Ashley & Derek | May 29, 2010

Ashley & Derek are soaking up the sun out in Hawaii on their honeymoon and we wanted to surprise them with a sneak peek preview of their wedding photos.  They were married just last week at the Multnomah Presbyterian Church and had their reception at the location of their very first date – the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.  We scheduled extra time into the day to have plenty of time for portraits of the newlywed couple and we are absolutely ecstatic with the results.  Ashley & Derek are real naturals in front of the camera.

A special thanks goes out to Amanda with Champagne Wedding & Events for teaming up with me to assist on this wedding.

Congratulations to Ashley & Derek!!  And thanks for letting me steal a photo with the two of you as well…

To view Ashley & Derek’s sneak peek slideshow, please click HERE.

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Robert Nobles - June 8, 2010 - 11:06 pm

Is that Doug Gannett putting the groom’s tie on? Father of the groom?
He is my favorite Strucutral Engineer!

VKH - June 13, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Such beautiful photos, Paul! And what a good looking group 🙂

Wedding Diptych

I thought this would be a different kind of blog post, one that plants a different kind of thinking toward your wedding photography.  You see, when most couples meet with a wedding photographer, they are typically thinking about more immediate things such as wedding albums and receiving all the images at full resolution on disc.  But what about how your wedding photography will look around your house after the wedding?  Are their certain areas in your home where a nice collection of images could hang?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

That’s why we offer a print certificate in all of our levels of service.  This way, in addition to having the images at full resolution on disc, you also have the ability to purchase actual prints at no additional cost to you.  We are firm believers that if you hire a wedding photographer, you should receive actual wedding photographs – not just the digital files.

Erin and Ron were married at The Abernethy Center on September 14, 2008.  I remember their wedding vividly.  It started off at a bar with the guys catching a Lions/Packers game and ended with one of the funniest departures from a wedding I have ever seen.  Let’s just say that wearing bicycle helmets while riding off in a convertible is quite hilarious.  Well, Erin contacted me by email today to order a gorgeous 16×24 Canvas Wrap along with a handful of prints.  As part of her print order, she chose 2 very special images and left instructions on how she planned to hang them on the wall.  She wants to create a little wedding diptych of the moment the two of them read their vows to each other.  I absolutely LOVE this idea and wanted to share it with all of you.

Jennifer Walker - May 27, 2010 - 7:38 am

I love this. So beautiful and such a cool idea.

Baby Peter: 6 Month Session

Baby Peter is the sweetest little boy who is so grown up at just 6 months old.  He smiles a lot, waves his arms in the air, and makes the cutest sounds.  He even knows how to give raspberries.  And the latest development is that he is already rolling over — I even witnessed it myself.  Here are a selection of our favorites from Peter’s most recent session:

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Jennifer - May 27, 2010 - 9:58 am

What an adorable, happy, smiling, lil guy. Nice work! Love the catchlights in his eyes!

Portland Headshot Photography

I really enjoy all of the photography assignments that occur as a product of photographing weddings – maternity sessions, family reunions, real estate photography, actor’s headshots…  The list goes on and on.  You may recognize Jermaine as one of our groom’s from last year.  He and his wife were married at The Ainsworth House on 8/9/09.  Jermaine wanted an updated headshot for his acting career as he and his wife plan on re-locating to Boston (my hometown) within the next year.

So great to see the two of you again and I look forward to seeing one of Jermaine’s performances in Boston!

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Seattle Engagement Session: Tiffany & Will

I headed up to Seattle this past weekend for Tiffany & Will’s engagement session.  The weather was absolutely spectacular and we planned the most exciting day.  It started off in the kitchen with Tiffany and Will making Bananas Foster.  It is a dessert that Will made for Tiffany during one of their dates.  It was so fun watching the two of them work in the kitchen.  Plus, I like the idea of eating dessert before going out for a photo shoot.

We traveled to the Olympic Sculpture Park as our first destination.  Amongst all the art and along the waterfront, we had plenty of opportunities for picture taking.  It was such a treat for me to have the opportunity to photograph in a new location.  Our travels also brought us to Green Lake Park.  The expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people from all over the city each day.  It is a great location to visit and a wonderful spot for engagement photos.  We checked out a few other random locations and concluded with a visit to Kerry Park to capture the Space Needle in the background.  We arrived just as the sun was beginning to set with a breath-taking view of downtown Seattle in the background.

Here is a sneak peek from this weekend’s session:

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alice falzone {MoscaPhoto} - May 10, 2010 - 10:31 pm

this is so sweet!
i love that you started with them in their kitchen making a delicious dessert… different!
always a fan. you know it! 😉
~Alice

Jennifer - May 10, 2010 - 11:10 pm

Looks like a beautiful & delicious day!

tiffany - May 11, 2010 - 5:23 am

Cannot wait to see the rest Paul – all I can say is wow.

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The Bridal Loft: Event Cosmetics

The beginning of this blog post should read, “ATTENTION ALL BRIDES!!!”

I have some incredibly exciting news to share with all of you.

Event Cosmetics is offering FREE make up lesson Fridays.  That’s right!  FREE LESSONS!

Schedule your appointment, come on over to The Bridal Loft, and receive a free make up lesson.

To schedule your session, please call 503.788.5280 or email Samantha@eventcosmetics.com.

The lessons are scheduled from 11am-5pm every Friday.  And the great thing is our studio is also located at The Bridal Loft.  Come check out our new space while you receive a free make up lesson.

FYI: Event Cosmetics usually charges $75 for a lesson with a lead artist, but on Fridays you can come in and have a complimentary lesson.  For those who desire to do their own make up, this is a great way to learn how to apply your envisioned wedding day look.  Here is a great tip from Samantha — bring your friend so she can learn all the tips and tricks for proper make up styling and application for your wedding day.

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Portrait with Paul

The way we communicate has forever changed.  With wireless technologies and gobs of various social media outlets, we stay in touch and we communicate with those around us with ever-increasing frequency.  It is truly phenomenal in scope and supremely powerful in bringing us all together so closely.

I was chatting with Dana on Facebook, a bride we had photographed not just over a week ago.  Knowing already that she had just returned from her honeymoon (evidenced by her humorous status updates), I asked her about her travels.  In fact, she was online because she was in the process of updating the photos from her trip onto Facebook.  How neat!

Well, while we were talking (IM’ing actually), Dana expressed excitement in seeing her photos soon.  I told her we were busily working away on the edit and everything was looking great.  Dana then mentioned that she was particularly interested in seeing the formal portrait we did together.  You see, when Dana sent in her formals list for our review — it included a portrait with me!!  I felt so honored.  Almost no one asks to have their portrait taken with their photographer!  So, rather than slow down their wedding day with a portrait of me, I decided to wait until the VERY end of the evening to take the picture.  I thought it was a lovely idea and after chatting with Dana, I decided I should put it up on the blog.  I feel like this may be the beginning of a new photo series for me this year.  Any other brides interested?

Dana Voelker - May 5, 2010 - 8:12 pm

That is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I am so honored that we were the first! What a handsome couple to start with!!! I love it!

Tammy Voelker - May 5, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Wow! What an awesome picture! You did a fantastic job with the Wedding photo’s. Thank you soooo much!