Modeling Test Shoot Photographers Portland

It’s really fun to see shy people relax in front of my camera.  It might take a little encouragement, a little coaxing, but I have a knack for it.  Even the shyest people end up enjoying our photo shoots together.

So when Michelle wanted a modeling portfolio test shoot, she admitted she was nervous.  I assured her, as our hair and makeup stylist worked with her, that she was going to do great.  And she did!

In spite of it being January in Oregon–a generally cold, wet, and gray month–we lucked out.  As we photographed her test shoot, the sun slowly pushed away the fog, and came streaming through the trees.  It was a stunning moment, and the photographs show it.

The photos also show how Michelle relaxed and became more comfortable in front of the camera…

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Michelle, thank you for letting us photograph your modeling portfolio, and help you get started as a model.  You’re going to do great!

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In spite of temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Jenn and Jim still managed to have a great time at their Fourth of July wedding.  (And so did their wedding photographers….)

Held at Portland’s own McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, the wedding was a lot of fun.  All of the McMenamins locations are so interesting–lots of history, great art from local artists, cool architecture.  Plus the Crystal Ballroom’s spring-loaded dance floor, and some amazing old chandeliers…they make great wedding venues.


We took the wedding party over to the Pearl District’s Tanner Springs Park for some group photos.  It was a quick trip…the heat promised to melt anyone who stayed outside too long….


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Jim and Jenn paid a little extra to have the Crystal Ballroom put this notice on the readerboard facing Burnside Street.  It was totally worth it.  It said: “Step 1: Get married.  Step 2: Party.”  And party they did!


To keep cool before the wedding, everyone headed downstairs to the Ringler’s Pub, for ice cream, cold drinks, and shuffleboard.

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There were so many cool details at this wedding!  One favorite: the temporary tattoos with Jim and Jenn’s names and wedding date on them.  They were a big hit.

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Jenn and Jim also had us bring our Portland PhotoBooth, with a little bit of a Fourth of July theme.  Their wedding guests made good use of it!

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Weddings don’t just happen on their own, but require a lot of work by a lot of people.  Here are some of the wedding vendors that made Jenn and Jim’s wedding day so amazing!
Wedding Coordinator: Blush Bridal, Coordinated by Jessica Benjamin
Wedding Photography: FritzPhoto 
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Zenith Vineyard Wedding Photographer

For many people, working with a wedding photographer can be a stressful or uncomfortable occasion.  So one of the best compliments we get from a bride is that we made her feel comfortable in front of the camera.  And that’s what Kinessa told us after her wedding: that she hates being in front of the camera, but with us she felt safe and comfortable.  Which makes us feel good.  (We had an engagement portrait session together a couple months before the wedding, too, which helped warm her up for the wedding day.)

Candy also makes us feel good.  And a candy bar at a wedding is a lot of fun for everyone!  Check out the detail below of the Hershey’s Kisses Zach and Kinessa served, with their names and wedding date on the bottom!

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We always enjoy working with AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup at weddings.  Their team of stylists does such a great job, and they’re always so pleasant to be around.  Everyone loves them!

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Other wedding venues should take note: it doesn’t take guys long to get ready for a wedding.  So the fact that Zenith Vineyard has a pinball machine in the men’s dressing room (along with other goodies) is brilliant!  Every time we photograph a wedding at Zenith Vineyard, the guys are in there playing pinball and goofing around prior to the wedding.


Meanwhile, the girls are getting dressed.  And writing on each other’s shoes, as Kinessa’s bridesmaids did for her:

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Kinessa and Zach were married at Zenith Vineyard, outside of Salem, Oregon, in December, which can be a cold, gray, and wet month for weddings in Oregon.  And it was cold, wet, and gray.  But we took advantage of a break in the rain, and made some beautiful outdoor portraits on the vineyard grounds, nonetheless.  It really helps that Zenith is both large, and beautiful, so there are many places to photograph there, even in inclement weather.  (It also helps that our team of experienced professional wedding photographers knows how to light things well, even at dusk on a winter’s day in Oregon!)

(It also helps that Kinessa is really beautiful.)

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You can’t see him here, but one of Zach’s groomsmen, Chad, is in the gully behind that rock wall, holding our flash up.  Now that is some dedication; a true friend.

And yes, Zach and his guys all wore superhero socks.

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The wedding coordinators at Zenith Vineyard were so gracious; they let us photograph the bride and groom and wedding party in the vineyard’s wine cellar.  If you know how to light it right, it’s a beautiful space for wedding photos!
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After the ceremony, the toasts and dance party were both a lot of fun.

And so was our PhotoBooth!  I think more people were in the Photobooth than were on the dance floor!

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Zach and Kinessa, thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day.  It was a real honor to be your wedding photographers!


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Portland LeftBank Annex Wedding PhotographerWe first met Jeff and Ashleigh at Oregon Bride Magazine‘s Urban Unveiled event, and liked them immediately.  They are both friendly and goofy, and we loved talking with them.

So we were really excited when they booked us as their wedding photographers!  Their wedding was held at Portland’s LeftBank Annex, a cool indoor wedding and event venue across from the Portland Rose Garden.  Lots of big windows, and some cool warehouse/vintage tones.  With Jeff and Ashleigh’s decorating sensibilities, at turned into a hip place for a beautiful wedding.  Check out the wedding details below!
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Jeff and Ashleigh had their wedding vows in these cool vintage notebooks, which they read from during the moving ceremony.

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When guests arrived, they were invited to type (on an old manual typewriter) their good wishes for the couple’s marriage.

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The beautiful wedding cake, from Dreamcakes, had this cool topper that Jeff installed just before guests arrived.

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And yes, they did have a life-size Jenga game on hand (and Cornhole) for guests to play at the wedding reception.  Brilliant idea; it kept guests young and old entertained for hours!

Beautiful weddings like this don’t just happen on their own; many people worked hard to make this a successful wedding.  Here are some of the wedding vendors that helped:

Wedding Cake: Dreamcakes

Wedding Flowers: Swoon Floral Design

Wedding Photographers: Fritz Photo

Wedding Catering: Artemis

Wedding Venue: LeftBank Annex

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Alderbrook Resort Wedding Photography

Brides and grooms are often nervous about hiring destination wedding photographers for their wedding.  But at FritzPhoto, we’ve traveled the world photographing weddings.  From New York to Napa Valley, Mexico to Thailand, we’ve photographed at some pretty cool wedding venues.

So when Chad and Marcy asked us–Portland wedding photographers that we are–to photograph their wedding on Washington’s Puget Sound, we said, “No problem!”

Their wedding was held at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, right on the water in Union, Washington.  (Who wouldn’t want to get married in a place called “Union”?)  An absolutely stunning place for a wedding.

Check out the back of Marcy’s wedding dress!  Stunning.

With a view of the Olympic Mountains, the Alderbrook Resort is just a stunning wedding venue. Alderbrook Resort Wedding Photography

As a takeaway gift, the couple gave their wedding guests air plants–which doubled as their place tags at the reception.

Live music always makes for a great party at a wedding reception.  Marcy and Chad’s reception was no exception!

Thank you for trusting us to be your destination wedding photographers, Marcy and Chad!  It was an honor–and also a lot of fun!

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I’ve been photographing the Jefferson Dancers in Portland for a number of years.  It’s awe-inspiring to watch these talented young dancers practice, day after day, honing their craft, strengthening their bodies, and blowing away their audiences when they perform.  I’ve really enjoyed being their photographer.

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Lillian goes to Jefferson High School in Portland, and I’ve photographed her several times before as part of the Jefferson Dancers.  So I was pretty excited when she asked me to be her senior portrait photographer.  She said she wanted mostly dance photos, plus a few portraits.  So that’s what we photographed!  Finding a cool industrial area near our photography studio, Lillian and I and her mom set out to capture the grace and beauty of dance. Portland Dance Photographer Fritz Photo

Senior Portraits are some of our favorite portraits to create. We work hard to capture the true nature of your senior year of school, when you’re discovering so much about who you are and what you love.  It’s exciting to watch Lillian explore her talents as a dancer.

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Lillian, thank you for letting me capture these beautiful images of you as a senior!



Ready to hire the best senior portrait photographer in Portland?  Contact us today to schedule your portrait session!

We are a portland portrait photographer and portland senior photographers.

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When Fozia called me up this summer, saying she needed a model portfolio photo shoot, tomorrow, I said, “No problem!”  She was entering a competition for Miss Africa USA, and needed fresh photographs for her portfolio and contest entry.  So we called in our fabulous hair and makeup artist (from AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup), and went to work.

We photographed in the studio, and outdoors, with the traditional African clothing Fozia brought with her, to create these stunning looks. FritzPhoto-Portland Model Portfolio
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FritzPhoto-Fozia-047If you are looking to create a stunning modeling portfolio, give us a call.  We love to photograph models for their modeling agency portfolios, competition entries, test shoots, and personal portfolios.

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This fall has been such a beautiful time to photograph senior photos in Portland!  I’ve especially enjoyed the portrait photographs we’ve been creating at Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum.  So gorgeous!

This is Kaetlin, and it was a real pleasure to photograph her senior portraits.  She’s a natural!
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Wedding and Portrait Photographer
We were so honored to be chosen by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International to be their Photographer of the Month!

Along with an interview about how we work, and why we love photography, they featured a few favorite wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographs.  It’s always such an honor to have a professional organisation, who sees thousands of photographers’ work, choose me to interview or feature.

Check it out here! Wedding Photographer and Portrait Photographer

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Portland Senior Portraits

It’s Fall, and it’s Senior Portrait Photography Season in Portland!  And what a way to start it off, by taking portraits of Sophie!  Aside from being gorgeous, she’s also a talented musician, and loves to travel (most recently in the Middle East).  After working with our hair and makeup stylist in the studio, we set out for some location portraits in beautiful Northwest Portland.


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We’ve moved in to our new photography studio in Northwest Portland, and love it!  Photographing senior photos in the hip and happening Northwest Portland is a lot of fun.  Whether you are a high school senior in Portland, or Hillsboro, or Beaverton, or West Linn, or Lake Oswego, Oregon, we are ready to photograph your senior portraits!  Contact us today to schedule your session!

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I place a lot of importance on building a rapport with the couples I photograph during our first consultation. Being able to do that is an important aspect of being a wedding photographer. However, I don’t always have the opportunity to meet every couple in person before their wedding, which means that it’s necessary for me to build that rapport on the spot at their wedding. That was the case with Karly and Robert, who were married this July at Zenith Vineyard in Salem.

Before their wedding, I had limited communication with them because they live in South Korea where they teach English. They actually met for the first time while teaching at the same university, and Robert later proposed to Karly when he surprised her at her apartment with a home-cooked pasta dinner. It just so happens that I also taught English in South Korea for a year and a half about seven years ago. So I was very excited to chat with them about their experiences. It was the perfect way to break the ice, and they quickly settled into the photo shoot with ease.

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Michelle and Tyler exude elegance and grace, so it was only natural that their wedding did as well.

From the ceremony at the Divinity School’s chapel to the Lawn Club for their reception, every detail was filled with a classic, timeless feel.
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We really enjoy capturing the little moments that make a wedding day special.  As people get ready for the wedding, beautiful things happen, such as this intimate moment between grandmother and granddaughter. Portland-Wedding-Photographer-FritzPhoto-16 Portland-Wedding-Photographer-FritzPhoto-17

And there’s nothing like the moment when the groom first sees the bride, at the First Look!  It’s often an emotional moment, filled with awe and joy, and sometimes tears.

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Michelle and Tyler’s wedding was perfect because their day perfectly represented their who they are and their love for one another.

Thank you so much for letting us be your wedding photographers, and capture your love!

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