Elkton wedding at the Big K Ranch

Heather and Jon were married at the Big K Ranch near Elkton, Oregon. Despite the insanely hot weather, the entire wedding party was more than amenable to climb up these bales of hay for me. Since Jon is a friend of mine, I stayed overnight at the Big K Ranch. Let’s just say I got a great glimpse into what goes on at weddings in the wee hours of the morning. This was much the same as my experience in Cyprus (see previous post), when I stayed with the wedding party until 3 in the morning, simply because I had nothing else to do and the party was just too fun. Imagine drunken guests wading into the Mediterranean, completely dressed. Ahh, the life of a wedding photographer 🙂

Anyway, back to Heather and Jon!

Big K Ranch wedding photographer

Waiting on a Bride

Guys, for the most part, spend about 10 minutes getting dressed and up to 3 hours waiting for their beautiful bride to emerge. These two were no exception. This was taken at King Estate, for Julie and Nate’s wedding.

King Estate wedding

More from Portland

I wish I could remember the name of that park in NW Portland! (where I took Jenni and Johnny for their engagement photos) This fence is made up of old railroad tracks, all rusted out. This just in: I remembered the name of that park. It’s called Tanner Springs, and it’s between 10th & 11th and Northrup & Marshall.

Portland wedding photograph

A Very Sweet Engagement

Jenni & Johnny wanted their engagement photos shot in Portland. Since it was 103 degrees that day I decided we’d better wait until just after sunset and that we’d better find somewhere near water. This park, in NW Portland, fit the bill.

 

Portland engagement photos

A Funny Moment

As this bride was waiting at the hair salon she noticed this magazine. The first page she turned to was the one you see here. I heard her laughter and turned around to catch this image. The caption says it all…

Eugene wedding photography

 

RACING AHEAD

Lee & Enrique had a really cool ‘getaway car’ (a 1970 Olds convertible) and I wanted to create a unique shot with it. Sitting on top of the back seat I had my camera set to Tv mode (shutter priority), at 1/30th of a second. My lens was a Canon 16-35mm, set to 16mm,  and I was using on-camera flash. I pressed the shutter button and zoomed the lens all the way to 35mm at the same time. The slow shutter speed, combined with the zooming of the lens, allowed the ambient light in the background to blur while the light from the flash froze my subjects in the foreground. It looks like Enrique is racing down the road but the car wasn’t traveling more than 15 mph. No Photoshop was used in this shot, except for some fine tuning of white balance and contrast. I think it looks a little like when the Millennium Falcon enters hyperspace 🙂

Sweet Couple at Sweet Cheeks

Krista & Bryan were married at Sweet Cheeks Winery in southern Lane County. Pinot country, in other words. Originally from Oregon, Krista relocated to Chicago, where she met Bryan, but knew she wanted to get married back in her beautiful home state. Sweet Cheeks has some wonderful wines and is a great place for weddings. Nestled in the foothills of Territorial Highway, it’s the perfect spot for lunch or dinner, too.