Elizabeth and Jon had a beautiful union at St. Ignatius followed by the reception at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. With the help of their families they incorporated a lot of unique DIY touches to make it extra special. It was such an honor to be apart of their day, and we asked them a few questions to tell the story of their wedding. 

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

We were most excited to share our faith and what God has done in bringing us together; a real miracle. Each of our respective families have said over and over what a “miracle” and “answer to prayer” we each are for each other and our families.

Jon’s Uncle Fr. Rick Ganz, SJ, Jon’s cousin Fr. Brad Hagelin, and Elizabeth’s Auntie Anne Buck presided over the ceremony; Elizabeth’s pastor from Portland Dr. A.J. Swoboda and her college pastor from Corvallis Rev. Matt Mills did the Prayers of the Faithful. Bishop Peter Smith was also present at the altar. We are still overwhelmed and honored that these 6 people, whom we have personal relationships with, married us. It was truly remarkable, and such a blessing!

Can you share a memorable story about an important person at the wedding?

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather Forbes Williams arrived early. He is nearly 96, and one of the best men in the world (WW2 Vet, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Portland State, and most importantly, an outstanding husband, father, and man of faith).

When he arrived, we were at a “pause” with photos, and Elizabeth and her Mom were able to put his boutonniere on, and Jon and Elizabeth got pictures with him. Elizabeth and her Papa then sat in the front pews, and Elizabeth showed him her ‘mientras’ tattoo (she got this tattoo a few years ago on her wrist, in her Papa’s handwriting; mientras means “meanwhile” in Spanish). When she first showed it to him after she got it, he said “now I’m always with you.” Jennifer got pictures of Elizabeth’s tattoo over his hand, the two of them holding hands, and Elizabeth showing him her grandmother’s name in the program (including the details about her veil). Fritz and Jennifer got some absolutely amazing photos of each and every one of these moments of Elizabeth and her grandfather. These photos are truly priceless, and she will treasure them forever.

Fun Fact: Right after we got engaged at the Rose Garden, we went to her Papa’s house! He was the first one we got to see in person and celebrate with! (Fritz also took our engagement pictures at the Rose Garden. Elizabeth was the 2007 Rose Festival Queen, and for the proposal, Jon convinced her to go to the Rose Garden so he could “see her plaque.” Once in front of her plaque, he proposed!)

Jon also had a bracelet made that said “siempre” (meaning “always”) to go with her “mientras” tattoo. He gave it to her at their first look, and she hasn’t taken it off since.

Was there something that made you cry at your wedding?

Several things did! Walking down the aisle with my parents, seeing Jon for the first time, dancing with my Dad…My Auntie Anne came to the girl’s dressing room before the ceremony, and all of the girls, my Mom, and my Auntie laid their hands on me, and prayed for Jon and I.

Was there something that made you laugh?

We had Jon’s 7 nieces and nephews (the children of 2 of the bridesmaids) and Elizabeth’s Goddaughter and her 2 sisters (the children of another bridesmaid) as our little attendants. They were SO darling in their outfits, and we laughed throughout the day every time we saw them. They were SO excited to dress up and be in the wedding; and they danced their feet off!

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The bride made pendants of photos of her grandparent’s wedding, her parent’s wedding, and a photo of her and the groom to hang from her bouquet.

What were your favorite wedding decoration details?

I (Elizabeth) made little pendants of a photo with each bridesmaid, to hang from each bridesmaid’s bouquet. I also made pendants of photos of my grandparent’s wedding, my parent’s wedding, and a picture of Jon and I to hang from my bouquet, I gave the best man one of Jon and I to give to him that morning, I gave one to my Mom, one to my Auntie Anne, and one to my Dad.

We also had Elizabeth’s cousin Stephanie make the beautiful wedding cake. The tablecloth was her great Aunt Mary’s, and the cake was surrounded by 4 photos of each of the weddings of Elizabeth’s parents, Jon’s parents, Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, and Jon’s maternal grandparents. The wedding topper said “Mr. and Mrs. At Last” and our wedding song was “At Last.”

We had coloring pictures made of us, and the kids got to decorate them at the kid’s activity table.

We had large wooden J & E letters made as our “guestbook,” Elizabeth’s Dad stained them, and then the guests signed them. They are now hanging in the entryway of our home!

We wrote love letters to each other before the wedding day, and gave them to Elizabeth’s Mom. She then put them in frames, and they were put at our dinner table. We each saw each other’s letter for the first time at the reception! It was so fun to read them in the moment! (Fritz, of course, captured that moment, too).

Elizabeth and her Mom sewed all of the napkins for the reception, and guests took them home as party favors.

Elizabeth’s family has a tradition of doing all of the flowers for the grandchildrens’ weddings a few days before the wedding. Her paternal grandmother Joyce Arntson is an excellent florist, and one of her gifts is paying for the flowers. We had friends and family come over the Thursday before the wedding, and make 30+ centerpieces, almost 30 boutonnieres, more than 20 corsages, 10 bridesmaids bouquets, and 6 nosegays for the flower girls. Elizabeth made her own bouquet and Jon’s boutonniere. Jon and Elizabeth took the centerpieces to Good Samaritan Hospital the next morning and donated them.

We had a sign that said, “Welcome to our Wedding – Elizabeth & Jon” at the church, and had someone take it to the reception and write “French” on the bottom once we were married. It was then on display at the Sentinel.

Elizabeth’s sister-in-law Hannah gifted a name board to her and Jon (Hannah and Elizabeth went to a business and got them to design a board, which she then made with Hannah; Elizabeth chose it to have a monogram F, followed with “The French Family, established 10-06-2018.”) We displayed this at the reception, as well as the words to one of the hymns we sang at the wedding (How Great Thou Art), the words to another hymn sung at our wedding (Amazing Grace), and the words to the one of the Bible verses read at the wedding (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

We had 3 double-sided frames at each table; one side had a photo of Elizabeth and Jon, and the other side had our dinner menu.

The basket we used for cards from guests was given to us by Elizabeth’s Aunt Beth, who always gives a picnic basket filled with picnic items to each bride in the family.

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The stunning couple at St Ignatius Church.

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The bride showing her 96 year old grandfather her ‘mientras’ (“meanwhile” in Spanish) tattoo in his handwriting.

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These beautiful napkins were sewn by the bride and her mother. They were also souvenirs for guests to take home.

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Love letters the bride and groom wrote each other to be read for the first time at their wedding. Such a sweet exchange!

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

We had the biggest dance party of all time.

 

Where did you find your wedding attire?

Dress: David’s Bridal (“something new”)

Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy

Veil: Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother made the veil for her mother’s wedding (“something borrowed”)

Handkerchief Elizabeth held with her during the wedding: A napkin from Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother (“something old”)

Shoes: Tom’s shoes (Bridesmaids signed one shoe in blue, groomsmen signed other shoe in blue) (“something blue”)

Bride’s Hair: Claire Ryan (Matron of Honor)

Bride’s Makeup: Bride

Earrings+bracelets (bride+bridesmaids): Amazon!

Vendors:

Church: St Ignatius

Reception: Sentinel/Jake’s catering

D.J.: Anthony Wedin (A Sound Choice Entertainment)

Photographer: FritzPhoto

Flowers: Costco (Elizabeth’s friends and family arranged)

Cake: Stephanie Williams

Sheet Cakes: Lamb’s Thriftway Garden Home Market Place

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Senior Pictures Set to Music

Every once in a while, we get to photograph a high school senior’s photographs while they play an instrument.  It’s a special treat, to be taking beautiful images while someone is playing beautiful, live music.  Naomi’s violin playing, right at sunset, at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, was such a beautiful moment.  And the pictures of her playing…wow.

We asked Naomi about her love of music and what she does with it.  “I have taken private violin lessons for 12 years. I am currently involved in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and my high school orchestra and symphony.”

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David Douglas High School Senior Photos

Naomi is a senior this year at David Douglas High School, in Portland, Oregon.  “My favorite hobbies are playing violin, playing ukulele, singing, and yoga,” she tells us.  “I am most excited about spending this last year of high school with my closest friends and auditioning for music schools.”

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Sharing Her Love of Music Beyond High School

“After high school graduation, I am going on a trip to Disneyland with the orchestra and band from school. I am also traveling to Italy for two weeks with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  My biggest dream is to live my life doing what I love everyday, which is playing violin. I want to share my love for music with other people through teaching and performing.” Hillsboro senior picture at Jenkins Estate Hillsboro senior picture at Jenkins Estate David Douglas high school senior photo David Douglas high school senior picture Hillsboro high school senior photo at Jenkins Estate

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Senior Photos at Portland’s Cathedral Park

Hanna wanted to have us photograph her senior photos at Cathedral Park, during one of those beautiful October days here in Oregon. She lucked out; both the weather, and Hanna, were gorgeous, and we had so much fun! Senior portraits at Cathedral Park

Dreams and Aspirations

Hanna is a senior at Camas High School, in Camas, Washington.  She’s the sweetest young lady!  She’s excited about her senior project this year.  She then wants to go to Clark College in Vancouver for two years and then the last 4 at CWU or WSU.  Her dream is to graduate college and have a degree is Social Work.  She clearly loves to help people.

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I think Hanna looks a lot like Drew Barrymore. Don’t you?

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Camas High School Senior Pictures

When we asked Hanna how she found FritzPhoto, she said, “I looked up ‘affordable senior pictures photographer’ and I looked at a few sites and didn’t find anything I liked. Six links down there was your site, and I saw that you also have a $115 makeup option and I really liked the senior photos on the website.” 

We were so glad she found us for her senior pictures!

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Or: Why Self-Employed People Don’t Get Benefits

 

Running a small photography business is expensive.  Especially in Portland.

I recently had a customer come in to the studio and ask about our print prices.  He was genuinely curious to know what went in to our calculations of the price of an 8×10 print.  It was a great question.

The short answer is:  We don’t have a bankrolled employer making sure we get a paycheck every month.  Nobody is paying for our health insurance, sick pay, vacation time, or taxes. Nobody else is making sure we can retire someday.  There is no safety net for the self-employed photographer; there isn’t even unemployment insurance. All of these expenses rest squarely on our shoulders, and we have to make sure we charge enough to cover them.

 

We’re Not Weekend Warriors

There’s an important distinction that must be made between a full-time photographer, and a weekend warrior.  There are many photographers out there who do it as a hobby or side-hustle. They have regular jobs with a wage and benefits, or a spouse who has a salary and benefits.  They have a nice camera, and take family and senior photos, or wedding photos, on the weekends. That’s great, and I certainly started out that way. But when I see those people under-charging for their work, because they can make a few bucks on the weekend taking some quick family photos, it hurts.  They are devaluing the actual cost of being a full-time professional photographer, and causing customers to assume that photography should be cheap, and the products free.

My friend Amy illustrated this point perfectly when she shared this anecdote with me: “My first year of doing business I was a total weekend warrior. I think I grossed $8000 total, and I was thrilled for the extra cash for our family. . .until I did my taxes.  All my expenses cancelled out my income, and I realized that I netted zero dollars. I had spent all that time away from my babies and husband working, and I had made nothing. It was so eye opening.  I vowed never again to do that to my children.”

When you calculate up all the costs of being a full-time photographer, you see that such a model–cheap and free–is not realistic or sustainable.

If we were to divide up the cost of one of our 8×10 photo prints into 5 sections, we’d label them Overhead, Benefits, Taxes, Time, and Profit.

 

Overhead

The first cost to any small business owner is overhead.  This covers all the basics, like:

  • Rent
  • Advertising
  • Paying employees and subcontractors
  • Electricity, water, gas
  • The cost of goods sold
  • Credit card transaction fees
  • Subscriptions for software
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Insurance on equipment, buildings, and liability
  • Purchasing or leasing vehicles
  • Travel time, gas, and auto maintenance
  • Accountants and attorneys fees
  • Etc., etc.

 

Benefits

After all the overhead is paid, think about all of the benefits that even a New Seasons grocery bagger receives when they get a job.  The obvious ones include:

  • Hourly wage or salary, with annual raises
  • Overtime pay
  • Retirement benefits (401K, pension plans, SIMPLE, SEP, etc.)
  • Health insurance (possibly including dental and vision)
  • Vacation pay
  • Sick pay
  • Personal leave pay
  • Paid maternity leave
  • Stock options, profit sharing, and bonuses

Some less-obvious but very valuable benefits that employees also receive include:

  • Social Security  (The employer pays 50% of the employee’s tax every year, to cover both retirement and disability.)
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Workers compensation

That’s a lot of benefits that an employee receives, which a self-employed photographer has to find a way to pay for themself.  Self-employed people don’t get benefits unless they build the cost of them into their pricing.

 

Taxes

Ah, taxes.  Small businesses get hit with a lot of taxes.  Here’s the list of taxes paid by us, either directly by our business, or indirectly as owners of the business:

  • Federal taxes
  • State taxes
  • 4 Local taxes:
    • Multnomah County Business Income Tax
    • Tri-Met Tax
    • City of Portland Tax
    • Portland Arts Tax
  • 100% of Social Security tax (as noted above, en employee only pays 50% of their SS tax; a self-employed person pays 100% of it)
  • Real estate taxes on all buildings rented or owned, which goes up every year
  • Payroll taxes

If you’re still reading this article, God bless you.  You are a saint. Taxes are boring to talk about, but they eat up a huge chunk of the cost of every photo print we sell.

 

But Wait, There’s More…

Another cost that has to be built in to the 8×10 print is all the non-billable hours a photographer spends on things like editing, marketing, traveling, networking, education, answering the phone, meeting with clients, and managing the business.  As photographers, we spend far more hours in front of a computer than we do behind a camera. We have to build the ‘cost’ of those hours in to our pricing as well.

When someone purchases an 8×10 professional print for $45, they’re not just paying for a piece of paper with some pixels on it.  They’re paying for our 30 years of experience as a professional photographer; they’re paying for the beautiful image we worked hard to create; they’re paying for the overhead, taxes, and hopefully some health insurance and a modest IRA.  And somewhere in there, hopefully, we also get to make a profit for all our hard work.

 

Thank You

So the next time you’re working with a professional photographer, keep in mind what it costs for them to serve you.  A full-time photographer has a hard time competing with weekend warriors who are out to make a few bucks in their spare time, and charge next to nothing for their work, or give away all the digital files for free.  

For us, this is our job, it is our living, it is our future.  It’s how we buy our kids clothes, pay our mortgage, and put food on the table.  And it’s also our joy. We love what we do as photographers, and we hope you love every single image we work so hard to make for you.

Thanks for buying our prints.   

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West Linn High School yearbook photo

We really enjoyed photographing Lauren Chung’s senior portraits at Jenkins Estate this fall.  It was one of those stunningly clear fall days, with warm sunshine and a rainbow of colors in the trees. The absolutely perfect day for senior photos!

Lauren is a senior at West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon.  As we took her senior portraits, we walked and talked about school, college, and her future.  We’re excited to see what the future holds for this bright young lady! West Linn High School senior photo West Linn High School senior photo in Beaverton West Linn High School senior asian West Linn High School senior yearbook portrait

West Linn High School senior photo at Jenkins Estate

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Sunset High School Senior Photos

Jasmine Patel is a senior at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon.  She’s a smart and articulate young lady, and we really enjoyed talking with her as we photographed her senior portraits around our photo studio in Northwest Portland. We asked her some questions about herself, and here are her answers, in her own words:

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy staying busy. I am a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador, and I work at a law firm. I also am involved with the Youth Group at my temple. At school, I am on the Unicef Board–an after-school fundraising club- and serve as Event Manager. When I’m not busy, I enjoy drinking coffee with a book in hand.

Any recent travel that was life-changing for you?

I took a trip to Europe, not that long ago, and absolutely loved it. My favorite country to explore was Switzerland, in specific I adored Lucerne. The architecture in the city blew me away. A concept as simple as architecture reminded me of the years of history engraved in these European countries. Another reason I enjoyed Switzerland was because of the fashion choices of the citizens there. They overlapped with trends and outfits that I would wear on a daily basis. Living in Portland has its perks, but I always feel out of fit with the outfit choices of the mass majority of people residing here.

What are you most excited about in your senior year of high school?

I am excited to take classes that are truly interesting and meaningful to me. For example, I am taking Writing 121- a college course- to prep me for freshman year of college. As well as, I am taking IB Business/Management and IB Economics because of my passion for these two subjects. I am also working at my school’s student store to express my involvement at school whilst having a genuine interest in business.

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What are you planning to do after high school graduation?

After high school graduation, I plan to attend a four-year university, hopefully in the Pacific Northwest, and major in Political Science and Business. From there I wish to attend Law School. Sunset High school Senior Phortraits

What are your biggest hopes and dreams?

I aspire to have my own law firm in the middle of a busy city. I want to relocate to the Northeast; however, I’m in love with the Pacific Northwest. Due to that, I hope to live in Seattle because it is the best of both worlds. fashion senior photos Portland

Why did you select Fritz Photo to be your Beaverton senior portrait photographer?

I discovered FritzPhoto after researching for hours online; I was in search of a company to take my senior portraits. I ultimately chose FritzPhoto because the website had wonderful previews of other senior photo shoots. I also wanted my pictures to showcase a city atmosphere, like the pictures I found on the site.

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It’s subtle, but if you look closely, you’ll see that Jasmine’s fingernail is painted in a similar pattern and color scheme as her scarf!

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We love Jasmine’s laugh!

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Ainsworth House Wedding Fritz Photo

Jon and Debira were married on July 16th, with a ceremony and reception at the Ainsworth House in Oregon City.

These two actually had TWO wedding ceremonies—they eloped before their larger ceremony. Debira and John are both pretty shy, so they wanted to have their own personal vows and enjoy an intimate atmosphere under the garden arch with just their closest and most immediate family in attendance before they did the “big” wedding day. And since Amy van Riessen was the only shooter for this wedding, that meant she got to be part of two special moments in one day! That’s pretty special.

Jon and Debira’s Intimate Ainsworth House Elopement

Amy started out hanging out with Debira and her daughter, Audrey, as they got ready before she snuck upstairs to capture some images of Jon as well. Once everyone was ready, we staged a first look on the gorgeous front veranda of the Ainsworth House. Then, we took a few photos of the three of them together before the first ceremony. Their first ceremony was intimate and beautiful. Jon and Debira had written their own vows and it was such a special, emotional moment. We signed the wedding license inside the Ainsworth House and took some time for a few more photos—and then it was time for the larger ceremony.

A Galaxy Wedding at the Ainsworth House

This time around, all of Debira and Jon’s friends were in attendance. They kept it short and sweet, but they also made sure to include Audrey in a sweet three-color sand unity ceremony in which they each put a different color of sand into an hourglass. What a great way to make sure that all three of them got to be part of this big moment in their family!

We did a large group photo of everyone in attendance as well as some family photos before we headed off to the reception for lawn games and cake. Amy made sure to get some photos of the little details, too, since Debira and Jon had the coolest “galaxy” theme for their wedding. Debira was even rocking purple and blue hair to match Jon’s purple and blue galaxy tie! While the couple didn’t have toasts or first dances, this Ainsworth House wedding was a day filled with love.

Debira & Jon, thank you for asking us to be part of both of your wedding ceremonies! It truly was an “out of this world” experience! It was such a pleasure to provide your Ainsworth House wedding photography.

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Thanks to these Oregon Wedding Vendors

Venue: Ainsworth House 

Catering: Your Kitchen Chef 

Officiant: Kevin Yell of the Ainsworth House

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The Resort At The Mountain Wedding Fritz Photo

Michele and Doug were married on July 28th, with a ceremony and reception at The Mt Hood Oregon Resort (formerly Resort at the Mountain) in Welches, Oregon. It was such an honor to provide their wedding photography for their Mt. Hood wedding!

A Romantic The Resort at The Mountain Wedding

For Michele and Doug’s beautiful summer wedding, Amy van Riessen was the primary wedding photographer, and Laurie Carter acted as second shooter. Amy started out the day capturing the ladies as they got ready. Meanwhile, Laurie started with the gentlemen. Once everyone was ready, the wonderful resort staff at The Resort at the Mountain shuttled Doug on the golf cart to a beautiful streamside location for the first look. Then, the cart circled back to bring Michele to join him. The secluded streamside location was so romantic—perfect for a first look.

After the first look and few couples’ photos, we joined the wedding party and family by the ceremony site at Pine Cone Bluff. There, we took formal photos with the beautiful golf course and mountains in the background. The Resort at The Mountain provides simply stunning views of the Cascades, so the backdrops for their outdoor wedding photography were magnificent.

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Everyone at this wedding was incredibly sweet. We loved to see this blended family come together. Michele has a 9-year-old daughter named Kalli, and Michele and Doug have a 9-month-old son, Easton, as well. We loved how Doug walked down the aisle with Easton! Michele was escorted down the aisle by Kalli, and the two of them met up with Michele’s parents up front. Together, her daughter and her parents gave her away to Doug. It was such a great way to celebrate their new family unit and illustrate that they were becoming one family.

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, Doug made sure to share a special dance with his new stepdaughter. It was one of Amy’s favorite moments as their wedding photographer! It was such a fabulous way to include Kalli in the celebration. We love the images of these two dancing together because Doug didn’t hold back! And really, Doug wasn’t on the dance floor much other than that dance. He claimed he didn’t know how to dance. So it was really special how he put himself out there share that dance with Kalli, who was quite the dancer!

Doug & Michele, thank you for allowing us to be part of your amazing celebration. We loved seeing your family come together. We’d also like to give a special thank you to the wedding coordinators at the Resort on the Mountain. They did such a fabulous job ensuring the events of the day went as planned and shuttling our team around on the golf cart. They always make the day go smoothly!

Vendors:

Cake: Dreamcake 

Flowers: Arranged for You Floral Events, LLC, Robyn Hunter 

Venue: The Resort at the Mountain

Wedding Photographers: Fritz Photography

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McMenamin’s Edgefield Wedding Fritz Photography

Briana and Eric were married on June 9th, with a ceremony and reception at McMenamin’s Edgefield. It was such a joy to be the wedding photographers at their gorgeous Edgefield Wedding. Since we are considered preferred wedding photographers for McMenamin’s Edgefield, we’re thrilled when our couples choose it as their wedding venue!

McMenamin’s Edgefield Wedding Photography

When we arrived at Edgefield, Laurie, the second shooter, went to hang out with the guys, while Amy, the primary shooter, was with the ladies and the “flower dog.” That’s right—they got a special floral leash and a bridal veil for their dog so that she could be part of their special day. What a great way to make sure that their whole family is in the wedding!

As we took “getting ready” pictures, we were all worried about the weather. We didn’t know if we’d be able to get those formal wedding portraits outside, because the rain wouldn’t let up at all. But just in time for the first look, we got a break in the clouds! We headed out to the Edgefield Gardens, where Eric and Briana saw each other for the first time. We were able to capture some great wedding photographs of these two out on the beautiful grounds. From there, we met up with the rest of the wedding party and their family for formal wedding portraits by Blackberry Meadow. And right after the last formal portrait was done, the clouds once again opened up with rain! It was perfect timing!

A Romantic Wedding Reception at McMenamin’s Edgefield Blackberry Hall

Because of the rain, the ceremony was moved inside Blackberry Hall, where their friend officiated the ceremony. We took some time for Eric and Briana to sign the marriage license before we took a few more photos of them as husband and wife around the grounds and headed back for the cocktail hour and reception.

At one point during the wedding reception, we had a short break in the rain—and a rainbow came out! We ran outside to grab a photo of the couple with the rainbow before it faded away.

Even with all of the uncertainty with the weather, we never saw Briana and Eric stressed out or overly concerned. They never stopped smiling—all day—and always had these looks of pure joy and happiness on their faces when we looked at them.

Thank you so much, Briana & Eric, for making our jobs as wedding photographers so easy. Your joy spilled out into all your wedding photography, and we felt like a valued part of your day.

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Jenkins Estate Senior Session Fritz Photography

We met up with Macey at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, Oregon, on August 10th for an amazing senior session. We’d already done her big brother’s senior portraits last year, so we were excited to see another member of the family getting ready to take on the world.

Grant High School Class of 2019 Senior Photography

This amazing girl goes to Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, where she runs cross country. She’s really good at it, too—she’s gone to state every year! She had just returned from a week at the Steens Running Camp, a wilderness running and camping experience in Oregon, where her longest day was 28 miles of hiking and running. What an amazing athlete!

Macey is also incredibly intelligent. This year, she’s excited about her Constitution team as well as the tough classes she’ll be taking on, like AP Physics and Calculus.

Macey’s Jenkins Estate Senior Portrait Session

Another thing we found out about Macey when she came for her portrait session was that she loves snuggly, soft clothing. In fact, she had a beautiful, soft, furry jacket that she wanted to wear during her senior session, even though it was 85 degrees outside. But the session wouldn’t be complete for her without it, because, in her words, “It’s never too warm for the teddy bear jacket!”

While we were able to get some great images of Macey to show off her personality, our favorites were the ones that showcased her beautiful blue eyes and her teddy bear jacket. And, of course, we were thrilled with how the image turned out that we shot with a specialty lens. The Lensbaby Twist 60, which is made in Portland, gives the background that lovely, swirly bokeh.

Macey, thank you for allowing us to photograph your senior portrait session. It was amazing to get to know you. We know that you’ll be amazing as you take on the world!

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Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing

The bride with her junior bridesmaids are picture-perfect at The Aerie at Eagle Landing.

Stunning Wedding Photography at The Aerie

Darren and AmyLynn’s wedding at The Aerie at Eagle Landing was picture-perfect!  From the stunning bride, to the Pinterest-perfect reception, this was such a beautiful day to photograph. Laughing bride photo at Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing

We love being wedding photographers at The Aerie at Eagle Landing.  This wedding venue has it all: from intimate rooms, to wide open golf courses, and it allows us as wedding photographers to capture so many different beautiful moments and moods at the wedding.  AmyLynn was full of laughter, until just before she walked down the aisle: And then the smiles came out again!

Wedding ceremony photos at Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing

These groomsmen loved their whiskey flasks!

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Portraits of the bride and groom in the golden hour before sunset…so warm and lovely.

Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing

A little peek-a-boo from a bridesmaid made us all smile! Bride and groom laughing on golf course at Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing bride and groom at Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing wedding photo A Bentley at The Aerie Wedding

Photos of the bride and groom outside of The Aerie with a classic car are so fun.  Darren & AmyLynn’s wedding party looked great around the Bentley!

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AmyLynn had so many Pinterest-worthy props at her wedding.  We loved photographing them.  This one was especially lovely: the silver I-Do fork set. Bride and groom with Rolls Royce at Bride and junior bridesmaids wedding photos at The Aerie at Eagle Landing wedding photos

The Aerie at Eagle Landing Wedding Photographers

Are you looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding at The Aerie at Eagle Landing?  We love photographing weddings there.  Contact us today to tell us all about your wedding; as award-winning wedding photographers, we’d love to tell your love story!

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We love wedding photography at Postlewait’s Country Weddings, precisely because of moments like this!

We love photographing at the beautiful Postlewait’s Country Weddings! 

Jennifer had a wonderful time as the wedding photographer at Jason & Kristina’s wedding!  It was a beautiful Spring day at Postlewait’s Country Weddings in Canby, Oregon.  As you can see, Kristina really got a kick out of wearing her cowboy boots at her wedding…. 

The bride and groom had a wonderful sense of humor, and we were cracking up the whole day.

Read on to hear more about her epic cake smash, and more!

A kiss at the end of the wedding day at Postlewait

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The bride at Postlewait Bridal party at Poslewait

We love the little Saloon at Postlewait’s; it’s just made for wedding photographers!

Wedding ceremony photo at Postlewaits Country Weddings

We are Postlewaits Country Wedding Photographers.

The wedding ceremony beneath the trees at Postlewaits Country Weddings.

Laughter at Postlewaits Country Weddings

Have you ever seen Rock, Paper, Scissors at a wedding? Well, now you have.

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The kiss at Postlewaits Country Wedding Photographers! First dance in Postlewait

First dance in Postlewait’s Country Weddings’ barn.

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The barn at Postlewaits Country Weddings is a lovely, rustic venue for a wedding reception.

Kristina’s Big Fabulous Greek Family came together to cater the event themselves, and the food was amazing!

Toasts at Postlewait

Everybody loved the toasts at this wedding!

A toast at Postlewait The cake at Postlewait

Kristina and Jason’s wedding cake cutting was impressive!

Their cake smash was epic. Kristina played it cool to start, but then she went in with a complete stiff arm and managed to shove cake straight up Jason’s nose. But that wasn’t even the best part; before Jason could get revenge, Kristina grabbed his wrist and inhaled the piece of cake that he was holding, effectively disarming him.

Now that is a cake smash!

A kiss at sunset finishes off the wedding day nicely!

Are you looking for a Postlewait’s wedding photographer?  You’ve found us!  We love wedding photography at Postlewait’s Country WeddingsContact us today to talk about your wedding photography!

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