Last weekend, I was given the very fun honor of shooting senior portraits with this cool guy. We toyed with the idea of a few different locations, but ultimately fell in love with this one, as it reminded us of a castle.
This senior has put in the work and has so much contagious joy. I'd say he deserves a castle!
To get this castle look, we visited Joseph Wood Hill Park on RockyButte. Built in the 1930's, this park does have a very classic look that reminds me of architecture found in the Columbia River Gorge. The high elevation also provide beautiful views of surrounding mountains.
There were definitely some laughs had. Enjoy highlights from this fun shoot!
About a week ago, I was feeling some strong urges to take self portraits and make composites. I've always loved composite imagery and surrealism. While studying photography at MHCC, I practiced both by making a series of portraits in which each subject was holding a frame. Through the magic of editing, I made each subject appear to be invisible, but only where the frame would cover them. This allowed viewers to see what was behind the person photographed, while also still seeing a part of them.
Naturally, I named the series, "What's Behind You?". I feel my artistic abilities have improved since that series, but I'm happily transparent and constantly working to further my skills. That being said, you're welcome to view the old series by clicking here.
This time around, I wanted to reuse my trusty old frame, but I wanted to do it one better. I took it a step further and rather than just making whatever was in the frame appear invisible, I decided to make it look as though someone were actually being transported through the frame, to Somewhere Else.
In a single afternoon, with additional modeling and assistance from my stunning friend Makenna(pictured 1st), we've created four images for your viewing pleasure. The series will officially be named "Somewhere Else", as it was inspired by my childhood longings to be swept away in some sort of magical adventure. I plan to continue the series with future instalments down the road, so keep an eye out!
This week, I'd like to share a little throwback from before the sun left us last year.
A client introduced me to this little gem called Wintler Park and I love it! If you're looking for a chill beach area in the Portland area, this Vancouver spot is just across the river from the Portlan Airport. While I quickly became obsessed with this lovely view of the river, the park also has nice wooded areas that showcased some gorgeous fall colors.
We were even treated with some tunes on the ukulele. How fitting for the surroundings, right?
Big thanks to this young man and his family that arranged this session. Congrats on your upcoming graduation!
If you haven't gotten your senior's portrait taken this year, now is the time!
This lovely lady and I took a walk around the Powell Butte Nature Park. With a variety of open and wooded scenery, this is definitely a favorite spot of mine for portrait taking. The colors of autumn are here and we had so much fun playing in them!
Enjoy these highlights of our nice little stroll.
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These two were such a joy to photograph and celebrate this past summer! We took some portraits at The Grotto before heading to their beautifuly decorated tent wedding! All of the food and decor was prepaired by these two and their loved ones. They were such sweet and welcoming hosts. The Groom himself even delivered beverages to guests moments before the ceremoney.
Please enjoy some highlights from their big day!
Congratulations to this perfect pair!
I couldn't be more excited about this engagement! My wonderful sister in law got herself a perfect gentleman and they plan on tying the knot next summer. To celebrate their engagement, we took a drive to the Annual Dahlia Festival at the Swan Island Dahlias for a photo session.
I adore pairing this girl's hair with popping colors, as seen in early blog posts, Autumn Grace Part 1 and Part 2.
These two are the sweetest and I can't wait to be a part of the big day next year! Enjoy these engagement highlights!
In the third installment of Hood To Coast introductions, I'd like you to meet my super cool brother in law, Josh. He became a part of the team in 2013 as a volunteer with his new wife (daughter of Gary) and started running with us the following year.
Josh has always had running in his blood and casualy enjoyed it, but really picked it up in recent years. He's participated in 9 half marathons and finished his first full marathon, the Blooms To Brews this past April. Josh quickly became one of the fastest runners on our team and has tackled difficult legs, such as #5. He plans to run the Boring Marathon in the month following Hood To Coast 2018.
You may have seen him in previous blog posts with portraits of his sweet little family, like the image shown above. Josh works hard for his family and builds beautiful tables with Jewell Hardwoods. Each of their creations is a unique work of art.
Josh trains very hard and is sure to rock this relay.
As a fantastic runner, artist, and family man, this is one to look out for!
A Hood To Coast team needs 12 runners, if each is to run 3 of the 36 legs it takes to get from Timberline to Seaside. When your team has been participating for almost a decade, things don't always line up for the same 12 people every year. Because of this, we often get to introduce new participants to the 200 mile relay. This week, I'd like you to meet our 2 latest recruits!
Pam is a wonderful wife and mother. (To her human and puppy children too!)
10 week old Max tagged along with her for the shoot and absolutely stole the spotlight, and my heart!
Johannah is a little new to the running scene, but has picked up a fantastic pace, joining Dad (Gary) and I at local running events like the Shamrock and Starlight.
Watch out for these fierce new runners in Hood to Coast 2018!
Tune in next week to meet more of the Chasing Destiny team!
Here's a throwback to a fun shoot I did with this lovely lady a while back!
We went to a nice little spot on the Sandy River and soaked up the sun.
Glenn Otto Community Park has been a favorite spot of mine and makes for great pictures.
I recently had the pleasure of working with three very talented cosplay artists. It can be an enjoyable challenge finding locations that suit whatever characters my models represent.
The characters portrayed here are from The Evil Within, A third-person survival horror game, developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks.
It's hard to make these artists look bad, but a typical flowery portrait location could certainly make them look very out of place. For the dark and gritty vibe of this game-world, we took to the streets of downtown Portland.
Check these artists out on Instagram!
Pictured from left to right:
@thefaustianspider @camcccos @jackwyan
Do you have an awesome cosplay that needs showing off with portraits like these?
Rebekah Nichele Woodford, Photographer