Sunset at Beckenridge

Janet & Scott were married at Beckenridge Vineyard in Dallas, Oregon. The sun had gone down but I was still out shooting. Wanting to capture the sunset light, but still show the newlyweds well, required a little off-camera flash.

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The Wedding Album

The best way to preserve all your wedding images is with a high quality album, printed on thick archival paper that’s resistant to fading. I encourage all my newlyweds to purchase their albums when they make their initial booking with me; it’s always nice to get back all those wonderful memories in a beautiful, professionally bound wedding album. My biggest selling wedding album is 10″x10″ and has around 35 pages. This is just the right size to allow some images to be printed full spread (such as bridal portraits) and others to share space on the same page (such as cake cutting and dancing).  In addition to the full-size album I also offer MiniBooks (also called brag books, parent albums, companion albums, etc). These are identical in content and layout to the main album and make the perfect gift.

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Matt Emrich Photo, wedding albums

Matt Emrich Photo, wedding albums

Wedding Crashers

At this Eagle Rock Lodge wedding, along the beautiful McKenzie River, the family portraits were suddenly interrupted with the raucous sound of cheering and splashing. A raft full of white water enthusiasts had seen the bride and wanted to shout out their congratulations. I was metering for the scene, getting my lights set up, and was glad I had my finger on the shutter release button.

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To flash or not to flash

During Amy & Brock’s elopement photos this past weekend I was using three of the new Canon 600EX-RT speedlights, one on-camera and two off-camera, with my 5D Mark III. After continuously shooting with the speedlights firing at full power (the shoot took place during the middle of a very sunny day), I noticed there were some instances when the flash didn’t go off. However, since I’d already metered for the background light, those instances weren’t a total loss. I was mostly using the extra light from the flashes to really make the couple pop, and to separate them a bit from the background. I really like the image below but the flashes didn’t fire; they’d overheated. Since I was shooting everything in Manual Mode I knew my background would match all the previous images; I simply needed to do a bit of work in Adobe Lightroom and was able to deliver this final result to Amy & Brock.
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The Willamette River at Sunset

The sun was just about to sink behind the hills when I took this picture of Jaime and Robert along the Willamette River near Harrisburg, Oregon. Off-camera lighting can really come in handy at times!

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Happy New Year!

A new year and a new beginning; what a fitting time to get married:)

This Los Angeles couple were married at the groom’s grandmother’s property. The hammock in the trees was the perfect place to wind up the evening.

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Crashing the Party

During this Mt Pisgah wedding reception, it was the priest who tagged along and got some ‘grab shots’ of the bride and groom! Normally, when I take a newlywed couple away for their portrait session, I’m trailed by the bride’s parents or her maid of honor. This was the first time I’d seen a priest so intent on capturing the moment:)
Perhaps that’s because I shot the priest’s own wedding five years ago, and he knew there’d be some great light and posing going on. I really like the phone camera… 🙂
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Our Daily Bread wedding, by Matt Emrich Photo

Our Daily Bread is a restaurant in Veneta, Oregon. Formerly an old church, the building has been beautifully converted into a fine eating establishment and event venue. Most weddings at Our Daily Bread happen in the backyard area but this one, shot last weekend, took place entirely inside due to the cold, wet weather we normally get in November. I couldn’t pass up a chance to utilize the front of the building, however, and had pre-visualized this image before the wedding day even took place. Placing Naomi and James in the middle of the covered entryway, I was able to keep them dry and was also able to use the two hedges on either side as camouflage for my remote lights. What was a dark silhouette became a dramatic portrait. Nice!


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A Dark and Stormy Night

During dinner at this King Estate wedding, massive thunderheads built up and the skies suddenly opened and soaked us all. Everyone ran inside, where the King Estate staff did a great job of keeping the food (and drinks!) flowing.

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Alton Baker Engagement Photo

Devin & Coty are getting married next August and booked me for an e-session today. The late afternoon sunlight at Alton Baker Park was just perfect.
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