Hannah and Jay are getting married this week, and even though I’m woefully behind on blogging, I was determined to get their engagement session posted before their wedding! Hannah and I have known each other for nearly half our lives, after we studied abroad together. I was so excited to meet Jay and shoot their engagement session over the summer while I was down in Portland. Hannah and Jay had one of their first dates at the Portland Art Museum, so it was only fitting that they also have their engagement session there. And, before their session, they told me they had some special outfits they wanted to wear for the engagement session. And well, they’re the best special outfits I’ve ever photographed. Check them out at the end!
Hannah and Jay, I can’t wait to photograph your wedding later this week!!
I haven’t been blogging because I haven’t been able to work up in my office the past two weeks, thanks to a plethora of illness and snow days. But, today I’m dreaming of the beautiful sunshine we had in Portland last summer for the World Domination Summit. I know, the name sounds crazy and strange, but the people there are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They are kind and strong and adventurous. The first year I attended WDS, I was recently married and I was working a day job. I was dreaming of quitting and going full time as a photographer. I got to meet a bunch of people I’d only been internet friends with, and not only that, they gave me the support I needed to take a big leap. I took a few years off (after attending two years in a row) and last year I was able to go back. I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in life since having N. I love being a parent but it’s been a new adventure that has brought up more questions than answers. To be honest, I don’t have many more answers, 8 months later. But I did have some great conversations with people that have had my gears turning and given me new inspiration. One of my favorite parts of WDS is all the attendee-led meet ups and adventures. I even led my first meet up this year on traveling as a family and with kids, which is something I’m super passionate about. My good friend Dustin Main, leads a photo walk every year, and I really enjoyed myself. I don’t normally shoot much on the street unless I’m traveling, and I don’t ever shoot with other people (unless I have a second shooter) so this was really fun.
A couple years ago, I attended the WDS Conference in Portland. Since then, I’ve photographed quite a few participants at the conference, and around the Pacific Northwest. I really enjoy weddings, but there is something so great about working with a single client, and really helping them develop their brand through high quality photos. Here are a few of my favorites from a trip down to Portland in August.
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We didn’t plan on things happening this way. But it did. An email, a mad dash to get our paperwork done, and boom. We’re parents.
In under 24 hours, we’ll go from being a family of 2 to a family of 3. In typical Emily fashion, I’ve waited til the very last minute to tell anyone. In fact, we only made the decision to become a family of 3 last Monday.
You see, tomorrow, our AFS (American Field Services) foreign exchange student arrives. I’m equal parts nervous and excited, which is, I suppose, to be expected.
In the past 72 hours or so, we’ve gone from having an empty spare room to having a room for a 16 year old boy from France. We’ll call him S, since I doubt he wants his life spread out all over the internet.
If I’m a little slow to respond, if things have been a little quiet around here, you know why.
In the meantime: here are some scans from our trip to Portland back in April. Wandering around the city, in Powells, and touring Pittock Mansion.
They’re all shot on Portra 400, which is a dream, and with my 1980’s 35mm camera. Developed at the FIND Lab. I’ve got more to show you from other places too. Be prepared!
Meet the lovely Jana. We met up a few times at WDS this year, and I don’t know how we didn’t meet last year. Because we have many wonderful friends in common! Jana is a coach and she’s fantastic. Her business is called Love Work Now. She spends her days helping people find the work they love, and do that work. And kicking butt at CrossFit.
We did the first part of our shoot at Powell’s bookstore, which is my favorite spot in Portland! Then wandered around the Pearl District, shooting around breweries and the Anthopologie store. Jana, thank you for the part you played in my Portland adventures. <3