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…

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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.

Another King Estate Wedding

Lyla & King were married this past Friday and the vineyard was in full bounty. We took a walk through the vines and they stopped for a kiss.
King Estate Wedding

Oregon Sunshine

Fall is here and looks like mother nature has brought the rain back for awhile. If you shoot a lot of outdoor weddings in Oregon, as I do, you have to be prepared to get wet every now and then! This image is from a wedding I did last October, at the Eagle Rock Lodge, out on the McKenzie River. Curt and Amie were not only unfazed by the weather, they still went through with their plan to get into a boat immediately after their ceremony!

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Reflecting on the Future

Heather and Jon were married at the Big K Ranch (near Elkton, OR). As I was talking to Heather out on the back deck of her Bridal Cabin, I looked back and saw her mother gazing at her, realizing her daughter was starting on the next chapter of her life.

To see Heather and Jon’s wedding in its entirety, click here.

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Portland Engagement session

Portland is not only a wonderful place to get married, it’s also a great place to get engaged! This image is from an engagement session I shot in the NW area, near the Pearl District.

A word of thanks

This letter arrived in my mailbox this afternoon and it was so nice I decided to share it in its entirety:
Matt-
OMG! I am so sorry this is reaching you so late. I sent out all my thank you’s in January with the exception to the 3 in my desk drawer I didn’t have addresses for at the time; however, I feel its a must I send late than never! I just wanted to tell you how thankful Brian and I are for all your Beautiful work @ our wedding @ King Estate last September. You truly went above and beyond and we are ecstatic about all our gorgeous wedding photos. What wonderful memories you have given us. Working with you was amazing. You made me and everyone around me that day feel so comfortable, it was like you were one of the family and I truly enjoyed your presence. I feel so lucky to have found you for such an important day in our lives! So, thanks a million!! I hope Oregon is treating you well and you’re getting ready for a busy wedding season. I will be sure to pass your info on to anyone I know that is planning to marry!
Take care, always!
Brian and Danielle