This styled session in the Painted Hills of Oregon was just the most incredible adventure. This particular set I shot at last light both digitally here and with Portra 400 film you can see here: Painted Hills Film. We travelled up through Eugene, Oregon to pick up our gorgeous model Abby VanSteenberghe then on into Salem, Oregon to pick up some incredible florals from Ponderosa and Thyme before our journey to the desert. Lovely vintage rental items were from Rosewood Event Rentals in Medford, Oregon, the glorious ring from one of my favorite jewelers in our state By Angeline. Beautiful flowing skirts by Space 46. Calligraphy by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy and ribbons by Silk and Willow. This whole vision was styled and brought together by Lahna Marie Photography and these incredible vendors. I was so blessed to be able to do some film work and assist on this dream shoot of hers. She has been an incredible mentor and inspiration to me over the past two years and I simply cannot repay what she has gifted me. Here is a look at the Oregon Painted Hills in color following up my black and white Delta 3200 film post from earlier you may see here: Painted Hills Black and White Film.
Give me Oregon at sunset in the Spring, a beautiful family, lots of love and a baby, and I will give you magic~
This session was unique. For my friend Aaliyah I combined newborn & engagement together as this family has lots to celebrate! This little precious one is the most beautiful tiny person who was so wide eyed and looking all around at the great outdoors.
Here is a peek at Aaliyah, Jared and precious baby Malani. Please join me in congratulating them on all things on their new journey together~
Several years ago I received a message from sweet Aaliyah. She was inquiring about my senior rep program which I was no longer doing at the time. However there was just this magic draw about her that made me want to not only get to know her but capture her raw natural beauty. There are some people who just glow from the inside out I think and she was one of them. She was one of the most incredible representatives I've ever had.
Fast forward to this year and she became the most beautiful momma to be. I approached her for a personal project that I would style her for a maternity session and take a few photos at a local vineyard in a greenhouse they had there knowing it would work rain or shine. I was actually going for a more dark moody feel but instead we were blessed with sunny skies, fields of flowers and blooms on pear trees. We were able to relax first on Schmidt Vineyards patio and enjoy refreshments prior. Shooting this was only about a 15 or 20 minute window of time. The more I grow in photography over the years, and the more I go in with a vision, the less time I find necessary for accomplishing lens magic.
Here is a peek at Aaliyah. I am sure you will enjoy~ One of the most beautiful mommas to be I have ever worked with~
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"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
~William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream
My little Chloe... What happiness you bring. These big blue eyes have kept me inspired all along my journey in photography. Your personality always brings a smile to those around you. And your stubborn tiny chin that sets just so when you want your way.
This session was done in about a ten minute window during an unusually cold frosty morning here in Grants Pass, Oregon. Underneath the beautiful fur cloak is an incredible gown by Dollcake Couture. This session for her six year birthday I split into Part I and Part II (indoor and outdoor) to showcase both. I searched high and low for a special carousel horse for these to keep a whimsical feel (thank you Anna Minter).
Here is a peek at my beautiful girl...
There is just something so magical about the Redwood Forest. I feel its pull always. It speaks to me in whispers of centuries past. Within it time always seems to slow and stand still and I just breathe it all in.
To see this wedding published on Oregon Bride click here: Barefoot Bohemian Wedding
This wedding there was so unique, beautiful, natural and earthy. I loved how intimate it was with close family and friends surrounding the bride and groom in an intimate grove of Redwood trees. Surrounded by sunshine, ferns and beautiful fallen logs full of mossy growth they said I do.
Brides beautiful hair and makeup was by the talented Shawnie Curtis Makeup Artist out of Medford, Oregon. Florals were by my one of my favorites Penny and Lulu Studio Florist and the venue for the reception The Applegate Lodge.
Here is a peek at Mr and Mrs Adams~
Have you ever woke up into the sun and fields of green grass after months of dull winter days?
That was the simple inspiration for this shoot.
I love styling simple last minute shoots like this. I in fact will, at times, just see something inspiring happening and run with it wildly. It seems often to be when I am at my most creative. A quick walk through of a store found this incredible gown on a discount rack. A brief trip through the floral department at the local grocery located some delicate flowers.
I then picked up beautiful Val who agreed to humor my last minute dash for the sunset and we drove through the hillsides to this incredible spot shared with me by a good photographer friend after first ending up in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival the flower crown was a quick 5 minute wrap and we began to shoot.
This shoot was special to me in that it was my first time using a unique lens. After this session I in fact purchased it and added it to my army. It creates a bit of interesting depth and distortion I have seen very rarely. I LOVE IT!
Here is a peek~
This shoot was mainly done to showcase working with me during a styled session and some of what it entails.
To view the video done by the amazing Valentia Productions please visit this link: Hazel Eye Photography Styled Video
This session was so much fun. I had the inspiration to do something with a VW Bus and launched a search of Southern Oregon for JUST the right one. Shout out to Mr. Lance Armstrong for bringing down one of his amazing collection in yellow! Shoot day was typical Oregon and we had a bit of moody weather and rain mixed in as we reached the edges of the mighty Rogue River. This does not however stop shoots from happening here in the Pacific Northwest! My beautiful model was Tessa a senior I had worked with previously from North Valley High School here in Grants Pass who the camera just loved. And who brought just the right amount of boho hippie vibe. I shot it hybrid both film and digital.
Here is a peek~
This beautiful girl from North Valley High School here in Southern Oregon was just so sweet! I loved that her sister booked it for her and travelled up from California to spend the shoot with her making it a special time for them both. Tessa had model looks and some incredible locks of blonde hair as well as eyebrows to die for. I cannot wait to work with her again!
Styled by Whitney Tuttle of Peerless Beauty Lounge ~ Here is a peek at our studio and outdoor location shoot here in Grants Pass at a couple of my very favorite private properties I offer for use. (Thanks to some SUPER awesome property owners out my way!)
There is nothing better than love on the top of the world between two people. This incredible couples session took place to celebrate a one year anniversary and the evening was pure Oregon magic...
Our adventure took us through incredible old growth forest. We climbed to the tops of mountains with 360 degree views overlooking the Rogue Valley in one direction and all the way to Mt Shasta and California in the other. There were rainbows in the skies and flowers in the fields. The Siskiyou Mountains gifted us so many special moments that evening and love was in the air.
Here is a peek at The Delavegas and our incredible adventure~
Masquerade balls were a feature of the 15th century and spread through most of Europe by the 17th and 18th centuries. Balls, gardens, plays, operas with an air of secrecy, were considered a little bit if not a lot quite scandalous. Lending an air of mystery in much different times, they still to this day evoke a feeling of clandestine love and emotions.
This styled session at Sweet Cheeks Vineyard nestled in the hills surrounding Eugene, Oregon was just the magical place for a bit of masquerade. Our model Heidi Marie Carpenter evoked just the right amount of mystery in her eyes. The purple and gold accented meringues were absolutely delicious. The handmade ring was to die for. The bouquet brought the smell of fresh herbs mingling with the passing rain storm that day. The props were bold and colorful. The gown had a frothy cascading train. Everything was perfection.
Special thank you to my two beautiful partners and our incredible collaborators:
Heather Mills Photography, Photography by Lynn Marie, Peachy Keen Coordination, Poppies and Top Hats, Merrime Bride and Soiree, Meghan Donahue Handmade Jewelry, Gingerhead Cookies, Hardcore Florist, Silk and Willow, Makeup/Hair Felicia Knapp.
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