Matt & Julia's elegant, yet laid back wedding, in the Columbia River Gorge was the perfect mix of Pacific Northwest beauty and Portland charm. They tied the knot on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks, near the iconic Bridge of the Gods (yup, that same one featured in the movie Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon).
Their celestial-themed reception featured lawn games, pies for dessert (instead of cake) and Proud Pour wine, a brand dedicated to saving our oceans and bees through restoring and sustaining ecosystems. And then there was that traveling Bohemian-style group that just happened to show up at the venue and make friends with the bride...
I absolutely loved capturing every detail of this uniquely Oregon wedding. Congratulations to the newlyweds! #floregonmore
I photographed Jake & Charlotte's wedding five years ago and now I get to capture their growing family. Congrats you two! On a sunny, spring morning, we met at Minto-Brown Island Park in Salem for this maternity/family session.more
Interior images of the Church Extension Plan in Salem, Ore, shot for Lenity Architecture.more
Avery surprised her parents, Lauren & Matthew, by arriving nine weeks early. She spent a whole month in the NICU. Now she's home where she belongs. Here are a few highlights from their in-home newborn session I did a couple of weeks ago. I loved meeting this sweet family and capturing these moments for them.more
It's raining cherry blossoms in Salem, Ore.! The iconic trees that line the pathways at the Oregon State Capitol Mall have reached their peak and now the pastel pink petals are covering the ground. I did an impromptu photo shoot with my 16-month-old son, Benjamin. Next spring, I would love to set up some mini photo sessions during peak cherry blossom season.more
For Matt & Julia's engagement shoot, we went to one of the most scenic spots along the Oregon Coast. Cape Kiwanda is always a good choice, even it's crowded, there are ways to make it look like you're the only ones there enjoying an epic sunset and exploring the sandstone cliffs. And that's exactly what we did.
Can't wait for their wedding this summer!more
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This is a recent shoot with Tinman Mobile Canning, a family-owned and operated beer and wine canning business based in Oregon. Learn more about the services they provide to breweries and wineries in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. http://tinmancanning.com/more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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:more
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!more
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! <3more
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!more
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: http://www.bestweddingoregon.com/photo-albums/weddings-engagements-33more
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 couplemore