “…because there are few true surprises in life” and that has always stuck with me.  So when Andrea and Stefan told me they were waiting to find out the sex of their first child, I was so excited for them knowing the true surprise they had to come.

See more from this fall maternity session, or let Photography by Cambrae help you plan your own, visit us at www.photographybycambrae.com/weddings

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I was lucky enough to be among the group of friends that was present for Jesse’s proposal to Sion. Like many proposals, after a day of failed attempts around the celebration of her birthday, a group of us found ourselves together in their SE Portland home.  I remember Jesse showing me the ring in his pocket and saying it was going to happen now. I myself had no idea he was planning things for that day and was so excited to see this happen. Of course she said YES and we spent the rest of the night celebrating.

Read about the wedding day inself, or let Photography by Cambrae help you capture your summer wedding, visit us at www.photographybycambrae.com/weddings

how to capture the eclipse - a brief infographic that covers the basics of planning your location, protecting your eyes and your equipment with glasses and filters, learning to bracket your exposure for drastic light changes, and most importantly staying present to the experience.

Are you seeing this?

The simple answer is “No.”

I am not seeing the same thing you are.

On Monday morning, everyone in Oregon will experience a solar eclipse. For about a third of the state, for varying amounts of time, it will reach totality. Understandably, the focus for many of us is on the sun and the moon. After all, the moon crossing between the Earth and the sun is what creates our experience of an eclipse!

But even though we will all watch the same cosmic event, we will all watch it from our own unique perspective. And that is what’s really interesting about this event.

Learn how to safely document this experience and capture truly meaningful images – even using only your smartphone – today in Serravision Photography‘s article: Am I the only one seeing this? – How to photograph the eclipse.

We hope you’ll share your story in pictures!

 


Serravision Photography works with families to create custom storybooks featuring their life and their words.

From Serra:

My formal training is as a documentary filmmaker. I am a storyteller who uses photography as my tool. I love making client’s stories come to life, and I make it happen with minimal effort on your part. It’s a bit like magic!

If you place a high value on your family, and on creating a sense of unity and belonging for yourself and your children, you will love this unique way of looking at lifestyle photography.

Free consultations always.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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Veronica and Dale were married at the picturesque Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center.  The building stands so strong and made of stone, yet surrounded by beautiful delicate flowers.  But the true gem of this venue is in the architecture of the interior ceiling.  It made a grand backdrop for the coming together of these two families.

Read more about this couple, or let Photography by Cambrae help you capture your Portland wedding, visit us at www.photographybycambrae.com/weddings

Guests use the photo booth rental at a Portland wedding. A pink sequin backdrop with floral accents hangs behind them as they pose for a silly photo booth picture. Instant prints offer guest a keepsake wedding favor.

Adding a photo booth rental to your Portland wedding keeps your guests entertained and provides a wedding favor of them to take home that’s a keepsake of the fun memories they made at your party. At every event we do and the thousands of photographs taken you always see smiles, creativity and often some shenanigans ensue in every capture. It doesn’t take long for the line to form and everyone is wanting to get into the next photo. Not every one will cut a rug on the dance floor, but most everyone will pose for a silly photo booth pic with their BFF or their favorite Aunt at the wedding.

Our Photo Booth Features Include:

  • Unlimited instant prints
  • Open air design to allow for larger groups
  • Social media sharing
  • Beautiful sequin backdrops
  • Custom backdrops
  • Custom print design with your wedding monogram or custom graphics
  • Online gallery of all of your photos
  • Curated prop collection

Jaime Kae Hazen Photography provides wedding photography and an open air photo booth rental services that can be booked alone or together for a discount. Our coverage area spans most of Western Oregon and SW Washington. Get in touch to see if we have your date available!

two-year-old boy playing in the kiddie pool and laughing

“Don’t tickle my tummy!” he shouts.

Then, “Tickle my tummy again!!” Oh, to be a toddler…

This child is two and a half now, and we have known each other since he was only a few weeks old. The power of focusing on relationships first is that there’s no pretense. No prodding, or directing. No need for negotiations or bribes like there always were when I worked in the studio world…This little boy is at an age that many people are terrified of.

Because at two and a half everything has to be on his terms. And yet, he is engaged fully with me. He truly wants me to play with him! That authenticity is what makes the child’s true spirit shine through. It’s through that connection that we are able to see his true joy.

And, now that he has a new baby brother who is taking a lot of attention, these joyful memories are going to be all that much more important for him and his family.

 


Serravision Photography works with families to create custom storybooks featuring their life and their words.

From Serra:

My formal training is as a documentary filmmaker. I am a storyteller who uses photography as my tool. I love making client’s stories come to life, and I make it happen with minimal effort on your part. It’s a bit like magic!

If you place a high value on your family, and on creating a sense of unity and belonging for yourself and your children, you will love this unique way of looking at lifestyle photography.

Free consultations always.

#seeyourjoy
#getinthepicture

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A small intimate wedding with just close friends and family aboard the Portland Spirit.  We all enjoyed being carried along the Willamette River and seeing the sites while watching these two say “I do”. We were all excited to help them celebrate the beginning of this new chapter in their lives. 

After the wedding we all had a little fun at the front of the boat with the captain. He let Bree-Lyn and Forest take over stirring the boat. Bree-Lyn couldn’t help but giggle as we talked Forest into a photo in the captains hat.

Read more about this couple, or let Photography by Cambrae help you capture your Portland wedding, visit us at www.photographybycambrae.com/weddings

untitled-5533 copy Without a game-plan for documenting the wedding day details, it’s oftentimes easy to get so caught up in the happenings of wedding day that they can easily get lost in the shuffle. As a photographer who prides herself in capturing the raw emotions and being a storyteller of the wedding day, I could easily tell myself that there are more important things than documenting tables, guestbooks, jewelry, etc. But if I did that, I’d be missing an important part of the story. Most of the couples I work with put a lot of time, emotion, and energy into their wedding day details. Many items are handmade and are the result of countless hours of brainstorming and decision-making as the vision for their wedding day develops. Most of these items are sold or discarded after wedding day, and what remains are the memories. I love it when my mom fondly recalls the details of her wedding and the efforts of my grandmother and my nana went to to make the day extra special for my mom. I am forever grateful to my wedding photographer for taking the time to document the many handmade details that I spent way too long making, and I look forward to sharing those memories with my own daughters one day – WITH pictures!

Bride and groom at their destination wedding on the Oregon Coast beach

With their seven children combined, the officiant and myself as a witness Regan and Kelly were married on the Oregon Coast not too far from Astoria, Oregon. The weather this year has been much cooler and wetter than usual and made it a challenge to get many photos of them on the beach before their ceremony. By ceremony time the sun was out and we were able to get some gorgeous photos of them on the beach together after they said their “I do’s”.

Planning an Oregon Coast destination wedding? Jaime Kae Hazen Photography is an experienced local Oregon Coast wedding photographer! View more of Jaime’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram