this is one of those….just when you think you’ve seen the best of the wedding, when the bride looks at you, grins, and says “oh there’s one more thing” situations….then she grabs her new husband’s hand and they run full steam ahead into the ocean and dive in….dress and suit on….i mean without a wetsuit, into the North Pacific Ocean dive in. Wish i could take credit for the idea….but it was all them. Love it when the bride I’m working with is totally game for playful adventure. Of course i cautioned them not to go too far…..i don’t think it mattered, they were young, in love, just married, and sealing their bond with a dive into the icy waters and a kiss. The amazing Michelle and Travis….Their sweet wedding was held at The Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, OR.
This is my friend Claire… Claire is 3, and has just been diagnosed with a large brain tumor which is inoperable in her brainstem and cerebellum. Claire is a little warrior. She has just begun chemotherapy treatments. One of the most Important, and emotionally difficult photo sessions I’ve ever done is this one. I’m sharing this story with the hopes that some of you will reach out and contribute to her cause.
The story: Claire’s mom Lisa and I became friends over the last couple years. Lisa is an amazing veterinarian in Portland, who took a special interest in our cat’s (Snowball) challenging case. She went above and beyond to help, making herself available to offer guidance 24/7. We bonded over this process, and I am eternally grateful for her. Fast forward to now…Lisa let me know a couple weeks ago about Claire’s tragic news, her 9 month prognosis, and their decision to do whatever it took to fight this monster. She asked me if I could do photos of Claire, and the family just before she started chemo so we could capture these moments in time before she started feeling bad and losing her hair. I’ve never felt so honored. We immediately set up the session and it felt good to be able to give her something in return for all she had done for us. Mostly, I wanted to show the world just how beautiful she is. I want the world to know Claire, her charisma, her charm, her perfection. Here she is throwing sand at the camera….and singing her A,B,Cs….
I’m asking my friends and people interested to considering donating, even just $5 to their cause. If everybody i knew did that, many small donations would equal a significant one and help offset the expensive medical costs.
I will be continuing to photograph Claire and document this story. She is a shining light. We love you Claire.
So much love to you Claire, Lisa, and Euan.
Hope is something we all could use a little bit of right now, and here she is… Introducing Hope. She is one of the most beautiful people i’ve ever met inside and out. Its been quite a busy summer season, and I haven’t had a chance to share some of the photo projects i’ve been working on. Here is one that inspired me deeply. Hope contacted me about shooting a maternity session on the beach. When she arrived, I instantly felt a connection to her powerful, joyful vibe…I couldn’t wait to make these images. She said…”I want better maternity photos than the ones Serena Williams just released for Vanity Fair”….photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz. Nothing like having your client set the bar to make you sweat a little. Not sure I actually achieved this request… but I did my best. I’m grateful to have captured these moments in time. Here are some selects from our session together. Thank you Hope for being amazing…
beautiful + sisters + australian + fun-loving + free-spirited = i love my job.
Need i say more? take a peek at the non-stop energy these two gorgeous girls give. Frame after frame of authentic smiles, and real-time sassy. These girls came across the world to Cannon Beach, Oregon from Australia with their mother for a wedding, and we special ordered this portrait session of just the two of them before hand. Really beautiful souls inside and out. Thank you girls for being such wonderful models for me. Love to you both!
In my portrait sessions, i like to use a mix of movement and posing to find strong along with flexible lines.
Loving the elements from this sweet sunset spring wedding: dramatically lit sky, beautiful bride with a timeless, almost fairy-tale look, and wreath for her hair…the simplicity of just the two of them on the beach, really makes for special imagery. I had so much fun working with this New Jersey couple who came a long way across the country to say their vows to eachother. Using wind, light, reflection, and movement, combined with the groovy love vibe these two share, we came up with these photos….what an experience. Thank you Samantha and Ken Helmrich for an amazing session….many years of happiness. Wedding at the Stephanie Inn.