I don’t recall exactly how we met or how Lynne and Matt discovered our services, but back in 2008 they hired us to photograph their wedding. I remember the excitement when they booked us. Lynne and Matt wanted to get married in the Shakespeare Garden at the Portland Rose Garden and to do so, couples have to go through a bit of an excruciating process of waiting in line on the very first day of the year. That is when the Portland Parks office makes permits available for weddings and events that are held during that calendar year. Lynne and Matt were among the first if not the first couple in line in 2008 and even made it into the local newspaper for their efforts. Needless to say, they were able to get their choice in dates and reserved the Shakespeare Garden for their wedding that summer.
Lynne and Matt wanted to capture some engagement photos before their wedding and chose Ecola State Park as the location. The park has a very dramatic view of the ocean and overlooks the iconic Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.
Some time after her wedding, Lynne contacted me for some updated headshots. At the time, she was working as a personal trainer and wanted some photos to promote her business. Fast forward to just a handful of months ago, when I received an email from Lynne saying that she and Matt were expecting. I was so excited to hear the news and so grateful that they thought of me during this momentous time in their lives.
When they arrived at our portrait studio, it was fun to catch up and reminisce on all that had transpired over the years. Back when they were getting married, I held wedding consultations at my home and the portrait side of my business barely existed. Now, 8 years later, with a wedding consultation space at The Bridal Loft and a fully equipped portrait studio, I was reminded of how far my business has grown and the opportunities it has afforded me.
The relationships I build with my clients are what I cherish most. There are no words to describe the experience of photographing a couple’s wedding and then years later re-connecting and getting to meet and hold their first newborn child. Then meeting again and again over the years to capture a couple’s family. Whatever inspired me to expand my business into family portraiture I am forever grateful.
Welcome to the world sweet little Madeline. Congratulations to Lynne and Matt and once again thank you for entrusting me to capture these precious moments.