Last week we were camping/hiking/photographing in Central Oregon. Everywhere we went we were breathing smoke from the Black Crater fire. We had plans to visit with friends in Sisters, Oregon. (I love Sisters. I had an artist residency there a couple years ago, and made a lot of friends while shooting my Shadows series, which can be seen on my fine art site, www.fritzphoto.com/art.) But our friend had to cancel our dinner plans, as she was on evacuation alert. Burning embers were cascading down from the sky onto her house and property. So instead we went to Tumalo, camping among the rocks and chipmunks. That evening, I took this photo of the Black Crater Fire at sunset:

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A couple of weeks ago I photographed a wedding at one of my favorite wedding venues, Youngberg Hill Vineyard, outside of McMinnville, Oregon. I used to live in Yamhill County, and driving out to Youngberg feels like coming home.

During that event, I captured this image of two sisters, just before they went home. It’s a favorite.

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This past weekend we photographed Jack and Allison’s wedding at the Riverplace Hotel in Portland, on the waterfront. Lovely day, and the bride and groom were great. Jack’s easygoing and sweet, Allison is fun and super expressive.

Some favorites wedding photographs:

A little trouble opening the champagne….

Some portraits on the Willamette River beach, in spite of 3-inch heels:

Some ceremony fun:

The reception…

I didn’t know this at the time, but one of Allison’s cousins is Katee Sackhoff, who plays Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She was a bridesmaid, in fact. A couple photos of her having fun:

And some of the nicer detail shots ever:


Wedding photography can be a lot of fun, especially when the destination is as beautiful as this, the people are fun to work with, and the light is beautiful. Portland and the surrounding area is a great place for weddings, and wedding photographers. I’m blessed.

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I enjoy teaching photography workshops at Pacific NW College of Art.  I teach a variety of in-depth photography classes, from Location Portrait Photography and Environmental Portrait Photography, to Studio Lighting.

Here are a few samples of some new work this past week, shot as demonstrations during my Studio Lighting workshop at Pacific NW College of Art, portraits of our model Chelsea, using the Fritzaroid method.

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A photographer’s life, they say, is summed up in about two seconds. You take a lot of photographs–thousands, millions, perhaps. Some make the final cut. A few are good. A handful are great. Say you make 250 great images in your lifetime, if you’re a master. On average, it took you 1/125 of one second to take each image. Add up those 250 images, and you have…2 seconds.

I begin this blog for a simple reason: no one but me sees all the images I take. I like an awful lot of them, for various reasons. They are edited, catalogued, filed. My wife sees a few of them. Even fewer make it to the print stage, which others see. Then the prints sit in boxes in the basement, in cabinets specially built for them, in albums on someone’s bookshelf.

Here I have a home for some of these images, and a few of those that won’t even make it to print. Here I have a home for the Beloved Left Over Graphics. A few more than two seconds’ worth. For all to see.

Enjoy.

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  • August 16, 2006 - 5:18 pm

    Anonymous - Brilliant deliberated and quite possibly in some cases unintentional captures and detections. Your mind sees and knows good art, graphics and most importantly humor.

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