I recently watched my cousin get married to this lovely lady at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar. It was so fun to celebrate with them, especially because it was one of the rare times I have been able to attend a wedding recently without being responsible for the photographs. However, I couldn’t resist making a few photographs anyway because I love what I do that much! Caitlin, I love you, Daniel, I love you! Can’t wait to spend all of the holidays together!
The lovely lady in this photo is Christy, one half of the sister duo behind the lifestyle brand called woven. Christy and Jenn are passionate about living life intentionally; they promote intentional living through their love of plants. The sisters are currently prototyping a gift box that includes a plant and the materials and instructions needed to create an adorable plant holder. I love working with these ladies and cannot wait to see what the future with woven brings! We took this photo at Thicket, a very charming garden shop in NE Portland.
One of my favorite things to do at parties is to set up a photo booth. As a professional photographer, it allows me to get some great photos without feeling like I'm working, and for people who are not professionals, it allows them to get fun photos without much effort. My friend Winona helped me set up this photo booth with a cheap table cover and wall hanging from Target. The Dollar Tree is also great for this type of thing. Here's me celebrating my birthday, having accidentally switched up the "4" and the "2" candle. Oh, well. I guess I'm 42 now! 😂
Even if you don't believe in the powers of the moon, you can't deny that the moon was intense this past week. We had a blood red moon and a lunar eclipse. I went to a friend's house and we had a little eclipse ceremony where we let go (or tried to) of things that were bothering us. That night and the previous night, the sky was so vivid and beautiful. Here is a shot I took of the moon right at sunset, overlain by a shot of a firework that looks like stars.
This past weekend, I got to photograph Emily and Mark's wedding party. They're my parents' neighbors and super cool people. Last year they got married during the solar eclipse, but this year they decided to celebrate with a big, backyard shindig, complete with cornhole, badminton, a hammock, and hanging lanterns. It was a gorgeous day, of course, and a fun and laid back celebration!
Yesterday I went to the Oregon Coast with my friend Grace, who is also a photographer (check out their magical work here). We found this lovely, uncrowded part of the beach next to giant rocks. We both took a lot of photographs of each other and stayed for the beautiful golden sunset. It felt so good to be near water and trees, especially considering how much I use a computer for my job. I'm so thankful to Grace for sharing my passion and for having heart-to-hearts with me!
I took this portrait of one of my lovely brides, Vanessa, on her wedding day. Her new husband, Kandin, and his five siblings are all musicians, so his sibs and friends performed jazz live at the wedding. Vanessa has a huge Mexican family who were so fun and ballers on the dance floor! The toast Vanessa’s father gave and the jazz song Vanessa sang to Kandin literally almost made me ugly cry (my camera saved me) and the evening light was to die for! Vanessa and Kandin's wedding was one of the most touching, emotional, and fun weddings I’ve ever been to. It was a joy to be a part of it.
Even though I take photos of other people for a living, I consider myself a self-portrait photographer first and foremost. I learned how to photograph by photographing myself, and that's how I continue to learn and make art. I take a LOT of self-portraits, mostly on my DSLR, but sometimes using a DSLR isn't practical, so I take the portrait on my phone. One of my close friends has this giant conch shell on her porch and I made it into a crown for this photo. Usually I keep my editing pretty minimal, but I love playing around sometimes, especially on images I take on my phone. So here is me playing around. :) Go find yourself a conch crown!
My friend Jake has more planets in Capricorn than anyone I've ever known. We're friends from high school, and the other day I got to see him for the first time in a couple of years. It's so so so fun to see old friends and to catch up! I love seeing how people change.
My boyfriend and I love going on walks, and the Hoyt Arboretum is one of our favorite places to go. Ben loves trees, and he especially likes going to the Redwood Deck, which is where I took this photo. I feel like this photo really mirrors the way I feel about Ben. The way he's surrounded by light is very much similar to how much I love him. So about this photo I say, this is what it feels like to be in love. XO
Last night, my family and I celebrated a good friend's 50th birthday at Wannamaker Estate Vineyard. The view and the birthday cake were incredible in precisely equal measure. Our friend and her family are all talented musicians, and toward the end of the night, they all sang for us. We even did a couple of fun, old-fashioned sing-a-longs. It was such a great night, and a reminder of how important it is to get together with friends in a beautiful place!
I love collaborating with and photographing other artists. This goddess is a psychic energy healer and makeup artist. I met her a few weeks ago at The Meadow (great chocolate and salt shop and very worth checking out if you don't know it!). Today we got to know each other a little better and she made me rose tea and let me photograph her with her crystal ball. Her backyard is filled with this beautiful tall grass. The sun was shining - perfection!
This is an image from a trip I took a couple of years ago to visit my godfather in San Diego. His deck overlooks the sea, and every night we had a lovely meal and would sit out on that deck to eat. I love the memories I get to keep of various times with the people I love, and I'm so grateful for the images I have of those times. This image makes me feel nostalgic. You can see more images from my trip here.
I got totally spoiled this weekend by my friend Chloe, who made me coffee multiple times and fed me beans, rice, fried chicken, and salad. In general, Chloe is just a kick ass friend and so very generous. She taught me how to make both a café bombón (coffee with condensed milk) and Cuban coffee (coffee with espuma - foam - which is made by whipping sugar with a small amount of coffee). Later, she made me an iced coffee that tasted just like my favorite coffee ice cream. Thanks for being the best, Chloe!
I was lucky enough to hangout with Lauren on her birthday and photograph her in several amazing outfits, some of which included: a full gold ensemble with angel wings, a fitted turquoise number, and a flowing floral dress. We climbed several hills, got muddy, and in general sassed it up at Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland (check out some of my favorite places to photograph in my FAQ section).
One of my close friends and I had a coffee date at Sterling Coffee Roasters (read more about my favorite coffee shops here) and in the back of my head I kept thinking about photographing her amazing, rockin' boots. After coffee, we headed over to the tattoo shop where she works, Hidden Rose Tattoo, and I thought, where better to photograph her than this bright red wall! It's also her corner of the tattoo shop. How cool is that?