I’ve always thought that pregnancy or maternity photographs all looked the same: a little gauze wrapped around a figure, a serene pose, hands on the belly. As a result, I’ve never been that interested in photographing a pregnant woman, until Cierra contacted me. She described her fun-loving relationship with Maurice, and her interest in motorcycles and belly dancing. I couldn’t resist. We spent a couple hours working with them on some interesting images, and I’m pleased to say, we never once wrapped her in gauzy fabric.

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  • September 8, 2008 - 3:36 pm

    M - Fritz, the pics are absolutely amazing.

    Thank you!


Dana Bethune is a violinist, among other things, playing in a variety of bands and orchestras. We had a fun photography session in Washington Park, enjoying the summer evening sun. Here are a few favorites.

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  • September 30, 2008 - 7:32 am

    meg - wow, all excellent. i particularly like the second one.

This month’s installment of Faces and Fashion on Alberta, coming to you live from the evening of the Democratic Convention. A few TVs on the street and lots of people crowding into bars during Obama’s speech. Which is why this first image is so appropriate:

And this one also, of Christophe. “I felt like exercizing my freedom of expression tonight.”

That’s just creepy.

Lauren Portinga and Brent told me they thought people could use some hugs, because “people aren’t as friendly here as they are in some places.” They took their inspiration from the Free Hugs Campaign. (Take the time to watch the sweet–and frequently hilarious–Free Hugs Campaign video on YouTube. It’s actually quite moving.) You’ll notice a couple other Free Huggers in an image at this post from London’s Hyde Park in the spring.

Here’s Bianca, owner of the very popular Bink’s, carding folks at the front door.

This was the first evening ever that the Alberta Street Last Thursday had the streets officially closed to traffic. The whole event was ‘staffed’ with volunteers explaining things to people, including this gentleman.

Kelsey Robertson is an artist. She had some paintings out for sale, her first time doing so on Alberta. She seemed pretty content to sit in the car and draw.

Tito and Emma were tied together at the foot, just because they felt like it.

If you stroll the street regularly on Last Thursday, you’ll recognize Rabbit’s mini bus parked there, usually used as a stage for hula hoopers. She actually lives in the bus, which is rather intriguing.

The tall bikes were out as usual. I liked this guys riding outfit.

Musician Adam Hurst is a great and popular addition to the mile of music on Alberta. I’ve heard him play in several venues. Check out his website at www.adamhurststudio.com. He does beautiful work.

Darcy Lee is an artist and substitute art teacher. She showed me a bunch of fun line drawings she does while substitute teaching, of her students. Lovely, flowy lines and shapes. (You can see more of her work at http://www.myspace.com/darcyleeart.)

Last but not least, there’s McKenzie Wharton, the rather animated human mannequin. “My sister’s selling stuff. I’m just doing entertainment.” And entertaining she was. “Press my nose!”

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  • August 29, 2008 - 6:38 pm

    Etoile - Hi

    lovely blog! and nice pics!!

    I really aprecciate arts and fashion, I must say I liked your work..
    I have a fashion blog…so if you want to take a look…you are welcome

    by the way…how can I add the e-mail sign up application?
    I just can't find it… is it on gadgets?? and how can I search for it..and add it..

    please help me!!

    thanks a lot!!

    <3 🙂

It was a beautiful weekend for a wedding at Youngberg Hill Vineyard, outside of McMinnville, Oregon. Sara and Jesse and their families have been planning this for some time, and we had a blast together. They and their friends put on one of the best wedding dance parties in recent memory, and we had a great time photographing them.

A number of wedding cakes that we have photographed outdoors (in Oregon…) have had their frosting melt and slough off. Unfortunately, it happened at this wedding, to the lower layer of the cake. It turned out to be humorous, for those who looked closely, as the plastic-shrouded newspaper classifieds that showed through were for rather interesting things. This was my favorite: an ad for ‘Anonymous Egg Donors Needed.’

View more Youngberg Hill Wedding Photography on our website! Are you looking for a Youngberg Hill Wedding Photographer?  Contact us today; we would love to be your wedding photographers!

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  • September 9, 2008 - 10:10 am

    Anonymous - Fritz!

    We love our photos and so does everyone else! Thanks for your wonderful work!

    Talk to you soon.

  • August 12, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    ISPWP Photography Contest Winner! » Fritz Photography - […] image is from Jessie and Sara’s wedding photographs at Youngberg Hill Vineyard, outside of McMinnville, Oregon.  You can view their wedding album […]


My friend Don likes to make things, including medieval armor. When he was part of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms), he made a full set of armor, and some weapons, by hand. That’s a lot of little blows with a ball peen hammer.

The helmet in the photo belongs to one of his sets of armor. He would have modeled the full suit for me, except that, as he put it, “I made this armor 30 pounds ago….”

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Well, Saturday was hot. It was a scorcher. (But not torture…) The funny thing is that you can rarely tell how hot it is from looking at a photograph. Unless you consider the Ziploc baggy of ice that Scott is holding to his head.

I love to photograph weddings at Youngberg Hill Vineyards outside of McMinnville, Oregon. It’s Oregon’s beautiful Wine Country, Yamhill County.

We got to photograph something we rarely see at weddings these days: the old-fashioned cake smear. Pam and Scott did it with style and gusto.

I just received this note from Pam:

“Fritz, thank you a million times for the beautiful wedding photos. They turned out better than we could ever imagine! We had a great time working with you and sharing our special day. I don’t think you realize how easy you make it for the people you are photographing to be themselves. You have an amazing gift and we are so happy to have found you. You did an amazing job and we can’t thank you enough. We look forward to seeing the book and you will definitely be seeing us in the future.”


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I love summer. It’s my favorite time of year. Not only for the warmth, but especially for the light.

So it’s always a delight to have a summer evening fashion photography shoot here in Portland. My model Anna and I have worked together before, and she’s a lot of fun to photograph. After hair and makeup by AJ of AJ’s Hair and Makeup, we headed up to the top of Rocky Butte with my assistant Mary Fox, and had a good time working as the light faded in the sky. Beautiful.

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I’ve just updated the web gallery of my series on eating disorders, to include new images and stories from the past few months. They include a pregnant woman, a girl in London, a pink rock, and more. Check them out when you have time.

I also recently completed my first portfolio for this series, for museums and private collectors. It consists of 14 16×20 images, with their stories printed separately on translucent vellum. It also includes an introduction by myself, and a moving essay by accomplished author Gina Ochsner. All of this is assembled in a custom archival box with leather embossed title on the front. It’s really quite stunning, if I may say so. This is a limited edition portfolio; please contact me for purchase information.

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  • August 2, 2008 - 12:37 am

    anj - It has been awhile since I have been to your photo blog, and just today I hopped online and came across your new and beautiful photos. While your adventures in Europe make me yearn for my passport, seeing this post reminded me how incredibly proud I am to have worked with you on this project. Your work is a wonderful, and hopefully honest, guide.

  • August 21, 2008 - 10:19 am

    Emily - incredible!

A couple of photographer buddies, Steve and Evrim and I, went out street shooting on Alberta’s Last Thursday. Here are a few images.

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  • August 4, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    Evrim Icoz - Nice photos. Very fun to shoot with you and Steve. It was great to look at the same event and shoot it in our perspectives.

    I will post my version of the spider photo as well 🙂

    Congrats on your limited art portfolio as well.

A few more images from Young Life’s Wildhorse Canyon. These kids have so much fun. Young Life knows how to do camp. I spent every summer at week-long camps from probably fifth grade through high school (as did my wife), and they are some of my best memories. Kids here often say it’s the best week of their lives. Many come on scholarships from broken families and troubled backgrounds. It’s pretty sweet to see them have such a blast, be loved on, encouraged. You can see them standing straighter and smiling more by the end of the week.

I had a videographer friend visit me here yesterday, and we spent the day playing pingpong and pool, rock climbing, and blobbing. It was a blast, and I am sore to prove it.

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  • July 31, 2008 - 5:38 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Fritz —

    Absolutely loved these shots of the kids at camp! You really captured the personalities and moods of adolescents. Bravo!

I’m spending a few days at Young Life’s Wildhorse Canyon, in central Oregon. It’s amazing. It’s so amazing that I’d either have to write a very long post, or keep it short and sweet.  So I’ll just say: It’s amazing. Awe inspiring.  Beautiful.
Here’s a portrait of my dad. Who can still beat me at ping pong.  Dang.
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  • July 29, 2008 - 5:43 pm

    bethany - These are great. I love the shot of Dad, we don’t have any like that of him; reminds me of the shots you took of Grandpa.

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