Military Cadets at the All Services Academies Ball at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Service Academies Ball

Over the holidays I had the honor of photographing the All Service Academies Military Ball at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.  It’s a prestigious affair for Oregon and Southwest Washington cadets and their families who are enrolled in the Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Service Academies. The evening began with a cocktail hour, where the military cadets posed for formal portraits with their dates and families in a beautifully decorated room at the Benson Hotel.  A tall Christmas tree decorated with lights, large bulbs and lace added a touch of holiday spirit to the event.

Cleveland High School senior portrait picture of senior girl sitting casually on wooden fence near wetland.

Samantha | Cleveland High School

Cleveland High School’s Samantha is itching to graduate and travel the world with her best friend. She’s an outgoing volleyball player, adventurous and loves to make people laugh! Several years ago I had the privilege of photographing Sam’s sister for her Cleveland High School senior portraits. Sam’s sister Abigale and I had a blast taking her senior pictures, so I was expecting to have a lot of fun with Sam. And she sure didn’t’ disappoint!

Portrait of one year old baby in a cat dress standing with her two pet cats.

The Cat Lady

My 15 month-old daughter, Kiana, considers our two cats her best friends.  Meeko, a white cat with brown spots, is a rambunctious one year old kitten and she gives Kiana a run for her money.  Pigeon, our fourteen year-old black cat reluctantly puts up with the antics of the other two.  As you can imagine,…

Picture of Glencoe High School senior girl with senior portrait in a black and white plaid shirt.

Claire | Glencoe High School

Glencoe High School’s Claire is a senior who is classy, confident, and complex. “My personality is full of contradictions,” she says. “I’m shy, but I like to stand out. I tend to be a leader, to push shyness away when there is a task to get done. I’m curious and adventurous, but I am incredibly conscience of the negative outcomes my explorations could have.” “I have an eclectic style. I love classic looking clothes but I also enjoy very modern and original looks. My casual clothes are dressier than most,” says Claire. And she is already wise beyond her years and committed to making the world a better place. “What really forms my personality,” she says, “are my morals.” “I do my best to always have a positive impact on those around me—from smiling to passers by, to complimenting people who look down, to helping people.“

Headshot portrait of a senior girl taken for the Sunset High School yearbook at Horsetail waterfall in the Columbia Gorge.

Madelyne | Sunset High School

Sunset High School senior Madelyne (her friends call her Maddy) describes herself as adventurous, ambitious, and passionate leader who loves “hiking, camping, and exploring, especially at all of the beautiful waterfalls in the area.” So, when it came time to create her once-in-a-lifetime senior portraits, we set out for an adventure amongst the waterfalls of…

Portrait of the ring bearer in Scottish Kilt at wedding at the Castaway in Portland, Oregon.

Castaway Wedding

Janse and Jessica have been best friends for a very long time, and their eclectic interests certainly shone through on their wedding day at the Castaway in downtown Portland, Oregon.  The bridesmaids were dressed to the nines in classy red dresses. And the Groomsmen were not to be outdone in their Green Scottish kilts complete…