Jessica & Drew - July 26, 2013

The bride and groom steal a kiss before the reception gets into full swing.

Jessica and Drew were kind enough to invite me to photograph their wedding, my first! These two were sealed in the Portland Temple on a beautiful sunny July day. I enlisted the help of my friend, Adrienne, as a second shooter and we had a great time photographing this beautiful couple and their family.

I was nervous tackling my first wedding. As one of the most important events of this young couple's lives I knew how important it was to get the shots they wanted. I knew I would have a tough time getting the candid shots that I live for since I'd be tied up arranging and shooting group shots. Luckily, my second shooter did a fantastic job of capturing those special moments that I would have missed. Another benefit of inviting a second shooter: borrowing a sweet wide angle lens! I would not have been able to shoot the large groups on the shady side of the temple without her Tokina 11-16/2.8.

I also rented a huge Nikon 70-200/2.8 VRII for the weekend. I'll admit, that it was well worth the $30 it cost me to adopt my new friend for the weekend.  My appreciation for good glass really increased in a dangerously expensive way...  I mostly shot with the wide lens at the temple. But as evening arrived I pulled out the big lens for the reception in Happy Valley. Wow, that 2.8 aperture with the big glass front just sucked in the light! I loved being able to shoot until it was nearly dark without my flash. Once it was time to cut the cake I had my lovely assistants follow me around the reception with my off-camera flash for some great candid shots of the guests.

So, my first wedding job turned out better than I expected! Check out my favorite shots and judge for yourself. And, if you're getting married in the Portland area and you like my style, contact me for pricing and availability! 


Rocking the Tokina 11-16/2.8 without a lens hood.

While I was staging the bridesmaids for a group shot my second shooter was jumping the groomsmen. A wide lens meant I could capture both at once.

Classic brothers of the groom.

A father's job is never done.


One of my favorites

And, they're off!

And, one last hug from dad before they hit the road. The potato dad had wedged into the getaway car tailpipe popped out with a loud bang before they even got out of the parking lot.