Saturday, December 28, 2013

Erin & Tyson are married!!

"A referral is the greatest compliment we can receive..."

As much promoting and advertising as I do, honestly the most business I get is from referrals from past clients.  This is the perfect example of that chain.  I filmed a wedding for a gal named Kristina, who got married in April of 2011.  She then referred me to Katie who got married in December of 2011, as well.  Her maid of honor was her sister, Erin!  When Erin found out she was getting married, she called me to do HER wedding video, too.  I loved seeing all of these gals last night at the wedding again.  It brought back a ton of great memories.  I was telling Kristina that one of the cameras I used last night was actually purchased on the DAY of her wedding on my way to the ceremony site!  Too crazy.

This is why I LOVE referrals as well as reviews.  You can check out my latest reviews at the bottom of my website:

***Speaking of referrals***  Mention this blog post and get 50% off your Jan/Feb wedding or photo session (I might just be bringing people to shadow with me!).

I also had the pleasure of working again with Alyssa Jul for the 3rd or 4th time at a wedding.  I was just thinking how nice it is to work with the same photographer multiple times so that we know how the other person works and flows during the day.  We also assisted each other with lighting and ideas for setting up some shots.  It was refreshing to play around with some new equipment while we had a 30 minute break before the ceremony began.  We felt a bit geeky, but when it's your passion, it feels more like playtime than work.  Check out her page and give her a "like"!

I actually arrived at the wedding site a couple of hours early because I had never been there before, didn't know what the roads would be like, and wanted to scope it out in daylight. It was about an hour and ten minutes from my house at the "Resort on the Mountain" near Mt. Hood. 

They had a fire going in the lobby, candles set up for the ceremony and reception, and gave off a very cozy atmosphere despite the 39 degree weather we encountered (Note the frozen lake behind the couple near the beginning of the video).  I also loved Erin & Tyson's decor, with hot chocolate favors for their guests to take home.

Enjoy the video demo of Erin & Tyson's day at the bottom!!

I love that DSLRs are the style in video right now because it allows me to take great photos like this for the DVD cover, case, and menu without skipping a beat taking video that day.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our Family Canvases

So, I am in LOVE with Canvases.  So much so, that now I am re-arranging my walls to fit 4 new canvases of our growing family.  I will do some FULL FAMILY photos in fall (get ready, my dear friend, Kellene!!!!), but until then, these are the four of my children that I am putting up.  The first two are from Ana Brandt of Belly Baby Love.  We were fortunate enough to be her models on Creative Live when my son, James, was only 9 days old!!!  We were also blessed with the video of the event, which I will treasure forever.

These next two photos are ones that I took personally.  I LOVE them so much because they show my adorable kiddos in my own home.

Don't they look sweet and innocent??  Don't let them fool you!  But, I will LOVE to remember them this way, years from now :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Indian Anniversary Reception 12-21-13

I had a blast at the One Year anniversary reception of Gagandeep Singh Chahal and Jagdeep Kaur. I was floored when I was called 2 days before the evening to ask if I was available. Because I had a baby a month and a half ago, I had been trying not to take on too much. Funny thing is, for some reason, I had two weddings and a photo shoot this week (SAME WEEK AS CHRISTMAS - WHAT?!??!).  Now I KNOW I must be nuts.  But, my wonderful husband said that I could do it, and he would watch both of our kids for the first time for so long by himself (the only other time was a quick 2 hour stint)!

The evening took place at the Academy in downtown Vancouver, WA 
Gorgeous Cake (and SO yummy!)
Christmas-themed centerpieces
The inside ballroom at the Academy
Gold and Maroon decor
Can you BELIEVE this outfit??  I was floored by how gorgeous it was
The couple
Aren't they stunning?  They are very conservative and didn't like too many photos, but
were kind to oblige so I could get a couple for their DVD menu
Their family was dressed in their formal Indian best and the colors were a sight to behold

Here is their demo video:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Spain Family 2013

I was honored, once again, to take the Spain Family Photos this year at their new house. They recently moved out to a new development and purchased a stunning home on an acre next to a small farm overlooking nice fields.  So, it doesn't feel too enclosed.  I would LOVE to own a home like this some day!  Here are just a few of my favorites.  I'm glad we finally got a couple smiling pictures of the kiddos, too!

The new door at their new house - Congrats!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Favorites

Once again, I have NOT kept up on my blog....should that be a 2014 resolution?  Perhaps!!!  In the meantime, here are my 2013 "Year in Review" favorites from my Facebook page.

My First Shot at GoPro photography - our trip to Turks & Caicos on a baby moon

One of my favorite Senior Shoots

I didn't do much extended exposure this year like I wanted, but I am glad I got out this evening

My favorite photography family - MY SISTER!!!! 
One of the best little newborns this year

Another from my sister's shoot

The moon during the forest fires near here 
A fun pregnancy shoot from a friend that gave birth not long after (only 2 weeks before me!)

An anniversary shoot at a tree farm

Last minute, urban, maternity shoot for a friend's 2nd baby

This was the FINAL shot of the night at this wedding

A little playing around in Photoshop

Forgive the quality (this was downloaded from facebook), but this is my daughter's favorite thing to do with my hubby

Another of the Anniversary Shoot - final shot of the evening

The baby shoot that changed my method and helped me out tremendously!

These twins are related to the baby directly above!

I love details!

This was of me at 30 weeks pregnant (talking my husband through how to take my picture!)

Another fun one from an engagement shoot

During the Super Harvest Moon, my daughter and I ran outside 
A fun urban shoot in the Pearl District in Portland with a former student

Babies in Hospitals - probably my FAVORITE thing to shoot

Trying out glitter

Capturing emotion at weddings

My daughter playing with glitter

My son and daughter (took 20 minutes to talk her into holding him!) 
One of my sons first photos - glad I brought my camera to the hospital!

His baby announcement

A mini family shoot in cold weather that turned out beautiful

3 weeks old - I know I will treasure this one

Talked her into wearing the coat and now she won't take it off