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Chasing Magic at Ranch at the Canyons


During dinner the children were free to chase the fading light… their faces painted at odds with their party clothes. Every wedding has some quiet moments for the camera and this was a chance to step back from the party and explore the beautiful property in the sweet light. In the background, the quiet hum of conversations and silverware… laughter and a little music… my job is to bring as much of that back for my couple as I can. Brides and grooms don’t always realize that there will be a wall of people between them and the plans they made… the details and the ambiance that are the result of so much careful planning. Professional photographers are capable of bringing all of that back in addition to the emotional moments and the family pictures. While it’s true that your best friend’s brother might be a good photographer, he may not have a clue what he is getting into on a wedding day… and you know that there aren’t any do-overs.

This gorgeous property, Ranch at the Canyons, is just on the west side of Smith Rock… an easy drive from Bend. That makes it local and destination. ;0)

We had a long, lovely day capped by the full moon rising over the red rocks… you’d be hard pressed to beat that.

Before the Crowds


Lan Su Chinese Gardens is a very special walled garden in Portland. It is a lush and intimate space full of bamboo, lotus flowers and beautiful koi swimming in the small lake. One of the things to know about Lan Su is that you can’t go in until the garden is closed to the public so most weddings have a fairly late start and a very tight set-up time for the vendors. Luckily, the vendors are used to it and any of the professional photographers who have worked there know what they will be working around. With Katie and Thomas, we spent a little time outside the wall for some of our extended portrait session… this one is one of my very favorite images from that afternoon. By the time we went into the garden for the more iconic settings, this one had settled into my brain with it’s easy elegance.

I am a local professional and I am at your service. ;0)