One thing I enjoy about photographing high school senior portraits is the variety. Every student is different, and I aim to create portraits that are unique to them. We chat quite a bit while photographing, and I’m always looking for particular qualities in the senior that I can portray in my images.

Jake, I discovered, loves photography, especially alternative forms of photography such as the Holga and cross-processing. So in addition to a lot of clean and pretty portraits, I also created quite a few that were a little more edgy. And we included his limited edition, red and white White Stripes JACK Holga in a few as well.

As a true Portlander, Jake’s also into single speed bikes, and has a pretty sweet LeMond…

And since he loves the city, we decided to shoot in the Pearl District. Art, urban, bikes. It all fit in the Pearl, and we both like the images quite well.

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  • April 18, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Johnpaul - Love the photo’s Fritz. You have an amazing talent for taken the ordinary and making it unique.

Over the years, I’ve worked with AJ’s Hair Design and Makeup many times. She’s done hair and makeup on everything from brides and wedding parties, to high school senior portraits, model portfolio shoots, and commercial photography shoots. She does a great job, and she and her team are a lot of fun to have around. You can visit them online at

Yesterday we did a little test shoot with a model named Carissa. She has gorgeous long hair, which AJ put up into these lovely little 1940’s-esque curls. Add the trench coat, and we had ourselves a little Vogue cover shoot, right here in Portland’s Alberta Arts District.

Speaking of model photography, we just went through and did an edit to all the images on our website. If you haven’t browsed in a while, feel free to do so! There’s a lot to see. In fact, the hardest part of putting together a photography website is selecting images from the thousands upon thousands in our photo library.

And as usual, we always welcome your referrals, comments, and feedback!

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A very enjoyable photo shoot on Saturday with a lovely young lady named Laia. Shooting modeling test shoots for portfolios is a real delight. We photographed on the east side of the Willamette here in Portland in a variety of locations. I think the photos speak for themselves.

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I love to design wedding albums. With a history in graphic design, fine art, and photography, the album is a culmination of over a year’s work in telling someone’s wedding story. So for Sara and Jesse’s wedding, I wanted to show both the beautiful venue, and the fun the wedding party and family have together.

Incorporating colorful image backgrounds behind the unfolding wedding story, and published in one of our stunning Fine Art Coffee Table Books, Sara and Jesse now have an heirloom their children and grandchildren will enjoying for decades to come.

Their storybook was just featured on the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers’ Real Weddings series. You can view their wedding storybook here.

You can also see their wedding story on my photography website. Crazy dancing! Beautiful location (Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn in Yamhill County, Oregon)! Beautiful bride and handsome groom!

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  • March 16, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Christina - I love mine and Aaron’s wedding reception book. I constantly flip through our copy and my moms. I love reliving the day. That was the most important item for me to have from that day and I still think it’s the best thing we purchased. Your sister did such a great job with the photos and you with editing and the book. Thank you once again.

Well, it’s been quite the month for awards and interviews.

Kamela Cody writes an interesting blog about fashion, art, style, design, etc, called Modern Girl Style. She recently approached me, after seeing my photography online, and asked if she could interview me for her site. I was happy to oblige.

In this interview, I share stories about how I started in photography, talk about collaborating with stylists and models and art directors for lifestyle photo shoots, and talk about some fun weddings I’ve photographed. I also introduce some of my personal documentary projects, such as the series on eating disorders and adolescence. You can read the interview here, on the Modern Girl Style blog!

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  • March 2, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Randy - Great article Fritz! It’s nice to read an article by someone I know and respect. As much as I feel I know someone, I’m continually amazed at how much I don’t know about them until I read an article like this.


As you may know, I teach occasional photography and art workshops at Pacific Northwest College of Art. This past week, PNCA just published a brief interview with me, as I talk about teaching Photography and Art. I talk a little about artists and photographers who influence my work, the way I like to teach, and more. Enjoy.

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2009 Bride

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that Fritz Photography has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Portland, Oregon Wedding Photography!

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means Fritz Photography is one of the very best Wedding Photographers in the Portland, Oregon area!

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

“We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.”

I would like to thank our past wedding photography clients for speaking on our behalf and helping us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award! If you are a past wedding client of FritzPhoto, and would like to leave us a review, please do so here at WeddingWire.

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  • February 15, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Linda Shapiro - You’re on a roll, my friend! This recognition is well-deserved and overdue…a fitting response to your unique, artful personal vision and your ability to put it to service creating memorable and delightful images for your clients.

  • February 17, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    amy prutch - Wow! It’s been a banner week for you Fritz! Congratulations and so well deserved!

  • February 19, 2009 - 3:48 am

    Oleksandr Photography - Congratulations!

  • February 20, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Oleksandr Photography - Congratulations!

  • February 21, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Kate - Right On, Fritz!!!! Congratulations – I’m so happy you’ve received this amazing recognition! Keep up the stellar work!

  • February 21, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Kate - Congratulations, Fritz! So glad you received this very well deserved recognition – way to go! Keep up the awesome work!

Would you like to hear the story about how I saved a girl’s life at a wedding? Or about my addiction? Or about my trip around the US in a turquoise Datsun B210 with my dad? Or about the fire-breathing bride and her Cheez Whiz? I tell all these stories, and give a lot of good advice about how to hire a great wedding photographer, in a new interview.

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers just published an interview with me on their blog. Check it out! There are a lot of great stories, good information about wedding photography, and beautiful photographs. You’ll get to know me and my passion for photography a little better, and there are lots of links to other photographs and stories you can view online.


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Models Cambria and Chantael, of Ft Myers, Florida, did some modeling work with me while I was photographing there. We were aiming for a lifestyle look to the photographs: that warm, light, natural light look that I enjoy creating. Reminds me of a J Jill catalog.

I’m regularly posting new images in my website, of model portfolio photography in Portland, Oregon. They also make it into my travel and editorial photography website. Take a look!

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:47 am

    kealanisurf - The pictures turned out great, I am very pleased with them. You have a great eye for everything from locations and lighting to outfits and hair. I’d love to work with you again, hopefully sometime in the near future. Enjoy the rest of your travels and come back and visit soon! 🙂

I spent the last week in Florida, photographing alligators and models. Never together, mind you. Which is a disappointment.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting time. The light on the beach was fantastic. And the resulting photographs have a wonderful glow.

Working with a model that can handle strange weather patterns, flying sand, high winds, and a bit of a chill, and still keep her cool and look great, sure makes my job a lot easier. Shannon did a great job on all fronts, and we’re all pleased with the results.

One other interesting note: Neither Shannon nor I are based in Florida; we converged from very different places for this shoot. She’s from frigid Toronto, Canada, while my photography business is based in Portland, Oregon. So we made a neat little triangle, coming from 2 different countries, to merge for a job in sunny Florida.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:04 am

    Randy - Florida!? Wow, you certainly have been logging in the miles this year.

    Shooting in the sun has a different feel to it than the grey, lackluster NW, huh? 🙂

    I like the first image a lot, it reminds me of a Cheryl Crow album cover. Nice, sunny, summer feel to the image.

    Good job Fritz!

  • February 11, 2009 - 10:49 am

    FritzPhoto - I can totally see the Cheryl Crow reference, Randy. Good point.

    I love shooting in the sun–and not just in the sun, but INTO the sun. I’m a sucker for lens flare.


I was privileged recently to be accepted into the exclusive International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. As the ISPWP describes itself: “The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is a rarity among online wedding photography directories. We’re small. We’re exclusive. We’re picky. We are a worldwide group of top professional wedding photographers who have the experience, talent, and reputation to deliver outstanding wedding photography to our clients.”

The ISPWP has quarterly contests for its members, and I just received noticed that the entry I submitted placed in the top 10 of my category, Movement and Motion. The image is from a wedding I photographed this past summer at Youngberg Hill Vineyard, in Yamhill County, Oregon. (This wedding’s photographs are also featured on my new photography website.) These folks could dance!

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Oregon Bride Magazine is currently accepting votes for the Best Wedding Vendors 2009. Anyone can vote! I’d be honored if you’d take a moment to vote for Fritz Photography. The winners will be featured in their next issue, and I’d love to be one of them.

You can go here to vote!

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