It’s finally autumn in Portland and although I’m so ready for all the PNW vibes, I’m still slightly holding on to summer. This session at Cape Kiwanda was a total blast, these two made it so much fun. We brought all of the tropical vibes including a picnic basket, a record player and pineapple. I had always wanted to do a cozy session with a bed on the beach and it finally happened and these two made my job so easy! It was such an honor capturing these one-year anniversary images for these two.
Happy one-year anniversary, Roni and Daniel!
Shortly after moving to Portland, I did some heavy research to find all of the hidden gems and landscapes all around. After finding the Painted Hills, I was ecstatic! It was only 4 hours from Portland and I had seen it all over the Internet for years. I was ready to cross it off my bucket list so I recommended it to Rachel and Alex and we made a day trip it out of it. Oregon is such a diverse state, theres the coast, mountains and dessert all within a 5 hour radius.
We met up up in Portland and were on our way, chasing the sun. The sun was setting so fast and we were trying to beat the light, luckily we made it just in time after stopping for burgers in the middle of nowhere and passing through wheat fields.
Upon arrival, I was in awe. The vibrant red dirt could be spotted a mile away. We jumped out and quickly began shooting along the wooden pathway. We had 30 minutes to shoot and made it all happen. When you have a couple and locations this photogenic it makes the job easy! We sat and watched the stars slowly appear one by one and we may have done a few donuts in the gravel parking lot.
This was such an incredible night with so many wonderful memories made. Thank you Rachel and Alex for coming with me and exploring. I cannot wait to visit again and camp next time. This place is a beautiful master piece.
Oh, what an adventure! These two were so freakin’ easy to work with. Couples sessions are always so much fun to photograph but when you have a beautiful location like this it gets ten times better. We shot in Bend, Oregon at Sparks Lake. Although it’s hard to tell since the sun was going down, the water was crystal clear! This was my first time in Bend and I loved it so much. Bend has the most insane views of the mountains, a ski lodge and tons of local restaurants and coffee shops all around – I am definitely going back this winter to go skiing! I hope you enjoy these images. This was such a memorable night!
Photographing Michael and Matt was such a fun experience! We started off the evening with an in-home session in their beautiful home right outside of Portland. We stayed and chatted for a while before heading to the coast for a sunset session. We first visited Ecola State Park, one of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest. The sun streaks cast through the dark forest and made for the most dreamy light to photograph. After, we made our way to my favorite lowkey beach on the Oregon Coast, Hug Point. Hug Point is just right down the road from Ecola State Park and is so quaint and lowkey. Lots of families and friends come here to watch the sunset and build bonfires, which is one of my new favorite things to do. We ran around the beach for a while drinking ciders and watching the sunset slowly drop below the ocean. It was such a beautiful view with the smell of crisp bonfires all around drifting with the wind. During the session, I alos wanted to grab some product shots of the new “LOVE” sweatshirts that the Human Rights Campaign recently released. As we were about to start shooting the campaign for HRC we noticed a family was getting ready to leave and they kindly let us borrow their bonfire for some shots, which easily became my favorite! At first, I was nervous because the sun had already set, my camera settings were getting higher and higher and they orange lights on their skin were extremely harsh. Luckily, with some editing and shooting RAW, I got the job done with some Lightroom and Photoshop tricks and couldn’t be happier with these results! We finished the night with seafood and “mocktails” before a long drive back to Portland! Sweet summer nights on the coast like these are what bring me so much joy. Cheers to new friendships, adventure and a memorable first summer in Oregon.