Our Favorite Portraits of 2017

December 30th, 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.

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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It’s even James Bond cool.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Our Favorite Wedding Photos of 2017

December 29th, 2017

It’s that time of year. The last days of December when we reflect on what was and look forward to what is to come. This is a very busy photo studio and sometimes it is nice to look back on the 300+ shoots we do in a year and try to narrow it down to a handful of favorites. It’s not an easy task! In 2017, we shot over 250,000 images! That doesn’t even include the sweet iPhone images of the studio dog Ivy. To narrow it down to a handful of favorites is a hard task.

As we have in years past, we’ve broken down our favorites of the year by category. Weddings, Sports and Portraits.

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

Starting the series off with one of our favorite wedding images of the year. We shot a couple of weddings at Gorge Crest Vineyards this year, but this double rainbow right around sunset at Bryan and Marie’s wedding was by far one of the coolest moments of our wedding season. We were taking portraits around sunset when a guest mentioned a huge storm approaching. I looked up and thought “sweet that will make a great sunset.” Before I knew it, a rainbow popped and it started POURING. Bryan and Marie were troopers though and it made a great photo.

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

In fact, the rain didn’t stop anyone. The dance party continued on, everyone getting drenched. it was fantastic.

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

I always love the couple’s expression as they walk up the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. This moment from Brett and Heather’s wedding is a great example of that. Pure joy!

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See what I mean? I’m a sucker for emotion in wedding photos. Pure emotion from Dave as he sees Brittany walking down the aisle.

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Another nice moment in the good light from Gorge Crest Vineyards. With Mount Hood as your backdrop, it’s kind of hard to go wrong.

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Oregon summers are pretty unbeatable and we were lucky to shoot at a variety of beautiful vineyards this season. Courtney and Tricia’s sunny wedding at Sokol Blosser Winery was one for the books. The light was just perfect that day.

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Another perfect sunset at a vineyard. I’m sensing a theme for 2017. Cool people in cool vineyards. I really liked this moment of Travis and Teresa enjoying a glass of wine with their close friends around a warm firepit as the sun set behind them.

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

This wedding season took us all over Oregon with our furthest location being Sisters, OR for Kyle and Corrina’s big day. This was our favorite image of the day with a glimpse of the Three Sisters in the background. Fun fact: Kyle and Corrina’s wedding was the very first to take place at Cascade Street Distillery and we were really excited to be a part of it. Another fun fact, before they hired me, our dogs already followed each other on instagram. ha! We both have the coolest Silver Labs around.

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

I always love images that stop you and require a bit of figuring out. Layers add dimension and substance to an image making it that much more powerful. This image of Heather as she prepares to walk down the aisle does that for me.

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

I have shot many, many, many weddings in my time as a professional photographer but never have I seen something like this. Teresa and Travis’ wedding was a rockin’ party from the get go, but just when I thought I’d seen it all, the lead singer of the band The Dusty 45s hopped on top of the bass and LIT HIS TRUMPET ON FIRE and continued jamming! It was insane and made for one of the liveliest moments of our 2017 wedding season!

Clip | Nike Careers

December 28th, 2017

This past summer we did several shoots for Nike’s talent acquisition team. We wanted the images to look authentic and celebrate the diverse community of Nike employees, so instead of hiring models all the people used in the images are the employees themselves! The shoots took place throughout the main campus. Here are some of the images now being featured on their career site.

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Clip | Super Lawyers Magazine

December 12th, 2017

Here’s one of several images we recently shot for Super Lawyers Magazine, featured in their 2017 Oregon edition.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clip | The Winged M

December 12th, 2017

The June issue of The Winged M contains some of our images, including the cover and this inside spread on MAC Scholar Athlete award recipient, Jonah Pemberton.

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Clip | RCTID Capsule Collection

November 30th, 2017

Here’s a clip from a recent shoot we did with Portland Timbers’ Diego Chara and Zarek Valentin for the PTFC Authentics brand. This new collection is a literal as well as light-hearted interpretation of the phrase “Rose City Till I Die,” better known as RCTID.

 

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Silcox Hut at Timberline Wedding | Michelle & Dave

November 28th, 2017

This Thanksgiving weekend we had a lot of fun making our way up to Mount Hood for a snowy, winter wedding at Silcox Hut. Michelle and Dave had an intimate ceremony and reception at 7,000 feet! It was quite a unique experience. Here are some of our favorite moments from their special day. For more, please check out our sneak peek album on Facebook. Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fournier Group

November 22nd, 2017

We had such a great time photographing the great folks at Fournier Group, an insurance agency in Portland, Oregon. If you can’t tell, these guys are the best combination of professional and fun. They’re a unique blend. Here’s one of the dynamic group photos we shot for them.

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