Saturday, January 30, 2010

Antunez Maternity Shoot / Salem, OR Photographer

Can you tell from this first photo that Maggie & Ricardo are two beautiful, kind, generous people? I can't say enough how much I've enjoyed getting to know these delightful people, and lucky me I get to keep seeing them! It's funny how people move in and out of your life. Out of nowhere an old acquaintance re-enters the fabric of your life, and oftentimes you are richer for it. Over a year ago I did a job for North West Palate Magazine, capturing the newly emerging French restaurant, La Capital. It was a great experience for me to meet new people and add to my commercial portfolio, I blogged about it here. That's when I first met Ricardo, (who is the second chef) passionately filleting a samon for their dinner menu.

He contacted me to schedule his and Maggie's shoot, funny how one opportunity leads to another. We almost had to scrap the shoot when Maggie thought she was going into labor the evening before. Thank goodness she was wrong! She was however having contractions during the shoot, not that you would notice, but she pushed (not literally, haha) through it. We also managed to grab the last few days of color before all the leaves fell which added such nice tone to their photos!

Just a quick side-note: they're a good example of smart clothing choices. Their colors meshed together well, and they had a nice mix of solids, prints, and textures that complimented the surrounding scenery.

I'll be sharing Landin's photo session soon, (newest addition to their family) so be sure to check in again!

The other exciting bit of news to share regarding this shoot is in talking about their wedding that he catered, and my up-coming wedding, we came to a wonderful agreement to trade my photography services for his catering services for MY wedding! I'm so pumped, I was planning to have family help with the food, but this is so much better! Can't wait to develop a menu!

Interested in offering trade work? Tell me! Have any wonderful ideas for appetizers for a summer/vintage-inspired wedding? Inspire away! Like the photos? Share some blog love!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I am ENGAGED to the most wonderful man! Ryan proposed this Thursday, and I'm still jumping out of my skin excited! It's such an exciting thing to be engaged and I can't wait to be married to Ryan! He's a man with so much love, laughter, and life.

Now it's time to plan my wedding, and honestly, I am so uber excited it's slightly unhealthy! I've been soaking in a breadth of wedding blogs full of amazing ideas and DIY's, I've seriously got a folder with sub-folders on my computer with a few hundred images of ideas all categorized nicely! I'd like to share my planning journey with you, and believe me, there will be lots of good ideas, recommendations, and money-saving tips along the way. If you are a bride or know one, be sure to subscribe or check back often!

Back the me me me, being engaged!

Take a look at my beautiful ring he picked out...couldn't have done any better!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Felicity / Newborn Photography / Salem, OR

I am well aware of my overuse of the word cute in describing something or someone. Anyone who reads enough of my blogs will notice I use the 'c' word heavily, and I think it's high time I expand my vocabulary!

With that said, this precious little girl Felicity was a show stopper at 16-days-old! I kept thinking how darn adorable she was the entire shoot, and how she was the spitting image of her parents, Ben & Lena. If I had a top ten cute list, she'd be on it. OK, I said it, but honestly, there are too many things in this world that deserve and demand the description of cute. Like Felicity's teeny-tiny fingers and pursed lips in this first shot! Gosh I can hardly stand it!

I've learned in doing newborn shoots that they run the show, and all it takes to get those adorable shots is plenty of sleep-inducers (aka feedings) and patience. This little gal took a while to warm up to the idea of laying naked in silly poses while I snapped her picture, but eventually we worked her up to it. I'm so thankful she's got two awesome parents who trusted and allowed me to take part in such a monumental time in their life.

Congrats Howden family for the arrival of such a beautiful girl! Blessings, peace, and the hope of a full night's sleep to you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Red Pearl Designs / Salem OR Commercial Photographer

I can't express enough how EXCITED I am about my shoot last week with Megan of Red Pearl Designs. If you haven't already, go over to her website and blog to look at her stunning wedding invitations! Megan is my dearest friend and a HUGE source of encouragement and inspiration to me daily. I'm serious when I say if she were a boy I'd marry her! Plus, we both have a Ry-Guy (meaning our guys' names are Ryan).

A word to all brides out there who want custom knock-your-socks-off wedding invitations, Megan not only is a capable of making your dream invitations come true, she's a remarkable woman who will treat you like a queen!

We had such a blast on this shoot building all the unique sets with a collection of props we found around our houses. OK, enough said...let the quality of these invitations I photographed speak for themselves!

Let me know if you are drooling over this first set as much as we were!

Lovin' Megan's shoes.

I'm secretly jealous of her gorgeous ring!

These last three are Racquel & Casey's invitations, the beautiful couple who's wedding I photographed last August.

Hope you enjoyed, comment with a shout out for Red Pearl Designs!

Congrats Giving Is Awesome Winners!

First off a BIG Thank You to all who participated in the Giving Is Awesome portrait give-away! I was so blessed by all of you who took the time to share the stories of someone special and deserving in your life! I apologize in my late announcement, you just made it so hard to decide! It's always good to have a little reminder to stop and really appreciate the people God has put in our life, and purpose to thank them for all they have done.

I am undoubtedly blessed to have such a strong support group of family, friends, and customers, and I couldn't thank you enough! You are the foundation on which I stand. When I question my ventures in this business I think of all the people who have encouraged and believed in me and I find my strength. My BIGGEST thanks goes to my Lord Jesus, You give me wings to soar and a are the inspiration for the love and creativity that make my job possible. :)

Now back to Giving Is Awesome! I'm so excited announce the winner of $500.00 towards photos and prints is the Bair Family!!! They certainly are deserving, and my prayer is that this really blesses and reminds them of all the people that God has put in their life to love and support them! Jim & Lisa Bair have given so much with their lives and have endured the unimaginable, and I couldn't think of a more deserving couple and family than them!

The fabulous woman who nominated them, Rae Hallman is getting a complimentary portrait session as a thank you for getting involved in changing someone's life for the better!

I can't wait to do this again, there's really nothing more satisfying than blessing someone. Love is the best gift, hands down! ; )

May you think of little and big ways to honor the people you see everyday.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Barchus Family / Portrait Photographer Salem, OR

Raise a hand if you're loving the Christmas color and coordination happening in these photos!

Back when Red Pearl Designs, Bumbles Boutique and I hosted the Christmas Open House Misty gave in to the idea of family portraits and we scheduled for a Christmassy-themed shoot out at Olson Farms.

Talk about a sharp looking group, these guys rocked this shoot with plenty of style, amazing attitudes, and killer smiles! They all have these incredible aqua-blue/green colored eyes that I'm majorly jealous of!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Felicity Preview / Newborn Photography / Salem OR

I just can't get over how beautiful and precious 16-day-old Felicity is! More coming soon!

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