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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Lake Oswego High School senior portrait of girl in black dress on the campus of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon..

Emily | Lake Oswego High School

Emily is a high school senior at Lake Oswego High School who loves listening to music, drwaing, painting and writing. She also performs in theater. And boasts about the fact that she was once in four separate countries in a single week (the United States, Canada, England, and France). Emily aptly describes herself as imaginative, creative, sensitive, and independent. She’s a serious high school student, but also looking forward to planning a road trip with her best friends soon after she graduates! Emily is tall (as in taller than me tall!) with pale skin, strawberry blond hair and beautiful green eyes. As a result, she wanted high school senior pictures that would complement those features, and especially bring out her eyes.

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Black and white portrait of a toddler eating pancakes and eggs at Marias Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Travel to a Total Solar Eclipse

My family and I had an eventful set of trips in August that took us across the country and back to the Eastern Oregon desert to witness a total solar eclipse at totality. Our adventures began with a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota where my wife and I lived just after we were married in 2003.  It had been ten years since we had visited our old haunts. We had a great time taking our two-year old daughter to see our first home and  to visits with old friends.  Of course, we took her to our favorite eating establishments too such Maria’s Cafe, where Kiana enjoyed people watching through the large windows while feasting on eggs and pancakes. We also took the time to visit our favorite parks.  She splashed in puddles at Powderhorn Park. Relaxed in the gross near downtown St. Paul. And put her feet in the mud of the Mississippi River where we gave tribute to our old pup at her favorite dog park.

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