Happy Labor Day! I received an official wedding invitation for the day these two tie the knot and I am soo excited!
I've known this bride to be for a while now and her spirit constantly inspires me. When any sort of trouble comes around the corner that might make me lose it, she'd be the one picking up those around her saying, "Alright, let's do this."
So it's no surprise that during the crazy year of 2020, when the world has seemingly turned upsid down, she is thriving and getting married to this awesome guy.
When shelter in place orders were given right before we were scheduled to shoot their engagement session, they handled it with patience and grace. When we rescheduled, only to wake up to rain that day, they brought an umbrella and danced around the puddles.
There's a pretty cheesey quote I'm sure we've all heard about learning to dance through the storms. That's these two. Please join me in sending out an early congratulations to these two as they set out to take on the world together. Love you guys!
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain”
(Vivian Greene, 2006)
Hey all! How are you doing with everything that's been happenning / not happenning lately? I for one, have been missing taking pictures with all my lovely people out there, and cannot wait to get back to brunching and thrifting. I've been blessed with a job that gives me time at home, allowing me to do my part in slowing the spread of Covid-19. It's been quiet around here.
Today however, my sweet sister needed assistance with something and came for a visit. When I heard she'd be at my place with my nephew (who hadn't had his 3rd Birthday photo sesh with me yet), I pulled togther something cute.
Already out on an essential errand, I stopped by Sugar Cubed Cakes for an assortment of adorable mini cupcakes. I prepared a little cupcake picnic and brought the birthday boy out for a couple pictures.
Please continue staying safe so we can get back to seeing eachother soon, let me know of any future sessions you'd like done when this clears up, and enjoy these at home pictures for now!
Today, I was able to support a local business! If you'd like to do the same, I'm a fan of many places in Gresham, including Gresham Burrito, Spinella's, Local Cow, and Cafe Delerium. These are all places you can get yummy things togo from.
And when we're able to go out again, be sure to do some thrifting at Chase Me Again, and get a massage from Healing Treasures Massage. Both of these places are dear to my heart and are currently closed to protect health and safety where they can.
See you soon!
Last month, I had the honor of photographing the wedding of these two lovely friends of mine. They're a joy to be around and are rockstars in front of the camera, so I saw SO MANY beautiful moments throughout their big day.
The intimate ceremoney was held at The Suttle Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. Let me tell you, this venue had everything. The bride and groom got ready in their respective cabins before a first look on the shoreline of Suttle Lake. Amid their suiting up, the groom bestowed a heartfelt gift to his best man. Vows were then exchanged in a breezy gazebo, before a snowy portrait sesh, and donut reception back at the lodge.
I'm very thankful to have been one of two photographers present. It was both fun and stress relieving to tackle things from different angles, knowing the other had a different view covered. His photos are not included in this post, but I hope to work with him again in the future. I'd also like to give special thanks to the help I recieved from my wonderful husband/assistant, who had a hand in staging the first look.
Please enjoy these highlights of the beautiful day!
With the 2010's over and done,
I'm very happy to say it's been an eventful year to end the decade on!
Working on personal projects, as well as working with some wonderful new clients, I kept busy in 2019. I wanted to share just a few of my favorites, before diving into the new year.
Enjoy these highlights and have a very happy 2020!
Here's the first installment of some upcoming highlights I'll be sharing from last weekend's Holiday Mini Session Event. The title of this post is in reference to the sweater, worn by the adorable little princess of a Frenchie, Stella.
"Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" is a phrase fondly remembered by fans of the classic movie Home Alone, although this little pup prefers to keep herself clean and presentable. She actually refused to sit at first. We soon realized this was due to her not wanting her little bottom to touch the ground. Once placed on the cozy gold throne, she sat very comfortably.
Stella also celebrated her 1st Birthday shortly after this session, so please join me in wishing her a very happy first year of being so very cute!
Enjoy these photos from one of many adorable Holiday Mini Sessions I got to do!
The next Mini Session Event will be February 8th, 2020!
Happy December 1st! I'm sure you're all excited for Christmas and the whole festive month leading up to it! Allow me to give you one present a bit early.
You may have gathered by now that I enjoy taking pictures of dogs, people with their dogs, etc. And if not, well FYI: I love taking pictures of dogs!
This little guy got a photo shoot in celebration of his addition to this happy little family. His new Mama and Papa are absolutely smitten with those big blue eyes, puppy breath, and snuggly fluffiness. So am I! I had so much fun capturing memories of his petite size while lasts. They grow quick, so be sure to get some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season.
Enjoy these highlights (there's a lot), and have a magical December!
Given that this is my last blog post before December, it's time to look back on fall (which technically isn't over yet, but wow it's getting cold) with one of my favorite sessions this season!
This girl right here has been a friend of mine for a long time. Though we've both kept busy and hadn't seen each other in years, this session was a breeze. Not only does she work hard every day to further her career and education, but she can work it for the camera!
We headed over to the Sauvie's Island Pumpkin Patch after work one day and made it just in time for some beautiful evening light. Her husband tagged along, so I was even able to get a couple shots of them being adorable. We caught the last hay ride of the night and had fun admiring and sitting on the best pumpkins.
Shout-out to the artist who'd just finished up her gorgeous sleeve tattoo!
Check out their instagram: @v_a_l_l_e_y
This was also my first session with the new camera I received as a birthday present from my husband and our sweet family! Check out highlights from this fun shoot!
I totally missed blogging last week and here's why! I was surrounded by my wonderful family, having such a fun and busy time.
My sister and her husband came up to visit from out of state. Also visiting from another state, were my brother, his wife, and two of their kids. They joined my local, immediate family in exploring, eating lots of yummy food, and celebrating a birthday!
Along the way, I rounded everyone up for a photo. I was able to take photos of some of the smaller family groups before it started to rain and we headed out for a delicious cake, specially ordered from Tany's Bakery.
After our big family photo, one of my sisters gave us some very exciting news, which I had the privilage of documenting and helping them announce to the world yesterday! I'm so excired to be an auntie again!
It's always so incredibly cool to work with other artists and music is another art I am very fond of. I recently got to do a session with this cool dude who makes music in Portland.
I'll be honest with you. I love photography and I also really love music. It's been a desire of mine for a long time to take photos for musicians. I got to do this earlier last month, featured in my blog post Sunshine and Melodies, and again here.
Pete's played shows in places like Holocene and The Big Legrowski, bringing energy to big crowds with his tech house mixes. He's got some nice, long mixes with a bit of disco thrown into them. They're great listinging, so I recommend you check him out on Mixcloud!
Here are some of my favorites from our session at Washington Park station. Enjoy!
Welcome home to this gorgeous, talented, hard working young lady! She's been putting in some long hours for a while and it's paid off by making her a homeowner! And what do you do when you accomplish something of exciting nature? You have a photo shoot, of course!
It seems to me that most other people around my age are struggling to find comfortable and secure living situations. Many have multiple roommates, or rent with family. It is such a blessing to know your family and friends are there to help when needed, but it is also so inspiring and encouraging to see a friend take a big step like this.
I'm told it took a couple jobs, a bit of time, and determination. Honey, you have my applause and congratulations. And to anyone currently working towards their next home, living situation, or other goal in life, you got this!
I'm so honored to have documented this achievement!
Rebekah Nichele Woodford, Photographer