Recent work, travel and other adventures
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com and tell me your favorite place to go hiking in Oregon.
*Like Danielle Peterson...more
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
May 21, 2018
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...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...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...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...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....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:...more
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