Recent work, travel and other adventures
Silcox Hut wedding at Timberline Lodge
Liz & Jacob's Silcox Hut wedding at Timberline Lodge was cozy and romantic, with a wood burning fire filling the stone lodge with warmth and ambiance. A snowy Mt. Hood hid behind a thick curtain of clouds as the couple and their guests arrived on the mountain via snowcat. Inside the hut, white lights were hung from the massive wood beams and colorful floral arrangements adorned the rustic tables with hefty benches. Guests mingled with...more
Top reasons to do a 'first look' on your wedding day
In case you're not familiar with the term "first look," let's start there. It's when the bride & groom opt to see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony. Your wedding photographer will pick a private spot at your venue with a nice backdrop and lighting, and will likely shoot with a long lens to capture candid moments from a distance. The groom will have his back turned and eyes closed. The bride will walk up behind him and...more
Columbia Gorge engagement session
Gorgeous engagement session on a crisp fall day in the Columbia River Gorge at Government Cove near Cascade Locks. The Gorge is scenic in every season, but I especially love autumn. Alex & Daniel were so fun and they didn't mind the cold temps and windy conditions. We had a blast hiking around the cove as the sun was setting.more
Green Villa Garden wedding
Smoky skies didn't dampen the mood for Sam & Abby's Green Villa garden wedding in Independence, Oregon. Colorful flowers popped against the lush green backdrop. Their ceremony and celebration was full of joy. Guests mingled throughout the garden, playing lawn games, ping pong and dancing, lot of dancing. Cheers to the happy couple!
Kind words from the bride:...more
Forest wedding at Down by the Pond
Samantha & Keith's forest wedding at Down by the Pond in Battleground, Wash. was a fun one to capture. I love that they included their sweet pup, Maurice. He was even there for their first look and had a spot at the head table. I wanted to take him home, but he wouldn't fit in my camera bag.
Venue: Down by the Pond
Spring wedding at Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Amy & Erik's spring wedding at Mount Pisgah Arboretum had so many lovely details. They got married beneath a massive oak tree wrapped in colorful floral garland. Glowing paper lanterns hung from the rafters in the covered reception area. Vintage glass jars served as flower vases atop rustic wood bases. Guests enjoyed wood-fired pizza, cocktails, lawn games and dancing.
Thank you, Amy & Erik, for this wonderful review:...more
Smith Rock engagement session
Smith Rock is one of those locations that looks good in every season. Its rugged high desert beauty always makes an interesting backdrop. It's often sunny and you don't have to hike very far for epic views. I met Elaine & Douglas there earlier this year for an autumn engagement session. They have a passion for the outdoors and it shows. Their outfits for the second half of the session looked like they stepped straight out of an REI...more
Marys Peak wedding portraits
Can't think of a better place for a first look. Maiya & Sam wanted wedding portraits atop Marys Peak (the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range) prior to their church ceremony later that week. I always love adventuring to Marys Peak. It's one of my favorite spots for epic portraits, especially on a clear day when it's possible to see all the way to the Pacific Ocean. For their session, we were blessed with warm, sunny weather and just...more
Silver Falls State Park elopement
Rainy day elopement at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, Oregon. Kelli & David got married in March beneath a canopy of moss covered fir trees, and it was just perfect. Lots of laughter, happy tears and plenty of raindrops. After they exchanged vows, we hiked around the park, stopping at North Falls for waterfalls portraits and then heading to the iconic South Falls area.more
Silcox Hut wedding at Timberline
You can't beat golden hour at Silcox Hut, especially on a clear day. Erin & Tim's intimate winter wedding took place on a crisp, sunny day atop Mt. Hood. Before boarding a snowcat bound for the hut, we carved out time to take some portraits with their beloved dogs (dressed in flower crowns) outside Timberline Lodge.
Surrounded by family and close friends, they tied the knot in front of a rustic fireplace in the hut with candles and...more
Winter wedding at Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood
Any wedding that involves an international love story, a snowcat ride, s’mores and happy tears, is my kind of wedding. I loved every minute of Bianca & Greg's Silcox Hut wedding on Mt. Hood. It was a crystal clear day on the mountain with stunning views from the hut.
Bianca is from Brazil. Her family wasn't able to attend the wedding so they watched the ceremony via livestream, but her best friend/maid of honor made the trip to...more
Lord of the Rings themed wedding
Chelsey & Samuel exchanged vows beneath a canopy of towering fir trees at Down by the Pond, a wedding venue in Battleground, Wash. Their guests watched from rustic wood benches, surrounded by ferns and moss-covered logs. Afternoon sunlight streamed through the forest highlighting a vibrant floral installation by Forest & Field. It was the ideal setting for a Lord of the Rings themed...more
Fitton Green elopement in Oregon
Meredith & Shaun moved from the East Coast last spring. They fell in love with Oregon’s lush landscapes, and dreamed of an elopement or tiny wedding with a Mountain View. On a lovely autumn day, they exchanged vows from a grassy ridge overlooking the Oregon Coast Range at Fitton Green Natural Area.
Intimate Oregon farm wedding
Planning a wedding during a pandemic isn't easy. Plans changed a few times for Ryan & Caleb. They ultimately chose to have an intimate, elegant farm wedding with just their family and close friends in attendance. They exchanged vows beneath towering oak trees at The Old Bates Berry Farm. The reception featured wood tables adorned with flower garland, crystal stemware and gold utensils.
Mt Hood forest elopement
Chris and Tasha's Mt. Hood forest elopement in October was so much fun. They rented a cozy cabin-style Airbnb nestled in a forested area along the creek. True to the Pacific Northwest, it turned out to be a foggy, rainy autumn day. Tasha didn't mind. She put on her rain boots and we set out to take portraits along the trails surrounding their cabin. They exchanged vows under towering fir trees, surrounded by immediate family and their...more
Gallon House Farms wedding in Silverton
Cheers to Teisha & Kent! After many years of friendship, followed by long-distance dating, the pair tied the knot in July in front of family and friends who traveled from 13 states across the nation to be there. So many beautiful moments and details from their day. Here are a few highlights.
Smith Rock portraits
Olivia and Becca travelled from California to do couple portraits at the iconic Smith Rock State Park. Central Oregon was really showing off that summer evening. The setting sun illuminated the park's rugged peaks and high desert terrain. Crowds can be an issue at the park since it's one of Oregon's most popular destinations, but there were only a handful of other photographers there that day. It felt like the whole park was ours.more
Oregon Coast family photos
My favorite family sessions usually involve some hiking or beach combing. Bonus points for windswept hair and sandy toes. I always prefer candid and naturally posed images over the classic everybody-look-at-the-camera-and-smile kind of shots. Of course, we'll get some of those during your session, but you'll get so much more than that. You'll get fun, meaningful images that are true to your family's personality and season of life.more
Mt. Hood snow portraits
There's no place like Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, especially in winter. Sweeping views with mountain top snow flurries made for a romantic and playful portrait session.
I met Crystal & Scott a couple of years ago and had the honor of photographing their wedding. It was so fun reconnecting with them while we explored the mountain.
Fun fact: Timberline is where my husband proposed, so it will always have a special place in...more
Pacific Northwest waterfall elopement
It was a chilly, autumn day in the Columbia River Gorge. The leaves had begun to fall and the days were shorter. Thankfully, the rain held off for Mackenzie & Will's waterfall elopement. They exchanged vows at the base of a cascading waterfall. The sound of the water was so strong, I couldn't hear what they were saying, but it didn't matter because their expressions said it all. Their simple ceremony included a Norse blessing and a...more
Marys Peak engagement photos
Marys Peak is one of my favorite engagement session locations. On a clear day, you can't beat the view from the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. It's often windy, adding extra drama to the images, and it's spectacular at golden hour. Ryan and Caleb's engagement session is definitely one of my favorites.more
River Bell Farm wedding
Josh & Natalie's wedding plans were scaled back from a 200-person guest list to an intimate gathering with immediate family only. Their celebration was smaller than originally planned but just as beautiful and meaningful. They got married on a rainy fall day in October, but the clouds parted briefly and we had the opportunity to capture portraits all around River Bell Farm in Jefferson.
Some favorite moments from their day:...more
Cassandra & Andrew got married beneath the glow of Mt. Hood on a warm August evening at Timberline Lodge. They kept the guest list small, just family because of the pandemic. It was the perfect intimate outdoor wedding. After the ceremony, we snuck away to capture some golden hour portraits with the mountain as the backdrop.
Silver Falls State Park elopement
After 15 years together, Marguerite and Jeffrey eloped at Silver Falls this afternoon during an intimate ceremony under a canopy of towering fir trees. We snuck in some waterfall portraits before the ceremony. The couple, originally from the Pacific Northwest, drove up from Northern California to get married here after previous wedding plans fell through because of the pandemic. It was a beautiful day and I’m thankful to have been a part of...more
Wallowa Lake portrait session
It's hard to imagine a more scenic backdrop than that of the Wallowa Mountains, also known as one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Jamie and Nathan got married at Flathead Lake in Montana 8 years ago, so it's fitting that they chose Wallowa Lake as the location for their anniversary session.
We captured a mix of romantic and playful images. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out who ended up in the lake at the end of the session....more
Tumalo Falls engagement photos
Central Oregon never disappoints. Loved exploring the Tumalo Falls trail for Sophia & Cooper's engagement session. The snow was packed just enough that we didn't need snowshoes and the sun even made an appearance. Originally, we had planned to do the session at the falls, but the closest parking area to the falls is closed in the winter and it's a 5-mile roundtrip hike to get there. Instead of hustling to get to the falls before the light...more
Oregon Coast senior portraits
Barefoot with windswept hair. What’s not to love, right? If the beach is your happy place, consider doing an Oregon Coast adventure session for your senior portraits. Playful photos along the shoreline at golden hour, portraits with majestic sandstone cliffs in the distance or a foggy coastal forest with ivy wrapped trees as the backdrop.
After many years of photographing people and landscapes in Oregon, I have the perfect location...more
Winter portrait session at Silver Falls
This frost covered meadow at Silver Falls State Park made the perfect backdrop for this winter portrait shoot with Lauren and her horse, Sunday. Originally, we were hoping to find some snow for this session, but Oregon weather can be fickle.
Soft early morning light paired with this foggy, icy wonderland turned out to be better than our original plan. I loved Lauren's elegant, full-length gown and fur coat (which was her...more
Oregon Winter Elopement
There's something really romantic about a winter elopement in the Pacific Northwest. I loved capturing this gorgeous styled shoot on Mt. Hood last weekend. It was totally worth the frozen toes and fingers. Vibrant florals provided the perfect pop of color against the cloudy, moody backdrop of the snow-capped mountain.more
Tips for pet-friendly portraits
Does your dog feel like part of the family? Don’t leave them out when it comes time for family photos (or an engagement session). Check out this blog post with some of my favorite pet-friendly portraits and a few helpful tips.
A few things to consider:
Bring some treats and/or toys that can be used to get their attention, when the time comes.
If possible, bring along a friend/dog sitter who can keep them busy between...more
Silver Falls State Park anniversary session
Happy anniversary to Molly & Scott! They eloped 15 years ago (before eloping was the trendy thing to do) and the only photographs taken from that day were on a disposable camera. They decided it was time to get glammed up and have some real photos done. I'm so glad they did.more
Detroit Lake engagement session
The weather kept us on our toes for this session. It nearly got postponed, but we took a risk and headed up to the Santiam Canyon just before sunrise, despite looming storm clouds overhead. The sun never made an appearance, but the rain held off long enough to make some stunning moody portraits with Detroit Lake in the background. And there was even a hint of fall color.
Congrats, Natalie & Josh! Can't wait for your wedding next...more
Mt. Rainier adventure
What's that saying..."nature, cheaper than therapy." I'm not a hardcore hiker. I don't do overnight backcountry trips or have enough gear to set out on the Pacific Crest Trail like Reese Witherspoon's character in the movie "Wild," but I love hiking and camping. Always have, always will. I'm happiest when I'm out and about, exploring the Pacific Northwest.
This summer, we went to Mt. Rainier National Park. Now we know why they call it...more
Oregon hazelnut farm wedding
Kelli & Taylor’s hazelnut farm wedding was filled with so many sweet details. Paths lined with hazelnut shells linked the ceremony and reception sites at the family’s farm along the Willamette River in West Salem. Guests explored the hazelnut orchards and played lawn games before and after the ceremony that took place in a forested area with ivy wrapped trees and lush ferns. They capped the night with a sparkler sendoff and drove away in...more
Salem Oregon wedding along the Willamette River
Sabrina & Dalton's lovely backyard wedding along the Willamette River in Salem was filled with so much joy.
Sabrina is from Argentina and met Dalton while he was traveling abroad. Long distance relationships are never easy, but these two managed to make it work, flying back and forth as often as possible. Now they're no longer separated by continents.
College Senior Portraits in the Columbia River Gorge
June 1, 2019
College senior portraits are my new favorite, thanks to this lovely lady. This golden hour session in the Columbia River Gorge was so much fun. At first I was worried that the wind gusts were too strong that evening at Rowena Crest, but it ended up adding just the right amount of drama to the portraits. You can't go wrong with wind swept hair and wildflowers.
Central Oregon sunrise engagement session
May 30, 2019
I'm not much of a morning person, so getting up before dawn wasn't an easy task. But once I got to the Newberry Lava Fields in Central Oregon and could see the sun beginning to peek over the Cascade Range, it was all worth it. Capturing this sunrise session at the Beyond Workshop was definitely a highlight of the weekend.
Engagement sessions are kind of like a warm up for your wedding day. It's a chance to...more
Central Oregon elopement
Not all wedding trends are created equal. The industry has evolved so much, even in the last 10 years (yes, I've been photographing weddings that long). Saying "I do" on the top of a mountain or in a forest, is a trend worth embracing.
If you're considering a Central Oregon elopement, here's some inspiration for you. I captured these images at a recent styled shoot in Bend, featuring a truly talented group of vendors....more
Salem Oregon wedding at Willamette Heritage Center
Spring flowers, pastels and an iconic Salem, Oregon, venue built in the 1800s made Alex and Audrey's wedding one of my favorites to date. This young couple said "I do" in a Victorian-era Woolen Mill at the Willamette Heritage Center.
Guests explored the museum and watched ducks lazily floating in the stream that runs through the grounds.
At the edge of the property, beneath a sprawling oak tree, Alex and Audrey saw each other...more
The West Coast really is the best coast
April 24, 2019
The views from the Oregon Coast never get old. It's one of my favorite places for portrait sessions, but I love capturing landscape images like these, too.more
Cherry blossom portraits in Salem Oregon
April 5, 2019
Nothing says spring like cherry trees in bloom. When the 150 Akebono cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, it's the perfect backdrop for spring portraits. It's my favorite time in this city.more
Giveaway: Adventure Portrait Session
March 6, 2019
Who wants to win a free adventure portrait session? This contest is for outdoorsy couples who love to hike. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on the first day of Spring, March 20th. Prize must be redeemed in 2019.
Here’s how to enter:
*Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your favorite place to go hiking in Oregon.
*Like Danielle Peterson...more
Columbia River Gorge maternity photos
Feb. 3, 2019
The Columbia River Gorge always provides a stunning backdrop, even in the depth of winter. The weather is bit unpredictable though. Thankfully, we were blessed with a window of mostly dry weather. It was cold and foggy and beautiful in a Pacific Northwest kind of way. Brenda's vibrant red gown was striking against the wintry scenery.more
Winter engagement session in Oregon
Jan. 26, 2019
For Audrey & Alex's engagement session, we started by hiking around Silver Falls State Park, chasing afternoon light and dodging the spray of the falls. We made it back to Audrey's parents' property in time for an outfit change and sunset portraits with a view.
Audrey & Alex are getting married this spring and I can't wait to capture their day!more
Save the Date: Spring mini sessions March 29-30
Jan. 7, 2019
It's the beginning of January and I'm already thinking about spring. I'm planning to offer mini sessions March 29-30 in Salem, when those iconic cherry trees are in bloom.
These are 20-minute sessions and are great for couples and families (single families, not large groups). Clients will receive an online proofing gallery with 10-12 print-ready images, digital download and printing rights. Prints...more
Travel: Scenes from LA LA Land
Nov. 17, 2018
During a recent trip to LA to visit my dear friend and former college roommate, Shannon, I had the chance to explore and snap a few photos of the incredible Getty Museum. I highly recommend visiting, if you get the chance. I've never seen anything like it.more
Oregon Coast Elopement
Oct. 8, 2018
The ocean stayed hidden behind a thick wall of fog and the constant drizzle never let up, but it didn't matter. Collin and Courtney were just happy to be together. Loved capturing this elopement at Cape Lookout State Park.more
Fall family photo session in Wilsonville
Sept. 24, 2018
Autumn is my favorite time of year, the vibrant colors and crisp weather. Loved everything about this fall family photo session in Wilsonville.more
Columbia River Gorge wedding
Aug. 26, 2018
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)...more
Travel: Montana road trip
July 11, 2018
Glacier National Park is simply amazing. The first time I visited, I was 8 years. Not quite old enough to truly appreciate it. The last trip was a different story. I found myself in awe the entire time, especially during a nail-biting drive along the famous "Going to the Sun Road."
Summer portrait session in Big Sky Country
July 5, 2018
You can't beat summers in Montana. In July, Scott & Lauren hiked through wildflower meadows in Big Sky Country for this portrait session. The scenery was stunning.more
Maternity/family shoot at Minto-Brown Island Park in Salem
May 27, 2018
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
Architectural photography: Interiors shoot in Salem, Ore.
May 21, 2018
Interior images of the Church Extension Plan in Salem, Ore, shot for Lenity Architecture.more
In-home newborn photo session in Portland
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
Cherry Blossom portrait shoot in Salem
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
Oregon Coast Engagement Shoot
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
Business and portrait shoot: Tinman Mobile Canning
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This is a recent shoot with Tinman Mobile Canning, a family-owned and operated beer and wine canning business...more
Architectural photography: Sokol Blosser Winery
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...more
Silver Falls winter portrait session
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
Graham's Portland, Oregon, in-home newborn photo shoot
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...more
Christopher & Sara's Portland wedding
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...more
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!more
Carrie's senior portrait shoot
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.more
Carrie & Dean's maternity shoot at the Oregon Coast
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
Caitlin & Joseph's Oregon vineyard wedding
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....more
Caitlin & Joe's Columbia River Gorge engagement session
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:...more
Ty & Jay's Columbia River Gorge 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 couplemore
Engagement session atop majestic Mary's Peak
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.more