Shooting boudoir photographs is my absolute favorite. Its a huge and enjoyable part of my business but because of the private nature of the images, I don't often get the go-ahead from my clients to share them with the world (which is 100% understandable!). Usually when I do a boudoir shoot its just me, my client, and a bottle of champagne. We experiment and have fun shooting for a few hours, and then they get to give those images to their significant other (almost all of my boudoir clients give the images to their SOs as presents). I make sure that all my clients have a fun and empowering experience, which they then later share with their SOs. This time was different though. For the first time ever I was hired to do a couple's shoot. We met several times before the shoot to talk about ideas, boundaries, and to get comfortable with one another. Usually when I do a boudoir shoot I spend the first half hour or so putting the client at ease -its scary stuff to take off your clothes in front of a camera! I was concerned that it would be doubly difficult to put two people at ease, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The chemistry between this couple was VERY palpable. They were obviously crazy about each other. It was such a great experience to not only make images that my clients loved, but that I could witness each partner reveling in the sexiness of the other in real time. It was such a pleasure to be a part of, and I hope more of my clients request a couples shoot. Please enjoy this image from the shoot. Also if you are interested in hiring me for a boudoir shoot, but would like to see more examples of my work, please email me at email@example.com and I'll happily send some images your way.
This weekend I was blown away by the new instructors at Ecdysiast Studio. I always love shooting for them, but it was really a treat to work with some new dancers. As usual their strength and grace was breathtaking. Take a look for your self!
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of traveling down to Los Angeles do an engagement shoot with Jocelyn and Megan. I love doing engagement shoots because its so easy to get swept up in all the excitement, love, and emotions that just radiate from newly engaged couples. Its absolutely electric! The happy couple chose the stunning beach at Malibu for their back drop. We went at sunset and the light was gorgeous. Check out some of my favorites!
It was such a pleasure photographing one of my favorite Portland bands; Urban Wildlife. The band came over to my place, hung out with my animals, and played a little impromptu concert just for me! Check out some of the great shots we got. Be sure to check out their latest album Ship of Winter.
One of the things that I love the most about Ecdysiast is that not only is it an amazing studio, but they have a company as well. With the new year comes a few new company members. I was lucky enough to photograph them. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot:
This week I shot some head shots for a young business woman's website/business card. Despite making her money with her business, I was convinced that she should be doing stand up comedy instead. She was such a riot and spent the two hours of our shoot cracking jokes and making faces. Here are a few of my favorites:
After their amazing bike move, Gladys Bikes is finally up and running in their new store front on NE Alberta Street in Portland. To celebrate the owner hired me to do a shoot in the store with her and one of her business partners, Sweet Pea Bicycles. They were so much fun and it was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them. Enjoy!
If you are in the San Francisco area you need to do yourself a favor and book at treatment at Sen Spa in the Presidio. Sen Spa was recently named the #4 spa in THE ENTIRE COUNTRY by Time Out Magazine. I was lucky enough to shoot some head shots on the premises for some of their best massage therapists and aestheticians. The spa was beautiful, comfortable, and peaceful. Their employees had fun and relaxing energy. Check out a few of my favorites:
To shoot the promotional materials for their upcoming performance "Oh Alice," the dancers at Ecdysiast Studio and I went into Forest Park. The concept of this performance (happening this November at the Alberta Rose Theater) is a reimagining of "Alice in Wonderland." The dancers arrived in full costume and makeup. Each dancer channeled their character and we spent the afternoon playing around with concepts and poses. I had a blast photographing these charismatic and inspiring women. Take a look:
The owner of Gladys Bikes is such a treat to work with. Whenever I suggest a kind of shoot that we haven't done before, she always enthusiastically goes for it. Custom bikes are a huge part of their business (I have one of my own and I am in love with it), but designing your own bike can be really daunting if you aren't familiar with the mechanics of how bicycles work. To get around that, I suggested that we do a shoot where we isolate all the different parts of a bike that can be customized, but at the same time I wanted to stay authentic to their brand. My solution was to go to the nearest park to the store front and have ourselves a custom bike picnic! Leah (owner of Gladys Bikes) brought her favorite picnic blanket, and the results can only be described as "adorkable." See for yourselves below!
Here are some of my other favorite images from my San Francisco shoot with Bolt Textiles. Enjoy!
As part of my new partnership with Bolt Textiles, they flew me down to San Francisco for a few days to photograph some of their clients' homes in the Bay Area. It was such a treat to work in San Francisco! Their clients were fantastic, the homes were beautiful, and the design was a fun blend of classic and whimsical. Here is the first installment from that trip:
As part of Gladys Bikes' initiative to show case their amazing and unique customers (and their custom bikes) I was hired to photograph a couple and the custom bike they share. I was impressed by Gladys Bike's ability to create a bike that functioned as specifically as this couple needed it to. The seat height needed to adjust quickly and precisely to each partner's specific height. To add to the challenge, one of the partners had a prosthetic leg which needed a custom snap-in petal. The couple picked out their own custom color, and the bike even had an adorable front rack (with cup holder!). This really is an all-purpose bike! It was such a pleasure getting to know the couple and their playful dogs. Check out some of my favorite images below!
I absolutely love shooting for Bolt Textiles. On our most recent shoot every house we shot had the cutest dogs. Photographing these dogs as part if the mis-en-scene was a blast. They were all so cooperative! Photos below:
Shooting for Ecdysiast is guaranteed to not only be a blast, but also mind blowing. Its such a joy to shoot such talented dancers. This weekend I had the pleasure to shoot some of Ecdysiast's students. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot:
Last week I was blown away by the supportive and expansive Portland bike community. Gladys Bikes, a woman focused bike shop (named after Susan B. Anthony's bike no less!), moved locations from N. Mississippi Ave to NE Alberta St. That's not so special. What is special is that they moved every item in the shop via bike. Leah, the owner of Gladys Bikes put out the call to the Portland bike community to help and they delivered! About 100 people -many of whom were families with small children, showed up. Their bikes were as varied as they were: tall bikes, small bikes, cargo bikes, recumbent bikes, tricycles, skateboards -you name it, someone had that kind of bike. Everyone was in great spirits, and much to Leah's surprise, the whole move only took about 90 minutes. The sense of community was palpable, and I was touched by the out pouring of love an support Gladys Bikes received. I felt very lucky to be a part of it. Check out the photos below! The first shot is of my custom bike built by Gladys Bikes loaded up with all my gear.
Recently I was fortunate enough to work with Bolt Textiles again. Their style is so unique! I had a great time traveling to their clients' homes in Portland and getting to know them. Check out a few of my favs!
This weekend I was lucky enough to shoot for a new client of mine; Bolt Textiles. Bolt consists of two interior /fabric designers, and they were so passionate about what they do. They brought a lot of energy to the shoot and I had a great time shooting objects for a change! Here are a few of my favorite shots:
I am thrilled to be working with Portland's newest woman focused bike shop; Gladys Bikes. They sell ready to go bikes off the rack as well as completely custom bikes -even down to the color! This woman-owned and operated shop has full mechanical services too! I'm completely in love with this company. This week we shot the first in a series of shoots meant to promote their custom shop. My favorite part of this series is that we are using actual owners of the custom bikes as our models. I believe this really speaks to the owner's commitment to serving and empowering her customers. Enjoy!