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Earlier this year, I shot Rachael and Kevin’s engagement session at Powell’s Books and at the Broadway Bridge. We had such a good time and the photos turned out so well that I was eagerly anticipating their wedding at the Seattle Tennis Club. We started the day at the beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel in downtown Seattle where we took photos on the balcony encircled by flowers and then the spiral staircase with wood-grain walls, marble steps and glass railings. Afterward we segued over to the tennis club and took goofy bridal party photos on the courts and dramatic portraits of Rachael and Kevin on the docks. The newlyweds were married on a grassy bank surrounded by a white fence and roses beyond which sailboats coasted the gentle blue waves of Lake Washington as the evening sun set behind the nearby hills. It couldn’t have been more idyllic. It was a truly beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple. Congratulations to Rachael and Kevin! Whether you’re getting married at Seattle Tennis Club, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like Kevin and Rachael.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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The day started with a patched up boutonniere (go Susan!) and a much needed handkerchief.  Steve wiped away the happy tears spilling down Maryanne’s cheeks as they clasped hands during their first look. Their 3 year engagement was finally over.  The fountain hushed the background noise as Steve held her in his arms.  Maryanne’s rich Italian heritage was beautifully evident as family gathered round, sharing kisses and tears alike.

Surrounded by family and intimate friends, they said their vows atop the 30th floor in the iconic Portland City Grill. It was like stepping into an Italian family reunion: Uncle John “Big John” nicknamed me “Philly” in his New York accent, joking about my east-coast relatives and insisting that I was now “one of the family”.

Toasts, laughter and clinking glasses (you know what that means) filled the room as the united couple greeted their guests.

After dinner we captured a few minutes of evening light at street level, Maryanne emanating effortless glamour. I loved watching them together; they moved and thought in sync. This was never more evident than in their spectacular first dance. The guests erupted into cheers as they concluded, an incredible display of ballroom to swing-aerials and back.

This wedding was a stunning combination of glamour and heart-warming love. Such a beautiful reflection of this amazing couple. Congratulations Steve + Maryanne!

 

 

Whether you’re getting married at Portland City Grill, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like Steve and Maryanne.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

 

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Youngberg Hill Vineyard Wedding

While shooting Beth and Tom’s wedding I learned that a good deal of their courtship was spent long distance, which made this wedding particularly special because you could tell how excited they were to move their relationship to the next level. Having been in a long-distance relationship myself in the past, I know that they can at times be difficult and require a lot of dedication for them to work. So it was really cool to see a couple that was able to find love despite the distance between them.

They also chose an absolutely beautiful location for their wedding and reception. Tucked away in the rolling hills of McMinville, Youngberg Hills features a ton of scenery ideal for photos, including rows of grape vines, a makeshift swing hanging from a tall tree, a meadow surrounded by forest, and an idyllic guesthouse wrapped about with patios and balconies overlooking a wide swath of fertile land. Despite being threatened by a potential rainstorm on the horizon, we were treated to some golden sunrays that peaked through the clouds just as the newlyweds took to the dance floor.

Whether you’re getting married at Youngberg Hill, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like this.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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Sometimes, with senior portraits,  it’s hard to choose.

For instance, with such a beautiful high school senior as Hailey, how do you choose which photos to share?  Instead, we’ll just share a smattering of the 60 images we’re showing to Hailey and her family.

Aside from being tall and beautiful, Hailey is also athletic–although she set aside volleyball this year to concentrate on her studies.  So, she’s beautiful and smart.

Here’s to a great senior year, Hailey, and a bright future!

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At FritzPhoto, photographing senior portraits is one of our very favorite things!  If you’re in the Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver, Washington area, and are in need of artistic, unique, out-of-the-ordinary high school senior photos, call Fritz Photography first!  We’ll make you look your very best.

 

 

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Among the many reasons I love wedding photography is that I get to travel a lot, whether it be to a church in Portland, a golf course in Seattle, a beach in California or some far-flung location. But sometimes the wedding venues closest to home can be the most special.

In the case of Erin and Clark, they had their wedding at Clark’s parents’ house in the rural outskirts of Forest Grove. Located on a hill situated above wheat fields and a Christmas tree farm, their house provided a very intimate, meaningful place to be married. While it’s certainly a lot of work setting your home up for a ceremony and reception, there’s something special to be said for inviting all of your closest friends and family over for such an important day.

The ceremony itself was located in a shady alcove of trees where guests sat on hay bails and watched the bride and groom and their bridal party walk up a bark dust path lined with colorful flowers soaking in mason jars. Afterward, the reception was hosted in the driveway just below under a big white tent decorated with vintage typewriters, cameras, books, couches and signs.

All of the decorations were absolutely fabulous, but I’d have to say the standout element of the wedding, aside from the bride and groom themselves, were the comic book character bowties worn by Clark and his groomsmen. When I saw those I knew that this wedding was going to be a lot of fun.

Whether you’re getting married at a faraway destination, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like Clark and Erin.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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Portland Engagement Portrait Photography

We spent the afternoon with Kirstin and Neal, photographing their engagement portraits in Washington Park, just below the Portland Rose Gardens.  This fun couple run their tanning salons together, and love working out.  Fitness is a common bond, so much so that they styled some shots in their workout clothes.  I love it when people bring this kind of personal touch to their portraits!

Kirstin and Neal are getting married on New Year’s Eve, at the Tigard Embassy Suites.  It should be a fun bash, combining Lebanese and American traditions, music, and family and friends.  We’re looking forward to it!

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Rachael and Kevin are relatively new to Portland so when we started talking about engagement photos they asked if I’d throw out a few location suggestions. They were quite taken with the idea of shooting at Powell’s Bookstore and the Broadway Bridge. I’ve shot in both locations a number of times now, and although Powell’s is a ridiculously cool bookstore it for the most part honestly has pretty atrocious lighting. But if you know where to look there are a few sweet spots in the building where the windows cast the most beautifully soft light on the aisles that is great for portraits. As for the Broadway Bridge, it has always been one of my favorite places to shoot. It not only has excellent lines and shapes to play with but at sunset it looks absolutely gorgeous.

So far Rachael and Kevin’s engagement session is one of my favorites this year, especially because both of them were a joy to work with. In general, I had to give them very little direction because they acted so naturally and comfortably in front of the camera, which always makes my job a little bit easier. They were clearly very much in love. I’m really looking forward to taking more photos of them in August during their wedding at the Seattle Tennis Club.

Whether you’re getting married at The Seattle Tennis Club, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like Rachael and Kevin.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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The wedding in today’s blog post is the culmination of a love story long in the making, which began when Gabriela moved to New Mexico in the 5th grade and met Ben for the first time. Quickly smitten with Gabriela, Ben, along with his friends, used to follow Gabriela home from school and try to convince her to go out with him, After much persistence he was eventually successful when the two of them began dating their freshman year in high school. Since then they’ve been inseparable.

Aside from getting to spend the day with this lovely couple, my favorite part of their wedding was photographing a very special event during the reception. Ben’s parents led the newlyweds and all of their guests in the New Mexican tradition of La Marcha, a mini parade of sorts, around the meadow next to Blackberry Hall at McMenamin’s Edgefield. At the end of the march, the guests formed a giant tunnel that Ben and Gabriela ran through while everyone cheered and smiled. It was so much fun that quite frankly I think Oregonians should start making it a tradition at every wedding.

Whether you’re getting married at Edgefield, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like this.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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Let me first start by saying that I love outdoor weddings, and I especially love beach weddings. There are few things I can think of that are more romantic than getting married with waves crashing nearby on a warm, sunny day. So I was very excited for Emily and Mick’s wedding. It was held at Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock just a stone’s throw away, while their reception was held in a little meadow surrounded by trees and flowers behind a cute little house at Haystack Gardens a couple blocks down the road. One of the great things about their wedding is that they had the most wonderful decorations, and they made them entirely on their own. I can only imagine all of the time that went into them, but they did a wonderful job.

I also had a great time hanging out with the two of them after the wedding when I was off the clock. Mick was so kind as to treat me to a couple shots of whisky and we chatted about photography for a bit. This highlights one of the uniquely special things about my job. By nature, wedding photographers get to spend more time with the newlyweds than any other vendor, and because of that we have the opportunity to form a deep connection, if only for the day. I believe that every photographer should have this goal because it ultimately will produce better photographs, and it just makes the job so much more fun. In a way, being asked to join in is a sign of a job well done. It’s always a welcomed surprise and an honor because it truly shows their appreciation for the effort put into their wedding photographs.

Emily already wrote to us and said:
Hey Kyle,
I wanted to tell you thank you for everything you did at the wedding – you did an amazing job, and you were very patient with us, haha. We’re sooo happy we chose to go with you… Wow is all I can say. They are AMAZING. You have some serious talent. Thank you SO much, again!
 
Mick & Emily

Whether you’re getting married at Cannon Beach, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like this.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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Stefanie and Hoss are “boat people.”  It was so fun to be their wedding photographer!

Here are some things I loved most from their wedding:

  • I loved the classic, care-free American feel to their yacht club wedding.
  • Stefanie hand made most of the decorations.
  • They not only had a catered meal they also brought in a wood-fired pizza truck.
  • The evening was complete with the gift of an engraved bell for their boat.

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Thank you Stefanie and Hoss for inviting us in to your fun wedding!  It was a privilege to be your wedding photographer.

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I loved Jade and Cory’s small, intimate wedding. When we sat down for the first time to talk about their day, they described how they wanted to have a quaint vintage wedding with only their best friends and closest family. With less than 20 guests this was sure to be one of the smallest weddings I’ve ever had the chance to photograph!

Jade and Cory were married in the Historic Old Church here in Portland which has been here since 1882. It’s a beautiful building with an immense history. Xtabay Vintage provided Jade’s beautiful vintage 1950’s wedding dress, and her wonderful headpiece she made herself! After the wedding, we followed up with a quaint dinner reception at Mother’s Bistro.

Weddings such as Jade and Cory’s remind me just how important our friends and family are. Jade and Cory are such genuine people, they didn’t need an enormous venue, DJ, catering, hundreds of people, just the company of friends and family, to make for a wonderful, and memorable wedding day.

Whether you’re getting married at The Historic Old Church, or your own backyard, we enjoy capturing the love shared between couples like this.  Visit us today at our wedding photography website to learn more!

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Grace Shibley Wedding Photos

A few years ago, I was asked by designer Fuchsia Lin to photograph a series of amazing dresses she’d completed.  Fuchsia asked Oregon Ballet Theater dancer Grace Shibley to model for us, and we had a great time working together.  Not only is Grace a beautiful young lady, and an amazing dancer, but she truly is a delight to work with.  She does her name justice.

Fast forward to six weeks ago, when I was contacted by Katy Haley, of Bridal Bliss, asking if I’d like to photograph Grace’s wedding.  Of course, I said yes.  I couldn’t have been more excited.

Grace and Paul are one of those couples that you can tell, just from a few minutes with them, how much they enjoy each other’s company.  Whether they’re perusing paintings in the Portland Art Museum, or planning a wedding, or making goofy faces, it’s obvious how much fun they have together.  So it was especially enjoyable to celebrate their marriage together with them, and to photograph it!

Grace’s bridesmaids were her childhood friends–they’ve known each other since kindergarten.  They made a ride in the double decker bus into a serious dance party.

What could be more appropriate than to photograph a ballerina next to a  Degas painting?  Paul arranged to have their first look in the Portland Art Museum, in the Mark building, named after his grandparents.  We spent some time photographing them along with some of the artwork his grandparents have donated to the museum over the years, including this Severin Roesen, below. Portland Art Museum Wedding Photography Portland Art Museum Wedding Party http://www.fritzphoto.com

Talk about goofy.  As we were photographing the wedding party outside of the Portland Art Museum, I noticed a gentleman standing nearby, holding a clown wig.  We asked to borrow it, and he agreed.  And Paul made pretty good use of it. Trinity Episcopal Portland Wedding

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful old buildings in Portland, inside and out.  Grace and Paul asked if we could re-create their engagement photo, at the steps of one of the amazing red doors.  Portland Trinity Episcopal Wedding Photo

After the ceremony and reception at Trinity, the wedding party gathered at Zupan’s Cellar for an intimate dinner.  Decorated it as if it were a summer garden party, it truly was the perfect finish to a beautiful day, surrounded by friends and family.

 

 

Grace and Paul, it’s been an absolute delight and honor to tell your wedding story.  Thank you, and congratulations!

 

Many brilliant minds and skilled hands go in to making a beautiful wedding like this.  Here’s the list of our friends who helped make this such a wonderful wedding day, and a smooth-running event:

 

Wedding Coordinators:

Katy Haley and Meghan O’Brien of Bridal Bliss

 

Wedding Dress:

Adam Arnold

 

Catering:

Zupan’s

 

Hair and Makeup Stylist:

Janelle Hayden of The Prettiest You

 

Wedding Rentals:

West Coast Events

 

Wedding Cake:

Dream Cakes

 

Wedding Photography:

FritzPhoto

 

Wedding Flowers:

Geranium Lakes

 

Transportation:

Double Decker PDX

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