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Author session: Gates of Thread and Stone

My Sis-in-law Lori M. Lee (Kay’s sister) is an Author but just as important manages to juggle in being a full-time mom. Wow! Her first book: Gates of Thread and Stone, (it’s a Young Adult genre novel… you know? like Hunger Games, etc.) is getting published and will be released August 5th! You can pre-order it on Amazon HERE.

I can’t say enough how proud I am of her dedication and determination in reaching this achievement… and how excited I am for her and also for myself to finally get to read this mysterious book that I knew she was piecing together throughout the years! (wow what a mega run-on sentence.. she’s shaking her head right now!)

Here’s the cover reveal to her new book: Gates of Thread and Stone. Looks mysterious huh? I’m looking forward to it!! (as long as there aren’t any vampire love stories, which I dont think there will be)

Also, we wanted to share these photos of Lori we took over 2 years ago. Who knew her life would change so dramatically over the course of those short years. She had a baby, quit her job to focus on her kids and her writing, and now is getting her first novel published!

She chose one of these photos for her author photo. Yays! Click through and see which one she chose!

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Posted in: Photography, Portraits   |   Tags: author photo, Gates of Thread and Stone, Lori M. Lee, YA author   |   3 Comments

Arrow to the heart

Emmy and Robert are two of the nicest people you will ever meet! We loved being able to see a little bit into their daily life and oh what fun things they enjoy doing together! Ty and I have never tried archery but it’s going on our bucket-list of things to do together. So cool. And any chance to go and play in the river gets everyone in a fun and playful mood. Can’t wait to be a part of their special wedding day!

Oh and just I wanted to mention that if you’re looking for a fabulous hair and make-up artist, please check out the very talented Rosie Nguyen from Studio Luxe Hair and Skin Spa​. Emmy’s make-up looked spot on for her active outdoor session!

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Posted in: Couples, Engagements, Photography   |   Tags: fishing, Nikon D700 photos, outdoor, outdoor engagement, Portland engagement photographer   |   1 Comment

Golden engagement

I just absolutely love the color of light during the golden hours of the day. Here’s a quick look into Catherine and Richard’s engagement session. Sharing more from this outdoor session soon!

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Posted in: Couples, Engagements, Photography   |   Tags: golden hour, outdoor, outdoor engagement, Portland Couples Photographer, Portland engagement photographer, sneak peek   |   Leave a comment

Portrait: Amy Fay… Daydream

We spent a breezy CA afternoon with the beautiful Amy Fay. A gorgeous gal and green rolling hills for a backdrop? How could you go wrong?! Here are some of our favs from Amy Fay’s Daydream session.

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Posted in: Photography, Portraits   |   Tags: Amy Fay, broad daylight, CA portrait photographer, hillside, Horse, spring photos, summer   |   Leave a comment

California wedding

What a beautiful day it was for a California wedding! So excited to share this sneak peek of Nancy and Zheng’s special day. Can we just say that Nancy looked gorgeous! Can’t wait to share the rest!

update: See the full post with the rest of the photos!

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Posted in: Photography, Weddings   |   Tags: Fresno Wedding Photographer, sneak peek   |   2 Comments

Family portrait: Portland visit

What a terrific afternoon we had with Kia and Eric’s family! They were in Portland visiting their daughter, who just moved here for college, and wanted a quick family session together. Isn’t packing for a trip always more fun than unpacking? Unless, that is, you make a mess of it and then jump on top of the mess you’ve created–then that’s fun! We started off in their quite homey hotel room and then walked around downtown Portland until little Ellanor put her foot down and said she wanted to go play. She was pure cuteness!

By the way, loved Kia’s hair and make-up which was done by the talented Rosie Nguyen from Studio Luxe Hair and Skin Spa​.

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Posted in: Family, Photography, Portraits   |   Tags: family, family portrait session, outdoor family photos, Portland family session   |   Leave a comment

Oregon coast bridal session

I love Day-after Bridal sessions (aka Trash the Dress sessions) because we get the Bride and Groom all to ourselves! Now let me start off by saying, this is a surprise post for our dear niece Evelyn! She wasn’t expecting to see her full wedding photos AND these photos all in one day. So how were we supposed to top Evelyn and Jerry’s beautiful garden wedding photos? By wisping them away to ends of the Oregon coast!

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Posted in: Bridal, Couples, Photography, Weddings   |   Tags: beach, beach bridal, bridal, Nikon D600 photos, Nikon D90 photos, Oregon Beach session, trash the dress   |   8 Comments

Portland Wedding: Evelyn + Jerry

Whenever we meet up with wedding clients who are looking for a photographer, one of the things we always stress to them is to find a photographer they completely trust. We advise them to do their research ahead of time, then ultimately choose the photographer who they believe are able to create the photos AND tell the story that every couple has envisioned of their wedding day. This is the best way to ensure a stress-free day. So when we have a couple who completely entrusts us to document their wedding day, it makes us want to work that much harder to OH-WOW them! ahah

And this leads us to our story of Evelyn and Jerry. We’re so excited to share with you their Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden wedding story because their vision of their special day perfectly matched our style of wedding photography. We loved photographing the beauty and joyful spirit of their special day and hopefully they will love and gush over their images as much as we did! We enjoyed their photos for so many reasons, but one of them being… Evelyn is our niece, so we’re a little partial to this wedding story!

Ok, enough blabbering–onto the photos! And if you haven’t quite gotten the hint yet, this is going to be a mega-post! Our apologies in advance for killing your scroll-bars!

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Posted in: Photography, Weddings   |   Tags: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Wedding, Nikon D600 photos, Nikon D700 photos, outdoor wedding, Portland Wedding Photographer   |   7 Comments

Senior portrait: Katie

We’ve known Katie for a few years now and throughout that time we’ve gotten to see her grow into a wonderful young lady who, while sharing with us her plans for college, got me emotional but excited to see her so enthusiastic about this next chapter of her life. I only wish more kids her age were as self-motivated! Anyways, when Katie asked us to do her senior photos, she sent along a list of wardrobe options she had in mind–which of course, got my attention immediately! We love when our clients put effort into their appearance…it shows they are willing to go that extra mile for a beautiful photograph and it certainly gets us into the mood to do some fun storytelling! We adore Katie and could photograph her all day, or until she runs out of outfits to change into–she’s so easy and fun to work with!

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Posted in: Photography, Portraits, Seniors   |   Tags: outdoor session, Portland Senior Photographer, pretty senior photos, senior portrait   |   2 Comments

FAQ Fridays: What’s in our gear bag?

Here’s a video sharing with you what we pack in our photography gear bag for weddings and portraits, and also the reasons why we pack them. The first part of the video goes over our main gear Cameras + Lenses. The second half of the video goes over lighting equipment and accessories. I had intended this to be a quick video, but the GadgetGeek got the best of me.. sorry. There are a few unexpected things in our bags that may just help you out next time, pay close attention!

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