family portraits on the oregon coast

Many years ago, I had the privilege of being the wedding photographer at Dave and Erin’s wedding, at the Waverly Country Club in Portland. 

Fast forward a decade or so, and they have this wonderful family, including 4 boys!  They’ve had me photograph their growing family over the years, and this year we took their family photos at the beach.  We spent a couple hours together at the Oregon coast on a sunny Saturday, and had a ton of fun!  I wanted to show this family in action, and with 4 boys there’s a lot of action….

great fun at the oregon coast capturing great family portraits

We had so much fun playing and photographing on the beach!

If you’d like to book a family portrait photo session at the Oregon Coast, or Portland, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, contact us today!

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Tigard High School Senior Photos

We got to take Amanda’s high school senior portrait photos in Portland, and had a great time.  We photographed her outside of our portrait photography studio in Northwest Portland, and walked and talked and took pictures for an hour or more.  

Amanda was a cheerleader from the 5th-10th grade.  She loves socializing, and is looking forward to graduating. After high school, she’d love to go to San Diego State. but will probably will end up at University of Oregon. More than anything. she says, she wants to be happy. 

We were happy to be your senior portrait photographer, Amanda, and look forward to seeing what you do with your future!

If you’d like to book your senior portrait photography session with us, contact us today!  We’d love to create something beautiful with you.

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beautiful young model at a river

While photographing in Sisters, Oregon, I met Kendyl when she and a friend offered to model for a fine art project I was working on.  She was so lovely to work with!  And it turns out she dreamed of becoming a professional model, so her mom hired me to create her first modeling portfolio for her.  We got together a few days later, and photographed her model portfolio at a ranch, tramping about in the woods, barns, and river, creating all sorts of beautiful images. Model and sunset in Sisters, Oregon girl model photo in field

Just a few days after we created her modeling portfolio she went to Portland and tried out for Muse Models.  And she was hired immediately!  I’m so proud of her, and so pleased to have helped her fulfill her dream of becoming a professional model!  Model portfolio photos are so fun to create, especially with someone as delightful to photograph and work with as Kendyl….

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Are you ready to start your modeling career in Portland?  Models we’ve helped get started now work all over the world, from Portland to LA, New York to Paris and beyond.  Contact us today for your model portfolio photography session!

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we love photographing senior portraits at jenkins estate in oregon

Jenkins Estate is a great location for portraits, and Vanessa’s senior portraits were no exception. 

It was such a joy to spend the afternoon with Vanessa at Jenkins Estate. She attends International School of Beaverton, and is most excited to get all her IB assessments in for the senior year! She also said that she plays the piano and loves to play contemporary songs! 

the lush jenkins estate makes for great senior portraits in oregon

When we asked her about her future she said, “I plan to major in biology and hopefully go to medical school.”

We wish you all the luck, Vanessa, and have great hopes for your bright future! 

Are you looking for stunning senior portraits in and around the Portland area? Contact us today, we’d love to make some beautiful photos with you! 

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Lincoln High School Senior Photos

We had the privilege of taking Kiwi’s senior photos at King Park, in Tigard, and the first thing I asked her about was her name.  She explained to me that ‘Kiwi’ is what her grandmother called her, and it stuck!  I love it.  We asked this Lincoln High School senior a bit about herself, and this is what she told us….

What do you love?

She loves to play soccer, and has won both league and tournament awards.  “I love reading and would do it all day if I could. I also enjoy watching the Marvel franchise as well. Whenever I go somewhere new, I have to collect a turtle shaped souvenir.”

What does the future look like?

“I’m almost done with school and I’m working really hard on creating this year’s yearbook.” She hasn’t decided where to go to college or what to major in, but college is at the forefront of this Lincoln senior’s mind.

“I’m going to the Bahamas soon and I want to go back to Europe and visit more countries and more of the countries I’ve already been in. I’d love to be able to read everyday if I could. I also hope that I can get out of college debt free but who knows if that’ll happen.”

If you’d like to book a senior portrait photo session in and around Portland, contact us today!

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Sunny senior photo in Gabriel Park

 

Wilson High School Senior Photos

Vivian is one of the sweetest young ladies you’ll meet, and we had a wonderful time walking, talking, and photographing her senior photos at Gabriel Park.  She’s a high school senior at Wilson High School, in Portland, where she’s a varsity Cross Country runner.  We asked her what she was most excited about for her senior year, and she told us, “I’m most excited to enjoy my last year of high school and complete the bucket list I started with one of my friends.”

 

Gabriel Park Portland senior portrait

 

Life Changing Travel

We also asked her if she’d made any life-changing travels lately.  “I recently visited my grandparents this summer in Bangalore, India, which was really cool. I also traveled to England, and was able to see many different cities and villages.”

 

Gabriel Park Portland senior photo

 

Art Every Day!

“I love to paint and draw whenever I can.  I plan on going to college to study something design related, but I’m not sure what or where yet.  My biggest dream is to be able to do what I love- art- every day! I also hope that I can be the kind of person who encourages and helps others to believe in themselves and their abilities.”

We know you’re going places, Vivian, and can’t wait to see how you make the world a more beautiful place!  Thank you for the privilege of being your senior portrait photographer!

 

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When senior portraits are a successful adventure

We met Natalie and her mom down a gravel road on Sauvie Island. We didn’t have a specific location in mind, but we knew we wanted flowers and fun. We found a lot more than that: pumpkins, old barns, fields and finally, flowers. We ended up in a market buying local goods before parting ways. We had so much relaxed fun, and created some beautiful portraits for Natalie and her family to enjoy – there’s even some in there for grandma to enjoy! 

Benson Polytechnic High School

We asked Natalie a few questions about what she enjoys most, and she said she loves Riding Dressage (horses) and competitive softball. She plays varsity softball, MVP 2017, all city athlete 2017. 

Life-changing travel

“Going to Hawaii always makes me feel so free- not only a vacation for me but for my soul.”

What are you most excited about for senior year?

“Prom!! Duh!😊”

What does the future look like?

“I will be attending Linfield College and major in bachelor of science in nursing,” and her biggest hope for the future is “to save people’s lives after I become a nurse.”

The future looks bright for you, Natalie, and we wish you all the best! 

 

If you’d like to book a senior portrait photo session on Sauvies Island, or anywhere around Portland, Oregon, contact us today!

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Family Portraits on the Spur of the Moment

This sweet family got together in Portland to visit their family who had recently moved here. They called us up asked if we could take some family portraits that weekend.  Of course we said Yes!

They were so kind, happy and grateful to be together, and happy to have a chance to take family portraits. And Peninsula Park in Northeast Portland was a beautiful place to take family photos, with a lot of blooming roses, their beautiful fountain and well-loved lawn. The youngsters didn’t exactly know what to think of family portraits, but they put on their happy faces and ended up snuggling up and showing off their cuteness, stealing our hearts forever. It’s amazing when such young personalities shine so bright!

brother and sister being sweet during family portraits at peninsula park in portland oregon

These two siblings stole our hearts!

the whole family together for their family portraits at peninsula park in portland oregon

If you’d like to book a family portrait session in Portland, contact us today!

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the whole family for portraits in portland oregon

As parents, we want to remember every little moment of our children’s lives; we want to freeze time.  But our kids grow so quickly, and we can’t rewind the clock. That’s why our mission is to do the next best thing…to freeze time, to capture the stages of a family’s life through beautiful family portrait photography.  

We really enjoyed photographing the Miles family portraits in our Northwest Portland photo studio.  We’ve taken their family portrait photos before, and it’s fun to see how people–especially the little people–grow and change.  And it’s even more fun when everyone gets goofy–there was a lot of laughter during our portrait session together in the studio!

fun in the studio for family portraits in portland oregon

We got goofy — it wasn’t difficult convincing this family to have fun!

If you’d like to book a family portrait photo session in Portland, contact us today!

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A Portrait Adventure In The Gorge

Heather and Joseph visited Oregon for their honeymoon. They brought their fancy clothes, brand-new coats, and a flower crown that their florist made especially for travel. After our hair and makeup artist prepared Heather at their AirBnB, we drove out to the Gorge.   We arrived at Crown Point on a blustery day, but we laughed and made the best of it – we even took breaks to warm up in the car. These two were such great sports, and laughed the whole time! Once we got to Latourell Falls the wind lessened and we were grateful for it. 

Thank you, Heather and Joseph, for letting us be apart of your new adventure. May you continue to laugh your way through it! 

If you’d like to book a portrait session, contact us today!

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Portland

We are excited to announce that Top-Rated Local has awarded us their top Portland photographer award for 2018!

They recently interviewed us for the award, and here’s what they had to say about FritzPhoto:

From wedding and portrait photography to commercial and editorial photography, Fritz Photo is the photographer to turn to in Portland for all of your needs.

Fritz Photo has received more than 100 reviews from four verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 98.62 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 photographers in all of Oregon!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews.

“I was pleasantly surprised and was lucky to find a top-notch photographer by searching the web. Our senior pictures were outstanding, and there were plenty to choose from. The location in Portland gave us plenty of nice backdrops for our photos. Thank you, Fritz Photo, for doing a great job! We will recommend you.” – J.J.M.

 

Article about portland photographer FritzPhoto

 

When asked why he does what he does and how he works to make the world a better place, he had this to share:

“I started, actually, as an artist. Creating beautiful things gives me a lot of pleasure, and I apply that to my commercial work as well. Whether I’m working for a hospital, a family or a high school senior, I just enjoy creating beautiful images for people. That’s the primary focus, but also, I love the pleasure of rising to a challenge. There’s a technical and aesthetic challenge to this job that keeps it interesting for me.”

In the article, I share some of my philosophy on running a small business, and what keeps me engaged in my work as an artist and photographer in Portland.  You can read the article here: https://www.topratedlocal.com/blog/awards/photographer/fritz-photo/

Whether you need a great photographer for your wedding, for senior pictures or to advertise your business, we highly recommend Fritz Photo. Visit their website today!

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We recently had the privilege of photographing Elena and Peter’s proposal (she said yes!), and engagement portraits.  Peter proposed at Pittock Mansion, and then we took beautiful portraits of the two of them in downtown Portland.  We asked them a few questions about their story….

How did you meet?

We met in Sydney, Australia, in September 2014. Elena walked into my life while she was working a door-to-door sales job during her working holiday in Australia. She approached me as I was standing in the driveway of my home in Maroubra. We connected immediately and our conversation soon moved past her sales pitch as we found a number of mutual interests throughout our initial interaction. We began dating the following weekend and our bond has been strengthening ever since.

What was most surprising about your proposal? Did you anticipate it?

As a rather practical couple, it was difficult for me to surprise Elena with this proposal. We had already mapped out the next ten years of our life together so we both knew this event was inevitable. The fact that we were only together for a few weeks every six months, while we were living in separate continents, made it even more predictable. I tried to throw her off by hinting that I was taking her out to dinner that evening and then proposing at Pittock Mansion in the afternoon but she was always anticipating the moment.
 

Were you nervous to ask?

I wasn’t nervous about asking but I wanted everything to go smoothly. Rain was predicted on the day so that was a little worrying. I had organised everything – the ring, the photographer, the venue, and the dinner afterwards – by phone or email from Australia, so I couldn’t be completely in control of the variables.

 

Do you have any wedding plans, ideas or a date set?

Elena returned to Australia in late January this year. We will be getting married in my home town, Adelaide, in the first week of October 2019. This will be just over five years since we realised that we had found something truly special in one another, during our first few weeks together in 2014. The wedding will be held in the ballroom of another historic mansion, Ayers House, and will be followed by an afternoon tea reception with our family and friends from Australia and the US.

What are you most looking forward to about your future together?

Elena and I couldn’t be more excited for our future together! We are keen to return to Sydney and begin building a life for ourselves there. Elena will study accounting and finance as I finish my business degree and we have big plans for our careers together. We also have two boys names and two girls names ready for the 3-4 children we hope to raise together. We can’t wait to meet them!

If you’d like to book an engagement portrait photography session, or proposal photography, contact us today!

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