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.

Portrait of two sisters in a field with daisies and vintage dresses.


Samantha and Isabel embody sisterhood despite their difference in age. Isabel is about to turn four years old and Samantha is a high school senior at Robert A. Long High School. After graduation, Samantha is headed to Ireland for college, so Mom wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to take some family portraits of the two of them together and as individuals. They were looking for outdoor portraits with a variety of backgrounds and outfits. As a result, we settled on two separate locations. The first was at Clackamas County’s Eagle Fern Park where we photographed the girls against a backdrop of green ferns and old growth forest. The second location was in a natural area near Barton, Oregon where the golden fields provided a perfect idyllic setting to display the connection that is shared by these two girls.


Headshots for Business Professionals

When it comes to personal marketing, a great professional headshot is the cornerstone to your success. The right headshot will give people a positive first impression and is a powerful tool for sharing your personality and ensuring that people will remember who you are. One thing that makes professional headshot portraits with Brian Pasko Photography unique is the time I spend with each client to understand their goals and create a unique portraits session for that individual. As a result, the types of headshots taken through my studio are as unique as the individuals that I photograph.

Two year old girl chasing her own shadow on a chilly day on Beverly Beach in Oregon.

Chilly Day on Beverly Beach

The Oregon Coast can be downright cold in early spring but that didn’t stop our famiy from spending a chilly day on Beverly Beach this May! Beverly Beach is one of Oregon’s most popular. And its long stretch of sandy beaches make it an ideal location for playful dogs, kids, family photographers and sunbathers.

Fashion portrait of woman in business casual outfit.

Testing and Technique

Testing new techniques and learning from other professionals is the hallmark of a certified professional photographer. I am constantly searching for new creative ideas that I can bring to my client’s high school senior, family or other portrait session. The images in this blog post were shot in a studio and also outdoors in downtown Portland, Oregon. They are examples of what happens when photographers and models get together to experiment with new techniques, share our skills, and help each other improve our craft. Moreover, everything here can be brought into a portrait session scheduled with my studio!  Do you see something here that you like?  Have another creative idea?  Let’s talk about how we can apply these concepts to your high school senior pictures, your next family portrait session, or a creative fashion shoot designed just for you!

Professional headshot portrait of an eight year old girl for competitive dance,

Headshots for Competitive Dance

Eight-year old Abby is a competitive dancer. She needed some professional head shots that she could submit with her dance competition applications and I was more than happy to oblige! Now, it’s an understatement to suggest that this girl loves to dance. And she’s one fireball of energy.