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2016 Year in Review..dedication to my clients

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  – unknown

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2016 has come to a close and we have ushered in 2017..unbelievable!  This past year was once again filled to the brim with beautiful love stories and new friendships forged.  This job truly fuels me.  Being surrounded by love and celebration on a weekly basis has truly seeped into my bones. I could not be more grateful to the incredible couples that chose me to be a part of this chapter in their journey together.

I also had the great privilege of spending some one-on-one time with some incredibly talented photographers..encouraging and sharing my experience and knowledge.  The one-on-one sessions are by far some of my favorite experiences.

This is a milestone year for me, as I have now officially entered my 10th year in business.  HUGE goal of mine, and I am looking forward to sharing my new branding and website soon.   This will be a big year of changes in my business, as I will also be taking on more portrait sessions again. This will include a limited number of Fine Art Film “First Baby” family sessions.

I wanted to share one frame from each, (most..some I am not able to share public), of my wonderful clients this past year.  This post is dedicated to THEM.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for entrusting me to document your life and your love.  I loved EVERY minute of it!   It’s because of you that I am able to live out my dream.  CHEERS TO YOU!
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Nghia and Vincent’s Salem Oregon Engagement…it was the most beautiful day!

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Mary and Kyle – These two lovebirds were our “real couple” models for a One-on-On mentorship for the talented Lahna Marie.  The Wisteria at Belle Fiore was AMAZING.  The weather was quite unfavorable, but the sun came out at just the perfect time!

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The stunning Megan modeling for a Styled Shoot at Deepwood Museum.  Coming soon to Trendy Bride Magazine!

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Sara and Brian’s blossom filled engagement session was a favorite of mine!

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Angela and Dean…these two are something special.  They drove all the way up from the Bay for their Portland engagement!

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Lucy and Bill’s Zenith Vineyard Wedding was absolutely PERFECT.  A little Oregon drizzle, but the sun came out during the ceremony.  Had such a wonderful time documenting their day.  J29 Events did such a WONDERFUL job on this wedding!

 

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Chris and Molly’s Spring Oregon engagement was a BLAST!  The light, the love, the joy…all the elements came together perfectly.

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The stunning Ariel and Steven modeling for a One-on-One with Honey Rose Glenn.  The Oregon Hills and that warm light just permeated every frame.  One of my favorite places to shoot by far!

Venue: Red Lily Vineyards

Styling: A & B Creative

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Maryam and Patrick’s cultural wedding was one I will never forget.  SO much love as these two families came together to celebrate their love.  This venue is also a favorite of mine!

The Bellevue Club, Oakland, California

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Meg and Angelo’s Destination Santa Barbara Wedding was EVERYTHING.  Gorgeous light, amazing food, and the best people around.  This was also a new favorite venue of mine! If I could shoot in SB every weekend, I would.

Riviera Mansion, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Nina and David shared their time with us during their anniversary month to model for a One-on-One session in Oakland, Ca. for the incredibly talented Amanda Hartfield.   The light was incredibly surreal and an absolute dream!  This special couple were so tender with each other and their love for each other is so transparent.

Styling by A & B Creative

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Shyla and Brett’s lakeside Oregon engagement session was an absolute blast!  They were up for anything.  It was a crazy hot day, and we all three ended up in the water.

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Thom and Joni’s intimate garden wedding was so full of love and joy!  Joni never stopped smiling.  Could not have been more grateful to have been a part of their day.

Venue: Orchard Home B&B

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Schylur and Casey’s Oregon Estate Wedding was as charming as they come.  This gorgeous couple were so down to earth…the atmosphere and vibe of this venue suited them perfectly.  Schylur was the tallest bride I have ever worked with.  Over 6ft with her heel on! I spent most of the day shooting on a step stool. LOL

Venue: Barn Kestrel , West Linn, OR

Planning/Coordination: Hitched in the Hood

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Katlyn and Sam…this incredible couple modeled for another amazing One-on-One session for the SWEETEST Annabel May in Southern Oregon.  We had such a wonderful time sharing and shooting all over Ashland, Oregon.  I had the honor of mentoring Katlyn a year and half ago, and it was so fun having her and her hubby model for us!  These two are SO special.

Styling: A & B Creative

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Alcina and Mark…where do I even start with these two!  Truly one of the kindest, most generous hearted clients I have had the privilege of working with.  Their Belle Fiore Estate wedding was INCREDIBLY beautiful.  I will sincerely miss these two!

Planning/Coordination: An Inspired Affair

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Alexandria and Devin’s Oregon engagement on the Gorge.  SUCH a fun loving couple. Really looking forward to their Seattle wedding this August!

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Sara and Brian’s Lewis and Clark College wedding was STUNNING.  They hired the most talented team for their big day, and was full of the most incredible details.  I could have spent hours shooting at this refection pool.  This venue is a new favorite of mine for sure!

Venue: Lewis and Clark College

Planning and Coordination: Brooke of Luxe Productions

(Full Vendor list on their wedding day post)

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Anna and Jim’s intimate Oregon wedding was full of gorgeous light, blooms and a a killer view.  Anna wanted a simple, yet elegant wedding that focused on her family and guests.  They chose not to have a wedding party, and kept it intimate and FUN!  A personal favorite from last year! Her mom made her gown guys…so amazing!

(Full post coming soon!)

Venue: Scholls Valley Lodge 

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Brittany and Rob’s Oregon Gold Club wedding was full of sparkle which reflected her personality PERFECTLY!  The weather was beautiful and florals and details were insane! (Full post on this wedding to come!)  Brittany and Rob already have their one year anniversary session booked for next year!  LOVE these two!!

(Full post coming soon!)

Venue: Oregon Golf Club

Planning and Coordination: Brooke, of Luxe Events (Link above)

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Whitney and Brian’s Oregon vineyard wedding was scorching hot, but it did not dampen ANY of the joy!  Incredible humans these two are.  Truly the BEST.  They had one of the largest wedding parties I have photographed in my 10 year career; however, they were also some of the sweetest and friendly I have worked with.  Your “vibe” truly does attack your “tribe”!

(Full post coming soon)

Venue: Aurora Colony Vineyards

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Kelsey and Daniel looked like they stepped out of an old hollywood movie. Classy, sophisticated and absolutely the kindest people.  We were so blessed by this overcast day where we could get some beautiful shots of this property.  This was another large wedding party that truly were the BEST to work with…as well as their amazing families.

(Full post coming soon)

Venue: Abigails Garden, Oregon City

 

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Editorial for a One-on-One hosted by the uber talented florist, Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme.  This was a day filled with photographing the work of another florist while being taught by Katie.  We had a model in some incredible Claire La Faye gowns.  This was a personal favorite project I had the honor of photographing.  A day filled with florals, talented artists, gowns and golden light…pretty much my love language.

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Ally and Alex – Zenith Vineyard

This California couple wanted their Oregon destination wedding to showcase the beauty of Oregon wine country!  It was a record breaking heat wave, but they forged ahead and made the BEST of it!  We even did some photo’s in the walk in freezer! HA! Desperate times call for desperate measures.

(Full post coming soon)

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Jessica and Matt’s anniversary session at Cannon Beach was incredibly meaningful and special for all of us.  This couple entered and won a giveaway I hosted in 2015, and we finally had a weekend where we could make it happen.  They traveled from Washington in their RV, and we met at the beach for some time together.  Matt has an amazing testimony and almost lost his life…as some of you know, I lost my husband to an accident several years ago…we had some pretty amazing talks the three of us.  It made this session that much more meaningful to them, and especially to me. THIS is why I love my job.  True connections with amazing humans…and seeing Gods grace in our lives.

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Lindsey and Tom!  This incredible couple were an absolute JOY to work with.  From the very moment we sat down for a consultation, we knew we were the right fit.  I immediately fell in love with this bride.  Her attention to detail, her generosity, and her warmth are incomparable!  I could not be more grateful to have been a part of their day!

Venue: Belle Fiore Estate and Pavillion

(Link above)

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Anna and Tyler…talk about a FUN couple!  Probably my favorite reception of 2016! Anna was beyond stunning, and we were once again blessed with incredible Oregon weather.  The views at their venue were incredible.  LOVED every minute of their day!

Venue: Persimmon Country Club

Planning: Lauren of Luxe Productions

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Sarah and Jeff – Cape Kiwanda Engagement

We battled the insane wind, but had an absolute blast working together! The light was magic.

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Charlotte and Kyle…these two looked they walked out of a Ralph Lauren Ad.  Impeccable style and overwhelmingly in LOVE.  The perfect combination for an engagement session.  Charlotte found this venue for their session, and it felt like we were in Europe.  The light was absolute PERFECTION…honestly, there was nothing I would have changed about this session…except it went too fast! I could have photographed them in this place for hours!

Excited for their upcoming July wedding!

Venue: Monet Vineyards

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Andrew and Megan flew in from Chicago and met me at the Metolious River in Sisters Oregon for their engagement!  This amazing couple are native to Oregon but have their careers in Chicago.  They chose this location as it had some special memories with their families.  They will be getting married this August in Bend, Oregon.  It’s going to be an amazing celebration!

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Natalie and Leo, truly the kindest of people.  This wedding was another of my very favorites of 2016.  This venue was SO gorgeous, and well…can’t beat that California light!  Once of my favorite elements of their day was the Mariachi band they brought it.  So festive and fun.

(Full post and feature coming soon!!)

Venue: Circle Oak Ranch, Fallbrook, CA

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Jacob and Kyla came all the way from Texas for their intimate Oregon elopement. Absolutely thrilled to have had the honor of documenting their union!  The florals were INSANELY gorgeous, and Kyla’s custom gown was perfection.  Their kindness and Southern hospitality were so present in our time together.

{Full post coming soon}

Venue: Red Ridge Farm/Oregon Olive Mill

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Molly and Chris…oh my goodness…these two have got to be the happiest, most in love couple in all the land.  Chris had us in stitches MOST of the day..and Molly is made out of sugar, I am convinced of it.  I really am the blessed one to have had the privilege of documenting their beautiful love story.

Venue: Camas Meadows 

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Landon and Garrett’s Oregon backyard wedding was so special!  Landon, (another one of the SWEETEST girls on the planet), put so much work into many special details.  Such a talented bride!  These two were an absolute DELIGHT to work with.  Their families were also incredible to work with…so much love surrounds these two.

(Full post coming soon)

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Megan and Peter met me in Bandon, OR. for their gorgeous engagement session. Loved getting to know this dynamic couple while galavanting in the sand and shore.  So excited to document their Oregon wedding this June!  (And her sisters wedding in September! How cool is that?!)

(Full post coming soon)

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Angela and Dean’s San Ysidro Ranch wedding has made it to my top 10 favorite weddings list. (I’ve photographed nearly 200, so that’s a big deal lol)

The mood of their day was so in tune with my soul,  that I would photograph this wedding again 10x over. 🙂  Angela and Dean’s personalities and style was reflected in every detail of their day.  It was nature inspired, timeless, and simply elegant.  Their focus was on each other, and their guests/family.  They made sure I had all the time I needed with them and I was able to capture some incredible light filled images for them.  I have so much more to add, but will save it for the full post and feature soon!

Venue: San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Crista and Brian came all the way from Arizona for their 10 year anniversary session in Santa Barbara!  Oh goodness, I had SO MUCH fun with this precious couple!  Celebrating LOVE…there is nothing better.

{Full post coming soon}

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Kristen and Michael’s Lake Union wedding was wonderful!  This was the best group of people to work with.  Once again, I could not be more grateful for this gorgeous Fall weather in Seattle!

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Kelly and Sean flew into Southern Oregon for their intimate wedding/elopement at Belle Fiore.  We had a very short time together, but we were able to capture some gorgeous portraits at their dream venue.

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A little snippet of the most beautiful fall editorial I had the honor of shooting for Country Bouquet Florals.  She put together the most gorgeous details and talented team!  DYING to share this one!  Coming soon to Magnolia Rouge.

{Paper Suite by Krisanna Elizabeth}

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Shawna and Kevin…the joy and love between these two was almost tangible.  Their day was filled with so much happiness, and their family and friends could not have been more excited to celebrate the union of these two.  My favorite part of their day was the ceremony…the view was awe inspiring and their vows..not a dry eye.  Can’t wait to share this one with y’all!

Venue: Rancho Sol Del Pacifico, Malibu, CA

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Sarah and Jeff’s SODO Park wedding was so elegant!  A new favorite venue for me. LOVED working with this amazing couple.  Can’t wait to share this one!

Venue: SODO PARK, Seattle, WA.

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Rachel and Jordan met me in San Diego for their “desert garden” engagement!  We were graced with the most gorgeous fall light.  Really looking forward to their Oregon wedding in September!

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Christy and Josh met me in Joshua Tree for their most stylish engagement session.  Christy put so much work and effort into the styling of this shoot, and it absolutely paid off.  This is one of my personal favorite engagement sessions to date.  This place is a dream!  These two could not be more wonderful, and I am anxious to photograph their Palm Springs wedding in April!

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Love in a coffee shop.  Cynthia and Peter flew in for their Oregon engagement session in the Fall and I just loved our time together.  We started at Red Ridge Farms, and finished at the cutest little cafe in Newberg, OR.   Their August wedding is sure to be a favorite of mine!

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This was my last session of 2016.  Kathryn and Christopher flew in from NYC for their engagement session in her hometown of McCloud, Ca.  It was rather chilly, but we were blessed with the most beautiful light!  Beyond excited for their estate wedding in August!  So grateful to have been chosen to document their life and love!

Several of these weddings and sessions will be featured soon on the new website coming early SPRING!

Cheers to 2017!!

 

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