Monthly Archives: April 2011

Just Another Day in Paradise

I think we have had four sunny days this month… I know we played hooky for two and did much needed yard work for two. Today might be one more. Our weather is a real tease this time of year but I am always grateful to live here. A few days ago, Opera Boy and I went to Woodburn to see the Tulip fields. Of course it wasn’t one of the sunny days, but tulips aren’t around all the time. I have tried twice before to be there when the fields were full of color without too many people… this time we got it right.

I took my Nikon with my 60mm but I also took my Kodak Duaflex, circa 1950, for a very different treatment. The next four images are from a merging of old camera and new camera… I hope you like the look.




The sky was as much a part of the show as the flowers… we only got a little rain but we sure were a muddy mess when we got back to the car!

An Unexpected Guest

Well… not totally unexpected. Madeline and Lee knew the dress would be there, though only for the dancing. Her mom was blown away when Madeline changed out of her long slinky gown, mid reception, into this snappy little number from so long ago. In fact, when she had it altered they found some rice in the hem. Imagine that rice just hanging out over the years, waiting for the daughter to grow up and decide to wear the dress… how cool is that?!

Mom’s dress was great for dancing and Madeline owned it… just like she did the entire day. What a great time we had!

Take your wedding for the ride of your life… hire the right people, live happily ever after.

Music of the Heart

Sherman is a mountain of a man. It was a sweet surprise to find him so tuned into the emotions of the day… his tender attention to Johannah was blazing in the August light. As the evening cooled, he brought the crowd to it’s knees when he sang A Ribbon in the Sky for his beaming bride… a voice to match the heart.

This work gives me the best sense of people… it gives me hope for a better world.

“thankyouverymuch…”

Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden was the choice for Tricia and Dave’s destination wedding… they came in from Palm Desert to soak up our sweet, damp air at the very end of May. She wanted as many bits of Portland as we could fit into the day so we did a walking tour of the streets between The Nines and the Garden. We were headed to the Chinatown Gate when we stumbled across the new home of the 24 Hour Church of Elvis… I have never seen two people so excited by such a random turn!

From there to the Gate and on to Voodoo Donuts and the Paris Theatre… top that with a free pedicab to the Gardens and it was a stunning beginning to a great celebratory evening.

The rabbi didn’t seem to mind that they were already married in the eyes of Elvis… ;0)

High Tech + Low Tech

In my post last week, I was talking about taking the time to do some good portraits. Well, in this one, Erin and Rob had to stay still for the 12 second exposure… they did pretty well. I used a Pinhole camera, a beautiful wooden box with a tiny hole in it so only a pinhole’s worth of light gets to the film. That makes it a slow process but a special one. From there, I have to scan the negative to make it compatible with the rest of the wedding images.

My summer clients get the chance to try the non-digital approach for some of their portraits… I can’t always use them so I don’t make any hard and fast promises but when the conditions of light and time are met, we can make images from another time and that can be a wonderful thing.