Blogging is something you have to have the time to do if you want to do it well. Apparently, I ran out of time in June. ;0)
Don’t get me wrong, I have a mountain of cool weddings and sweet family work to write about… 2017 was a good year for great clients and it was well paced which should have given me the time, right? Looking back, I’m realizing that there were some dark forces getting in my way… not just the daily run of the mill stuff, either. My husband faced down a major surgery in June… the results were excellent but the early parts of that ride were scary. Ongoing for a couple of years now, my only sister is caught in the rabbit hole that is dementia. We aren’t sure which kind it is yet but it is becoming increasingly evident that she is in trouble… a very bitter pill to swallow considering that she has always been confident, articulate and artistic. Losing those parts of her is heartbreaking and she lives too far away for me to help much. Probably the biggest daily obstacle, though, has been my inability to tear myself away from the headlines this year. The train wreck in our nation’s capitol has been and still is banging around inside my brain and it leaves me no choice but to stay informed and involved.
Life goes on. People are still getting married and having beautiful babies, lawns are still getting mowed and the moon rises and sets on her perfect schedule. I plan to blog several weddings in the next month or so… I don’t want any of you to think I have walked away from this work. It’s too much fun to be a part of it.
Say goodbye to 2017 and let’s put our best selves out there for the coming year, ok?
Miles is nine. His mom was getting married and he was to have a tuxedo for the very important job as a member of the wedding. His excitement ran high that April afternoon, including wanting to get dressed many hours too early… when it was time, his mom steered him through the special buttons and the always cool cuff links. His tux fit very well… something that doesn’t always happen with the young guys. He wore it with style and confidence… the very definition of élan. He wore it like he was born to it.
The day started to roll and this kid, the only one at the wedding, was the epitome of a perfect guest. I was happy to watch him engage with everyone like a grownup… he kept up his end in a way that I would love to see more often.
During the toasts, his was solid and emotional and heartfelt enough to bring some tears around the room. Later, as the dancing ramped up, he was invited to run a song with a stint at the dj’s table… happy as could be, disco lights vibrating all around him.
A kind of Heaven can be found in Oregon most of the year but as Summer starts to travel into Fall, there is a special quality to the light… it’s my favorite time for country weddings. Oregon’s wine country is where you should start your search. Take a late afternoon tour of a few vineyards that offer weddings… go see what they look like in the soft evening light. The mid-day sun will be too harsh. The image above was taken just after 7:00 on the last day of August… we were on a quiet road outside of Vista Hills Vineyard a few years ago. From where I stood, it might as well have been Tuscany… it was a Heaven, indeed!
A little back story for that day – it rained buckets before the ceremony and the catering company expected the bride to give up on the outdoor plans. She persevered, the caterers reset the soggy tables and we had the most astounding skies for getting married under!
There is nothing like a beautiful barn for a rustic wedding! This barn has it all… crystal chandeliers, vintage couches and chairs, plenty of space for a big dance floor and a good bar. When you add the good airflow and plenty of light, what you have is one of the more charming barn experiences I have seen. If you like the look of this, you can find more information at Adeline Farms.
This little confab between a bride and her maid of honor was in the breezeway of the barn just before the wedding party strolled down to the huge oak tree for the ceremony… the pug was a guest of honor and behaved himself perfectly. ;0)
The lyrics to Love Me Tender were rolled into little scrolls and wrapped with glittery gold ribbons… each guest found a scroll on their chair as they sat for the ceremony on this New Year’s Eve. Part way through, the groom’s dad brought his guitar out to the mic and the entire crowd sang with him and the new couple… it was one of the sweetest wedding songs you could imagine… everyone singing and smiling!
Engagement photos can happen anytime… the rules have become much more relaxed and I’m fine with that. These guys, Gary and Steven, jumped the date for legal same sex weddings in Oregon by getting married in Vancouver last Spring. We all went to the courthouse and did the less romantic version to get the wedding done. Now, at the end of October, they will throw a great party for their family and friends. What has been missing in all of this was a chance to take portraits of the two of them in any kind of relaxed and sweet fashion. At the beginning of July, we spent a couple of hours at the Pittock Mansion in an attempt to give them something to hold for the rest of their lives… pictures to frame and take their place on the mantle piece where the rest of their special photographs live…. something to say, look, we are truly a couple and this is a reminder for all time.
Some people will tell you that engagement photos have to happen when you get engaged but that just isn’t the case. Sweet portraits can happen before or after or anywhere in between. It just doesn’t matter. What matters is that I have two people in love and the chance to put that on paper at some point in the relationship. For me, I have had the pleasure to get to know two very nice people and now I get to cover their party in a couple of weeks… how cool is that?
The vintage typewriter was set up on a low table in the foyer of the Village Ballroom, the idea being that guests would leave sweet notes of congratulations for Christie and Matt on the day of their wedding. When the music was quiet, you could hear the clackity-clack of the keys striking paper… the sound came and went for awhile. Then Avery, 3 years old, and the vintage typewriter became one. The page that had previously had a a few notes on it was filling with random letters and the key strikes kept coming… I think he was parked in front of it for about 45 minutes. Since Avery is a favorite of the groom, you can bet that page will be treasured as much as the others. ;0)
I enjoyed watching the adults… their levels of concentration very visible and their fingers unused to the force needed to drive the keys. Vintage typewriters aren’t for wimps… you have to get it right or live with it unless you happen to be carrying the oh-so-sexy whiteout.
Funny thing in this day of exclamation points, the Royal, from the the ’40s, had no exclamation point. You had to type a lower case l and hit the backspace and the shift key to add a sort of period to the bottom of it!
I grew up in a typewriter household and I confess, I miss the sound. If you are in the market for a vintage typewriter, go to St. John’s and visit Blue Moon Camera & Machine… it’s a fascinating shop. ;0)
Engagement Sessions are a great way to see how the whole dynamic might work for your wedding day. There are 4 parts of the puzzle… there are the two of you and then you add a photographer and a camera. When those 4 pieces work well, you get wonderful results.
Tiffany and Jon came to town to wrap up some details and to have an engagement session with me. We started in the Pearl District and wandered over to Union Station for a low profile stab at getting them over the jitters… cameras have a way of making lots of people uncomfortable. If you add that to PDAs, the dreaded public displays of affection, it can take a while to relax. By the time we had gotten up to the Pittock Mansion, the light and the comfort level had both improved. Even though this portrait on the stairs is wonderfully quiet, we spent a lot of time laughing… these two are a great fit and I am looking forward to their August wedding!
On a side note, I always discuss clothing with my clients ahead of any engagement session… a blended or complimentary color palette is a good start. I am not interested in having people match so much as I don’t want their colors to clash or to take away from the faces. Polka dots and awning stripes will never be a good combo. I did get to tease Jon a little about his white shoes… notice how they really pop in the portrait on the right? I’d have asked him for a darker shoe or sandal if I had known. ;0)
Getting married? Let’s take the camera out for a spin and see how much fun it can be!
There is a shop across from where I get my hair cut and the display always includes a cool retro sort of dress… the kind of dress that sets my mind wandering a little. I can’t imagine that I am the only one affected that way… this particular party dress really caught me one winter day. These are vintage pieces but I am absolutely sure that they have a new adventure or two ahead of them.
Imagine a dress… a young woman in a dreamy new dress. Her sweetheart is taking her to dinner and a late concert… it’s a special evening. Somewhere along the way, a question is asked and a world opens before her… yes is the answer!
If you happen to be getting engaged or married in this wonderful new year, now is the time to get some of your plans firmed up… I’d be happy to help! ;0)