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One of the first things a bride pictures when envisioning their wedding is the dress.  Yet there are so many options to choose from ranging from empire waist gowns to A-lines to ball gowns and more.  Choosing the right wedding dress may not be as easy as it seems. Ball gowns have very full skirts […]

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Couples oftentimes ask if their wedding photographer uses Photoshop to enhance their images.  It is a great question because nearly every photographer uses this program to varying degrees. Truth be told, our signature look and style is derived from using very simple Photoshop methods.  Our primary goal is to make the work look as natural […]

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One of the primary tools that a photographer uses when creating their images is composition and framing.  There are a number of guidelines that can be followed to create compelling photographs that leads the viewer’s eye through the image. A very popular guideline is the rule of thirds.  Imagine the image being divided into 9 […]

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Jamie and I spoke a few weeks prior to her wedding day to finalize the wedding day plan.  Among the items we discussed, Jamie mentioned where she wanted to have the first look.  The conversation went something like this: The Wedding Day Plan Jamie: We absolutely love the hotel where we are getting married.  On […]

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Jamie & Josh considered a number of locations to host their wedding day celebrations and ultimately chose a destination wedding in Anacortes.  Jamie is currently studying photography at Western Washington University and wanted to share the exquisite beauty of northern WA with all her guests.  It is always an honor to document a wedding for […]

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A choreographed first dance is a wonderful way to kick off the wedding reception.  Guests gather around in anticipation of what is to come and never quite know what will transpire.  Some couples opt for a simple embrace as they work their way around the dance floor.  Others plan something wild and crazy with upbeat […]

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The Pearl District in downtown Portland is a great location for an engagement session.  The modern architecture, lush green parks, and cobblestone areas make a perfect backdrop for photos. We began Courtney & Brant’s engagement session in the Pearl District at Jamison Square.  We wandered throughout the area and captured a multitude of vignettes throughout […]

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Nothing beats fun wedding portraits. Take all the formality and tradition of the wedding day and turn it upside down.  Do something fun.  Do something different.  Portraits can be playful and fun.  They certainly do not need to be stale and devoid of personality.  Jazz them up with doing something unique and different.  The results […]

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Having photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of great wedding planners.  Julie and Angel with In Love Events & Productions recently traveled to Portland from California for Erika & Andre’s wedding at the Sentinel in downtown Portland. As soon as I arrived, the In […]

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Cannon Beach offers a spectacular location for engagement sessions.  The white sandy beach contrasting with the rocky cliffs and sweeping views make it a highly sought after destination. Brandi & Toby wanted to spend a memorable day out by the ocean while capturing their engagement photos.  We climbed on rocks, played in the sand, and […]

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Choosing the right florist and floral design is a great way to personalize the decor of your wedding day.  Floral pieces and loose flower petals to accent the aisle, centerpieces for the tables, smaller arrangements for the sign in table or escort cards, and the bridal bouquet are all elements to consider when working on […]

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We all know couples who met in college and then married later in life.  Many of us even know of high school sweethearts.  Ever met a couple who knew each other since kindergarten?  It’s a pretty incredible thought, right?  Well, that is the story for Marianne & Nick.  They were in the same kindergarten class […]

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Cherry blossoms signal the emergence of Spring and mark a wonderful opportunity for capturing unique engagement photos.  At the same time, temperatures become warmer and the sun begins to stay out longer. There are a number of locations throughout the Portland area and beyond where cherry blossoms are on full display.  Consider incorporating them into […]

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