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A Day in the Sun | Portland Photographer



During a shoot a few weeks ago my beloved lens, a Canon 50mm 1:8, broke in half.  One second it was taking pics, and the next, half of it was lying on the ground in front of me.  I was speechless.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  Luckily my friend Jenni had her own 50mm lens that she let me borrow to finish the shoot, but that was only a temporary solution.  After much soul searching and talking with the camera store people, I decided it was time to invest in a new and upgraded lens.  The 50mm is the lens I wanted to stick with, but I was ready to invest in a higher quality piece of glass.  

After making my purchase (Canon 50mm 1:4) I knew I needed to get comfortable with it.  This new lens handles light differently and the focus is more true.  So it was time to have a few fun shoots to push my comfort zone and get to know my new best friend.

Enter Kayla.

I called up Kayla and asked her if she was down for a shoot at Sauvie Island.  Without hesitation she confirmed the time, day and place and started Snap Chatting me outfit choices.  We chose a few flowy pieces and a couple bathing suits and were set.  We both went into the day without a plan for the pictures we would take, but knew that a light hearted approach was going to be best so that I could test the limits of my new lens.

I couldn't be happier with the results!  Traditionally I have avoided midday sun for shoots, and never would have suggested a place with reflective water, bright sand and a beach full of people for a shoot location.  Pushing myself to get comfortable with my new lens and less than desirable conditions seems to have paid off!  It doesn't hurt that my model and her sweet boyfriend are gorgeous and so easy to work with, of course!



The Hodsons | Portland Family Photographer

The summer evenings in Portland cannot be beat.

This particular night was filled with lovely weather, lovely light and a lovely family to photograph.


When Lindsay suggested a park shoot with picnic baskets, flowers and bottled orange soda I was in. The colors for this shoot were beyond dreamy and so much fun.


Ready to talk about ideas for your own family shoot?  Contact me and let's plan fun!

The Snelsons | Portland Family Photographer

I'm pleased to introduce you to 3 of my favorite people in the world.
My brother Jed, sister-in-law Danielle and niece Joie.

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Over Thanksgiving I was asked to snap a few quick photos of this bunch in order to give them options for their holiday card.  Not one to pass up the opportunity to photograph beautiful people, I obliged.

The air was foggy, COLD and the sun had begun its decent so we didn't have much time, but we hurried outside to get a few shots.  In a matter of 3 (yes THREE!) minutes we got a handful of gems...

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And then I lovingly booted my niece out of the scene and grabbed a few of just the love birds.  It seems that once kids are involved, Moms and Dads everywhere lack on photos of just them together, in love.  
So in about 30 seconds we got these gems of just them, being in love.

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When was the last time you took a few minutes to capture fresh images of your family and loved ones?
It really doesn't take as much time, or as much effort as you may think!

Interested in booking portraits for yourself?  Contact Motormouth Studios and let's make magic!

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