Veil in the Wind

Whenever a bride has a long veil I always hope for a windy day. At this Seven Springs wedding, Laurel’s veil was six feet long! Laurel, who works at David’s Bridal, made her own wedding dress, including the veil. As we were shooting the bridal portraits I kept hoping the wind would pick up. It never did so I had the maid of honor take hold of Laurel’s veil and fully extend it, only letting it go when I told her to (she then jumped out of the frame). I’ve also added a slight gaussian blur to this image, which I like to do when there’s dappled light.


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Jumping for Joy

This is from a wedding I shot last Saturday, along the Willamette River near Harrisburg (Oregon), at The Riverbend Resort. I had Robert leap off the rock you see behind the bride, and I told him to jump away from her so there’d be some spacing between them.


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A Leap of Faith

This groom had no intention of making this jump, but he did make a leap of faith later on that day when he married his beautiful bride, Melissa.

This image was made at the Embassy Suites in Denver, Colorado just prior to the wedding ceremony.

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Flowers in the Breeze

This is an image I like to create at a lot of my weddings: just the flowers in focus with the couple behind them. When the wind picked up during this particular shoot it created some nice, dynamic movement.

You’ll notice this is the full image from one of my rotating header images at the very top of the page.

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A Beckenridge Wedding

Beckenridge Vineyard is located near Dallas, Oregon. They take great pride in their wine, even going so far as to ask their guests not to bring any footwear that’s been worn at other vineyards! I guess this helps keep out unwanted pests and microorganisms that might upset the grape stock. I found a similar attitude from a customs agent in Auckland, but never before in the States 🙂

Leanne and Ryan were married on a gorgeous summer day at Beckenridge and most everyone had on brand new shoes. I did a custom sepia conversion in Adobe Lightroom.


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Chris & Ashley at Bridal Veil Lakes

I always like to include a collection of images of the bride’s bouquet. This one was taken at Bridal Veil Lakes, about an hour east of Portland. There are many ways to do this and one of my favorite is to have the groom stand behind the bride and have them both clasp the bouquet together. I then frame the image so only their hands (with rings!) and the flowers are showing, with a little bit of wedding dress and tuxedo in the background. Whenever I start this sequence I always tell the couple they can relax their faces, since I’m only focusing on their hands. I happened to look up during this particular shot and saw very nice, unguarded expressions on both their faces. No time for fill flash, or to adjust my metering for the bright sky behind them, but I got the shot. They loved it!


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A rockin’ groom

Who says the air guitar is passé? When the band is playing, anything goes.
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