Photographed a fun set of images of a couple of young women artists, at work and play in various art studios.  Especially love the one of India pitching herself into the very very red-hot kiln.  (Actually a cool kiln lit by a flash with a red gel over it, sitting inside, triggered by a radio slave….)  Some lovely location portraits and illustrative images, with great models (and assistants!), photographed at Portland’s Pacific NW College of Art.

See more of our editorial portrait photography in Portland at www.fritzphotographic.com!

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Marjorie and Devlin are a couple who, in their own words, like to do things different.  And they did.

Getting married in downtown Portland, I have to admit they were the two most nervous people I’ve ever photographed before a wedding.  But they had nothing to worry about: the wedding was beautiful, it was well coordinated by Rachelle Jacobs of Delightful Occasions, and now they’re married!  And the photos are pretty nice, too.  🙂

Beautiful Bride Portrait Portland Park Blocks

FritzPhoto-Wedding Portrait Portland Park Blocks

FritzPhoto Beautiful Bride Portrait Portland

FritzPhoto-Catholic Mass Wedding Portland

FritzPhoto-Bride Getting Ready Portland Nines Hotel

FritzPhoto-Flower Girl Getting Ready at Nines Hotel

Here’s the rundown of vendors for their wedding:

Getting Ready: The Nines Hotel, Downtown Portland

Hair and Makeup: AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup

Wedding Venue: St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Downtown Portland

Wedding Coordinator: Rachelle Jacobs of Delightful Occasions Wedding and Event Coordinators

Wedding Photographers: Fritz Photography

Wedding Reception: Kells


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I pulled together a stock photography shoot recently with some great models, and a beautiful location.  A friend has a beautiful little house in the Alberta Arts District, and she graciously offered to let me photograph there.  So I had my assistant Dan, my kid-wrangler Beth, and models Diana, Sapphira, Sahar, and Shelby join me for an afternoon of photography for my stock portfolio.  Here are a few of the 1100 images we shot….

Editorial and lifestyle photography like this is so fun to shoot!  View more on our website at www.fritzphotographic.com.

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Nicole and Fred are a lot of fun!  We just booked their wedding this past Saturday, and they’re getting married in just 6 weeks.  We’ll be photographing their wedding at her family home in Beaverton, Oregon.  And I’m looking forward to it.  Any beautiful woman that can laugh as easily as Nicole is a delightful subject for a photographer!


We photographed their engagement portraits at the beautiful Peninsula Park, in North Portland.  It’s the best kept secret in Portland, as far as parks go.  Its European style rose garden is spectacular, and the fragrant roses are now in full bloom.  Plus, they have the best playground in all of Portland!


And Peninsula Park has a large, classical fountain–a perfect end to a warm spring photo shoot!

View more of our fun wedding and engagement portrait photography at www.fritzphoto.com!

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Location Portrait Photography on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon.

Location Portrait Photography on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon.

If you follow my blog, or know my photography at all, you know that I love photographing location portraits.  I also really enjoy teaching.  My upcoming summer photography class at Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland’s Pearl District, neatly melds the two:

Location Portrait Photography can create stunning images of people in beautiful locations, from Bangladesh to your own back yard. But it also creates its own challenges, such as how to work with natural and artificial lights, how to select and best use a location, and how to pose (or not pose) your subject to create the most powerful image possible. In this class we will look at the work of master location portrait photographers, current and past; review and critique each others work; and create some stunning portraits. We will be working with models, model and property releases, available and artificial lighting techniques, the portrait as a series, composition, camera and media choices, output and presentation, travel portrait photography, and more. We will also go on location with models for demonstrations, and for time to photograph in class with instructor oversight. Both film and digital shooters in any medium are welcome.  Familiarity with your equipment, and with basic photography skills, is a requisite.  As is a passion for portraits.

This class runs June 16 through July 14, Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  You can sign up for it here at the PNCA CE Website.

And you can always view my location portrait photography on my website.

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Vera Katz stepped out of the car, and I introduced myself.

“Hi Vera, I’m Fritz.”

“Fritz,” she said, “good to meet you.  I just want you to know, I have no patience.”

And so began my portrait session with former Portland Mayor Vera Katz.

It might be her impatience that made her so effective as mayor.  Serving as Mayor of Portland for 12 years, Vera accomplished many things which have helped make Portland the creative and conscientious center that it is.

In 2005, she was awarded the Ron Schmidt Leadership Award by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.  In giving her the award, the Governor had this to say about Katz:

The list of Vera Katz’s accomplishments in support of the arts and culture is extensive. Long before becoming Mayor, Katz served a distinguished 10 terms in the Oregon Legislature, where she was a founder of Oregon’s Percent for Art Program. That same dedication to the legacy of Oregon’s public spaces and art-rich neighborhoods is evident throughout her leadership. Mayor Katz also has provided vision for significant assets to Portland’s cultural life — from the Classical Chinese Garden to recent public art gifts from Xi’an, China and Guadalajara, Mexico.

As Mayor she secured special and substantial appropriations for The Portland Opera, Art Museum, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Oregon Symphony, emphasizing community outreach efforts, such as Symphony in the Parks and OBT Exposed. She led the City Council in its support for Portland Center Stage’s armory rehabilitation. Most recently, Mayor Katz has been a champion for Portland’s rapidly growing ‘creative class’. She established a grant program to jump-start emerging careers; initiated the new Design Festival; and garnered special support for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival.

In her final weeks of office, Mayor Katz proposed a bold amendment to the City’s Sign code, which, with the concurrence of City Council, has enabled murals once again to flourish in Portland. With such dedication to beautified public spaces, it is fitting that among the many ‘thank you’s’ that the Mayor received upon leaving office, one notable surprise was a public art installation inspired by a work she had been impressed by on a visit to Venice, Italy.

Mayor Katz has spent her life and career in Oregon imagining our state as a center of forward-thinking creative minds and creative spaces. To all of our benefit, she has accomplished so many of her goals.

For many of the same reasons, Pacific Northwest College of Art just awarded Katz their first annual Civic Imagination Award.  At PNCA’s Centennial Gala, President Tom Manley presented the award to “the Honorable Vera Katz, Mayor of the City of Portland from 1992 to 2004. The award recognizes Mrs. Katz’s instrumental role in shaping Portland’s civic and cultural landscape.”

I was asked by PNCA to create a portrait of Vera for the Civic Imagination Award.  Beginning this Centennial year, PNCA will be awarding such an honor annually, with the intention that at their 200 year anniversary they will have a collection of 100 portraits of this kind.

In order to capture Mayor Katz in a way that would represent her part in helping Portland’s ‘civic imagination’ to flourish, I chose a location with her name on it.  The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade graces the east bank of the Willamette River, directly across from downtown Portland, and is one of my favorite outdoor locations in town to walk, bike watch, and photograph.

It is also one of the finest places in town to create outdoor portraits, and any good location portrait photographer in Portland knows it.  From river and city skyline views, to bridges, boulders, and trees, it encapsulates in a small space a wide variety of beautiful locations.

As we walked over to this location together, Vera pointed to the tree on the right and said, “I had to fight for that tree!”  We asked her what she meant, and she explained, “They wanted to cut down that tree when they were building the esplanade, and I wouldn’t let them!”

For that, Mayor Katz, I thank you.

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Dayn Arnold is a creative genius.  Aside from being a great guy, and funny, he also shoots and edits video, plays multiple instruments and records music, and often does both for the same project.  (And sometimes, as in the video below, he does it all at the same time!)  He worked with me to edit the Human Trafficking video I shot in Cambodia in December.

Well, he’s teaching himself After Effects, and he came up with the above animation of my logo, without even asking.  Pretty cool.

You might also really enjoy the video he made for his girlfriend Mandi, below.  It puts every other boyfriend on the planet to shame.

Blue Eyes from Dayn Arnold on Vimeo.

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I was thoroughly delighted to be contacted by Imago Theatre, to photograph some of their fantastic actors and costumes.  Jerry Mouawad and his team are well known for their wonderful physical theatre productions.  In fact, Shannon and I have a favorite memory, at Frogz, of one of the Orbs stealing her shoe.  It ends with her rolling on the stage floor, attacked by another Orb.  I guess that’s one of my favorite memories, not hers.

It was a real delight to work with Jerry and 5 of his actors in the studio.  It’s always enjoyable to me to work with other creative professionals to create something wonderful.  And the resulting images of the Anteaters, Rhinos, Rabbits, and Penguins show it.

If you’ve never been to a performance at Imago, I highly recommend it.  They have regular shows at their theater here in Portland, and they travel to New York and elsewhere often enough.  As their website explains:

Imago’s work has been seen on television and on several continents during extensive tours to Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. In 2001 Imago’s FROGZ completed a two-week run on Broadway, and returned to the acclaimed New Victory Theater for a four-week run in May 2002. Two Imago productions, FROGZ and No Exit, presented extended runs at the Tony Award-winning American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2005-2006.

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  • December 29, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Fritz Liedtke All Over the Web » Fritz Photography - […] excellent performers and wonderful costumes in the studio last winter.  (See my post Anteaters, Rabbits, and Rhinos, Oh My!)  So it’s fun to see the images come up in the Oregonian, and elsewhere.  We took my nephew […]

The Petersen family are some of my favorite people. I’ve traveled and worked and prayed and served and struggled and talked and photographed with them, from France to Florida to Portland. They’re great folks.

So whenever I get the chance to photograph their family, I jump at the chance. They commissioned me to photograph their 2 grown daughters and son-in-law at their 5 acre ‘homestead’ outside of Beaverton. We took a lot of sweet portraits, like the one above. But the fun really started after we’d finished the pretty portraits. That’s when the hick kicked in, and we started photographing at their trash pile and porta-potty.

As some of the most creative Portland portrait photographers in Portland, we love what we do!

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Emily Hyde is an award-winning artist. If you look at her stunning prints, you’ll see why. You can view images of her lovely drawings, prints, and etchings here and here and here.

You’d think, from meeting her, that she was Scandinavian. But in truth, she hails from Estacada, Oregon. I had the privilege of photographing her in the letterpress studio at Pacific NW College of Art recently.

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PhotoLucida is going very well. And I was just notified that my work will be in the Portland Slideluck Potshow this Saturday, April 25. Come! Here’s the lowdown:

The space is amazing. The slideshow is world-class. The weather is looking good. Both our master of ceremonies and our disc jockey are geniuses. The potluck will be off the hook. The crowd will be hot. And the afterparty is but a few steps away.

All that is missing is you and yours. Come join us on Saturday, April 25th, for night for an unforgettable multimedia slideshow and potluck dinner.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
7pm Potluck | 9pm Slideshow
Sandbox Studio | 420 NE 9th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232 | http://sandboxstudio.com

RSVP Strongly Suggested: http://network.slideluckpotshow.com/events/slps-portland-iii
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Keep in mind that this is a potluck, so bring on that big pot of Hoppin’ John, those scrumptious little dumplings, that crunchy green papaya salad, those Krismer Family nachos, that spicy eggplant lasagna, or those red-velvety cupcakes. And please don’t forget a bottle of wine or some ice cold brew.

What makes this show unique is our collaboration with the participants of Photo Lucida. We want to extend a special invitation to everyone who’s come into town for the portfolio review. If you are not able to contribute to the potluck, which is understandable, you may be asked to make a small donation. In any case, it’s only an 8-minute cab ride, a 27-minute walk, or 15-minute bus ride across the Burnside Bridge. http://maps.google.com

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This is an intense week for me, as I head into the PhotoLucida Portfolio Reviews here in Portland, Thur-Sun, April 23-26. There will be 160 photographers (of whom I am one) meeting with over 60 reviewers: curators, book publishers, gallery owners, photographers, magazine editors, etc. It’s 4 straight days of reviews, lectures, shows, and more.

I’ll be showing my Skeleton in the Closet series, both as a book dummy, and as a custom portfolio which I designed and created this past year.

I’d like to invite you to the Portfolio Walk, this Thursday evening, from 6-9 pm. Held at the Portland Art Museum’s gorgeous Sunken Ballroom, you can view the work of all 160 photographers, spread out on a room full of tables. We’ll have our work out in 3 1-hour shifts, beginning at 6 pm. I and my work will be out from 7-8 pm. Please come by! It’s free, and should be quite inspiring and enjoyable.

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