Faithful viewers, I know you exist. I know you’re here often. I even know how you get here. Now it’s time to take another step into my world….

I’ve so enjoyed having this outlet to share my work. It’s been an encouragement for me to have work that usually would be seen by a few special people, be seen by many special people. It’s been, along with lots of camping, hiking, and frisbee throwing, one of the things that has really refreshed me this season.
So far, having been summer, most of my postings have been commercial in nature. But fine art projects are also in the works. So keep coming, and…

Consider this an open invitation to be more than just a viewer: leave a comment! At the end of each post, there’s this little button for doing just that: Comments. Click it, and let me and other visitors know what you think!

Join in; be part of the conversation.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Fritz

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High school senior portrait photographs can be rather dull and repetetive. That is, if you go to a studio that manufactures them like the Chinese manufacture plastic toys.

I try to keep mine fresh and interesting, and try to do something different every time. This includes interesting lighting, which I got by the boatload yesterday: the sun shining off the Willamette River across from downtown Portland made for wonderful light. Interesting lenses also help, and this portrait includes one of my secrets:


Would you believe that Stassia actually wears braces?  She paid us to remove them, and she looks great without them.

Ready for your senior portrait photography session in Portland?  Contact us at FritzPhoto, and we’ll have you looking your very best.

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Sean and Quin’s wedding, out in Laurel, at the base of Bald Peak, south of Hillsboro, Oregon. My wife grew up on top of Bald Peak, overlooking Gaston, so I know and love the area. The wedding was held at the Denfeld’s orchards, and it was a beautiful (if hot) day.


Here’s something I’ve never seen before: Sean is a volunteer firefighter. So his dad had this wild idea: While Sean’s out fighting fires, Quin should have something to do as well. So I’ll buy Quin…her own fire engine! And that’s exactly what he did. He gave it to them that night, and it was something else. These guys looked like kids in a candy store:

We love being some of the most creative wedding photographers in Portland, Oregon–in the city and in the country.

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Yesterday, which was a Thursday, I managed to photograph a wedding ceremony, all the family and wedding party photos, and a sweet suite of bride and groom portraits in a single hour. Not only that, but I took my first portraits in a melon patch at the garden of McMenamin’s Edgefield.  Fun!

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We spent the past weekend on the coast near Ilwaco/Long Beach. It was cold. But we made up for that with great company, reconnecting with extended family, breathing voluminous amounts of camp fire smoke, and rock climbing. A couple favorites:

At the crest with two sisters:


And my second cousin thrice removed Duncan, with his parents:

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This past weekend we had the privilege of photographing Tina and Andrew’s wedding. They were married in what I discovered is the most photogenic Catholic cathedral in Portland: St. Mary’s Cathedral. We took some portraits at the Rose Gardens, and finished the day with an elegant wedding reception at the Governor Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Andy and Tina were gracious hosts for this lovely day. What an honor to photograph this wedding at such a stunning Portland wedding venue!

 

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We’ve spent the summer taking the mud pit we inherited with our hundred-year-old house, and transforming it into an oasis. Now we have grass to lie in, and we spend the summer evenings staring up into the Giant Sequoia towering above us. When the sun is about to set, saturated and golden, we feel as if we are gazing up into a giant Georgia O’Keefe painting.

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  • August 15, 2006 - 7:56 pm

    Jeffrey Overstreet - There is a particular awe I feel in woods like these. I felt it while watching Terrence Malick’s “The New World.” I feel it looking at this picture. Trees are some of God’s best words. They say so much, so quietly, with such authority. This photo captures a volume full of the speech that a tree can, as the psalmist says, “pour forth.”



Several times a year I teach a Studio Lighting workshop at Pacific NW College of Art. This 7-week class introduces the photography student to the world of artificial lighting. It’s great for anyone interested in pushing their photography skills. Here’s the class description:

When existing light is not sufficient for proper exposure or desired effect, we turn to artificiallighting. Using the PNCA lighting studio and equipment, we will cover artificial lighting for portraiture, lifestyle, still life, 2D and 3D copy work, fill flash, and on-location lighting. This seven week course utilizes professional lighting equipment, professional models, in-class instruction and oversight, and outside of class access to the studio, to help the student become more confident in creating powerful images using studio lighting. The techniques learned in class provide students with the confidence to use an artificial light source in low light or to add emotion and interest to images in order to further express their vision with both digital and traditional equipment.

This class often fills up, so if you’re interested, I’d encourage you to sign up soon. Do so here: PNCA Continuing Education Studio Lighting Class

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This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Drew Carney and Mia Stevens. You may know Drew as the roving reporter on KPTV’s Good Day Oregon, and now with KGW’s Out and About. He and his beautiful bride Mia held their wedding in downtown Portland, Oregon, where we photographed them at the Old Church, and the Benson Hotel‘s ballroom. A fun couple! Here are a few favorites.

This first candid shot I find hilarious. I didn’t even remember shooting a frame with the older gentleman peering at them:




 

You can also view images from their wedding featured in the wedding photography section of my website.

Enjoy!

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  • September 5, 2006 - 8:04 pm

    Mia and Drew - Dear Fritz–

    You are the Man! Thank you so much for the incredible photos. We understand you were simply doing your job, but you totally exceeded our expectations on how awesome our wedding pictures could be. The consensus from our friends and family is that you are the best!! Thanks again, Mia + Drew

  • October 23, 2006 - 6:11 pm

    Genaro Lopez - hey, is Drew returning to Good Day Oregon? He’s cool and funny! GDO wouldn’t be the same without him!

  • February 22, 2007 - 1:52 am

    Jules - I wish he was returning to Good Day Oregon…that new Joe dude SUCKS SO BAD that I sent an email to the station. He is just horrible awful terrible. I’m so bummed that Drew left, but I wish him happiness with his new job 🙂

    Jules

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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Copyrighted ImageHere’s an example of a lovely little image, shot on the fly, that would never see the light of day outside of my office. It certainly meets the criteria for a Beloved Left Over Graphic. Beautiful.

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