I’m preparing at the moment for an upcoming trip to Thailand and Cambodia. I’ll be shooting photo and video for several organizations that work to end child sex slavery and human trafficking both locally and abroad.

One of these organizations, Transitions Global (also known as Transitions Cambodia), is in the Willamette Week paper this week. (The photo of James Pond is mine.) You can read the article online here. If you think child sex slavery/prostitution doesn’t happen here in Portland, visit this video from today, on KGW. It includes an interview with James. I’ll be working with Transitions, here and in Cambodia, to tell the story of the girls they’re working to rescue.

I’ve also been working with Love146. (An image on their home page is mine.) Our church supports this excellent organization, and I’ll be photographing some assignments for them while in Asia. They do great work.

My travel partner on this trip will be Seth Johnson, of For Their Rescue. Seth is a big-hearted, passionate guy, and it’s been a real pleasure to plan this trip together. We’ll be working on a documentary video for his new organization, as well as images for his presentations on the subject.

Keep your eye out for future posts and updates. And if you’re not familiar with the issues of human trafficking and child sex slavery, please do check out all of these links. This happens not just in foreign countries, but in your own neighborhood. There are approximately 27 million people in slavery in the world at the moment, and the sale of human lives is one of the top 3 grossing industries in the world (up there, I believe, with the drug trade and weapons sales). You can play a very real part in ending this terrible holocaust.

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  • November 13, 2008 - 11:51 am

    EBMurphy - Fritz, thank you so much for this post, and please continue to keep us posted on your upcoming trip. I will definitely be checking out all of the links you provided. I follow the issues surrounding child sex trafficking closely at my blog, http://seasonoflight.blogspot.com. I’d love to hear more about your experiences and keep my readers informed, as well. Thanks again for everything you’re doing.

A couple of classic shots from a studio shoot this week. The photo session was even more interesting when I learned that the model, Lydia, is married to a Moroccan. Since we’ve both been there recently, we talked about Morocco as we worked, and about the 5 or 6 languages she speaks, and the 5 or 6 jobs she holds.

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The Lea family has a pretty cool house in cozy Multnomah Village. When they invited me over to create some fun family and individual portraits, I didn’t know that they also had…chickens! After some tea and conversation, we got right down to business, including down on the play room floor. Later, out at the chicken pen, their little boys were showing us the chickens. As Harper held the chickens up, a couple of them started flapping their wings like crazy and fussing. “It’s a chicken debacle!” he cried. I was impressed. That is an eight year old with a vocabulary.

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For whatever reason, Fall seems to be the season people want professional portraits here in Portland. I’ve had a lot of fun working with individuals, high school seniors, families, and business and magazine clients to create some cool portraits. Here are some recent samples:

And a little self-portrait, while I’m at it:

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It’s always a little dicey scheduling an outdoor wedding at the end of September here in Oregon. But Stephanie and Scott got lucky, with perfect weather. A perfect day for photography. Lots of kids. And at Youngberg Hill Vineyards, where their wedding took place, the grapes were purple and ripe. We each tried one.

This guy sure had fun playing with the kids. Or rather, the kids sure had fun taking him down. What a good sport.

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

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Last year I had some images published in the photography text Focus on Photography, by Herman Joyner and Kathleen Monaghan. It’s a beautiful book, well thought out and laid out.

Today I received the following email from a teacher in Omaha:

Hello Fritz Liedtke,

I am an art teacher and this is my first year teaching digital photography. We have the Focus on Photography book and I looked up your personal web site and was blown away. The color in your images is incredible and the subject matters are deep and respectful of your subjects. The compositions are powerful and I will guide my students to your site. Thank You for having your images out for us to view and I wish you lots of luck selling your images!

Jennie Wilson
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  • October 8, 2008 - 5:30 pm

    elsie - I agree with Jennie

Actors and models always need headshots in order to apply for theater or advertising or modeling gigs. So when a model or actress calls me and asks for headshots, I always ask: what kind do you want? Do you just want photographs of your head (which are important and useful), or do you want portraits? I usually aim for the latter, since portraits are much more personal and expressive, not to mention a lot more fun to photograph.

So when Molly McNeal called me the other day, asking for headshots, I asked her the same question. She liked what she’d seen of my portraits online, so we scheduled a portrait session at Portland’s Rhododendron Gardens, and, after sorting through her extensive wardrobe, went to work.

Molly’s friend Amelia joined us, dogsitting Kharma, and assisting us. So we got some photos of her in as well.

I think you can see the actress in her in the portraits….

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Back in July I posted some cool engagement portraits of Meaghan and Damon. Well, now they’re married.

I love to photograph at Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast. It’s a spectacular site, with a clear view of Mt Hood hovering over everything. Mike and Jackie, the owners, make everybody feel like part of the family. And the girls get ready in an old chicken coop. What more could you ask for in a wedding venue?

Meaghan’s awe-inspiring wedding dress is from Wai-Ching Clothing, out of Seattle. That girl’s got class. And some gorgeous wedding dress designs.

Damon’s very cool suit is custom tailored, from Duchess Clothier, in Portland. They do nice stuff.

And the cake was from Saint Cupcake! Yum!

Well, a beautiful end to a beautiful day of wedding photography at Mount Hood Bed and Breakfast. Thanks to Kami Aguilar of WedPortland for her great work as wedding coordinator!

See more of our award winning Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast wedding photography on www.fritzphoto.com.

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  • September 30, 2008 - 11:34 pm

    Chrissy Wai-Ching - Beautiful shots!
    Meaghan, you really rocked your Wai-Ching Dress!

  • September 30, 2008 - 11:59 pm

    FritzPhoto - Thanks, Chrissy. Awesome job on the dress. Send me more brides with your dresses! 🙂

  • May 29, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Lynn - I love her dress! It is beautiful! Could you have her email me about her dress? I have some questions for Meaghan! Thanks so much!

  • May 29, 2009 - 6:35 pm

    fritzphoto - Thanks, Lynn. I’ll let her know!

Bart Hafeman is a musician and DJ; we’ve known each other for several years, meeting and catching up at various events. I knew he lived in Scappoose, Oregon (Scappoose!), had a studio there, and a family.

He called me up last week, and asked if I’d do some family portraits for him, which I was glad to do. So I drove out to Scappoose (Scappoose!) today, and met his beautiful wife and four children (Zane, Zach, Zander, and Zoie), in their beautiful house.

The photos are fun and beautiful, but my favorites are of his 8 month old daughter Zoie:

And then there’s Zander, who became most animated when he changed into his Superman Tshirt, and showed us how strong he was:

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  • September 16, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    Patty - Fun pictures of the kids. I love the tree house! 😉 Always a great job Fritz!

Who knew that when I photographed Drew Carney and Mia Stevens’ wedding in 2006, that 2 summers later they’d have a pair of adorable twin boys? What a handful! And what a delightful family. Here are a few images from our portrait session.

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…Or else somebody else will have to do it for you.

That’s just what happened at Erica Grossman and Dennis Kurtz’s wedding. She didn’t floss. So I gave them some thread from my emergency sewing kit, and Dennis went to work. Right there in the vineyard. It was, to say the least, hilarious.

But it certainly fit in with the fun/crazy atmosphere of their wedding. We had a lot of fun photographing them and their family and friends. The wedding was held at Garden Vineyards in Helvetia. Let me just say, Garden Vineyards is a lot more awe-inspiring than their website lets on. For only being half an hour from the heart of Portland, it’s a fantastically beautiful, classy site for a wedding, and a wonderful place for wedding photography.

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  • September 15, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Anonymous - Fritz,
    I just looked at all 536 pictures…They are amazing…however am I going to choose! Will those pics always be available to view? Anyway…Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job of capturing the insanity of our wedding! We’ll talk to you soon.

    Erica and Dennis

  • September 23, 2008 - 6:45 pm

    Evrim Icoz Photography - Cool first photo my friend.

    Congratulations on your new website, it looks great!

  • December 13, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    A Little Help From My Friends | My Portland Photographer - […] We all need a little help from our friends, especially when it comes to keeping our teeth clean for wedding photographs.  (You can see another hilarious photo of a groom flossing his bride’s teeth on our blog.) […]

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new website, www.fritzphotographic.com.

I’ve photographed assignments for magazines and corporate clients for years, and enjoy it. I’ve been able to work for many interesting clients, including:

  • Northwest Natural Gas
  • Union Bank of California
  • Northwest Educational Loan Association
  • Asics
  • Adidas
  • Avamere Healthcare
  • New Seasons Markets
  • Schoolhouse Supplies
  • Tiffany’s
  • Response Magazine
  • ETC Magazine
  • American Bar Association Journal
  • George Fox Journal
  • Main Ingredient Magazine
  • Qualfied Remodeler Magazine
  • Photographer’s Forum Magazine
  • Symphony Publishing / Symphony, Band and Orchestra Magazine
  • Portland Bride and Groom Magazine
  • Here Comes the Bride
  • The Bridal Loft
  • Tamron/Bronica
  • CoMotion Venture Capital
  • 19th Bombardment Association
  • Pacific Nortwest College of Art
  • Heavywood Records
  • MJC Records
  • Rescue Records
  • Paul Clark Design
  • Open Arms International
  • GEM
  • OM Artslink
  • Murphy Model Management

I’ve also done travel photography all over the world, photographed for advertising clients, and covered many many documentary stories. The trouble was: I didn’t have a great place to showcase this side of my work. So I’ve created a new website specifically for my editorial, travel, and documentary photography. There’s photographic work from Europe, Africa, the US, Mexico, India, the Middle East, and much more.

It’s live online! Take a look! Let me know what you think!

I’ll be adding new content regularly, including slideshows from particular assignments (upcoming: a delightful portrait series on Middle School Superheroes, and a documentary piece on a First Communion Parade in Algeciras, Spain). So take a look, forward it to your friends and magazine editors, let me know what you think.

You might also note the new logo. My good friend Jacie Kirkenan, of Pink Rabbit Design, created it, and I’m pleased as punch. She dies great work.

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  • September 10, 2008 - 11:33 pm

    Patty - Love the new website Fritz! Beautiful pictures as always!!

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