When it’s time to plant the garden I typically go to the farm store and buy a variety of different small plants and seed packets. This year I decided to start some seeds early in the Spring on my kitchen windowsill. I have to admit I didn’t know what would happen as that particular windowsill is a little chilly. Needless to say if you have seen the photographs below that they all came up with a vengeance. There is something about photographing plants that has a fine art feel. When I started editing the photos of the tiny basil I instantly started thinking about big gallery prints. If I can get my act together you might see these again at Oregon City’s First Friday Art Walk. The photographs are of basil, green onions, romaine lettuce and jalapeño plants.
Meredith and I are having a wonderful time exploring all of the new amazing restaurants in Historic Downtown Oregon City. It is a far cry from the Oregon City of my high school days. If you didn’t want to go to Sheri’s you ventured out to Clackamas Town Center or the Promenade. Now there are so many great choices that are using local farm fresh ingredients. Speaking of local organic products…I haven’t been there yet, but The Green Grocer on Molalla Ave. is next on my list to check out. I have been bringing my camera as I usually find our food as amazing to look at as it is tasty. On this night in particular we had dinner at The Weatherford’s Grand Lodge on 7th. As soon as I heard that there was only one more special available I ordered quickly. It was a NW crab stuffed salmon with an amazing citrus buerre blanc. It was served with asparagus and rosemary mashed potatoes. The highlight of Meredith’s dinner was the crab stuffed, bacon wrapped jumbo prawn on top of a light lemon aioli. Everything was to die for and the restaurant has been restored beautifully with a pressed copper ceiling, beautiful bar and well thought out detail after detail. We will definitely be back.
When you are preparing for your portrait session there are a few suggestions that I give all of my clients.
Try and stay away from busy patterns or brand logos on your clothes.
Bring a few options, even if that means a coat or cool layered look that can provide a few different looks.
Unless we are shooting downtown try and stay away from very high heels as some of the best photos are in grass or on a retaining wall.
The most important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN!
Photographing is my passion and I have a lot of fun doing it. I have been blessed with amazing clients that make my job fun and easy to do. Emily’s portrait session was no exception. She met me at Powell Butte Nature Park and we photographed as the sun set and created the most amazing warm light. It was so fun and I couldn’t wait to get back and start editing the photographs.
A few weeks ago my brother Chris and I jumped in the car to visit our wayward brother Alex in Klamath Falls. He is attending OIT, but is set to transfer to OSU next term. This was the last weekend before he packed up and moved to Corvallis. I had a great time road tripping with my little brother (who is now taller than me at 6′ 3″). The weather on the way back was amazing and we had a killer time.
Lauren and Jeremy are getting married in Hawaii this Summer and I had the privilege of capturing their e-session. I photograph destination weddings and would be ecstatic to work for a great couple in a tropical location. However, the hotel they are getting married at requires wedding parties to use their local photographer. Men and women, I implore you to read your venue contracts completely. But I digress…It was a cloudy, rainy day in West Linn (shocking, I know) and I was thinking we were going to have to reschedule. Fortunately her family had just finished a renovation that included the most beautiful sun room I had ever seen. The walls and ceiling of the room are glass and are supported by giant natural wood beams. The floor has heated tile leading to a grand stone fireplace and mantle. While photographing in the sun room the rain broke so we jumped outside into the apple orchard. Nothing had blossomed yet, but the bright colored Oregon moss provided a beautiful highlight to the photographs.
This family was great. I’m honestly apprehensive when there are small children involved in a family portrait session as they are such a wildcard. When you have a cute little kiddo that is well behaved and that is amused by every passing leaf and smile from mom I can’t keep my finger off of the shutter. It was a beautiful mild day in Portland when the family met me at Hot Lips Pizza. It’s my favorite meeting spot for photo sessions in the Pearl so I can come early and grab a delicious slice of locally grown organic ingredients.
As a thank you I had a vendor send me a delicious basket of chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles and a card. The basket was great and the card thoughtful, but my favorite part was the idea of sending tasty baked goods as a business to business follow-up. Munchies Consulting Group in West Linn provides help in building referral networks for businesses, ”…build good relationships, that build good business.” I have used their services on many occasions to stay connected to the people that refer clients, or those that I wish to build a closer business relationship with. Instead of a business card in the mail they get a stack of promotional cards and basket of baked goods to share with the office. This month I had them send a basket of delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Jones in Portland to the events team at the Weatherford’s Grand Ballroom in Oregon City.
I spent a beautiful Saturday in Historic Downtown Oregon City with a great engaged couple. Laura and JT are having an outdoor summer wedding in Albany, Oregon. Engagement sessions are the perfect opportunity to get to know engaged couples a little more before their wedding day, and this was no exception. We met at the Singer Hill Cafe where I fueled up with a giant Longbottom black iced-tea (my favorite). I have lived in the Oregon City area most of my life and it has been great to see businesses like Singer Hill Cafe come in and restore downtown buildings and others throughout the Willamette Falls business area…and I digress. The blossoming cherries and the green spaces surrounding the waterfall and Oregon City elevator made for perfect backdrops on a rare warm, dry morning in early April. I can hardly wait for June when I’m scheduled to photograph two weddings in Oregon City.
A flamenco dancer, Sure 55 mic with crushed blue velvet and an upright bass…it could not have been better. Oh wait, don’t forget the Day of the Dead makeup. When the leader of the band “The Notches” called and explained his idea for his band’s CD cover I couldn’t refuse. Although it is not his full-time job, Diego is a professional special effects makeup artist. After shooting the cover he went to work changing the model into her alter ego. We started with our model, Saron, holding the bass and singing into the brand new classic Sure 55 mic. The band’s rockabilly CD front cover will be the glamorous side and the back will depict our flamenco dancer as a participant in Dia De Los Muertes.
I photographed Roman’s senior portraits in West Linn in a killer natural area that I found a few years ago. Having a love for exploring and hiking in Oregon has helped me find countless little known city parks and land management natural areas. Photographing in a location that is special to a photography client is great, but showing off an amazing park they have never heard of is even better. With views of I-205 and, the Willamette Falls and all of downtown Oregon City, this spot is my current favorite for clients that don’t mind a little rock jumping here and there. Roman is graduating from my Alma Mater, North Clackamas Christian school this year.