Mia | Pit Bull Terrier

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.

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Happy Trails

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.

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Trevor | Glencoe High School

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.

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Backyard Family Portraits

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 homeWinne sought to intentionally create family portraits that her grandchildren will one day cherish and pass on to future generations.

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Petfood Industry Magazine Cover

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!

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Portraits on the Oregon Beach

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.

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