Maternity Session in Playa del Carmen

We recently returned from photographing a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and had the opportunity to sneak in a few other photo shoots during our stay.  Our friend Mandi, who is co-owner of Champagne Wedding & Events, was also in attendance for the wedding.  In fact, her husband Darren was a groomsman in the wedding!  It was so fun to connect while in Mexico and to set aside some time for a maternity session.

Azul Fives Hotel was the location for the wedding and it was the perfect backdrop for a maternity session as well.  We made use of the hammocks, the life-size chess board, the beautiful landscaping, and of course the gorgeous aqua blue ocean.

While the locals found the temperatures to be a bit on the cool side, us Northwesterners were quite pleased with the low 80 degree weather.  We were able to manage.

Here is a selection of our favorites from Mandi & Darren’s destination maternity session in Mexico:

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Laurelhurst Park Engagement Session

We’ve all heard the term “high school sweethearts,” but what do you call a couple who originally met in kindergarten?!?!  That’s the case for Marianne & Nick who are getting married at the All Saints Parish on June 21, 2014.

The couple chose Laurelhurst Park for the location for their engagement session.  It is a park that they had both frequented as children so it is filled with many memories.  Interesting enough, the morning of the shoot a bit of snow had fallen.  Marianne contacted me questioning whether or not to postpone the session.  I gave her some of the pro’s and con’s of photographing in colder weather and ultimately left the decision to the two of them.  Some couples are more adventurous than others, so I always like to provide some guidance and let them make the decision.  Marianne & Nick wanted to go for it so we bundled up and headed to the park.  By the time we arrived, a lot of the snow had already melted but there were a few places where it was still visible.  Those spots were some of my personal favorites.

We explored Laurelhurst Park and took a brief trip down by the waterfront to capture a few additional images with the Portland bridges and skyline as our backdrop.  Here is a small selection of our favorites:

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Baby Oscar | Newborn Session

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a wedding photographer is having couples return to document other milestones in their lives.  We photographed Amy & Matt’s wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes in September of 2012 and captured maternity photos in their brand new home just last month!

It has been a very exciting year for Amy & Matt and they have been blessed with the sweetest little boy.  Oscar was very excited for his portrait session at the studio.  He stayed awake almost the entire time!  But we captured lots of really cute photos of him.  I particularly like the image of him in a bear suit holding a fox and the image of him with a Viking cap.  Amy & Matt brought in the cutest props for Oscar’s newborn session.

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Family Portraits in New Hampshire

My east coast portrait tour took me all over New England in late November.  It was the most perfect trip.  Next stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire to meet up with Shilo, Russ, and their daughter Sylvia.  I can’t even remember the last time I was in Portsmouth but I will tell you what — it is definitely a place to check out.  Portsmouth is one of the most quaint towns I have seen in a very long time.  Cute shops line the streets with friendly passers by.

Shilo and I went to Bard College together nearly 20 years ago.  It was such a treat having a chance to visit with her again and to meet Russ and their beautiful daughter.  Sylvia is now 1, full of life, and constantly exploring her surroundings.  Here are some highlights from our portrait session in New Hampshire:

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Cape Cod Family Portraits

Toward the end of November of this year, I took a trip back to the east coast to visit family and friends.  Given the time of year, I knew it would be perfect for family portraits in advance of the holiday season.  So, before I left, I sent out an e-newsletter to anyone who may be interested in a family portrait.  The response was overwhelming and I had an opportunity to meet up with many friends from the past.

Andy is someone I have known my entire life.  Our families lived across the hall from each other when we were very little.  Our moms used to keep the doors to the apartment open so we could run back and forth.  Now, as adults, Any and I get together every so often and whenever we do, it is as if no time has passed at all.

In fact, during this most recent visit, it was the first time I had ever met his son Sean.  We had a lot of fun during the portrait session with Sean laughing a lot and enjoying having his photo captured.  Andy and Cordelia were expecting their first daughter, so the timing of the session could not have been more perfect.  Then on December 16th, they welcomed baby Yvette into the world.

I look forward to capturing the latest addition to their family during my next visit to the east coast.  Here are some highlights from their most recent family portrait session:

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Jaime & Zach | Engagement Session

Q: What did one evolutionary psychologist say to the other evolutionary psychologist?

A: Will you marry me?

Jaime & Zach are both evolutionary psychologists.  She teaches at Western Oregon University and he teaches at the University of Portland.  Needless to say, when Zach asked the question, Jaime gave an emphatic YES!

Given their love for academia, Jaime & Zach thought it would be really fun to have their engagement session at Powell’s Books.   Powell’s is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. They carry an extensive collection of out of print rare books.  It was the perfect setting for Jaime & Zach’s engagement session.

The couple is getting married this July at Misty Oaks Vineyard.  The vineyard is owned and operated by Zach’s parents and will make a very intimate setting for the wedding celebration.

Here are some highlights from Jaime & Zach’s engagement session at Powell’s.

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Preferred Vendors

We typically photograph 20-25 weddings per year, and as a result, we have the opportunity to work with many wedding vendors.  We wanted to give a shout out to those vendors who consistently do exceptional work.  There are so many amazing vendors out there and here are just a few that we have had the privilege to work with on a regular basis and whose services we can consistently recommend.

 

Accessories:
August Veils
Twigs & Honey
Wedding Cottage

Bands:
5 Guys Named Moe
Designband
Hit Machine

Cakes & Cupcakes:
Artisan Cake Company
Beaverton Bakery
Saint Cupcake

Calligraphy:
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy

Caterers:
Crave Catering
Jake’s Catering
Pearl Catering

DJs:
All Wright Music
Encore Mobile DJs
Event Team Entertainment

Florists:
Blum Floral Design
East West Floral Arts
Geranium Lake Flowers
Lavish Flora

Make-Up & Hair:
AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup
Event Cosmetics
Face Body Beauty
Kira Pinski

Resource Guides:
Bravo! Wedding

Venues:
Bridal Veil Lakes
Governor Hotel
Hotel deLuxe
Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Video:
Ambient Sky
Focal Point Digital Media
Hybrid Moon
Shields Films

Vintage Rentals:
Something Borrowed

Wedding Consultants:
Blush Bridal Consulting
Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination
Creations by Ly
Encore Events
Luxe Event Productions