Double Portrait Session

Is there a special person in your life that you really admire and love spending time with? How many photographs do you have of the two of you? Who is that person for you? Your mom, sister, cousin, best friend, or partner? I think a double portrait photoshoot is a great way of celebrating relationships, spending time with each other, and making memories.

Loved taking Misty’s and Christina’s portraits.

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Summer Mermaid Fun

It had been my dream to get an underwater case for my DSLR for a while now. So right in time for summer I just decided to go for it and purchased the Ewa-Marine bag. That was back in June and I have used it for many underwater shoots since then. Here are a few of my favorites from this summer…

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I am not ready for summer to be over but I am never ready. I wish it would be summer all year round. There is something beautiful about all four season though …

If you are interested in booking a mermaid session before fall starts contact me and we can set something up. Mermaid session are also a great add-on for Senior sessions :)

Kristen – High School Senior Portraits

I had such a great time taking pictures of Kristen. It was a perfect day in Roseburg, OR in March.

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Thank you Kristen for being such a great model!!!

Albina – Modern Women’s Portraiture

What a beautiful woman Albina is. I had such a great time photographing her in my natural light studio – also known as my balcony :)

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Thank you Albina! :)

Jen

I went back to Maryland a couple of weeks ago and I asked Jen if I could take her Portrait. Her response: “I can’t tell if you’re being serious or joking.” Well I wasn’t joking. I wanted to photograph her for a long time but I guess I was too scared to ask because she is such a great photographer. So I was a little intimidated. I am so happy that I asked though because the pictures turned out beautiful and Jen looks smoking in them.

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Doesn’t she look amazing?!

After that I got to hang out with the babies for a little while. They are the cutest.

Asher & Violet

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If you live in Maryland or somewhere around there and you are looking for a great photographer check out Jen’s website.

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To see more of my Portrait work visit my Portrait portfolio page.

Kristen-Natural Glow

Kristen is the owner of Natural Glow here in Portland, Oregon. She just started her own business as an Esthetician and offers facials, hair removal, and makeup applications. I have worked with Kristen on photo shoots (check out Hunteroses shoot) and she has provided the most beautiful makeup applications. Recently she asked me if I would take head shots of her for her new business and I was honored to do so.

Please read the following interview to learn more about Kristen.

Q: What made you interested in becoming an esthetician?
If I had to guess where my interest in facials and body work originated, it probably started from my first visit to a spa at a young age. I had an amazing massage, and as much as I loved receiving it, I also so wanted the ability to de-stress others in such a powerful way. I had battles with self-esteem and body image in my teenage years, as well as very sensitive breakout-prone skin. Learning how to best care for my skin is a huge benefit of being in this industry, and I love being able to help others with that information, too.

Q: What do you like best about your new career?
I love learning about all of the amazing skincare products and meeting with wellness experts locally. I’m not typically a big shopper, I like to save my money for things like travel. But, starting a business and being licensed in Esthetics allows me to buy products in bulk from my favorite companies and test them effectively. I also make sure to connect with seasoned skin care professionals as often as I can. Just this week, I went on a 2-hour aromatic journey with an essential oils expert, I learned how to do a mud wrap at the spa I’m working at part-time, and I played with natural cocoa-infused waxes with a women who has mastered the 7-minute brazilian. I’m having a great time learning all I can in this new profession.

Q: What is the biggest mistake you see people make when it comes to their skin care?
One of the biggest mistakes people make is buying expensive products that aren’t suitable for their skin type. If you are in your early twenties, stocking up on $100 anti-aging serums is a great way to drain your bank account without much benefit to your skin. You would get much better results from using a hydrating cream that has spf 30. I’m all about experimenting with products, but what many people don’t know is that we are born with our skin type – dry, oil-rich, combination, normal, sensitive. For the most part, it doesn’t change over the course of our lives. When you get a professional facial, the esthetician should do a thorough skin analysis and tell you what your skin type is. This information can save people so much time, money, and frustration, as it should significantly narrow your search for the right skin care products.

Q: What do you like about working and living in Portland?
I like the community in Portland. It feels tight-knit and collaborative, and the people here aren’t afraid to let their creativity and passions drive their lifestyles. There’s a love for nature, which ties into my love of natural skin care products. There’s also a love for art, and I’ve had an amazing time working as a makeup artist on photo shoots with amazing photographers like Julie Gee here.

Q: You are also a writer. When did you discover that passion?
I’ve kept journals since I was a kid, but writing became a powerful therapeutic for me more recently. As I was living in San Francisco and reaching my 6th year at my job, I realized how anxious and unhappy I was. I wanted to leave my job, but I was terrified. I was working for my ‘dream’ company, but somehow I was miserable. I started reading blogs by people who were taking big risks to live a life they love. It occurred to me that sharing my personal journey might encourage others to follow their dreams. The day I quit my job, I launched my blog, and my journey as a blogger has been an incredibly eye-opening ride ever since. Sharing yourself authentically with complete strangers attracts deep, real connection.

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Visit Natural Glow’s website to learn more about the services.

http://www.naturalglowpdx.com

And check out Kristen’s blog as well to read about her amazing story.

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Sisters – Sisters

This is a blog post more on the personal side. My younger sister Lena came to visit me here in Vancouver, WA. That made me real excited cause that meant that I would have a model for 9 days who I could practice new lighting techniques and ideas with . My sister and I have a special bond. We are cuties but we are also QTs which is in fact not cute at all. We have a heart condition called Long QT-Syndrome. It doesn’t really restrict us too much but there are certain things we shouldn’t do like scuba diving, skydiving, competitive sports, etc. We have learned to live with it and our meds are working great for us. We know how fortunate we are and we know that God and his army of angels are watching over us every single day. My older sister Hanna saved my life when she was only 7 years old (I was 5). I fainted while going down a water slide and then drowned in the pool. Nobody noticed but her and she pulled me out. I was diagnosed with LQTS shortly after. Now 21 years later I am just amazed how great our God is and how many times he has saved me and keeps saving me. I am thankful for my sisters. We might not always see eye to eye but we will always be there for each other. I know I wouldn’t be here without my sister Hanna.

My sisters are truly beautiful inside and out!

Here are a few images I took of my little sister while she was here.

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These shots were taken at Cannon Beach, OR.

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And these shot totally messed up my apartment. It smelled like baby powder for weeks and I am still finding glitter in the carpet.

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And this is my older sister Hanna with her firstborn Elias back in 2012 when I was visiting.

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First shoot on the West Coast

This was my first photo shoot since our move in December. Almost all boxes are unpacked now and it is starting to feel like home. The Northwest has so much to offer location wise which makes me super excited! Sarah knew a cool location south of Portland. It was cold and windy but the sun was shining. Love the red hair! Thinking about dyeing my hair that color :)

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This Park is somewhere on the Willamette River.

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Loved this area in the woods with the little pond.

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Location: Somewhere near Dundee

Model: Sarah

To see more of my Portrait work click here.

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