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Daren & Sarah

Daren & Sarah were married Saturday at the Portland Art Museum on a gorgeous Portland day. They gave me a bit of a challenge and set a record for me with a bridal party consisting of....

10 on the girls' side:

10 guys:

....and 10 kids!:


But i get ahead of myself. The day started off in the bride's parents' 15th floor loft overlooking the city:

It was a dream to shoot in.

Some fun detail/prep shots:

One of my favorites from the day:

The gorgeous bride:

Sarah had two pairs of shoes--one for the ceremony and one for the reception. I love these Kate Spade shoes she wore for the reception:

Dad getting his bow tie on:

Getting into the gown is always a feat in itself!

We were able to take a few shots of Sarah in the park blocks outside the museum before the ceremony.

We even borrowed a passer-by's Great Dane for a shot!

The ceremony was in the sunken ballroom of the Portland Art Museum:

Man & Wife!

A few portraits of the happy couple:

The details in the reception ballroom were stunning:

One of my favorite "reaction to the toast" shots:

And finally--a sweet image from the father/daughter dance:

Thanks Sarah & Daren for flying me out to be a part of your wedding!

If you'd like to view a slideshow with even more photos from this amazing day, click here.

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fun portland day

Today was super-fun. It started with sleeping in. Always a good start to a day :).

Then I took a few photos just for the fun of it around my friend Ellen's house:

Then I met up with three photographers for lunch in downtown Portland. This is Kevin Meyers and Elena & Demetrye of Elena Photographers. Good conversation was had.

Then Kevin and I walked for a few blocks around a cute area of Portland and did a little shooting for the fun of it. I've done this a number of times before on my trips out here. I always get so inspired being here. Everything looks like art in Portland.

Kevin decided to take his dinosaur film camera out and shot a whole role of 12 frames while I happily shot hundreds on my 5D. Here he is sporting his equipment:

There's tons of trees in Portland with these beautiful pink flowers on them:

And today it was a bit windy and it literally rained pink flowers:

The street was covered:

Just found this cute guy on the side of a building.

Beautiful Portland architecture:

Love the colors in this one:

After shooting we met up with some of my friends here for dinner. Here's the fun crowd:

Keri used to be my roommate in Phoenix before she moved up here. Now she's dating Robb and we did like a two minute mini-session to get them a few good photos. She let me stay in her room for the past four nights in Ellen's house and I noticed a great lack of good photos of them so we had to remedy that situation. Here's one from our super-short mini-session:

Then I was off to the Portland PUG meeting (see next post!)

What a fun day.

Headed home tomorrow....

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Portland PUG

Tonight I had the chance to speak to a great group of photographers here in Portland. The Portland PUG (Pictage User Group) happened to meet on the Monday after I had a wedding up here so it worked out perfectly for me to stop by. I spent most of the day hanging out with Kevin Meyers, the Portland PUG leader, (more on that next post) and he has a great community of photographers up here who meet monthly and talk about all things photo and business. Tonight we talked about everything from pricing to networking to websites and blogging. I had a great time! It's always fun to get to know photographers in other areas of the nation.

Here's a shot of the group:

Mark usually has his eyes open but unfortunately not so much in this shot. Sorry Mark! The rest of us just looked so good in this one so it won out :).

Thanks for having me fun Portland people!

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Daren & Sarah's Rehearsal Dinner

This weekend I'm up in Portland (Oregon, that is)--one of my favorite cities--for Sarah and Daren's wedding. I'm so excited to be here--it's been too long since my last visit. Tonight I shot the rehearsal dinner at this fun joint:

Sarah and Daren are having a HUGE wedding party tomorrow--10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen and 10 kids. I think that sets a record for me! Should make portrait time fun!

Here's a few of the kids before dinner started:

Sarah showing off the ring:

I'm so excited for tomorrow--can you imagine what a beautiful bride Sarah is going to make?

These fun glasses were worked into a toast:

I'm here through Tuesday so more fun Portland photos are soon to come!

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Workshop in Ireland!

That's right! I'm partnering with the fabulous Arden Ward to teach a four-day photography/business workshop in the heart of Ireland.

Click here to get all the info!

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