Explorers of Light

Three photographer friends and I headed out for a little photo exercise in the wilds of suburban Portland recently. I have passed by this spot a few times while out for a run and always wanted to come back with a few willing conspirators, lights, and a camera. Thanks to Aaron, Ashley, and Bryan I got my chance last week!

For a few other perspectives on the evening, be sure to check out Aaron’s light show under the power-lines and each of us (Stella included) being doused with a flour-shower thanks to Ashley’s creative mischief.  Good times!!

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Anna + Billy // Engagement Preview

We had a great time out at the Coast near Manzanita with Anna and Billy earlier this week.  Thanks for an awesome shoot you two!

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Spring is Upon Us!


As the days get longer, we get more & more excited about extended evening light and more opportunities for shooting outside (in addition to warmer weather, all the amazing plants in bloom and garden vegetables starting to take root)! One look at our calendar and it’s clear to see–it is prime-time for Engagement Sessions.

For many, this name is a bit confusing. True, you are more than likely already engaged if you are booking photography for your wedding and an “engagement” session may sound a bit anticlimactic.   We even tried to avoid the term for a while, but it has such wide recognition that it looks like it is here to stay. It could just as easily be called a get-to-know-you session or a have-an-awesome-time-in-a-really-cool-place-while-capturing-your-personality-in-photos session. Regardless of terminology, we look forward to this session with each couple we work with! It is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know you more and discover all the qualities that make your relationship unique.  Plus, you’ll end up with some great relaxed portraits from just being yourselves and enjoying each other.

There is no shortage of awesome locations in the Northwest for your session, and we highly encourage you to do a little brainstorming and be as creative as you want when choosing your location. Of course, we are happy to make some suggestions too! We recently updated our portfolio site with a new engagement gallery to get those creative juices flowing. If you have a session coming up, or just want to see the possibilities, click the large image on the right to check out the full gallery.

Lindsay + Denis / Lake Union Cafe Wedding

We had a great time up in Seattle this weekend photographing Lindsay & Denis’ wedding at the Lake Union Cafe. Here’s a quick look at this awesome couple and a very unique venue.  Congratulatons you two!



FS Featured on Style Me Pretty!


We are thrilled to see our photos from Matt & Logan’s Mt. Hood Wedding on featured on Style Me Pretty today! SMP does a wonderful job of describing the thoughtful care this couple put into the amazing decor, and gives a well-deserved nod to Kim at Geranium Lake Flowers for brining their vision to life. The fact that it all happened at a stunning venue like Silcox Hut only adds to the intimate beauty of this wedding! Click the photo at right to view the entire post on SMP’s Little Black Book Blog and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

WeddingChicks Feature : Molly + Tyler’s Mt. Hood Wedding

molly&tyler_weddingchicksThe Wedding Chicks Blog recently featured our work from Molly & Tyler’s Silcox Hut wedding on Mt Hood as their official good-bye to winter weddings for the season! Head on over to view the post at the link below. As always, we would love it if you leave us a quick comment!

[Mt. Hood Winter Wedding @ the WeddingChicks]

Why Should Guys Have All the Fun?

I love a good cigar now and then, and it is not uncommon to see a groom and groomsmen at a wedding enjoying the same. Seeing a lady with a cigar, on the other hand, is a bit rarer and a welcome sight in my opinon! Who says you can’t be elegant and still hang with the boys?!



Life is getting back to normal in the Flood household this week. Joelle and Leland were back on the East Coast all last week for Leland’s first visit with his maternal grandparents. This was the first time I was away from him overnight (not to mention multiple nights), and man did I miss this little guy (and my beautiful wife as well)! I snapped this photo their first morning back just after he woke up. Joelle gets super-mom points for flying solo with a 5-month old baby!

Leland back on the Left Coast!

Molly + Tyler / Mt. Hood Silcox Hut Wedding

Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to shoot a number of weddings at the Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood. The uniqueness of this venue seems to be a magnet for fabulous weddings that share a similar recipe of wonderful people, intimate ceremonies, and charming, thoughtful details.  Molly & Tyler’s February wedding definitely fit the bill! Some of their stand-out details included Molly wearing her grandmother’s fur wrap (which came in very handy for those outdoor photos!), cowbells for the guests to ring for after their first-kiss (a nod to the bride’s ski-racing days), and delicious macaroons  nestled in individual glass jars at each place setting.

The intimacy of Silcox Hut is palpable, with everyone present feeling like an honored guest. It is hard to describe the feeling of a small group of family and friends gathered cozily together on the side of a mountain to celebrate a couple’s love and commitment to each other.  We hope these photos capture a bit of that essence. Molly & Tyler explained it well when, making a toast to their guests at the evening’s end, they stated that everyone present was there for a reason and that they looked forward those continued relationships as they begin this new chapter in their lives together.  It is a sentiment shared at many weddings, yet feels particularly genuine in this spectacular setting.

Coordination & Floral Design by Geranium Lake Flowers


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Antique Skis / Timberline Lodge / Oregon

I would love to take these for a spin someday . . . preferably in powder.

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