Photograph of a beautiful burn survivor in Portland

Many of you know that I spent about 10 years working on a series called Skeleton in the Closet, telling the stories of people with eating disorders.  I also spent another several years working on Astra Velum, exploring how women often feel that their freckles are flaws.  I wanted to show them as something beautiful.

So it seemed a natural fit for me to work with Indira on her project Blissful13.  When she called me up, she explained that she’d experienced severe burns on her body as a toddler in Bosnia, and has lived with the consequences ever since.  She tells her story like this:

Friday the 13th, April 1984 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Exactly 6 months from my birthday. My mother made every day’s usual – turkish coffee and had intentions to enjoy spring sunny morning. She set the coffee on the table and walked towards the balcony to direct a delivery person what to do with the big truck full of crap – yes literally it was some kind of garden soil. She saw me follow her in a walking stroller but since I couldn’t make it past the door I turned around and decided to flip the tray of hot coffee onto myself instead. My mother immediately put me under the cold running water, took my baby clothes off and called for help to be taken to the hospital. At the local hospital they have given her pediatric IV to feed me with a spoon and sent her to another hospital in Croatia where I was hospitalized for two months. 

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After a lifetime of hiding her scars, Indira wanted to go public.  To reveal them.  And in doing so, to help others.

This is me being raw with you, at 33 years old, and for the first time publicly revealing my scars and sharing my journey in hopes to inspire and encourage others. Or simply to say that life doesn’t end here nor do our scars define us. It took time and hard work to come to this point in my life, I finally came to terms with the label – Burn Survivor. I have learned to accept my 3rd degree burns, I don’t love them. However, if this second chapter of my journey provides some comfort to you, I am very certain that I will eventually learn to love them. It is time we look beyond our scars and start truly living and showing the world our worth and what we have to offer.

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I was so honored to be able to spend several hours with her in the studio, creating something beautiful out of something many would want to hide.  I have so much respect for Indira and her courage and beauty, and am really proud to have my photographs featured on her new website,    You’ve got to check it out.  It’s beautiful.

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I’m pretty excited that it’s finally the season for senior portrait photography in Portland.  Just look at these golden, sunny photos, and you’ll see why we love taking senior portrait photos in Portland in the summer!

I met Andie Jo when I photographed her mom’s wedding some years ago, outside of Yamhill, Oregon.  Andie lives in Yamhill, and goes to Yamhill-Carlton High School.  Which isn’t too far from Hillsboro, where our office is located.  

So when Andie’s mom contacted us, asking about scheduling her senior portrait photography session, I was pretty excited!  We scheduled our hair and makeup stylist with AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup, who prepped Andie for her photo shoot at our Hillsboro office, before we started our portrait photography session.  She looked great!

This beautiful, vivacious redhead is so easy and delightful to photograph.  We had a great time taking her senior portrait photos in Hillsboro, just as the sun was setting, on our beautiful property.  

Andie brought along several great outfits for her senior photos in Hillsboro, and they all looked great on her.  We also used some of our specialty lenses to give her images a unique look, such as this portrait taken with our Lensbaby Twist 60, a special professional photography lens made right here in Portland.

Are you ready for your senior portrait photography session, in Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, or Portland?  We’re ready for you!  Let’s create something beautiful together.  Call us today to schedule your senior photos!

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Funny wedding photo at Ainsworth House

This has to be one of the funniest wedding photos I’ve seen in a long time, although it took me a moment to get it. I was looking at Aaron’s t-shirt thinking, “The election was like, 8 months ago….” And then it dawned on me that the bride’s name is Hillary.

Hilarious!  (Hillary-ous?)

This sweet couple were married at The Ainsworth House and Gardens in Oregon City, Oregon.  We had the privilege of being their wedding photographers, and loved all the traditional Jewish details that made this a beautiful and meaningful wedding day.  

Congratulations Aaron and Hillary!

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Are you looking for an Ainsworth House Wedding Photographer?  Contact us today; we would love to be your wedding photographers!

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Fritz Photography

Once again, we’re so honored to receive Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice award as one of the top wedding photographers in Portland!  We’ve been receiving their top awards since 2009, and are always so happy about it.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are selected solely based on reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds and are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating, total number of reviews, review performance from 2016, and consistency of reviews from year to year.

We know that there are hundreds of wedding photographers in Portland for you to choose from.  But if you’re looking for the best wedding photographers in Portland, Oregon, look no further than FritzPhoto.  Call us today about your wedding photography!

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Fashion model photo shoot in NW Portland

Laura is a model from San Diego, living in Oregon.

She’s with a modeling agency in California, but wanted to update her modeling portfolio with some fresh images while living here in Oregon.  So she scheduled a modeling portfolio photo shoot with us.  After a hair and makeup session with our stylist from AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup, we set out to create several different looks around our photo studio in NW Portland.  Here’s a sampling of the photos we created….

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Ready for your modeling portfolio photo shoot?  Contact us today and schedule yours!  We’d love to see you get real modeling work in the fashion, lifestyle, and sports modeling world right here in Portland, and around the world!

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Karina is a lovely young lady, that wants to start modeling.  So she asked us to photograph a modeling portfolio for her to begin her modeling career.  We love photographing test shoots with models, and invited her in to our photography studio for a hair and makeup session, followed by a photo shoot around our northwest Portland studio.  Here are some of the beautiful results!

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Such a lovely young lady!  We enjoyed photographing her modeling test shoot, and helping her build a modeling portfolio that will get her paid modeling gigs through a Portland modeling agency.  Ready to launch your modeling career in Portland, Oregon?  Check out our child modeling portfolio session package, and contact us today!

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The Old Church in Portland photo of bridesmaids

Michelle’s bridesmaids loved and took care of her so well! It was a joy to see.

Michelle & Brian’s wedding ceremony was held at Portland’s historic Old Church, in Downtown Portland.  Their ceremony was held at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland’s oldest photography gallery.

We asked Jennifer to share some of her favorite memories as Michelle and Brian’s wedding photographer:

What was your favorite memory from photographing this wedding?  Her bridesmaids were some of my favorite people for a bride to have! The way they surrounded Michelle and supported her as she got ready for her wedding day was magical and their love for her is visible in the wedding photos. And, since they were all already hair and make up ready, it ended up resulting in some of my all time favorite ‘getting ready’ images I’ve taken to date.

Also, they had the world’s cutest flower girl at their wedding! With her single rose and bloomers under her dress – I just wish I could have gotten a cuter photo of her before she melted down. She never even made it down the aisle for the ceremony. It was all too much for the little one and she suffered a case of cuteness overload and never really recovered for the rest of the night.  🙂 

Last but not least, it’s always a joy to work with wedding officiants Steve (and Leslie) from A Beautiful Ceremony NW!

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The kiss! So romantic, surrounded by their friends and family, and the warmth of Portland’s Historic Old Church.

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The happy couple walking down the aisle at The Old Church, Portland!

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Portland’s Old Church is such a cool, historic wedding venue!


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Blue Sky Gallery was a great, intimate venue for the wedding reception!

Anything funny happen at the wedding? The bride and groom played a game where they stood back to back and were asked questions, like: “Who takes longer to get ready?”, “Who is most likely to get lost on a road trip?” and “Who is the better cook?” and, without looking at the other’s response, they each had a ‘his shoe’ and ‘her shoe’ to raise for their answer. It had the crowd in an uproar.

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Are you looking for a wedding photographer for the Old Church in Portland?  We’ve photographed weddings there many times, and would to photograph yours!  Contact us today to talk over your wedding photography!

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Casey’s dad contacted us recently, because Casey expressed an interest in trying out modeling.  She’s already an athlete, so why not try out modeling too?  So we set up a time to photograph a modeling portfolio for her.  And she did great!  After our hair and makeup artist prepared Casey for our photo shoot, we stepped out into northwest Portland and created some lovely images.

Children interested in modeling in Portland need a solid modeling portfolio in order to attract paid modeling jobs.  At Fritz Photography, we’ve worked with children for decades, and enjoy helping them feel comfortable in front of the camera.  Our modeling portfolio photography sessions are safe, nurturing opportunities for young models and actors.  Our time with Casey was no exception! 

Check out our complete modeling portfolio photo shoot session, including hair and makeup with our stylist in the studio, by clicking here: Model Portfolio Test Shoot Pricing

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Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers PortlandWith all the crazy weather we have been having we all felt pretty lucky that the rain stayed away for Kimberley and Michael’s springtime wedding. Their wedding was held at the beautiful Victorian Belle.  The history of the Victorian Belle lends itself perfectly to any wedding, as this mansion was built in 1885 by David Cole as a wedding gift for his wife. It is sweet to think this home was built for the beginning of one love story and now is the home to the beginning of so many more.

The morning of their wedding was busy with getting ready and taking family photos as the couple decided to opt for tradition and not see each other until Kimberley walked down the aisle. It was so sweet to see Michael’s face when he saw her for the first time. After the “I Do’s” we gathered the wedding party and walked around the mansion taking photos and celebrating this new marriage.

Dinner brought everyone into the gazebo for the evening, where the couple was treated to sweet words from family and friends wishing them the best for the future. But the night wasn’t over there, the DJ kicked the music up and this group got to dance the night away on the dance floor!

Be sure to check out the night-time portraits we took at the Victorian Belle (at the bottom of the post).  That place is amazing at night with all it’s old architecture and artistic lighting!  Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland Victorian Belle Wedding Photographers Portland

Ready for your wedding photography at the Victorian Belle, or anywhere else in Portland, Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest?  Contact us today to tell us all about your wedding!

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When Rob told us he was renting out Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Gardens (the whole place!), in order to propose to his girlfriend Rachel, we were pretty excited.  The Chinese Gardens is a difficult place to get in to for photographers, so this was going to be a treat.  And it was!

Amy had the privilege of lurking around in the shadows, while Rob proposed to Rachel.  Once she said yes, well, the photographic fun began.  With some amazing architecture, water, and weather (well, for the wettest Portland winter in 75 years, at least there was no rain), she not only photographed their proposal, but also some lovely engagement portraits.

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Engagement portraits are such a delight to photograph.  With the sheer volume of amazing locations to photography portraits in the Portland area, we never have a problem selecting someplace that lets the couple shine.  

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So it was a delight to photograph Christi and Sam in the Columbia River Gorge.  (Can you say ‘Gorgeous’?)  We worked with them to select some fantastic locations, which he knows from his years of hiking and photographing in the area.  Waterfalls and fields of grass, and that magical evening light….

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Ready for your engagement portrait photography session, in Portland or the Columbia River Gorge?  Give us a call today to discuss!

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A year ago, we had the privilege of photographing Arvind and Hana’s proposal and engagement here in Portland.  They were on vacation in Portland when he proposed, and she said yes.  We love proposal photography!

So we were super excited when they asked us to come and photograph their wedding in St. Cloud, Minnesota!  When we first met Hana and Arvind after stalking them through Hoyt Arboretum to catch Arvind popping the question, we all became fast friends.

Arvind is a smart guy with a sweet disposition and his love for Hana is apparent the moment you see him looking at her. Hana on the other hand is a strong boisterous gal with lots of love and attitude to spare, but in front of Arvind she melts away into nothing but smiles and laugher.

These two planned the entire wedding themselves, and what a wedding it was! It was held at the beautiful 912 Plaza in downtown St. Cloud, on the luckiest of late January days. Normally temperatures at this time can be as low as 20 degrees and we lucked out with it being in the high 30’s.  We were so happy as this venue has a beautiful raised outdoor deck, and the downtown area was a great backdrop for some of our images.

Everything for this wedding went beautifully! Arvind and Hana said I do in front of their closest family and friends. From the receiving line to the heartfelt toasts, everyone was feeling the love in the room.  And it didn’t stop there! This group kept going well into the evening, making good use of the photo booth and cutting it up on the dance floor.

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Whether you’re getting married in Portland, or St Cloud, we’re ready to be your destination wedding photographers!  Give us a call today, and let’s talk about your proposal or wedding photography.

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  • April 12, 2017 - 10:56 am

    Mary Fee - How fab, from engagement to their big day!

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