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

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





Hair and Makeup Stylist:

Janelle Hayden of The Prettiest You


Wedding Rentals:

West Coast Events


Wedding Cake:

Dream Cakes


Wedding Photography:



Wedding Flowers:

Geranium Lakes



Double Decker PDX

Best Car in Town

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Lauren and Rob’s wedding at the Resort at the Mountain was a real delight to photograph–in spite of the rain!  They make the kind of couple that you enjoy watching, because it’s obvious how much they like each other.  They’re constantly smiling at each other, making goofy faces, or nuzzling nozes.  It’s adorable.  Look for it in the following photographs….

The Mt Hood Oregon Resort (formerly Resort at the Mountain) is beautiful whether it’s sunny, raining, or snowing.  From the spa to the gazebo to the ballroom, we were able to create some lovely portraits of these two.  It was also a lot of fun to capture their family interacting and dancing.  (Don’t miss the photo of the guy catching a candy-coated almond in his mouth.)  Plus, Rob and Lauren are two of the friendliest people you’ll meet, and they made everyone feel warmly welcomed.

Rob and Lauren, congratulations!

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

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From the moment I met them, I liked them.  I laughed so hard when we talked that I could hardly converse!

Ryan is half-way through med school in Cali and will make an excellent pediatrician.  Brianna, a perfect match, is an active nurse and balances out his orneryness with her bubbly laugh and beautiful eyes. When they are together, you’re just swept into the smiles, I swear they’re contagious.

Aside from a stunning wedding venue in Vancouver, Washington, that looked straight out of England, I was delighted with the details. You can see Brianna’s handiwork everywhere you turn. From the hanging crystal canopy to the Bureau of Standards Big Band kicking out the dance tunes.  Amazing night.  She looked like a queen thanks to stylist Caprice Hammon and Bridal Exclusives with stunning gown from Allure.

I will remember the way Ryan’s eyes overflowed as Brianna walked down the aisle, the way her Dad gave her one last kiss as he gave her away, the tearful toasts and the abundant laughter. Thank you Ryan and Brianna for including me on this once-in-a-lifetime event.


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I don’t know if you’ll believe me when I say this, but the above photo was taken in March.  In Oregon.  Notice that bright yellow stuff coming out of the sky?  You don’t usually see that in March.  In Oregon.  Notice the beautiful bride in her sleeveless gown, outside, in March, in Oregon?  You don’t usually see that either.

I first met Betsy several years ago, when she asked me to take some portraits of her.  It was probably in March, because we photographed in a local park, taking shelter under a tree during downpours, and photographing during the breaks.  Since then, we’ve taken several portraits of her with her children–on sunnier, warmer, summer days.

The past fall, I was very happy to hear that Betsy was getting married to this great guy, Roger.  And even happier to hear that we were going to be photographing their wedding.  And what a wedding it was!

Held at Zenith Vineyard, we arrived on a sunny, 75-degree day at the end of March.  Zenith Vineyard is a gorgeous wedding venue, made even more beautiful by the spring blossoms on the trees.  Add in Betsy and Roger and their great friends and family, and it really was an amazing day.

Our PhotoBooth was a big hit at the wedding–starting with Betsy’s son and daughter, Sean and Erin.

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Congratulations Roger and Betsy!

Beautiful wedding photography and beautiful weddings don’t happen on their own.  Our many thanks to all the great wedding vendors who made this wedding so special:

Wedding Photography by FritzPhoto

Wedding Coordination by the wonderful Susan Adkins at Class Act Events

Wedding Flowers by Blum Floral

Wedding Catering by Vibrant Table Catering

Wedding Cake by Dreamcakes Deli

Wedding DJ by Kevin Venables of NW Mobile DJs

Wedding Video by Shields Films

Are you looking for a Zenith Vineyard Wedding Photographer?  Contact us today; we would love to be your wedding photographers!

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Photographing model portfolio test shoots is a lot of fun.  In Portland, there are several great modeling agencies, including Muse Models, Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited, Q6, Ryan Artists, and Option Model Management.  I’ve photographed portfolios for models that work with all of these modeling agencies, and more.  Sometimes models need some fresh new looks for their modeling portfolios, and sometimes they’re just getting started in the modeling industry, and need some test shoots in order to build a new portfolio to show to modeling agencies.  Whatever the model’s aims, having professional photos to showcase their talents helps models and actors get noticed, get work, and get paid.

It’s also a lot of fun for us at the studio to see where models and actors that we helped get started, end up.  We’ve photographed models and actors that went on to act on shows such as Leverage, Grimm, and Portlandia.  Others have moved to LA and New York and have vibrant careers in the modeling and acting industry.  Sometimes I’ll see them in fashion spreads and advertisements in magazines.  Sometimes we see them in commercials for great companies like Adidas or Nike.

This week we’ve photographed a couple of beautiful aspiring models, and I can tell they’re going places.  Today we’ll feature Ellie McClaskey.  Ellie is a vibrant, funny, energetic young lady.  She plays all kinds of sports, and is a lot of fun to have in front of the camera!  She has a range that will help her do well in both lifestyle and sports modeling, which is great because she’s now represented by Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited!

When you are ready to jumpstart your modeling or acting career, and need a great portfolio to show to modeling and acting agencies, contact us!  (Visit our website to see more of our Portland model portfolio photography.)  We’d love to photograph a stunning modeling portfolio that will get you noticed!

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We were honored recently with another award from the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. This image, which Kyle took at Kendal and Eric’s wedding in October, at Camp Colton, won an award in the Bridal Party category.

This is the 9th award we’ve won from the ISPWP in the past 6 years. The caliber of photographers elected to the ISPWP is amazing, so it’s always an honor to have our images featured on their site and awarded in their competition!

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Oregon Wedding PhotographersI love it when my brides become friends; such was the case with Jennifer. Through capturing her engagement and wedding photos our hearts knit together and we both did a happy dance when her wedding was selected for publication in A Paper Proposal.

Michael and Jen were wed in the heart of Medford Oregon, on an idyllic lake surrounded by the rugged Oregon Pass. Their love was tangible–both were glowing with the happiness of finally belonging to the other.  As Michael brushed her cheek with his hand and held her close, Jen looked at me as if to say, “This is Heaven….”  I couldn’t agree more.

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At FritzPhoto, we love to tell wedding stories.  Visit our wedding photography website to learn more, and contact us today to tell us about your wedding!

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The January-February 2013 issue of LensWork Magazine features the Astra Velum series. With an 22-page spread of images, and an interview with publisher Brooks Jensen, it’s a beautiful presentation of the series, my thinking behind the series, and much more.

LensWork is well know as having the finest black and white reproductions in the publishing industry, as well as thoughtful interviews, essays, and other projects. Pick up your copy today at LensWork Magazine.

You can also get the Extended Version DVD, which includes more images, more text, and the full audio interview between Brooks and myself.

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They fell in love over teeth. They really did. Swear to God, it wouldn’t have happened had a dentist chair and a serious set of chompers not been involved.

Ryan loved being in the armed services–it was challenging, intellectual, a family heritage…but he knew as thriving as he was that something was missing. All the ambition in the world can’t fill the place of a woman in a man’s heart. When his routine dental cleaning came along, the board was set…he was about to fall in love with those sparkling eyes behind the hygienist’s mask.

Jenn, now heading to be an oral surgeon, has that breathless grace that communicates perfect ease and confidence in who she is. A sense of assuredness in her step and the freedom to be downright goofy when appropriate. When they’re together, 2 halves have found a whole. He makes her laugh at herself, while her presence near his side suddenly straightens his shoulders and makes him stand taller.

Ryan and Jenn, thank you so much for including me in your day. What a beautiful merging of two lives together.  Many, many blessings to you both!


After dinner was served at Portland’s Summerfield Golf Club we snuck off for these golden hour photos. 5 minutes is all we had, you two rocked it.

At FritzPhoto, we love to tell wedding stories.  Visit our wedding photography website to learn more, and contact us today to tell us about your wedding!

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Wedding Photographers Portland OregonFor several years past, Katie has been a model for me, my muse during my fashion design days. She had a way of capturing the essence of my brand and to this day brings a connection I have with few others. This shoot was a thank you and congratulations for her own recent wedding to her high-school sweetheart Adam. We loved the afternoon light on this freezing February morning (the brave souls) and we explored new spots and camera techniques while trying to stay warm!

Thank you, Katie and Adam!


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At FritzPhoto, we love to tell wedding stories.  Visit our wedding photography website to learn more, and contact us today to tell us about your wedding!

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We love books!

Creating wedding storybooks for our wedding clients is one of our favorite things.  After working with a bride and groom on their wedding photography–often for over a year–it’s a real pleasure to create a book that tells the story of their day.  It’s a photo essay, and it’s an heirloom that they’ll pass on to their children.

In the digital age, people often forget about how beautiful and precious a quality book is.  Yes, it’s fun to put images on FaceBook and share them with friends.  But people often don’t understand that having 700+ wedding photos on their computer is difficult to organize, and doesn’t make for a good story.  They’re beautiful pictures (because we took them!), but staring at a computer screen is just not the same as holding a book in your hands.

You can pick up a book from your coffee table, sit back on on the couch,and relive the memories any time.  Your friends and family can do the same.  They’ll also appreciate the quality craftsmanship of the book: the library binding, the thick pages that lay flat, the leather or photographic cover….  Looking at a book is a different experience that looking at a screen.  It’s luxurious.

Each of our books is customized to your tastes: you choose the book style, the cover material, and the images that go into it.  Then we get to work, designing and delivering a completed book to you.

We offer two different styles of wedding storybooks: the Coffee Table Book, which has thinner pages and a slim profile; and the Classic Album, which has thick pages and a heftier profile.  They also come in 2 sizes: 10×10 and 12×12.

Here’s a sample of our photo essay page layouts, printed on real photographic paper.  Notice how the pages lie flat and smooth, with no seam or gutter: This is our 12×12 Classic Album: with thick pages, and a photographic cover.  The page designs are the same as above, but the book itself is thicker and heftier. Our Classic Album also comes with the option of a Crystal Cover: beveled tempered glass over a photographic cover design.  It’s stunning:

We offer 10×10 Classic Albums, as well as the 12×12, shown here together.   You choose from several cover options, including a photographic cover, and a selection of leather colors: Our books are library-bound, beautifully crafted books, with thick, durable pages: We also offer Parent Albums, which come with a padded leatherette cover, and include 20-70 images, printed full-page.  And as with all our books, you choose what photos go into them.  Parents love them!

We also offer other books for our portrait photography clients.  Feel free to invite yourself into the studio at any time, to see these beautiful books in person.  You’ll love them, we promise!


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{PORTLAND, OREGON} – January 26, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that FritzPhoto has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Wedding Photographer in Portland, Oregon!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. FritzPhoto’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with FritzPhoto.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, FritzPhoto is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United Oregons, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards® program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize FritzPhoto for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

FritzPhoto is thrilled to be one of the top wedding photographers in Portland, Oregon in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® for 2013.

For more information about FritzPhoto, please visit our wedding photography website at
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