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Twenty-eight.

Right before my twenty-sixth birthday, I had a MELTDOWN. I realized that a quarter of a century had already passed me by, and I just wasn't where I thought I would be by twenty-six. Right around that time I read an article about Lucy Hilmer, an artist who has been photographing herself every year on her birthday since 1974. Her 'Birthday Suits' project was inspiring. The idea of having a visual history of my life through images was really empowering. While I might not ever be where I thought I would be by a certain age, I will be able to look back and see the coordinates of my life, watch myself age, and most importantly, become more comfortable in front of the camera. 

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Whimsical Wonderland Weddings Feature

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings Feature

An inspirational shoot located within the stone walls of a stunning 19th century Channel Islands estate featuring a real couple, a foraged Jersey wildflower bouquet, a stunning floral installation, and an 1870 dovecote that once housed a famous lion that made appearances in many 1940's classic films. 

As featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings...

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Postlewait's Country Wedding: Jessica + Tyler

Postlewait's Country Wedding: Jessica + Tyler

Jessica and Tyler's love story began in college where they met in ASL class. Tyler was instantly drawn to Jessica, but it wasn't until almost a year later that they started really talking. They lived in the same apartment complex and would routinely arrive home at the same time...

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Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Wedding: Mari + Steven

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards Wedding: Mari + Steven

Mari and Steven's love story is a classic tale of matchmaking gone right...

Mari is a horse trainer in Central Oregon, and one of her clients just so happened to work with Steven's mother. One day, the two of them decided to set Mari and Steven up, and after a few emails were exchanged, they decided to go on a date, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Victorian Belle Wedding: Neri + Charly

Victorian Belle Wedding: Neri + Charly

Self-officiated ceremony featuring unity cocktails! Now that I have your attention, let me tell you a little bit more about Neri and Charly and their heartwarming nuptials. 

Neri and Charly's mutual love of vintage and penchant for books brought them together when they met while working at a library...

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Twenty-seven. 

Somewhere towards the end of twenty-five, after the realization that I had already lived a quarter of a century, I decided to start a lifelong project.

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Hinson Memorial Baptist Church Wedding: Elaine + Jess

Hinson Memorial Baptist Church Wedding: Elaine + Jess

Elaine and Jess met at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church, and it was there that their love for each other grew through their mutual love of music...Sometimes finding The One takes some time, but Elaine and Jess are proof that it is so worth the wait!

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Cheerio, darlings!

Cheerio, darlings!

Happy September, lovelies! I have some exciting news! After wrapping up my 2015 wedding season this month, I am headed to Jersey Channel Islands in the UK! 

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Willamette Heritage Center Wedding: Felicia + Josh

Willamette Heritage Center Wedding: Felicia + Josh

Felicia and Josh were married at the Willamette Heritage Center, which has to be one of the most amazing venues! It is rich with Oregon's history, dating back to the early settlement of the state and boasting the oldest standing wooden frame house in Oregon. The ceremony and the reception were held in the 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill - now a museum, and one of the most well-preserved Victorian age factories in the Western United States. 

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The Aerie at Eagle Landing Wedding: Julia + Patrick

The Aerie at Eagle Landing Wedding: Julia + Patrick

Ahhh, young love. On March 5, 2005, Julia and Patrick began their relationship together, so it was only fitting that they get married in 2015 - their tenth year together.

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Engagement: Elaine + Jess

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Engagement: Elaine + Jess

Elaine and Jess fell in love through their love of music and God, at the church where they will be married at the end of Summer. They have an effortless kind of love, and I can't wait to document more of their love story...

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Powell Butte Engagement: Candice + Taylor

Powell Butte Engagement: Candice + Taylor

Candice and Taylor's love story began in Ohio and their happily ever after begins in Oregon... 

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McMenamins Grand Lodge Wedding: Josey + Stacey

McMenamins Grand Lodge Wedding: Josey + Stacey

Josey and Stacey have one of those meant-to-be kind of loves. In fact, Josey's best friend knew the moment she met Stacey that he would marry Josey one day. Josey certainly didn't realize that, because it took Stacey about four years of pursuing her for Josey to give in!

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Part One: Perfectly Portland Wedding: Katie + Brad

Part One: Perfectly Portland Wedding: Katie + Brad

The story of Katie and Brad is the story about how opposites attract, and are completed when together. 

An equation for illustration:

Katie (outgoing, optimistic, emotional) + Brad (private, pragmatic, logical) = Love

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Commonwealth Lake Park Maternity Session: Pamela + Kyle

Commonwealth Lake Park Maternity Session: Pamela + Kyle

I first met Kyle in college, and we got to know each other through our mutual group of friends. A few years later, I heard he met the girl of his dreams, Pamela. They married, and because time flies (seriously, where does the time go?!?), I had the opportunity to meet Pamela a few years later at their maternity session at the beautiful Commonwealth Lake Park.

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Portland Food Cart Pod Rehearsal Dinner: Katie + Brad

Portland Food Cart Pod Rehearsal Dinner: Katie + Brad

Katie and Brad's rainy rehearsal dinner at a Southeast Portland food cart pod was the perfect way to kick off their wedding weekend.

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Clackamas County 4-H Hall Wedding: Caitlin + Ezra

Clackamas County 4-H Hall Wedding: Caitlin + Ezra

"I love her blue eyes." Ezra then went on in detail about all the things he loves about Caitlin. He loves how, while she might seem tough on the outside, she has such a kind, soft heart. He loves that they can be so vulnerable together, and that he can care for Caitlin. 

It might have been one of the rainiest days we have had in quite some time (and that's really saying something as an Oregonian), but nothing could have put a damper on Caitlin and Ezra's wedding day. 

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Hello, 26!

A few months ago, I found an article about a woman who photographed herself in her birthday suit every year since 1974. While I am not so bold as to pose in my - ahem - birthday suit, I was inspired by the article and I couldn't stop thinking about how special it would be to have a visual history of my life through professional photographs taken each year at my birthday to represent the current coordinates of my life. 

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