Jessica is a special high school senior at Lake Oswego High School. She’s creative, artistic, and full of energy. She says she’s a bit shy around new people, but if you met her for the first time you sure wouldn’t know it! She enjoys reading and writing stories. And loves music, dance, choir, and acting. She cares deeply for the people around her likes hanging out with her friends. And she’s an adventurous soul too. Jessica had her heart set on taking her high school senior Portraits in the mountains or by a river. But not any old river, mind you. She was adamantly against having her senior portraits taken along some large, slow-moving river, like the Columbia or the Willamette. Instead, Jessica was after whitewater. She had just come back from a whitewater rafting trip with her family. So Jessica and her mom began scouting for the perfect location for her high school senior pictures.
My friend Matt was in a pinch a few weeks back and asked me to care for his Pit Bull Terrier, Mia. It was just for a few days while his family was out of town, so I was happy to oblige. And while most people might see this as a simple pet sitting gig, I saw a willing subject and an opportunity to make some portraits! Pitt Bulls get a bad rap. But let me tell you, this 2 year-old pup is one sweet and lovable lap dog. When she wasn’t at my side wanting her belly rubbed and her ear’s scratched, she was begging me to throw her ball for a seemingly endless game of catch.
There’s nothing like a happy toddler chasing the family dog along national forest trails. Or swimming in the cool mountain lakes of the Pacific Northwest. In these days of ipads, cell phones, and other pervasive electronic gadgets, our family has made a concious effort to give our toddler an anundance of outdoor time — while limiting time spent in front of a screen. Family hikes and camping vacations are one way we make this happen. It’s a great opportunity to make lasting memories and capture some beautiful family portraits too.
Glencoe High School’s Trevor is an Eagle Scout and wants to be a nuclear scientist. He describes himself as a homebody who can be a bit shy, reserved, and melancholic at times. But he’s also funny, caring, and super smart! When Trevor’s not filling out his application to Oregon State University, he enjoy’s playing video games and watching TV with his family. He’s a big fan of the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and likes to follow national politics. When it comes to music, however, he can’t pick a favorite. All he can say is “heavy metal is definitely not for me!” When it came time to plan his senior portraits, Trevor was pretty easy going. He was willing to wear the dress pants and shirt that his mom picked out. And even his scouting uniform. As long as he could also wear his standard: jeans, a hoody, and his blue fedora.
Earlier this summer, Winnie went searching for a photographer. She needed beautiful family portraits she could hang on the walls of her Happy Valley home. After stumbling upon my website, she scheduled a phone conversation with me to learn more. And it didn’t take long to discover that we were a match! Winnie and her husband Manuel have a beautifully manicured backyard. And they live in their home with Winnie’s 100-year-old mother! Winnie did not just want photographs of her with her mom and grandchildren. Instead, she wanted framed artwork that she could hang in her foyer and family room. She also wanted to gift canvasses to her son and daughter in law so that they would also have family portraits hanging in their home. Winne sought to intentionally create family portraits that her grandchildren will one day cherish and pass on to future generations.
It was raining cats and mice the day I photographed Eric Koppleman and his two dogs for the cover of Petfood Industry magazine! more! But the weather was perfect, as he wanted his portraits to have a “Pacific Northwest” feel. So Eric dawned a rain parka and we let the rain-soaked ferns and trees set the ambiance. Eric is the Chief Financial Officer and the public face of Blue Dog Bakery. It’s a company that has made a big name for itself in the Petfood Industry! Blue Dog Bakery bakes healthy, “super-premium” pet treats. My border collie rescue Mittens devours them. And they are readily available at almost any grocery store throughout the United States. Check them out at https://bluedogbakery.com!
Oregon’s Beach Bill was passed in 1967 allowing free beach access to everyone. It’s unique as far as state laws go, and it’s one of the many things that make Oregonian’s proud. It also makes my young daughter and her puppy very happy. The beach is a pretty amazing place to photograph. It’s the perfect setting for a family portrait, for candid images of children and dogs playing on the beach, or even for that standout personal branding headshot.
Orcas Island is the largest island in the San Juan archipelago, a chain of islands located in the Salish Sea in Northwest Washington. One of my favorite places on the Island is Rustic Falls, a small waterfall along Cascade Creek inside Moran State Park on Orcas Island. The water gracefully cascades about 10 feet into a shallow pool. And a large tree rests at the top of the falls, providing for a unique and interesting photograph. This image, entitled “Forces of Nature” recently merited at the Professional Photographer Association’s International Print Competition.
Gavin Frye is a licensed psychotherapist, counselor, and mentor with more than 35 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and entrepreneurial leaders. He is warm and authentic and genuinely interested in transforming the lives of those around him for the better. When Gavin approached me about helping him create professional headshots to launch his new website, I was honored to help someone who has dedicated his life to helping others.