Ginny & Stephen

I almost thought I'd have to cancel this shoot as it started to rain on the drive into the gorge, and when I got to the trail there was a sign saying the trail was temporarily closed due to a fallen stump... I asked these two how adventurous they were feeling and they promptly replied back "ain't no stump stopping us!" I audibly chuckled, I knew right then and there it'd be a wonderful shoot and it was!

Ginny and Stephen are celebrating 6 years together and each year they go on a road trip. I'm so glad they reached out to have me capture a few moments for them on this years trip! 

We goofed off, climbed over rocks, jumped off logs and even held a short class on adjusting white balance in camera! They are total sweethearts, couldn't be happier for them! 

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photoshoot: we wandered down the road...

both bailey and i get a little stir crazy when the weather keeps us from getting out to shoot... so when we saw that the rain was at a minimal drizzle yesterday we decided to walk the some two blocks down the road to this lil' field of wild flowers. i think it's safe to say we're both pretty stoked on the result, we hope you're too! feedback is appreciated <3 

oh, and p.s. i am thinking of starting to post a set of 5-10 images for every new shoot I do within 1-2 days of the shoot, if this is something you'd like to see please drop a comment and maybe a like to let me know? thanks! <3 

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Rattlesnake Ledge: I'm offering couples photoshoots!

The pursuit of new passions continues and as promised, here is your next update – a pretty big one at that – on this new endeavor! This past weekend I headed up to Washington to attend the @socality Insta-meet, and go on a much needed road trip.

I had a very vague idea of how the weekend might go... I could not have even begun to imagine what was in store, but I can easily say it ended with me feeling more excited to create than I’ve felt in quite some time!

I ran into these two sweethearts, Joelle Friend and Zack Melhus, and ended up doing a very much impromptu couples shoot! This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, but the opportunity hadn’t really presented itself with the recent weather.

They were such a pleasure to work with, and the way they got excited upon seeing the photos on the back of my camera really showed me a new facet of my desire to share moments with people.

With that in mind, I am officially booking couples photo shoots: elopement, engagement, or just you and your sweetheart being cute af in the outdoors! If you’re up for it I’d love to share some laughs with you and your special somone, take you on one of oregon's many long hikes to take in beautiful views and create some dramatic imagery in order to come away with a unqiue story based around your special relationship.

If that’s not for you, low-key hikes are plentiful and the city of Portland has many good venues nearby. If you’d like for me to travel to you, I’m game for that as well.

I am super excited to meet up with you, and create images that you’ll be able to cherish for many years to come!

If you’re interested, I’d love to help tell your story… click HERE to book a shoot.

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Progression: then, now, and what's coming next...

I’ve wanted to make a change for a while now. I’ve wanted to completely shift the way I approach photography and identify my creative self on social media. It has; however, been somewhat of a conundrum for me given that the part of my work I am considering displaying less is still something I very much love to create.  I still LOVE the outdoors; at the very least it’s tied with my love for photography. That part will never change, but I believe it’s time for a change in my creative and social identity.

I have had a desire to create portraits, dive into the realm of capturing human expression for a good while now, in fact a shoot (with Piper Hayworth) I did about a year ago with my old Nikon D3200 really brought that to light for me.

That part is the THEN, which I want to explore with all of you... I thought it would be fun to share this shoot and talk a bit about what I did right, what I could have done better, and how I’ve progressed since then.  I’ve always had a confidence when it comes to composition, it’s a part of my creativity that came naturally to me and has only gotten better after much practices and many mistakes. At the time, when I took the photos in this shoot I also have a fairly good understanding of my camera and how to utilize it to it’s greatest potential.

What I didn’t have was confidence in directing my model, a pre-existing understanding of the location I was shooting, or the proper preparation to give myself enough time. I also didn’t have the foggiest clue how to edit the images I took to get a desirable result, hence why I ditched the entire set and didn’t look back till just the other day… that brings me to the NOW.

I have my fiancée to thank for a lot of my confidence when it comes to portraiture, I probably wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without her around to consistently work with, bounce ideas off of, and learn from. It was through that relationship that I gained the confidence to communicate my ideas to, and direct most any model I’ve worked with since. I still have a lot to learn, which is wonderfully exciting but my ability to take something I envision in my head and bring it to life is above and beyond what it used to be.

I have also slowly but surely gained confidence, direction and uniqueness in my editing. This is a topic, which I could create an entire blog on, so I will leave it at that and let the pictures say the rest (the images in this set are edited today, taken coming up on a year ago).

This leads us to where I want to go from here, and how I want to change my identity as a creative, at least in the sense of what is seen in my images on social media.

I’ve woven a few portraits into my work up till now, and slowly headed in the direction of lifestyle over landscape the past year; however I think a much more drastic change is due. I love portraits, and the diversity of the works that I want to display doesn’t really fit into the current narrative of my feed. I’ve had a lot of doubt about changing that narrative; what will people think, will people lose interested, etc and so forth and so on. The ease of convincing ourselves NOT to do something that is risky or challenging is somewhat frightening.

You may still be wondering what the new direction is… I plan to curate my feed with significantly more portraits, of all sorts (indoors and outdoors), while maintaining the lifestyle narrative and continuing to incorporate landscapes in-between. The ratio will be roughly: one portrait, one lifestyle image, one landscape and then repeat. I won’t follow this precisely, but it’s as near a prediction of how the change and transition will look as I can give.

This is the ‘what’s coming next…”, which I am quite excited about. I am nervous to rebrand, but I know it will be the best way to continue to portray my passion for photography, which I know many of you pick up on…

I plan to continue to do photo blogs (hopefully once a week going forward), from photo-shoots, campouts, all of the above. The narrative of my feed may change, but it will still focus on conveying what I have always tried to convey through my work: a desire to create, capture moments and convey emotion through an ever changing series of images.

I will keep you all updated through captions, blogs, insta-stories etc and I am very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
 

Here’s to continuing this adventure together and pursuing our passions!

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Mind Escape: hot spring hangs with friends

I've spent a lot of time inside lately with the current weather in Oregon. It's been helpful in the sense that I've been able to focus in on some projects and get a lot done (including the completion of the first rendition of my website), but there is a major part of me that's yearning for warmer weather or at least a few dry days. I think my favorite part of rainy days is setting up my workspace next to a window and listening to the sound of raindrops as I work. There's a definite white-noise quality to the sound.

Sitting here, listing to the rain has definitely has made me want to return to this day at a secluded hot springs; spending time with good friends and making new ones. I found myself rejuvenated by both the sights of nature, the fog and steam rolling around us and the sound (or lack thereof) of only the water and our voices. 

I attempted to capture that feeling in this photoset; I'd love to know what you think! 

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Wind Swept: a thor's well photoshoot

We spent the day wandering around the Oregon coast between Yachats and Heceta head lighthouse. The rain drizzled off and on and we found ourselves chasing the patches of light that would peak through the clouds, up and down the coast. We made our final stop at Thor's Well, a spot anyone who enjoys the dramatic swell of the ocean should make a point to see. The wind began to pick up; it had been just as finicky as the rain throughout the day. In order to preface this shoot, there are two things I love most when capturing portraits. The natural touch of wind flowing through hair, and the subtle silhouette of face as one looks over their shoulder, enough to let the hair fall away and frame the face, perfectly. The feeling it captures is one of both mystery, and naturality.  

The following is our attempt to capture that feeling; I hope you enjoy! 

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5 minute portrait session on the coast

In search of a non-snow covered landscapes we headed towards the Oregon coast this past Monday. We were optimistic as we reached Cape Kiwanda, but nearly turned back as it had started to dump buckets on our heads. Just as we were reaching our car the rain began to fade, and the soft light of golden hour made an appearance. We looked at each other and instantly knew we had to shoot something before we left. We love to capture movement in our shoots, so the light wind blowing past us was perfect. What followed was one of the best shoots we've had while working together, and it only lasted 5 minutes.

The following images are what we came up with; I hope you enjoy!  

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