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Sherwood Bowmen Lacrosse – {Sherwood Sports Photographer}

I’ve had this idea for a while now and I finally got to execute it!  Mitch, a good friend and a senior at Sherwood High School, was my willing participant and he brought along his teammate Kevin.  Together, we created some killer images that I hope will help to promote the Lacrosse sport in Sherwood area.  Sometimes, a hitch in the plans can turn into a great thing.  Shortly after we began, the rain started coming down.  We retreated under cover to the stands and spent some time up there.  With no sign of the rain letting up I said, lets just get out there and shoot!  I found a garbage bag to cover some gear and then we hit the field.  What came of those shots were well worth the effort!  Thanks Mitch and Keven for putting up with the rain!

Jessica & Zach – {Portland Engagement Photography}

It’s not too often in February that we get days with good weather and temperatures over 60 degrees!  When that happens, I like to take advantage of it, and we certainly did this time!  Jessica and Zach are getting married later this year at one of my favorite places to visit, the San Juan Islands up in Washington.  We took the opportunity to get out on this nice day and have a little adventure, do some exploring, and drink some wine.  Oh, we took some engagement photos too.  :)

We started out on the Reed College campus, setting up a picnic in the middle of the lawn.  I’m sure people though we we’re pretty odd!  Then we headed downtown Portland and walked along the East Bank Esplanade, a really cool path on the East side of the Willamette River.  Did I mention that these two are both city planners at some local cities?  And finally we finished up at Enso Winery, a really cool local urban winery that started out in a garage and now has a great little tasting room.

It’s fun to have a couple willing to try some new things and do some exploring on their engagement session.  Their photos turned out great and I’m really excited to be a part of their wedding day!

March 8, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Kim Nisson - J and Z…
Love the pics, they are perfect!!!
Congratulations once again, our family is so lucky to get Zach as another family member.
Looking forward to your visit to the OC.
L,Aunt Kim :)

March 18, 2013 - 8:01 am

Kathy Vargas - Congratulations Jessica and Zack. I agree with Kim, we are lucky to get Zack as a family member. Finally someone who can help with tech problems!!!! (ha ha ha).
Zack, I have only met you breifly on a couple of occassions, but if Jessica says you are the one, I know you are the one for her. Congratulations, to both of you. Zack you are getting a very sweet gal, I love her very much, you had better treat her right or you will have some explaining to do. Aunt, Kathy Vargas and Al Vargas

Happy Valentines Day

Well, i’m a little late on this post, but we had some fun with the kids for Valentines Day!  Tough to get cooperative kiddos after dinner just before bedtime, but it was fun and I think we ended up with some cute photos.

he did NOT like the tie

He liked going around his sister over and over again.  Not sue what she’s thinking!  haha

Oh, I guess that’s what she was thinking:)

They make me smile!!


Fall Family Portraits {Champoeg State Park Family Photographer}

Ok, so maybe I got a little addicted to this place last fall.  But where else can you find such awesome vast open fields, gorgeous fall colors, a barn, and some oak trees all at the same spot?!?  This was such a fun session!  It’s always makes me quite nervous to photograph another photographers family but these guys have become pretty good friends so it wasn’t too bad this time.  :)  I’m sure if anyone saw us out there in the middle of the field with a couch they probably thought we were pretty weird!  I’ll do anything for a cool photo!  Here’s a few of the shots we got…

Real Life – Champoeg State Park Family Photographs

One of my goals this year is to better portray personality and emotion in the photographs I take.  In the beginning of my journey learning about photography, I always have been drawn to the technical aspects of what makes a good photograph.  As I grow as a photographer, I really want to push myself to be better.  I want to be continue to improve technically, but more than that, I want to be a better storyteller.  Laughing boys being tickled by their parents, or a loving tearful embrace by a brides father the moment before he walks her down he isle.  In ten to fifteen years, when the boys in the photos below are off at college, I want these photographs to bring back the memories of what life was like back then.  Not just what they looked like, but who they were.  Personalities, interactions, smiles.  Real life.   Looking back at photos of my own son from only a year ago I realize how quickly things change.  It’s so great to have photos of him to help me not forget what he was like at all the different stages in life.

Here are some photos from a family session at Champoeg State Park from this last fall.  They are such a fun family and their boys have SO much energy!  It was blast to photograph them!

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