Wednesday, January 2

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2013! :)

This is my first day at my desk in over two weeks - and I'm happy and eager to be back! As much fun as it was to spend two full weeks away from the office, I missed my work, I missed the routine of "normal" life, and I'm feeling happy to be back and excited for the year ahead! 



I spent a lot of time over the holidays thinking about my priorities for the year ahead. Finding enough time for my own business, my beautiful family, and my wonderful collection of friends can make my schedule quite crazy! After a lot of thinking and talking with my husband over the past two weeks, I was able to sit down on New Year's Eve and wrote down a detailed list of my goals and priorities for the year.

Many of my goals ended up falling into a similar theme and I ended up having to clump them together into one simple goal:

SIMPLIFY MY ONLINE LIFE IN 2013

To that end, I have decided to cut Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest out of my life for (at least) a year. Even though these online avenues for creativity, friendship, and communication can be fun and fascinating, they can also be time consuming. In a life where I have little time to spare, I decided that I want to fill those extra hours in the week with more face-to-face interactions with family & friends, more reading, more art, and more time to quietly think.

For occasional updates, I plan to use this blog, but I won't be on here often.

So, if you're looking to catch up with me or meet me for the first time, please send me an email or call me so we can plan to get together over coffee sometime soon! You won't be seeing as much of me publicly talking about my life, but I'm still here and I'll look forward to hearing from you. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are feeling as excited about the new year as I am. :)

HAPPY 2013!
Warmly, Erin

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Friday, July 6

My Family, A Wedding

Gordon, my father-in-law, married his long-time girlfriend, Jodi, on Saturday -- and I couldn't be happier about the fact that they found each other and decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Not only am I gaining another mother-in-law, but my kids are gaining another grandma! I was truly honored to help officially welcome her into the family on their wedding day. Here are a few of my quick favorites from this happy and emotion-filled day. :)




















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the couple | Jodi & Gordon
wedding date | June 30, 2012
wedding ceremony & reception location | their home in SW Portland

Friday, June 29

An Old Friend

One thing is for certain, Nikki is a happy person...but I have never seen Nikki happier than I saw her on her wedding day last Sunday.

I have known Nikki since we were in grade school. We attended school together all the way through college. After college, however, we lost touch, we lived on opposite sides of the country, and our lives took different paths. Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected a couple of years ago, and when I heard she was engaged, I knew that I really wanted to be there as her photographer on her wedding day.

Being there to watch her celebrate with her family & friends was such a gift. Having the opportunity to share the day with her and her new husband, Tim, was such a blessing.


Nikki's brother, Jimmy, had the honor of walking Nikki down the aisle, and her uncle, Wilson, had the privilege of officiating their wedding ceremony. 




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the couple: Nikki & Tim
wedding date: June 24, 2012
wedding ceremony & reception location: McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, June 19

Emotional

Robin & Sam were married on Saturday under the beautiful arches of the St. John’s Bridge.

It was a beautiful day and the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony. When we started the day together, it was sunny, hot, and breezy. Fortunately, a light layer of clouds rolled in just before the ceremony began, giving us the perfect light.

Robin & Sam were both getting emotional as Robin read her vows to him. Heartfelt, personal words shared in front of family & friends can sometimes lead to the most emotional moments. Sometimes people stay away from those deeper emotions, afraid they they’ll cry, mess up their mascara, be unable to clearly say their vows. I have to say, though, that I love it when people open up fully. When they dare to say all the things they are feeling.

During Robin’s vows, Sam did one of the sweetest things I have ever seen during a wedding ceremony. He grabbed Robin’s hands, pulled them towards him, and pressed them firmly – yet sweetly – into his heart. It was as if he just couldn’t show her how much he loved her, but that she had to feel it with her own hands.

This image will never leave me.

Thank you, Robin & Sam for allowing me to share in your wedding day with you. You two are open and generous and it was a joy to see you celebrate with your family and friends.

I encourage you to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings

Please also check my calendar to see if I'm available for your 2013 wedding date! 

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the couple: Robin & Sam
wedding date: June 16, 2012
wedding ceremony location: Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, June 5

The Kiss


When you look at some wedding photos, you’d think that “the details” of the wedding are the most important. 

I disagree.

I don’t personally see enough wedding kisses when I look at other photographers’ work. When you look at all of the blogs and websites out there today, I think that the kiss sometimes gets lost in the sea of “detail shots” that everyone seems to be focusing on right now. Your first kiss as a married couple is an incredibly significant part of the day and, in my opinion, we should see more of them!

The couple, their families, their guests, and the love and excitement that surrounds a wedding day are the most important. If you love your partner and you’re excited about the wedding, that is what is most important to me. Don’t get me wrong, spending a little time and money on “the details” (flowers, cakes, place settings, candles, etc.) can add striking beauty to a wedding, but these things should be the backdrop and not the subject of your wedding photographs.

If the people at your wedding are most important to you, please make sure your photographer’s specialty is photographing people – and that their top priority will be documenting interactions between you, your partner, and your loved ones – including the kiss at the end of your wedding ceremony.

I promise that I will be spending 99 percent of my time photographing the people at your wedding, working hard to get all of the meaningful shots of you and your loves ones that you will treasure for years to come.

I encourage you to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings. 

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the couple: Erin & Andrew
wedding date: March 10, 2012
wedding ceremony location: Bell Tower Chapel, Boring, Oregon
Erin's hair & makeup: Nicole Wagner Makeup

Quiet, Together

This past weekend was my last weekend without a wedding until mid-September of this year. I stayed out of the office (and away from my iPhone as much as I could) and I focused on simply enjoying a quiet and, relatively, unstructured weekend with my kids and my husband. We went to our local Farmer’s Market, we worked in the yard, we sat on the deck and enjoyed the sun, we had a Saturday night out on the town, and we soaked up every bit of the quiet that was available to us before wedding season takes over next weekend. You might think that I will miss these quiet weekends at home – and part of me most definitely will – but I am also super excited about my 2012 summer wedding season making it’s official start next Saturday…and I am thrilled about all of the incredible couples I get to work with this year!

In this beautiful engagement photo of Chelsea & Joshua, I captured the simple, sweet interaction that I saw these two share repeatedly during our afternoon spent together. Chelsea & Joshua work opposite work schedules and don’t always have a day off on the same day of the week. The Sunday in April that we spent together for their engagement session was the first full day these two love birds had been able to spend together in about a month.

Looking forward to the summer ahead and looking at this photo makes me feel a deep appreciation for the love I have in my own life…and it makes me remember that I must always make a point of spending unstructured, quiet time with my loved ones.

I encourage you to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings.


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the couple: Chelsea & Joshua
wedding date: August 4, 2012
engagement session location: Troutdale, Oregon

Tuesday, May 29

Clean And Simple Engagement Photos

Sometimes, the best engagement photos are the simple ones. 

Two crisp and smiling faces, a simple backdrop, and beautiful, natural light. 

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the couple: Ashley & Jarod
wedding date: October 13, 2012
engagement session location: George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Tuesday, May 22

Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Katie & Patrick’s wedding fell on the same weekend in January as several of their loved one’s birthdays. I was impressed with how thoughtful Katie & Patrick were to honor each of these guests with their own candle-topped cupcakes after their cake cutting…and it was really great to see how special all of these honored guests felt when they realized that their own special days were being remembered.

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the couple: Katie & Patrick
wedding date: January 28, 2012

Tuesday, May 15

Dancing Silhouettes

This isn’t the end result that I envisioned when I first took this photo of Kassie & Troy’s first dance, but sometimes I just can’t predict where I’ll end up with a photograph until I sit down with it at the computer.

I didn’t like this shot as I captured it in camera, and I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to survive the cut for Kassie & Troy’s final collection of wedding photos. However, after a little tweaking of the contrast and a conversion to black & white, this first dance photograph was transformed into a beautiful, alternative view of this interaction between Kassie & Troy. 

Sometimes, you have to simplify a view in order to focus the viewer’s attention. In their perfectly-aligned silhouettes, their smiles and their comfort with each other are somehow better demonstrated than they were in the original photograph as I photographed it, even though all of the details are essentially stripped away. 

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the couple: Kassie & Troy
wedding date: April 28, 2012
wedding reception location: Abernethy Center Ballroom, Oregon City, Oregon

Tuesday, May 8

"It's Perfect!"

Kassie’s mom and sister were the one’s to zip Kassie into her wedding dress. When they saw how perfectly it fit her, they both seemed full with a mix of excitement and relief that everything was coming together so beautifully and they almost cheered with excitement: “It’s Perfect!” 

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the couple: Kassie & Troy
wedding date: April 28, 2012
wedding ceremony location: The Abernethy Chapel, Oregon City, Oregon

Tuesday, May 1

A Beautiful Chapel Wedding


Kassie & Troy were married on Saturday! Their ceremony was held at the beautiful new chapel at The Abernethy Center!

Not only was the day full of all of the beautiful details that make a wedding visually stunning, but (even better yet) it was filled to the brim with Kassie & Troy’s sweet love for each other.

When Kassie first contacted me in January, she started out her email to me with the subject line: “Do Our Wedding Please!” I was happy when I said yes in January and I am even happier today. Sharing in the celebration with Kassie, Troy, and their families on their wedding day was a big reminder of how much I love what I do. Thank you for having me, Kassie & Troy! The pleasure was all mine.

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the couple: Kassie & Troy
wedding date: April 28, 2012
wedding ceremony location: The Abernethy Chapel, Oregon City, Oregon

Tuesday, April 24

Spring Engagement


When you live in Portland and you decide to have a spring engagement session…I can pretty much guarantee that you’re not expecting 84 degree temperatures!

Last Sunday was April 22nd, Earth Day, The Hottest Day of the Year here in Portland, and my date with Ashley & Jarod for their engagement session! I was on cloud nine with the weather, but poor Jarod had his outfit all picked out considering the sort of temperatures we are usually dealing with in the great northwest this time of year. We managed to get a few photos with the sweater he brought along, although I think he would have been a lot happier in shorts with his feet in the river. :)

I had the pleasure of photographing both of Ashley’s siblings’ weddings back in 2008, so it was a pleasure getting to catch up with her, I enjoyed getting to know Jarod a bit more, and I am super excited for their wedding this October!

For more details about my approach to engagement sessions and weddings, please visit (the freshly updated) Erin Grace Photography.

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Monday, April 23

Hello!


Thanks for visiting my blog! As you will see, I am not actively blogging on this site. However, this doesn't mean that you can't see new work of mine! I am currently blogging weekly as a member of My Portland Photographer and I post all of my weekly photos on my main website every week!

 ERIN GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY

Check out my Photo of the Week page on my website for more!

You can also see what I've been up to on Facebook

Have a great day! :)
Thanks!
Erin

Tuesday, April 17

Hugging Dad


It’s not very often that I see receiving lines. Even though a lot of couples don’t want to spend the time having a receiving line, one of the nice things about one is that your photographer gets a chance to capture photographs of all of your guests interacting with – and hugging – you. In my opinion, a receiving line immediately following the ceremony usually ends up being more intimate than waiting until the reception to greet people at their tables. Sometimes the schedule or location doesn’t allow for an easy receiving line, but if it does, I would suggest considering one…especially if you like hugs.

Erin & Andrew had a receiving line at their Bell Tower Chapel wedding and at the head of the line was Andrew’s dad. I love the fullness of this hug that Andrew gave his dad.

To view more of my work and to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings, please visit Erin Grace Photography.

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Tuesday, April 10

Excited!


Sarah is excited to get into her wedding dress. This is something almost every bride can relate to.
If you’re a photographer, however, you get excited about little behind-the-scenes photography business things that your brides probably never think about…like new website designs and updated wedding galleries.

Today, I’m feeling excited about having spent a good chunk of the past few weeks preparing my new website for the world. You’ll be able to see more of Sarah & Drew’s wedding photographs once I get my new site online. Stay tuned to Erin Grace Photography’s Facebook page to see when my new look and my new galleries are available for you to see, too! J

For more details about my approach to engagement sessions and weddings, please visit (the soon-to-be new) Erin Grace Photography.

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