July Wedding’s

Friday, July 31st, 2009

July has been a great month. A crazy busy month, but a great month non-the-less. I have shot a ton of great weddings over the last few weeks as well as some fun other jobs as well and traveling a lot, etc so I’m a little behind on my wedding blogging, but here are a couple from the last couple weeks. Still have 4 more in the edit cue coming next week…I’ve already blogged my favorite image from Josh and Emily’s wedding at Postalwaits Farm in Canby, as well as used it on my recent article, so here are a few more. Josh’s brother Ty is the leader of the Ty Curtis band. He looked very familiar, and it was because his photo was huge in the Oregonian the week before as they rocked the Blues Festival. Needless to say, they were fantastic and the music all night was really great.

The next day I shot Tony and Nicole at the Aerie at Eagle Landing. About 3 minutes before the ceremony, it starting pouring rain and they moved everything to under a tent. What i would do for a nice rain this week!

Then, I went to the beach and shot Tommy and Michelle. what a great day at the beach, sunny and 70, great light it was awesome. And these guys could party! I’ve never seen a bridal party drink so much Coors Light while getting ready. Notice the sink. These guys could hammer home some beers. Made for a very fun reception for sure! Everyone was very laid back and the wedding was really great. The casino games were cool too. I also posted a slideshow from this wedding today over at My Portland Photographer. Check it out. As always you can click on an image to see a larger view.

Timbers vs. Sounders

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

UPDATE: There have been some requests to purchase prints from this game, go to this gallery and you can buy prints, digital files, etc.

Last night the Portland Timbers soccer team played the Seattle Sounders of the MLS in a US Open Cup match. It was an exciting matchup because the Sounders used to be in the same league as Portland before jumping to the MLS this year and the two teams, and their fans, hate each other. And by hate, I mean that Timbers fans cannot even say the word “Seattle” or “Sounders”. The atmosphere was amazing. A possible preview of what is to come when the Timbers join the MLS is 2011. PGE Park was sold out for the first time since the team began play in 2001. Fans were lined up for 2 blocks around the stadium for standing room only tickets 2 hours before kickoff. I found this guy wandering around on Morrison St. I cropped up on purpose. His awesome suit showed a bit more than we all wanted to see, but his love for the Timbers shows through. I will admit, I was not the biggest soccer fan, but you should go and give it a shot, it really is fun. Be sure to sit in section 107, that’s where the true fans and all the crazy’s hang out. Good times to be had there for sure. Click on an image below to see some of my photos from the game. The image of the fans with the flags was shot by my intern Liz. Nice job Liz.

Cool Church Portrait – How to

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I mentioned 3 times now how great this church in Mt. Angel was. I was very happy to see some nice dark clouds when I pulled in. I had this image in my head before the day even started. After the ceremony, before heading to the reception we spent 5 minutes making a cool image. Pretty simple setup, 3 Canon speedlights (2 550Ex’s and 1 580EX) hooked up to Pocketwizards. The main light is on half power and about 5 feet from them. The backlight is on full power and about 5-6 feet behind them and then a 3rd light was positioned low at about 1/4 power to fill in the shadows on the lower part of the frame. Just got lucky when the wind kicked up at the right time. Setup to complete, about 5 minutes. Here is the setup, intern Liz working the fill light: