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.’

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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.

One of the things I routinely advertise when talking about my wedding and documentary/photojournalistic photography is that I ‘capture the little moments’ that make the day special, and that I capture memories that people will cherish. I received an email from a recent groom, Scott, sharing with me about one of the more special ‘moments’ I’ve had the privilege of capturing.

You’ll probably recall Leigh’s grandmother, Heijin (“Mommom”), from the wedding (you took several amazing shots of her). She actually passed away last Saturday, and Leigh is now back East for the services. I also mention this because you captured such an amazing photo of her – the one where Leigh is holding the side of her grandma’s face with her left hand – which now has incredible meaning to it. Leigh’s grandfather, and Heijin’s husband, passed away just three months ago as well. It’s clear that Heijin was clearly hanging on until the wedding, and then was ready to pass on and be with her husband, as so often happen when a spouse dies later in life. This is captured amazingly in that one photo you took – it’s as if her face is full of both extreme joy for being there for her granddaughter on such a happy day, as well as extreme sadness, knowing that this was probably the last time that she would be with Leigh and several members of the family on such a joyous occasion. It’s really incredible how a picture is worth a thousand words – and in this case, it’s more like a lifetime’s worth. Thank you for capturing that moment.

Stories like this make my work that much more meaningful. Having just lost a dear, dear friend to cancer yesterday, I know how precious such memories of the last moments you spent together can be, as you struggle to come to terms with the enduring ache of loss.

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  • July 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Patty - What beautiful pictures and amazing way for this gal to cherish her grandmother.

  • August 13, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Susan Trumble - Fritz –

    I’m Leigh’s mom – thank you so much for this. As Heijin’s former daughter-in law this has much meaning for me in many ways. Even though I hadn’t seen her for many years, I remained so fond of her – she was a wonderful woman and mother-in-law.

    Again, my heartfelt thanks!

    Susan Trumble

I’m not really sure where to start in talking about Meaghan and Damon. So I’ll start with a partial list:

Meaghan is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist, rock climber/surfer/dancer/athlete, Gyrotonics instructor. Damon is a banker who is going to ride from Welches, over Mt Hood via Timberline, to Hood River next weekend. They both work out at an exclusive gym here in Portland in which you have to pass a two week boot camp just to see if they’ll let you join. I’m barely scratching the surface here. They’re a pretty cool couple.

And they photograph well. We headed to Cathedral Park for a location engagement portrait session. Here are a few favorites.

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  • July 21, 2008 - 11:54 pm

    Anonymous - Fritz!!
    Wow 😉 you are so talented! We are and our moms are, so incredibly excited!! On all accounts, the photos are awesome and the potential for the wedding photos is really a pleasure to look forward to.
    You completely get us! And we are all so thankful!!!

  • July 21, 2008 - 11:55 pm

    Anonymous - They are amazing…WOW! I cant stop thinking about them. There are too many to comment on but I personally love the individual shots you took of Meaghan.

    Can only imagine the wedding shoot!

  • July 28, 2008 - 9:44 pm

    Dede Zimmermann - Hi Fritz,

    I work with Damon's Mom Marie who shared the slide show with me. AMAZING work! Those shots are fantastic and I especially like the b&w one of them under the bridge with the ship in the back.


The other day I had a photo shoot on the beach here in Portland. After completing the work I was there to do, I shot a few more images, just for fun. Play is often the best way to learn and grow as an artist. Sometimes I create portraits just to have some new images to play with, to try things on in post-processing. It’s like a painter making sketches, toying with ideas and colors and lines. You refine your ideas, you test your pallette, you learn some things. And sometimes they’re good.

Here are a few that I have been playing with. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which ones to show, so I thought I’d show a bunch.

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