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My beautiful sister Aria allowed me to photograph her a few months back during a chilly January day.  She also allowed me to dress her in silly clothing and pin feathers in her hair, toss around giant balloons and run to and fro until my many whims were satisfied... (She has no idea how much I appreciate days like this... how having a model frees me in so many ways but especially creatively and how much I've grown to detest myself as a subject in my photography).  So thank you, dear sister.  And congratulations are in order because this pretty lady is also very talented and has just become an official yogi at Core Power Yoga in Santa Barbara.  You can find her on their schedule here.  Those of you lucky enough to live down in the area should definitely check out one of her classes.  She is an excellent instructor!  <3

Conceptual portrait by Ripe Photography in Oregon countryside.
Conceptual portrait by Ripe Photography in Portland, Oregon.
Conceptual portrait by Ripe Photography outside Portland, Oregon.

Stephanie {& Maybe}

I had so much fun photographing this beautiful teen and her horse!  Meet Stephanie and Maybe (the giant black beauty)!  Stephanie is a high school senior at West Linn.  She's not only beautiful and sweet but this clever young woman volunteers at the zoo (awesome!), works part time, studies hard and still has time for friends and family.  Oh and did I forget, she likes to ride horses.  ;)  Thanks for a fun session Stephanie.  Looking forward to round two!

Portrait of teen girl and her horse in West Linn, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl and horse by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen and horse near barn by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl and horse in field by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl on vintage chair in field by Ripe Photography.
Close up portrait of teen girl by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl on vintage chair in field by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl near rustic fence by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl on near fence by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teen girl on vintage chair in field of horses by Ripe Photography.

Rina + Jeff {Engaged}

This cute east coast couple have recently began calling Portland 'home'.  With roots in New York, their big day will be held where it all began for them but they wanted to incorporate their new home into their wedding memories in a small way.  With this fresh start in rain country, Rina and Jeff are excited to explore all of the great and odd things that make Portland and the Pacific Northwest so special to all of us who live here.  We welcome them to our city!

 

Portrait of couple under the St. John's Bridge in Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple dancing under the St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple in Cathedral Park under the St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple under the St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple in Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple on the Burnside Bridge at sunset in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.

A Common Bond

It's always an honor when a close friend asks me to photograph their family, wedding or engagement.  I always feel a bit of pressure in attempting to capture real smiles and attitude so hopefully I succeeded!  I love this family!  Each one of them is special and wonderful in their own way.  We bond over all things un-American as they hail from Germany. We love you guys! x

Fall portrait of family on Oregon City Bridge overlooking Willamette Falls by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of teenager with suitcase by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of family in Oregon City by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of young girl near the Oregon City Bridge by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of young boy doing karate on Oregon City Bridge by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of family on Oregon City Bridge by Ripe Photography.

< Laurel >

Laurel is not only smart, beautiful and well traveled but she's also talented!  This young woman has a beautiful voice and her upcoming classical cd will feature some of the photographs from this early spring session.  Wishing you the best of luck with your future Laurel!

Conceptual portrait of woman in park in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of woman near cherry tree in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.

Josh + Bree = <3

You can tell that my baby-brain has been controlling me for the better part of the year otherwise there is No Way I would've forgotten to share some photos from this couples engagement session.  Shot last November on a misty fall day close to home.  Bree and Josh are like the couples you read about in books or watch on the big screen.  They fell in love young and their love has endured.  I know you have a long and beautiful future together. ;)

Conceptual portrait of couple in field in Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple on Oregon City bridge by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple on wooden wall background by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple on train tracks by Ripe Photography.

Adam + Anya {Engaged}

These two have been together for a long time.  Their romance blossomed in college, survived law school, the summers in San Francisco and even a stint on the show Total Wipeout.  This fall they are finally making it official at a destination wedding in Croatia!  We are truly happy for them and wish them all the best in life and love. 

Portrait of couple in Portland, Oregon by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of couple in park by Ripe Photography.
Portrait of engaged couple in park by Ripe Photography.

From Austin with Love...

I had the pleasure of photographing my lovely friend and her awesome family the other day.  With three young girls, life is never dull for Mindy and Nathan.  Avery, Emerson and Irene had us giggling and playing through most of this session with some bubble blowing and lively, little girl dancing and posing thrown in for good measure.  We'll be sad to see them leave our rainy west coast but warmer climates beckon...  Good luck my friends, we'll miss you!