Black Dog in White Snow

I am often asked by pet owners how to photograph their back dogs, especially in white snow or other bright conditions. They find that their cameras will often capture the scene reasonably well, but their dogs appear as black blobs with little or no detailI am the proud owner of a black and white border collie rescue dog. She’s still a puppy, and this winter was her first experience romping in the snow. The images in this post were taken during a walk we took on a remote logging road in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest.
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Senior picture of high school senior boy with portrait against brick wall.

Ben | Metro East Web Academy

Ben is a high school senior in Gresham who attends Metro East Web Academy, an online public high school here in Oregon. He is a creator of video and a practitioner of parkour. Ben chose to do his senior portraits at Fairview Community Park in Wood Village. Fairview Community Park is a small area that is packed with a myriad of backgrounds and senior picture possibilities! We started Ben’s shoot just outside of the community park. A nearby residential area offers an urban type atmosphere with brick walls and concrete structures. We even took advantage of a large dumpster and garbage disposal area to create an interesting (one could even say handsome) grunge look that is perfect for high school senior guys!

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Southridge High School Senior boy with senior portraits against mural on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon.

Julian | Southridge High School

Southridge High School’s Julian is an adventurous artist and he wanted to do something fun and unique for his high school senior portraits. I specialize in cool and unique on-location high school senior pictures, and I’m always up for a fun adventure!  When I asked Julian about his extracurricular activities, drawing was at the top of Julian’s list (followed closely by playing mmprog video games and hanging out friends). He was also excited about getting his first car this summer and is slowly venturing out and driving.Because of Julian’s artistic interests, trendy style, and his willingness in doing something a bit outside of the box, we decided to create some one-of-a-kind senior portraits for Julian in the Alberta Art District in Portland, Oregon. Alberta Street in Portland has become known for its many creative street murals.

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Bride and Groom before wedding near Laurelhurst Park in Portland.

Laurelhurst Park Wedding

Emma and JD’s wedding took place at the the Laurelhurst Club–just across the street from Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon where they first met while playing frisbee. Before their wedding ceremony, Emma and her bridal party got ready at the home of a family friend about a mile from Laurelhurst Park. And then Emma and JD met each other at the bottom of the brick stairs at Laurelhurst Park where the bride and groom saw each other for the first time. At the time of their wedding, multiple forest fires were burning in the region. The smoke that was high in the atmosphere created a bright orange warm light as the late afternoon sun moved lower in the sky. This provided a beautiful back light to their portraits in the park.

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Family portrait taken along a fence at Powell Butte Nature Park.

Family Portraits at Powell Butte

Family portraits at Powell Butte nature park in Portland are always special. But come fall, when the late summer sun kisses Powell Butte’s golden fields, family portraits taken there seem to have an extra sparkle. They give off an almost magical luminescence. And photographing the Smith Family—Annie, James, Michael, Mathew, and Ellie—turned out to be as magical as the location we chose for their portraits.

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Portrait of a bride and her bouquet before her wedding outside a Victorian home at the Heisen House Vineyard in Battle Ground Washington.

Heisen House Vineyard Wedding

Tim and Tanna were married at the Heisen House Vineyards, surrounded by pastoral farm land near Battle Ground, Washington. The vineyard features a nationally registered historic barn along with a beautifully landscaped turn of the century Victorian style home, where Tanna and her bridal party dressed before her wedding. The vinyard is also home to a variety of free-range chickens and one comfortably dressed dog. The event took place outdoors in a small field below a giant tree. The wedding ceremony was short and simple and included a tree planting ceremony, which symbolized the love that Tim and Tanna share and how their relationship will continue to grow.

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