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Had a fun time tromping around the Gorge and exploring waterfalls with this Senior from Ridgefield High School. Thanks for the fun shoot Chase. You are one in a million, you absolutely glow from the inside out.
Had a great time shooting this intimate and classy backyard wedding for Jami and Simon. Congratulations you two, you are beautiful together!
I’m a native Oregonian and a huge fan of shooting in the great outdoors whenever possible. One thing I get asked when planning a photo session is, “What do we do if it rains?” This is a more than valid question in the great Northwest. I typically do everything I can to make a session come together as planned, but when push comes to shove and rainstorm, a heat wave, or a dreaded sharknado hits, we can always move the session indoors to my studio. A lot of people think of stiff headshots and department store imagery when they hear studio, but studio photography can be just as fun and fresh as shooting in the outdoors – if you have a plan and a few fun props and accessories.
You’d never guess it but these images from Malina’s session were shot on a dreary rainy day in Portland, yet they are the epitome of fun, summery images. Here are my five tips for creating a great senior session in bad weather.
1) Add some Color!
For this session we shot all natural light, with some large windows helping us out. We used a few colorful paper backdrops to add some flair. For this session we chose simple soft colors, but you could go for it with yourDiscount brand name cymbalta from a vintage store or even a Buying diovan in canada.
Don’t be afraid to go big with your outfit choices. From bright colors to bold swaths of fabric, the studio is a great place to show off some fun style!
Having an item to pose with or shoot through will add interest to any portrait session and help create the mood and tell a story. For this session, I was going for a more tropical feel, so I foraged a few flowers that were in bloom and bought the biggest Monstera leaf I could find. I absolutely love how it came out in the images.
4) Move it.
Whether it’s shaking that hair, doing jump shots, or catching the movement of a beautiful flowing fabric. Move. It’s lots of fun, I promise.
Have fun with adding color and style into your makeup. You can begin the session with light makeup and add a brighter lip color or eye color as you go. It’s much harder to dial it back, so adding as you go can be a great way to achieve a variety of looks.
All that said! I can’t wait for our next session and I hope it goes as planned – if its raining fiery hailstones, rest assured that I’ll have your back and make our studio session fun!
It’s that season where we’re ready to shake off our winter coats and dream of travel adventures. Here are some lovelies from a travel inspired bridal shoot. Hope they make your day a little brighter.
Floral and styling by the fabulous Juli Vaughn
Modeling: Bailey River
Dress: ANIA Bridal
Invite Design: Sarah Collins of Neon Grounds
October 21st was one of those rare days in Portland, when it not only rains but it rains sideways. There were flash floods that day, due to the sudden deluge. Water is not the only thing it was raining that day. Monica and Spyros made it rain paper at their reception too. You’ll see. I will now believe clients, when I hear that they’re having a “Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Their wedding was complete with a belly dancer, greek musician, and a fight over the bouquet. I had so much fun spending the day with these two, not even the monsoon could dampen the spirits of this wedding. Congratulations Monica and Spyros, you two are magic together.
Our attempt at a Vanity Fair style bridal party portrait.
Had to up my light lighting game for this wedding. I’m loving this 3 point lighting setup.
As I promised the second rain of the day. The dance floor had to be cleaned in between dances, so that no one would slip on them dollah bills.
Have I mentioned yet that I LOVE High School Senior Photos!?! In case I forgot to say so, I absolutely love them. This year I was contacted by Catalina, a senior at Westside Christian. Catalina is a creative as well as an amazing athlete, and Water Polo player. She wanted senior photos that were totally unique, so I decided to approach the shoot more like styled fashion shoot. Given that she spends most of her time in the water, we knew water had to be a big part of the shoot. I let her inspiration and excitement set in, as I brainstormed ideas and locations for her big shoot. On the day of we had so much fun exploring and taking some risks. So much so, that at the end of the night we found ourselves under a bridge down by the river, just after nightfall. Ooops. It just seems finding myself in dodgy situations is just a part of the way I work. At the end of the day I’m tickled by the result of these senior photos. Thanks Catalina and Roxanne for your ideas, style and willingness to take it to the mattresses with river folk, should it have come to it.
For more creative senior ideas, check out this inspiration board https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/senior-photo/
I’m so excited to share these senior photos from an on location senior portrait session in Downtown Portland. Kamala has a flair all her own. I get a lot of inspiration from my subjects and strive to let them shine in their own way. I had a lot of fun shooting creative portraits for her that let her unique style and personality shine. Big thanks to Kamala for being such a fun creative model!
I’m so excited to share this gem of my personal inspiration shoot, recently published on Chic Vintage Brides. Below is a little about my inspiration and the contributors.
In my hours spent wandering through the halls of European art galleries, I’ve always been inspired and drawn in by the quiet perfection and romantic elegance of Victorian and Dutch paintings. My heart still skips a beat when I think of the Dutch Masters and the classic style of the Vanidades, a collection of symbolic still life paintings created by a group of Dutch painters. I wanted to give an ode to these intentionally composed paintings; filled with richly draped fabrics, lush flowers and moody light.
This shoot took place in Portland, Oregon fittingly known as the home of the artist. The palette was chosen to give a soft fresh airy look to these painterly images. I was so lucky to team with amazing creatives who immediately understood the vision and added their own spin, making the shoot even more than I had imagined.
The amazing Renee Tophia of Eden Willow and I hand painted a backdrop to match the style and give this shoot an editorial fine art feel. The gown by BHLDN matched in elegance and simplicity with just a touch of flow and movement. Heather at Summersweet Design did an amazing job with her structured yet cascading arrangements. She was even able to whip together a beautiful flowering branch in the off season. Kellye Jameson made us swoon with her choice of blushes and nudes for makeup and the matching hairstyle was nothing short of perfection. The shoes were provided by Miz Mooz, a small vintage inspired shoe company out of New York. The bespoke Portland boutique, The Salty Tea Cup, furnished the accessories from their private label made by owner Karen Urban from repurposed vintage jewelry.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to have had the chance to bring this personal dream of a shoot to life.
Photography & Styling – Becca Blevins Photography // Wedding Dress – BHLDN // Bridal Shoes – Miz Mooz // Floral Design – Heather of Summersweet Design // Hair & Makeup – Kellye J Hair and Makeup// Jewels – Karen Urban of Salty Tea Cup // Vintage Furniture – 55 York Design Studio //