Portland Oregon Portraits

I love when people let me in. No not into their homes to photograph them, well yes, but I mean when they put their guards down and let me see their true selves. It’s beautiful and honest. It’s easy to put up a barrier when you’re in front of a camera, especially when you’ve never been professionally photographed before. The photos below are of two people who are really into each other. You can tell they’re really proud of each other. They make each other happy when they’re together. They find each others quirks the best thing in the world. I told them I was going to spend a little time one morning and document that.

Kate and Ryan are two ridiculously rad people. They were two of the first humans I met when I moved to Portland in the summer of 2012 and have gotten pretty close with them since.  Both are Ohio transplants as well. Each super talented. Kate is a jewelry designer, hair magician and stylist. You should check out her work here. Ryan is a top chef and a killer musician and also looks a lot better in v-neck t’s than I do. Check out his tunes here. I photographed them in their southeast Portland apartment during my first One on One Photography Workshop I held last year . I really do love shooting in peoples homes, there’s seriously nothing more personal than the space you live in.

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So last week I got to escape gloom of Portland’s rainy winter to document some loves in Costa Rica. Absolutely amazing people with amazing families. Some of the happiest and genuine people I’ve ever been around. Here’s just a few teasers from their wedding week.

 

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San Francisco is just a magical little town. The weather, the light, the vibe, the essence that takes over your emotions and just puts a feel good feelin’ in your bones. I don’t shoot a lot of family portraits but when my girl asked me to photograph her and her sister to document some of the rare hang time they have before she headed back to school in NYC, I said hell ya. A family session with a different spin on tradition. Larissa+Serena

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So I’ve been giving these 1 on 1 photography workshops of late, and they’ve been pretty awesome. Getting to share the sweet nuggets of knowledge I’ve picked up over the past few years with others has been super rewarding. Each workshop features a lil’ shoot with a couple so you can see how I work and twerk with actual humans. Here’s a few frames of the pretty faces that are Kevin+Sherry. Who were awesome to let us infiltrate their apartment for some portraits.

 

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