Our Favorite Portraits of 2017

Continuing on with our favorite images of 2017…today’s gallery is our favorite portraits! Portraits are my favorite thing to shoot. I love telling a persons story with an environmental portrait. Some of the portraits we’ve shot or for business websites, headshots for a wide range of clients, a ton of work for magazines, some for advertisements and many many athletes for various purposes. Here are a few of the photos we like the best.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard poses for a portrait during media day at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer/AP)

Damian Lillard always brings it. I love taking his picture because he knows what I want and what makes him look good. This is actually an “off” moment where he was joking around fun between frames but it became my favorite image of him from the day.

Portland, Oregon - September 1, 2017: Portland Thorns 2017 team photo at Providence Park. (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Thorns team photo. Never a dull moment with the 2017 NWSL champs! After shooting the typical boring team photo I told the ladies to have some fun. The result of one of my favorite Thorns photos from 2017.

June 14, 2017; Hillsboro, OR, USA; The Hillsboro Hops Media Day. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Hillsboro Hops (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops)

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Domingo Leyba was on rehab assignment this year and played the first 6 games of the season with the Hillsboro Hops. This portrait was shot on Hops media day.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

In addition to all the sports portraits we shoot, I also do a good amount of work for various publications such as this portrait of environmental lawyer Stephen Manning shot for the 2017 Oregon Edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Manning is not your typical lawyer and I loved his lobby. He works primarily in immigration law and his office is decorated with coloring pages given to him by immigrant children he has helped.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

A portrait of a player on the LaSalle High School Football team.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

We shoot A LOT of headshots throughout the year. I always enjoy when people like to have a little bit of fun in front of the camera. This was from a session with Nike’s talent acquisition team.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

My son Carter’s 2017 hoops team. The Unknown. If this isn’t the most badass group of third graders you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what else is!

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

I really enjoy shooting environmental portraits. It’s even better when your subject has an office with a great view.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

I really liked this photo from a portrait session with Mason, one of the drum majors at Beaverton High School. It was a cloudy Pacific Northwest day and we wanted to show how dramatic and cool marching band is.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

It’s even James Bond cool.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Portland received an unprecedented amount of snow this past January so naturally, we shot Elsa in the snow. Because if your name is Elsa, of course you need your photos in the snow.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

We shoot most of the headshots for the Eleete Real Estate team. They are usually shot outdoors so I really get to enjoy how the environment changes throughout the year. This one was shot at the end of September when the leaves were starting to change colors.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Another favorite senior portrait. Will is a senior at Cleveland High and as you can tell, he’s an intense hockey player. We had a good time playing around with dramatic lighting.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

I really liked this group photo of the helicopter instructions at Hillsboro Aviation.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

This portrait of Mac Scholar Jonah Pemberton was shot for the Winged M, the monthly magazine of Multnomah Athletic Club. I enjoy shooting for them because we get to shoot people in all types of interesting, athletic settings. I also really like how the other images for this shoot ran in the magazine.

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