Time is the name of the game in any relationship. Sometimes it seems like a hurdle to jump and sometimes it’s a runaway train but if you are part of a solid team, you can face it together. Ty and Lamar were partners for 10 years before they were able to marry legally… that’s a long time to want something you can’t have. When the day finally came, I was caught many times by how perfect a fit they were together. We did this portrait a little before the ceremony at the Academy Chapel and that gave them a chance for some quiet time before the whole crowd thing that a wedding becomes.
I am happy to see that our society is moving in the right direction… it’s past time for a balanced world.
Every photographer in Portland has shot this great space at the Ace Hotel… it was made for my kind. What I am hoping to bring to the front in this image is that my couples are not required to be on point for the entire portrait session on the wedding day. I want every couple to have a few minutes to themselves without my interference… they need some time away from the crowd to marvel at their new beginnings… face time without the rest of us in the way.
This was taken long before summer was expected but I think it fits the post… Sheila was kind enough to wear her bling for this January portrait with Kurt on my front porch. We had the longest, wettest winter-into-spring in a long while. Now, we are in the middle of August… it’s still cool and breezy like it has been since our Northwest summer began. I like it this way even if my tomatoes are late coming on… they are small but heartbreakingly sweet. Same thing with the blueberries… like candy.
My lucky young neighbors, Kurt and Kwen, have been in Taos and Santa Fe for the last week and I have been chicken-sitting for them… a set of morning and evening chores a little different from my usual routine. Joey cat has been coming across the street with me every morning but he has had the grace to wait outside the garden gate while I am busy. Fresh eggs everyday is something I could get used to.
July and August have been pretty busy but Opera Boy and I have managed a couple of sneaky days of playing hooky and enough yard work to keep it interesting. The new porch that we put on last year has been a shady haven for a little reading and Joey seems to like the chairs for his nap time.
If September stays a little slow, we will be taking a couple of days to ourselves at the coast. That’s when my chicken friends will trade back by cat-sitting our boys… it’s a lovely arrangement.
For my geek friends, all of these photos were taken with my Olympus PEN E-P2… some with the normal lenses but some with the Lensbaby Sweet 35. The opening shot was done during a session of beta testing for Lensbaby… something I really love being a part of!
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.
Every wedding day goes by too fast. As a photographer, I spend that day in documentary mode… not posing, not directing, not getting in the way. However, I firmly believe that I am entitled to about 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with my couple away from the crowd. If possible, I’ll take 15 minutes twice during the day. I want it to be when the light is good and it is important that they can relax for a bit. The relaxing is the hard part for a lot of people so the less posing, the better. I find that the personalities will come to the surface and I can usually pull that mood into the setting. The portraits should fit the couple.
Erin and Rob gave me so many cool chances that muggy day… we were at the Jupiter Hotel and somehow,it looks like a small southern town. We had some very urban corners to work in and they brought all of their love and feisty spirit to bear. And then they moved to Texas. I hope they come back to Portland soon… great people!
I was waiting at the church. It was a bright Saturday at the end of October in 1994 and my bride and groom were running late. I heard the door and turned to see this man come into the sanctuary at Holy Rosary… he was moving a little slowly and carrying a most wonderful wedding portrait under his arm. Curious, as always, I asked him if he was there for the wedding? He looked somewhat confused and said he was there for Mass… he thought it was Sunday. Then I asked him about the photograph and he introduced me to his late wife.
John was 94 when we met and Merle, his true love, had been gone for 3 years. They must have been married for close to 70 years if I can go by the photo. He carried it everywhere he went. I have friends who had seen him at Lloyd Center… always with Merle tucked in beside him.
The story goes a little further in that the church used Merle’s face as the model for one of their new stained glass windows. I believe it is the Madonna in the window high to the left of the alter.
I’d love to know who did the original portrait.
John and his Merle are gone now but the pictures remain… raise your glass to the love that lasts.
Melinda and Jason came to Portland from Chicago to get married in our elegant Chinese Garden. They had a marvelous day… I could tell because Melinda’s megawatt smile was visible for miles.
We started at the Benson Hotel for a quick portrait with Addison and then we took pedicabs on a round about tour to the Garden.
It was a truly beautiful and Portland sort of day. Continue reading →