Mykael and Evan, I'm SO excited for your wedding! Thank you for sharing your weekend with me!
I'm sharing Mykael and Evan's engagement session today, and I could NOT be more excited!! Last month they came up from Eugene where Evan's in law school to spend an evening at Champoeg State Park. We started out in the field, chatted about their plans for their wedding, and then headed down to the dock. Friends. This was a beautiful weekend. I prepared them for the possibility that the park, and especially the dock, would be packed. You know what happened when we got to the dock?? IT WAS EMPTY!!!! Whaaaaat? I shoot at Champoeg a lot, and this never, EVER happens. The stars aligned to give us 20 whole minutes in this beautiful spot with it all to ourselves!
Mykael and Evan, I'm SO excited for your wedding! Thank you for sharing your weekend with me!
Shana and Josh! Can we just talk for a second about how AMAZING these two are?? When we had their consultation before booking via Skype a few months ago, they weren't sure they'd be able to do the engagement session that I gift to all of my couples because they live in Utah. Well, about a week ago, they emailed me to say they'd decided to drive out and visit family for the holiday weekend, and they wanted to do the engagement session while they were in Oregon. Folks, we MADE IT HAPPEN, and I could NOT be more thrilled! They showed up ready to go for their session after running on basically NO sleep--they'd gotten into town at 4am! Friends, if I could look that fabulous after like three hours of sleep, well, the world would be a pretty magical place. And then? I asked them if they wanted to try doing a dip...and they just ROCKED IT! What?? I love these two already and I cannot WAIT for their Willamette Valley wedding this summer!
Taylor and Colby have been together for ten years, and this spring they decided to make it official and become HUSBAND AND WIFE!! Colby proposed in Pacific City (remember their epic beach engagement session there?), and they held their wedding yesterday at the beautiful Carlton Hills Vineyard.
Let's talk daddy-daughter first looks! Literally MY FAVORITE!! Taylor's dad had not seen the dress yet and he was shocked as he rounded the corner of the porch to see her as a BRIDE! The reactions in this moment are always worth it!
Something special they did during their ceremony was they had each set of parents give a short reading. It was such a meaningful moment! I love how family-centered their ceremony was.
Then we did portrait time--and WHERE TO BEGIN?? The beautiful vineyard on a hill? The patio overlooking the valley where both Taylor and Colby went to high school? The oak tree lined gravel road? So many beautiful choices!!
The reception! These two took dance lessons for months to prepare for their wedding!
It's April, and that means I'm right at the cusp of the busy photography season. It's been a slow winter on the blog, full of real-life behind the scenes work like updating print materials for 2018 (FINALLY finished!), taxes (BOOOOO), and taking courses for continuing education (hurrah!).
Personally, I've also been trying to be more present with my little family, streamlining household chores and prioritizing getting outside and adventuring! My kids are 1 and 5, and it can be a totally chaotic season of life, but I also have been working hard on not falling into the trap of "busy=good." We've done more hiking, painting, and cookie-baking than ever before and we've made so many memories. I'm hoping we can continue this work-life balance as we get in to summer, and today I thought I'd share some photos of my favorite things lately!
So first--hiking! Or, with toddlers, walking slowly outside! I joined Hike it Baby when I moved to Newberg last year, and let me tell you, it has brought so much JOY into our lives! If you're not familiar with it, Hike it Baby is an organization that developed here in Oregon and grew into a national organization with chapters all over the country! It's all about getting kids and their parents/caretakers outside regularly with scheduled walks in their towns. We've discovered so many great new places and had fun exploring trails with other kids and parents! It's also encouraged us to hike as a family more often too. Here's a photo from my new favorite place, Erratic Rock in McMinnville. It's a tiny little park, but it's up on a hill with a view of the surrounding farmland, which is pretty much my favorite thing. Hopefully I'll get around to blogging some of my other favorite kid-friendly trails in Yamhill County, but this one is a great short little walk to start on!
So living a little slower, less busy--it means time to get plenty of bouquets like these:
...and plenty of time to get down to checking out some of the things on our Oregon Bucket List like the State Capitol during springtime and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. We've lived in Oregon for five years now, not counting the decade I lived in Aloha and Beaverton when I was growing up, and I've never been to the Capitol during the cherry blossom season, or to the tulip festival! What??? We did these back to back and it was exhausting and beautiful.
We've also spent a good deal of time INSIDE since it's Oregon and it can't seem to figure out it's supposed to stop raining eventually, so this season has meant a lot of chubby little baby fingers painting the best pictures. We've also been doing a lot of baking, which is my JAM. Cooking? Not so much. I've burned grilled cheese sandwiches like, RECENTLY. But chocolate chip cookies, bread, cupcakes, and muffins? I've got that! My son loves to help for payment of 6 chocolate chips.
Anyways, I just wanted to drop in and say hello to my friends in blog-land! It's been quiet on the blog but that just means that real life has been extra good lately.
Colby and Taylor's Cape Kiwanda Engagement Session in Pacific City, Oregon | Hillsboro Wedding Photographer
They got engaged at the top of the tallest sand dune in Pacific City, so it was only fitting that we'd head to Cape Kiwanda for Colby and Taylor's engagement session. Colby's family spent a lot of time in Pacific City as he was growing up, and it's a place they've both come to love. They introduced me to some of their very favorite spots as we hiked around the Cape. I loved seeing their adventurous spirit and genuine love for each other during this session--at one point Taylor said that Colby was "basically a billy goat" when he wasn't in dress clothes, and then he just totally casually mentioned that he'd CLIMBED THE ROCK WALL BEHIND US! Like no big deal, just scaling rock walls above the ocean. I can say with total certainty that I've never been out somewhere and been like, Oh, that GIANT WALL OF ROCK?? I've climbed that. So I am completely in awe of these two beautiful adventurous spirits and I cannot WAIT for their winery wedding coming up this spring. I'm certain they're going to bring the magic to it. Enjoy your engagement photos, you two!
Today is another 2017 recap day--this time, we're checking out part TWO of my favorite photos from 2017 family photo sessions! I'm starting with a few more favorites from sessions at Champoeg in Newberg (Barns! Pink tulle skirts! All of my favorite things!)
This extended family photo session in Hillsboro at Rood Bridge Park was so fun--this family brought their BRAND NEW PUPPY!! Those kids are the HAPPIEST kids!
This maternity session in Aloha at Cooper Mountain had one energetic little girl so we spent tons of time playing in the field.
And then it was FALL! Would you believe this was also Cooper Mountain Nature Park?? What a difference a few weeks and a different trail can make! Loved all the fall vibes in this family session!
This session! This sweet family introduced me to their favorite neighborhood park in Hillsboro, which just so happened to be BEAUTIFUL! And look at that tiny brand new baby! Loved this family!
This family was ready to play and have fun at their fall family session at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton. So many fall colors!
We even found some fall colors in the orchard at Champoeg for this sweet family session in Newberg!
This family is my FAVORITE! We've done a lot of sessions together (and their wedding!), but this was definitely the COLDEST so far! They hung in there and we got some super cozy family photos for their holiday cards!
And one last favorite at my favorite spot with a sweet family and their PUPPY!
Thank you all so much for allowing me to serve your families with a fun session and beautiful photos! I love each of your families so much! Here's to a fabulous 2018 family portrait season!
J+A Engagement Session at Champoeg State Park in Newberg | Newberg and Hillsboro Wedding Photographer
Jenna and Armando kicked off engagement session season last weekend and it was PERFECT!! We'd waited a few weeks to get dry weather, and just before Valentine's Day, it happened!! We went to Champoeg State Park because these two are practically neighbors with me here in Newberg and this beautiful location was five minutes from our front doors! We started in the field, then headed to the tree-lined path that used to be a street in the original pioneer townsite at Champoeg. Then we ended at this beautiful spot with trees that had glowy Spanish moss.
Look at this perfect field we found!! It's tough to find this tall, wispy grass like this in the winter here in Oregon, but it happened and it totally looked perfect with Jenna's white tulle skirt!
The absolute best part of this session--they brought their GIANT ST. BERNARD!!! AHHHH! Look at how big and fluffy and drooly he is!!! He tolerated the photo session and I fell 100% in love with him. My clients have been bringing their dogs to sessions so much lately and I LOVE it!
Mommy and daughter photos are always my favorite.
Jenna and Armando, I am so excited for your wedding this year! Thank you for sharing your adorable family with me and letting me get all those puppy cuddles in!
Yep, it's FEBRUARY and I'm just now doing my "Best Of 2017" posts, but....let's just roll with it. I've been catching up on blogging my 2017 weddings for most of January, so I wanted to take a quick break from my beautiful couples and highlight some of my favorite FAMILY sessions that happened in 2017! I'm starting with some of my favorites from spring and summer! First, this session with the most magical light ever at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro--one of my favorite local spots for a forest session!
We bought our first house and moved to NEWBERG in the spring of 2017, so I invited clients out to explore Champoeg State Park with me and fell in LOVE with this beautiful location.
One of my wedding couples from 2016 invited me to their home for a NEWBORN session which was just the sweetest! And PS: seeing prints of my photos on clients walls is the BEST feeling!
Spring was THE time to see favorite past clients! I've photographed this sweet family a few times now, and this time I got to meet grandma and grandpa too!
Springtime was for wildflowers and pretty dresses at Cooper Mountain Nature Park:
I also made it out to Cannon Beach for a few sessions in the summertime, which is ALWAYS worth it!
And just as summer started to turn to fall--this adorable family session at Champoeg with HAY BALES, the barn, and picket fences, so, literally all of my favorite things!
Next up is part two of my 2017 family photo session season: FALL PORTRAITS! Prepare yourselves for fall colors, crunchy leaves, and cozy sweaters!
It's been quiet over here this last month on the blog, but not in real life--we had Camille and Michael's Troutdale House wedding over Thanksgiving weekend, then December was spent editing that wedding and doing all that fun end-of-year stuff for the business. This month, I've been revamping the Bridal Guide (2018 brides--keep an eye on your mail box next week!!), and that means going through all of my galleries from the year to pull my favorite photos. While I was doing that, I found some photos that my second photographers took of me IN ACTION that I thought I'd share. This is how much I love you. I'm starting with this one, which was technically 2016, but it is me shooting Emily and Ryan's wedding FOUR WEEKS after having my second baby. I'm also rocking flats on a rainy day, which I DO NOT ADVISE. The California (read: denial of rainwear) in me is strong, but after this, I've been on the lookout for rainy wedding day shoes that actually cover my whole foot.
The next wedding of the season was Lacey and Taylor's Camp Turnaround wedding, where my second photographer Halsey took this photo of me doing the EXACT SAME MOVE that I did at Emily and Ryan's wedding. Apparently, I always want you to get closer together for photos. Always.
Most of my summer weddings chose not to have a second photographer (did you know that was an option? I love making it super easy to customize your wedding package so you only pay for what you need at your wedding), so that means you don't get to see me balancing on a steep hill at Horning's Hideout to get Lindsey and Adam's bridal party portraits with the lake in the background, or kneeling on a dock to get Kate and Dustin's paddleboat exit. Sorry, friends.
In the fall, I headed to the Tillamook forest for Lauren and Corey's wedding, where I probably just could have stood between these picnic tables, but instead chose to lean awkwardly over the bench, letting the corner of it jab into my leg. Because I'm graceful that way. PS: Lauren and Corey's adorable dogs were star guests at this wedding, and I think this is the moment the puppies greeted their newly married owners after the ceremony.
At Shellie and Kevin's McMenamin's Grand Lodge wedding, Halsey got me doing more awkward leaning, and then a photo demonstrating that I do occasionally JUST STAND NORMALLY.
At the last wedding of the year, Sarah photographed me at as I did bridal details. Can we please discuss how beautiful Camille's dress was?
I hope you enjoyed some of the behind the scenes of what it looks like for me as I shoot a wedding. It was a fabulous year!
You remember Lauren and Corey's forest engagement session with their sweet dogs, right? I knew their wedding would be just as fun and relaxed--it was in the forest with their dogs too! Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready at McMenamin's Grand Lodge, and I met them there for some photos before we made the drive out to their ceremony site.
The ceremony and reception were at Smith Homestead in the Tillamook Forest, which was in a BEAUTIFUL little clearing in the forest, along the river. After their ceremony, they had a champagne toast and confetti toss, which in my opinion, is the ABSOLUTE BEST way to celebrate just getting MARRIED!!
After that, Lauren's dad presented Corey with his TOP SECRET BBQ recipe, since he was now an official part of the family!
Then we headed into the forest for a little walk with the bridal party. I loved how relaxed the whole day was, because Lauren and Corey put plenty of time into their timeline to do things like "walk around the forest with our best friends". #weddinggoals, people. I love them, and I love the images we created during this time.
Back at the Homestead, the reception guests had arrived and it was time for more FUN! Lawn games were set up in the clearing, and indoors, there was a candy bar, bundt cakes for the wedding cake, and this adorable instax camera for the guest book. I love how much thought Lauren and Corey gave to creating a super unique and FUN wedding for their guests! Love you two---and congratulations!!