May Day

For love of light and life. This is why I do what I do. Sometimes, I’m inspired simply by the blooms on a tree, knowing their ephemeral nature. Sometimes, it’s a person, or a glance. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS by beautiful light. But more than that, it is that there is life running through all of this…coursing, breathing, beaming…and this is the true reason to be inspired again and again.

Oh, and Happy May Day! I remember making baskets out of construction paper and filling them with wild flowers, forget-me-nots and daisies, then placing them on our neighbors’ doorsteps, ringing the doorbell and running to our hiding spot to watch their reaction! This day has a very special day in my heart. Have a very wonderful day full of happy, little surprises!

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p.s. I also shot some Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji 400H with my medium format camera that I’ll be processing and posting soon!



Film photography | Jumping on the bandwagon…and loving it

About a year ago I got really excited about the idea of shooting film. But, I didn’t want to be the one who jumps on the bandwagon, just because everyone else was doing it.

I bought a film camera though, just to check it out. I played a bit and I loved so many of the images I was getting back from the lab. In general, I would shoot a roll here and there during engagement sessions and even at a few weddings. So, I never really felt like I got to know my camera very well and didn’t feel like I could trust it anymore than something to play around with.

Sadly, I haven’t used it much more than that, but I am increasingly being won over by its superior beauty. The way Kodak Portra and Fuji 400h handle the highlights just makes my toes tingle. While I thought maybe this was a passing phase, I am more convinced than ever that I will be incorporating more seriously film shooting into my work flow. I might not become a full-time film shooter any time soon, but I most certainly will be shooting many more engagement sessions solely on film and ramping up my film usage at weddings! It’s really exciting to think about how this will change my work flow and really will slow me down (which is something I’ve been longing to do with my work).

Here are a few frames from the past few months from film I just got back from Richard Photo Lab including images from the shoot I did with Melinda Rose Heirloom Bridal and from Katie & Jerry’s Whistler wedding!

Special hearts…a very portland engagement | Portland Oregon Wedding Photographers

I’ve known one half of the couple known as “Ginathan” for a long time…like, for his entire life. Jonathan is my nephew and I met him the day he was born. I was 9 years old on that day. He was fascinating to me…I was so happy to have a little baby in our family and simultaneously I couldn’t wait for him to just grow up already so we could just hang out and talk…and go get pizza on Hawthorne and go thrift-store shopping and get coffee…and all the fun things we would eventually get to do as we became adults. Jonathan is not just a nephew to me, he is a brother and a really good friend. He is quite honestly the best listener I know. He loves to laugh and make people laugh and he’s a lot like me…he’s empathetic…putting himself in the other person’s shoes and imagining what it must be like to be the other.

When I met Gina last year there was something familiar about her. We sat next to each other at a mother’s day celebration at our favorite family restaurant, the Mcmenamins Edgefield. She sat, smiling quietly, listening intently, and laughing…a lot. She was so open and genuine. She seemed to care so much about all of us and I couldn’t help but think she just fit right in…

It was Christmas of last year that I knew she was one of us. She put up with our 3 hour gift exchange, she didn’t think we were weird for having a “theme” for the day (this year it was “an Italian Chrismas” (complete with a Chocolate Mousse-alini” Pie), and she didn’t role her eyes leading up to, during, or after the obligatory and ubiquitous “Stevens’ family goodbye” (a 30-45 minute ritual that involves people gathering near the door, talking, hugging, talking some more, making plans, changing plans, hugging, standing outside the door, saying, “goodbye”, hugging, getting in the car, talking, and saying, “goodbye” again and leaving…while waving goodbye.) This is kind of the gatekeeping mechanism that keeps those faint-of-heart significant others out…Gina has no such heart. She puts up with it and even participates with gusto! I have NO doubt Jonathan has found his soulmate. Gina is already like family to me. I look forward to many more days of pizza eating, thrift-store shopping andA  coffee drinking with these two special hearts! Congratulations, Ginathan! I love you!!!

Special thanks to:

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (45th & Division)

The Woodsman Tavern

People’s Coop

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p.s. Please leave your love for Gina and Jonathan in the comments below…