When a photographer marries an architect, it's only a matter of time before said photographer starts capturing the beauty of architecture.

Photographing a building is much more challenging than it appears and it requires a different set of skills and tools than other types of photography.

These images are from a recent shoot at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton. Tall windows with views of Oregon wine country, vaulted ceilings and natural colored wood walls create a warm and inviting space.


Chasing waterfalls with Aaron & Sarah on a cold winter day. Adventurous, outdoorsy couples who are willing to do a little hiking to get a great shot are my kind of people.

Plus, if you live less than an hour from Silver Falls State Park, you should go there often, even in the cold winter months.

Oregon is such an incredible place to live. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and I never tire of the scenery.

In-home newborn session

I love in-home newborn sessions. Those first few days home from the hospital are so special. It's such an honor to be invited into the family's home to document those fleeting moments.

My brother, Dean, and his wife, Carrie, are first-time parents, but you'd never know it. They're naturals. Just a week in and they already seem to have this parenting thing down. It probably helps that they're both doctors.

Welcome to the world Graham Soren Peterson. We already love you more than you know.


Still in awe of St. Patrick's, the oldest Catholic church in Portland. That's where Christopher and Sara got married last weekend. It's an incredible historic building, founded in 1889, and a fitting place for a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony. A lovely wedding and reception for a lovely couple.

So thankful the rain held off and we had enough time to take some portraits at Hoyt Arboretum prior to the reception. Here's a sneak peek from their day:

Oregon Coast bridal photo shoot

A girls' weekend at the Oregon Coast turned into a small-scale styled bridal photo shoot. The morning of the shoot the weather was perfect. By the time we got out there (a couple of hours before sunset), it was raining, but we made the most of it. At low tide, we entered Devil's Punch Bowl and I was so caught up shooting I didn't realize that we had an audience from above. :)

Thank you Lauren, Jamie & Ty for making this happen!


Carrie's warm personality and beaming smile made this photo shoot a breeze! We had fun exploring the property at her Hillsboro area home. Any photo shoot that involves picking flowers and twirling in a meadow is okay in my book.


Holiday traffic and crazy crowds at Cape Kiwanda made this photo shoot a bit of a challenge (we got there much later than planned and just about ran out of light), but Carrie & Dean were so patient and great to work with and not just because they're family. I know they will be amazing parents. I'm beyond excited to meet their little one this fall! <3


I always feel honored to photograph weddings, but this one was extra special. I've known the bride (and her family) since she was a young girl and I've watched over the years as she's grown into the incredibly kind and beautiful woman she is today.

Caitlin has truly met her match. She said it best in her vows to Joseph, "I honestly feel like you were made for me." When they look at each other, it's like no one else is in the room.

Cheers to a lifetime of love and laughter together!

Columbia Gorge engagement

Absolutely loved this location in the Columbia River Gorge! Glad I did some location scouting ahead of time to find a stunning spot that wasn't crowded. Caitlin and Joe were wonderful to work with. Their engagement photo session is featured on Best Wedding Oregon. Check it out here:


For their engagement photo session, CJ & Sara asked to be photographed at the Portland church where they met. Looking forward to photographing this sweet couple’s wedding this fall!

Anniversary photo shoot

Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge provided the ideal backdrop for Ty & Jay’s 10-year wedding anniversary photo shoot. Gorgeous scenery and lighting for a lovely couple

Marys Peak portrait session

Marys Peak, the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range, provides a stunning backdrop for engagement/save the date portraits. Congrats to Libby & Dan on their upcoming fall wedding.


Happy first birthday to Jase! This was an especially fun photo shoot because I had the honor of photographing Charlotte & Jake’s wedding a few years ago. I really enjoyed capturing their growing family.


Salem, Oregon-based wedding, event and portrait photographer with roots in photojournalism.

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