Kelsey & Lee | August 31, 2014

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse weddings are always a lot of fun.  The venue is casual and laid-back making for a very friendly and warm setting for guests.

Kelsey & Lee were married by the Octagonal Barn at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse on August 31, 2014.  Following the wedding ceremony, guests headed into the barn for cocktail hour and the reception.  Kelsey & Lee’s wedding program included a crossword puzzle for guests to complete as a way of getting to know the couple better. Many guests were spotted sharing notes and information in an effort to complete the crossword puzzle.

Toward the end of cocktail hour as things were winding down a bit and transitioning to the reception, the newlywed couple and I strolled the grounds to capture some fun portraits.  Cornelius Pass Roadhouse offers an abundance of photographic locations all within a very short walking distance.  While capturing portraits of Kelsey & Lee, I was inspired to try something a little different.  I asked the couple to head inside the Octagonal Barn and peer out the window with each of their faces occupying a different pane of glass.  I thought it would be fun to have them act out a few different facial expressions in an almost photobooth-like fashion, but we quickly realized that we were unable to hear each other.  We both looked at each other and started laughing at our attempts to communicate.  This off-beat moment was far more than I could have ever asked for but exactly what I ultimately wanted to capture.  At its essence is Kelsey & Lee having fun on their wedding day.

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Jen & Rob | August 5, 2014

When Jen & Rob were considering where to host their wedding day celebration, I recommended they check out Bridal Veil Lakes.  Overlooking the Historic Columbia River Gorge, Bridal Veil Lakes is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding with lush greenery, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking views.

Jen & Rob exchanged their wedding vows while surrounded by closest friends and family members.  Following the ceremony, guests gathered around the back side of the lake for a joyous cocktail hour before entering in to the reception.  The day was skillfully coordinated by Molli and her team with Soiree.  Westcoast Event Productions provided the rentals with beautiful floral accents and centerpieces by Blum creating an exceptionally elegant reception area.  Pressure Point Band kept guests out on the dance floor all night long with their incredible live music.

Check out highlights from Jen & Rob’s Bridal Veil Lakes wedding below and see additional highlights by viewing their wedding slideshow.

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Baby Ethan

We photographed Diana & Bryan’s wedding back in 2010 and have had the honor of photographing their daughter Emily numerous times over the last couple of years.  She is now 2.  We were elated to hear that they were expecting their first son and met up with them a handful of weeks ago on Sauvie Island for a maternity session.  Well, Ethan arrived on August 5th and just days later, we had the opportunity to photograph him and of course Emily too!

Emily is so excited to be a big sister and she loves spending time with her little brother.  Seeing the two of them together is absolutely the sweetest.  We wanted to share some highlights from Ethan’s newborn session at the studio.  Stay tuned for more updates when we photograph Ethan at 6 months and at 1 year as well.

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Braedon Turns 3

One of the best parts of capturing family portraits is getting to see the little ones grow up over the years.  It is true that they grow so fast so making sure to capture various milestones along the way is very important.  While maternity, newborn, and 1 year portrait sessions are most popular, it is important to keep the tradition going to document your family’s history.

Braedon, who we have photographed on a number of occasions, just turned 3 and to celebrate, we met up at Laurelhurst Park for a portrait session.  Braedon loved running around the park, seeing all the different types of dogs, and feeding the ducks in the pond.  I think that may have been his favorite part of the whole day!

Here are some highlights from Braedon’s 3 year portrait session at Laurelhurst park:

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Family Portraits at Sunset

If you did not have a chance to read our previous post, it mentions our recommendations on what to wear for a family portrait session.  Mix that advice, with our recommendation of doing your family portrait session at sunset, and you have the perfect combination.

Renee and her family wanted to capture some family portraits on their property.  These types of family portrait sessions are my favorite because the location immediately puts everyone at ease.  It’s familiar and it’s comfortable.

Knowing that the family’s property has a breathtaking view at sunset, I recommended that time for the session.  When I arrived, I was asked, “Can we capture a few images of all of us barefoot?  And maybe some with the dogs?  We aren’t sure if they will look at the camera or not.”  I knew right away that this session was going to be playful and a lot of fun.  Barefoot?  Dogs?  Sounds great to me!

And boy did we luck out…  There wasn’t a great sunset that evening — there was one of the most spectacular sunsets ever!  The sky slowly transitioned to a deep red-ish/orange-ish/purple-ish hue and made for the most spectacular light.

Here are just a few of our favorites from this extremely fun family portrait session at sunset:

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Family Portraits in Portland

Kathy & Larry contacted us stating that they were celebrating their 50th anniversary by heading out to Portland to meet up with their 3 children and their respective families.  Kathy wanted nothing more than a portrait session with her family all together for the momentous occasion.

Having flown in from out of town, we managed all the logistics by email.  We presented Kathy & Larry with a selection of locations that we felt as though photograph best and sent them links of samples of our work from each location.  We figured this would be the best way to communicate options.  We then discussed clothing options, best time of day to photograph, and built a desired list of pairings of individuals.

Families oftentimes ask for advice on what to wear for a portrait session.  Here is what we offered Kathy & Larry:

For family portraits we recommend wearing colors that compliment each other.  Natural earth tones typically photograph best such as brown, tan, burgundy, forest green, light and deep blues etc.  Do not feel as though you need to match everyone in the same color but rather try to work with colors that compliment each other.  Check out our family portrait photography portfolio for additional ideas and inspiration.

It is important that you try to stay away from clothing that contains logos or any heavy patterns.  We recommend using solid colors whenever possible.  Logos and patterned clothing can be distracting to the eye.  The goal is to place emphasis on your faces.
 
Some couples like to match by wearing all white dress shirts and slacks or khaki pants etc — all of this is fine if this is the type of look you are specifically looking for.  Otherwise, the above recommendations are what we suggest most strongly.
It is tough to get everyone on board with a color scheme, but when it is done and when it is done well, the results are truly fantastic.  Kathy, Larry, and their entire family did a wonderful job.  We met up on Sauvie Island for the family portrait session and wanted to share some highlights:

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Kari Mathies - August 13, 2014 - 2:09 pm

This is so beautifully done and I commend the family on finding clothing that not only complimented each other but also mixed things up! What a beautiful family!

Futuristic Themed Wedding

Are you ready for one of the most incredible wedding experiences of all time?  Janene & Sean have returned from the year 2064 to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows in present day 2014.  Films such as Dune, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Barbarella Queen of the Galaxy, which still play in the 5-D Hologram Theaters of 2064, were used as inspiration for appropriate attire for the event.

When asked about the futuristic themed wedding, Sean said:

This has happened already. Janene and I knew upon our first look that we ‘d known each other before. Loved before. Married before. Accepted our lives and destiny together as something true, something beautiful, something good. Strong enough to surpass time.  Therefore, it’ll happen again in 2064.

And chances are, the wedding celebration will look very similar to how it did here in 2014.  The ceremony began with a very elaborate Procession of Time Travel.  Janene’s son began the procession by entering in while playing a trumpet.  A musical score from Superman was used for Sean’s entrance as he was escorted in by Sister Jaime who held 2 flaming torches.  A number of younger children joined the procession with sparklers, flower petals, and bottles of mist.  Janene’s grand entrance was very dramatic and highlighted with music from Star Wars.

The ceremony was officiated by three Sisters, of the heart and the mind, who are very close to both Janene & Sean:
Sister Mable Syrup (via satellite from the literal future in Malta which is 9 hours ahead of Portland time), Sister Jaime (who wore a gold outfit and carried the torches during the Procession of Time Travel), and Sister Jessi (aka Little Ass or The L’Ass Outlaw).  Also on stage with the couple were Sister Flora Goodthyme and Janene’s son Rhune who wore an incredible multi-colored suit.

Sisters Mable Syrup and Flora Goodthyme are from the San Francisco born organization Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence which promotes human rights and spiritual enlightenment.  Having all of these individuals on stage together to officiate and witness the renewal of Janene & Sean’s wedding vows was incredibly important and meaningful for the couple.  Sister Jaime is a very close friend of Sean’s who was with him at Burning Man in 2009, the place and time he officially met Janene.  Sister Jessi is a very close friend of Janene’s who lived with the couple for many years in their home that they refer to as the Treehouse.

Sister Mable Syrup offered the Opening Blessing to the Ceremony:

There’s magic where Science meets Love. Science tells us that circles have no sides or corners; they exist without beginning or end. History reveals that circles symbolize unity, protection, and love. You have come from near and far to participate in the celebration and blessing for Sean and Janene’s union, a love that will redefine the future of life. As you raise the vibration and surround us with your love in this circle, you make this whole community stronger, connected, one — there is no distinction between that which is contained within the circle, and that which extends beyond it. We are one in the future, and the future is now. 

Sister Jaime offered this:

Let us give thanks to the now, where our minds function at an increased and more efficient pace, offering us space to breathe, observe, and travel within new systems of light.  On average, your hearts are beating at the rate of 80 beats per minute.  This means by the time our ceremony is through, you will have shared up to 2,000 heartbeats with Sean and Janene.

Janene & Sean exchanged vows with each other when all of a sudden a rather audible buzzing sound could be heard.  Everyone began looking around trying to locate the buzzing sound.  A quadcopter with the wedding rings attached flew into the ceremony area and delivered the rings to the couple.  Apparently, the quadcopter is a rather unique alternative to the traditional ring bearer in wedding ceremonies of the future.

Once the couple kissed, they linked hands with each other and those on stage with them, and began the incredible Spiral Dance at Sunset.  As the couple walked down the aisle, guest after guest linked hands and followed along.  It was the most unique exit from a wedding ceremony I have ever experienced.  Janene & Sean lead the group by walking out of the ceremony area and circling around an enormous globe painted on the ground.  The Spiral Dance grew and grew in size as each guest joined forming an enormous circle of everyone who attended the wedding.

I have photographed and attended a number of weddings in my time, and I have to say, this one was by far and away the most unique, innovative, and fun-spirited.  Janene & Sean incorporated all of their guests into their wedding day, offered all sorts of entertainment, and gave all of us a glimpse into the future.

Here are some highlights from Janene & Sean’s futuristic themed wedding day:

 

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