Angela + Bryan | POOLparty

For the past week we had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Bryan & Angela and their families to celebrate and document their wedding here near Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. A few nights before the wedding, we took advantage of the amazing pool area at their resort for a little midnight photo session. Click the image below for more images from the pool and check back soon for some of our favorites from the wedding!

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Stay Tuned . . .

We are on our way to Mexico for Bryan & Angela’s wedding near Playa del Carmen, and we’ll be posting lots of new images soon! Until then, here are a few favorites from their engagement shoot in the Columbia River Gorge this summer.

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This Does Not Signal a Career Change!

Welcome to my modeling debut!

Back in January, my youngest brother Jared (aka Brooklyntweed to all you knitters out there) stayed with us for a few days while teaching a workshop in Portland. He recently finished this vest, aptly named Alberta in honor of our neighborhood, and asked me to model if for him. I’m pretty reluctant to this sort of thing–especially when wearing a sweater-vest is involved (not quite my style)–and really prefer working from behind the camera. All shyness aside, I am very proud of Jared’s artistic accomplishments with knitting and photography, and am honored to be a part of his projects. If you want the full scoop on the vest, as well as more photos of me trying to act as suave as possible–check out his blog at:

Maria + Bryan Tie the Knot

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of shooting Bryan & Maria’s intimate winter wedding. A huge thank you goes out to the amazingly talented Mary Flower for referring us to this awesome couple! If you love the blues, you must check out Mary’s music. She is heralded by many musicians to the one of the best living finger-style blues guitarists. We feel very fortunate for her friendship.

After shooting their pre-wedding session, we were instantly excited for this wedding! Bryan and Maria are a fun-loving couple and we had fun getting creative in all the stylish rooms of the Arista Ballroom in SE Portland. After processing these photos, it feels like we were on some glamorous vintage Hollywood set. Enjoy, and be sure to click the image below or the text link to view the rest of this post!

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Kelly + Eric

Kelly & Eric’s December wedding was a bit on the chilly side. That didn’t stop them from getting out to enjoy some late-afternoon light! We even took advantage of some awesome holiday lights near their reception.

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e|session : Maria + Bryan

Recently, we had the pleasure of spending a few hours on the Portland waterfront with Bryan & Maria for their pre-wedding session. We don’t often shoot around this part of the waterfront & had a great time exploring some new locations. A big thanks to Bryan and Maria for choosing the spot! Their wedding is this weekend, so stay tuned for more of this lovely couple.

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Stephanie + Josh

Stephanie and Josh were married at Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon on an absolutely AMAZING November day. We enjoyed beautiful fall light all day, and temperatures around 60 degrees. Pretty unreal for central Oregon at that time of year–this wonderful couple definitely deserved it!

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eSession | Josh + Stephanie

Our first stop on our road trip last month was in Bend for a photo shoot with Josh & Stephanie. We will be photographing their wedding in Central Oregon later this month, and are looking forward to being on the sunny side of the mountains! They chose to meet in Drake Park, and we are glad that they did. The weather was definitely on the chilly side, even for early October in Bend, but we all ignored cold fingers and numb noses and had a great time. We loved all of the different aspects of this park–it is a great place for a variety of settings and the fall afternoon light was gorgeous!

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Brandi + Kyle Get Hitched!

If you are a faithful reader of our blog, you will have noticed a serious lack of content during late summer and early fall. Rest assured, we are still taking photos! We have had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing couples this summer and are excited to share the images with you, however late they may be in arriving to the blog.

Brandi and Kyle were married in Portland this September, with one of the most unique ceremonies we have ever experienced! I’m sure if we lived in Las Vegas we would see this a lot more, but this just happened to be our first time shooting with Elvis as the officiant. “Elvis” was actually a dear friend of the bride and groom and not some impersonal impersonating imposter! This wedding was full of funky personal touches, emphasizing their amazing personalities. Kyle and Brandi put a lot of thought and planning into making their day a wedding like no other. Thank you for making us a part of it!

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Final Day on the Road

After 3 weeks, 6 states, and over 3,000 miles of driving today is the second time we have seen rain. The first was last night as we camped in the Redwoods of northern California, and today a storm is pummeling the Southern Oregon coast as I write this huddled in the van with an awesome view of some rough surf. We have been lucky to experience different stages of fall throughout the west with beautiful weather! Today’s storm not only welcomes in the month of November but marks a decided change in the season. We will be home this afternoon, so this is my last “official” blog post from the road. I will definitely be posting more photos after we have settled back in and I can get to editing all of the 1700+ images we have!

To see our route, drag and zoom the map above. By my calculation (and google’s), we will have traveled about 3,500 miles in the last 3 weeks. We have really enjoyed the relaxation and sense of discovery that the road provides. Below is a small list of trip highlights we compiled while driving yesterday:

  • Early fall snow on Steens Mountain, OR
  • Spontaneous cattle drive on the highway
  • Listening to Coyote’s howling under a full moon in Nevada.
  • Hearing the hoot of an owl outside our tent bouncing off canyon walls at dawn.
  • Clear view of the milky way and other stars at night in Utah & Arizona.
  • L-O-N-G Arizona sunsets (including over the Grand Canyon).
  • Sunrise hike through Bryce Canyon.
  • Finding and soaking in a hot spring in a ditch in the Nevada desert.
  • Finding numerous ancestral puebloan ruins on a dayhike, and scrambling over slickrock ledges to get a closer look.
  • Seeing a herd of wild burros and horses.
  • Driving the winding road through Jerome, AZ at dusk.
  • Fall colors in Oak creek near Sedona, AZ.
  • Cooking various meals over the fire, such as polenta with mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers and buffalo sausage; fresh picked corn on the cob; and fire-roasted chiles.
  • Lots of seafood in CA and OR: scallops, fish tacos, sturgeon, smoked tuna, calamari steaks.
  • Dodging a falling tree branch after a wind gust blew through our camp under the redwoods.
  • Almost stepping on a rattlesnake while wearing sandals. (mere inches–no joke!)
  • Visiting old friends and soaking up the sun in Southern CA.
  • Beachcombing anytime we were close to the ocean–finding a bunch of minature sand-dollars was Joelle’s favorite.
  • Driving the Big Sur coastline very slowly at sunset.
  • Seeing Stella run, jump, climb, and explore every area we visited.

Of course, what would a trip log be without the obligatory road-trip self portrait? Here we are at Bryce Canyon.