This is a favorite of mine from a couple of summers ago… for some reason, I had three weddings in a couple of weeks involving large parts of Portland’s Pedicab community. It was great fun! What charmed me most was the ringing of the bike bells as Melissa and Drew made their way through the staged cabs. I wasn’t expecting it and I could tell that the sound of bike bells has a real childhood hook for many people besides me.
They also had an ice cream pedicab… it came to the Park Blocks while we were doing the family shots… everyone had a popsicle! It was absolutely perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. So very Portland.
In our first meeting, Betsy made it clear that she wasn’t looking for the typical detail shots… no shoes or jewelry fluff for her. When I got to the hotel, she very carefully arranged her beloved sports watch on a vase of lilacs for a shot… then she put it in the pocket of her marvelous dress.
Betsy and Alex made the old fashioned choice to not see other before the ceremony… it required a little fancy dancing to keep them from running into each other at the Art Museum but we had the ever talented Molli of Bon Soiree keeping tabs on them. These two hired a veritable dream team of vendors and it made for a great run… Vibrant Table staged the room and catered a great meal. Page, also of Vibrant Table, designed the lovely floating tulips. Eric Wright, Portland’s consummate music man, had the dance floor jammed and jumping all night! It just goes to show you that hiring the professionals is worth every penny.
Sara and Zach had a bright August day at Hunter Creek Farms in Wilsonville… a sort of fairy tale place just off the country road. It is a very versatile venue… lots of light and charming spaces to work with. Theirs was a family oriented and classic sort of day… simple and elegant.
The sky that afternoon was full of high wispy clouds and hard sun… it was a good time to try the digital version of Infrared film. It doesn’t have quite the same touch as the old Kodak product but it still conveys a different world.
One of the main advantages of hiring a professional photographer is that we have a sense of how a space will work in different seasons, different light… sometimes from having already shot there or from scouting it before your event. It’s a major strength in any case. Keep it in mind, ok?
Maribelle and Anthony were about to get married in the Philippines… she called to see if we could do something in a vintage mood with a little traveling flavor added to the mix. We brainstormed a little over the phone and then I called the nice people at the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver… they were very helpful. With a little planning, we were able to use the spaces to the best advantage in a small time window.
They came in suitable dress and we spent a couple of hours around the airfield and Officer’s Row. The light was great and they were about as much in love as anyone could want. The best engagement sessions happen when the lovers truly engage in the process.