Beautiful Oregon sunlight, fields of gold with shades of purple. The incredible bridal featured on Oregon Bride Magazine with some incredible Southern Oregon Vendors and a stunning By Angeline ring.Read More
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~
This incredible beach wedding was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined~
As most of us Oregonians know, days like this do not happen at the Oregon Coast all the time. It can be unpredictable and the rain can blow in at any moment. This evening was gorgeous! The house that hosted everyone was large and inviting with paths leading down to the beach to the ceremony site. The sun shone through at just the right moment and burnt off the fog, rolling it into the distance. Two beautiful people united on this day with their two beautiful children and family and friends on the beachfront. I was so blessed to have been able to travel to, witness and photograph it.
I loved the details of this wedding. There were dainty beach jewel sandals handmade by one of the bridesmaids for all the bridesmaids and flower girl, the brides daughter. The bride's barefoot sandals were by Sandals Amour. The flower girl dress was from Kutie Tuties. Handsome tuxedos for the groom, groomsmen and his son. Groom's tux by Yves Allure Men. Cake by Sugar Rush who always makes incredible confections. And last but not least were stunning florals by Cathy's Floral Creations.
Here is a peek at The Waites Wedding~
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~
Summer Ashland, Oregon Belle Fiore Vineyard wedding. Gorgeous sunsets, gorgeous couple...Read More
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~
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 in.
This session was focused on a unique age bracket. I feel often this age is not documented as often in my photography and that is tweens. On this adventure session I was so excited to pair up and collaborate with another local photographer Amanda Fithian Photography. We ran a local Southern Oregon model search for three girls and selected Maggie, Tyra and Fiona. Each one brought their own unique personality and extended their own "look" to the session. One brunette, one redhead, and one blonde.
We selected incredible gowns from Australia by Dollcake Oh So Girly and had them shipped in. These were joined by some incredible Grants Pass and Medford area vendors to create this elegance in the middle of Mother Nature's greatest canopy ~ The Redwoods. Thank you to Rosewood Vintage Rentals for incredible furniture pieces to help achieve our vision. To Beyond The Garden Gate and Clara for delicate floral forest crowns. To Beauty by Jen for gorgeous hair and just a touch of makeup. To American Vintage for incredible candle holders and vintage makeup items. To Shop River Rock for the glowing candles that lit our way in the dark dark rainly day woods that dripped just right. To Silk and Willow for some lovely ribbon details.
Here is our elegant girls in the Redwoods:
~Maggie ~ Fiona ~ Tyra ~
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!)
"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses."
~A Little Princess
The quote above is from one of my favorite stories of all time. I received the book when I was young and it has always been one of my most treasured along with The Secret Garden. This week waking up to an icy world seemed like the perfect time to venture out into a magic morning to capture a Southern Oregon covered in a soft glowing blanket. I brought along my little neighbor and friend Emma to model a dress I had shipped in from Australia by Dollcake Vintage for her. Emma has always reminded me of just what a fairy princess would look like if I were to ever meet one in real life.
Here is a peek~
"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different. And if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?" ~JB Priestley
Snow in some places is a seasonal event but here in Southern Oregon it is a rare and magic gift to us all. I remember praying for it as a child. To wake up to that white glow and quiet. To know that the day to follow the world was going to be pure and fresh and serene. I love the Pacific Northwest and how it encompasses such a variety of seasons and colors.
Beautiful Darian went out with me this morning to embrace the day as it unfolded. Some clothes from my props closet with a bright pop of red, a gorgeous ring and a vintage camera added finishing touches to the magic.
Here is a peek at our fun~
Montana has my heart...
This Fall I flew back to shoot this incredible wedding in Columbia Falls with my good friend and photographer Jaci Brillon. Not only were the mountains in this region of our country breathtaking, so was this bride. Her horse, her beautiful mountaintop home and property on which she had her wedding and children.
Here is a peek at Mr and Mrs Bigelow~
I am so blessed to have been able to capture and witness this while on my visit to the Flathead area of Montana. Destination weddings and travel to capture special days for couples this past year have been a person with wanderlusts dream come true. I am always available to travel back to this great state for wedding bookings as well as many others. For more information please visit my website or contact me by email.
This beautiful wedding took place on a rainy day the last part of November. A ceremony at Calvary Lutheran with dim lights, candles and piano set the mood. The bride Jessica was absolutely stunning in a lace gown...with pockets! Her husband was equally handsome in a dashing suit. The reception to follow was equally amazing with twinkle lights brightening the dark and incredible food by one of my favorite local restaurants The Vine.
Here is a peek from The Matthews special day~
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~
Historic Tunnel 13 in Ashland Oregon engagement session.Read More
This wedding in Colorado Springs and the portraits after in Garden Of The Gods were just a dream come true for me. Not only did this trip allow me to travel for photography it also allowed me to witness this gorgeous couple wed and I was able to connect with some wonderful old friends while there. The ceremony and reception took place at The Craftwood Inn which was quite cozy. It had lovely bride and groom getting ready cottages on the premises and served incredible food. Cody serves in the United States Air Force and Jennifer just had their first most precious little boy. I am so happy to share a bit of their special moments with you.
Here is a peek~
Bullying comes in many shapes and sizes. We all know the typical class bully - the one who trips you in the halls, calls you names and calls attention to those around to join in. In my youth it was a couple of girls who enjoyed torturing the new shy girl from a private school who dressed a bit different. I was incredibly awkward and resembled Olive Oyl. I used to get kicked in the backs of my legs in lunch line by them, called a lesbian (which I was not) and various horrible names I will not write here. I hid in the library with the librarian Mrs Ackerman for the better part of that whole year God bless her. I still remember when my mom came on a particularly awful day and I was so terrified of what those girls might do if they saw me with my MOM at school. So rather than let her love me and visit I sent her away in tears. The bus was an equally horrible time and one boy used to spit on me. I switched to another school the following year but even there we still had a group that used to throw hamburgers at our table at lunch (which is kind of funny now that I write it but wasn't at the time). One girl used to tell me I was disgusting because I had a thigh gap (before that was even a thing). Another person used to call me "Blinkin" because I would roll my eyes at him and ask if I was anorexic and had I thrown up my lunch (insert eye roll- he never did figure out the difference between eating disorders). So I wasn't cool- we've established that much. It taught me who I did and did not want to be in life these people and experiences. In some ways I do not regret them. I fully believe in "treat people how you want to be treated." Most days growing up I felt pretty loved and I had some truly wonderful friends I made during that time. To this day although I don't see them as often as I like I will always love them very much.
All through your life there are always going to be bullies. We now live in a time of being even more visible than just in a lunch line. We live in a world run by social media. We can know more about someone in just a simple click of a mouse than ever before via the internet. It is both amazing and frightening. A blessing and a curse.
A lot of us are not aware of the fact: NEGATIVITY ONLINE SPREADS LIKE WILDFIRE. Do you ever see those posts? The ones that people share for a cause or a positive quote of the day seem to get very little traffic a lot of times. Well facts are if you share a negative post you will gain three times the amount of attention and traffic as a positive in many cases. The way algorithms work on social media is they then show us things that have the most comments and traffic. If something bad takes off it will flood out all others.
Why am I writing this? I am sharing this because beginning a bit this last April someone began bullying my business online. I would happily accept a poor review and do everything I could to rectify something with a client were there to be an issue. This was clearly a profile designed to bully businesses one of which told me to be careful as this person was unstable but they could not name name them due to HIPAA. After I tracked it to other forms of social media and fake profiles it disappeared until recently and it came back with a vengeance. It came back not just on my business but there was a fake profile trolling my personal accounts making comments as well. As people rallied around me they became more aggressive and made even more posts I did not continue to share. The thing about being bullied online verses in the lunch line - you really cannot fight back. I have never been a fighter (unless its for someone else because I am always a fan of the underdog). As it continued and people helped me to pray and supported me I decided I would not hide in the library. Not this time. Being bullied online makes you feel helpless. It made me analyze every single aspect of every shoot and client I've ever worked with. "Was I good enough?" There is no one in front of you to confront and deal with, just this ghost online. It made me second guess myself in so many ways. We all hope that in such situations we would have much grace. But in fact while I prayed for them I was up all night, tracking strange profiles, not getting enough sleep, snappy with people I love and exhausted. Losing time that should have been spent living my life. Unfortunately this is what people who target want. They want to make you unhappy because THEY are unhappy. So in some ways they win because they've altered you. They've made you hurt and distrustful of those who love you, they've blinded you to seeing the positives around you. They have brought you in some ways to their level of thinking.
This leads to the most heartbreaking part of my story. My cyber bully was someone I've known almost my whole life. Someone who held my hand through one of the most difficult years of my life six years ago. Someone I love and have loved always no matter what. Despite their mental illness I have always been ready to stand by them, rejoiced in their beauty even when they could not see it, and loved their unique quirks and personality. I cannot even find it in me to be mad, just very very sad. I will love them and I will pray for them to find love of life and joy again.
Know that if you are being cyber bullied you can stand up for yourself. Although many hosts such as Google and Facebook may not take down poor reviews you CAN subpoena IP addresses. There are ways to find out who is behind such acts in a lot of cases. Or as in my case I chose to investigate and to post and warn on all social media outlets and reviews of my intent to do so and that was I was lucky enough that the party came forward.
There are much worse forms of cyber bullying in the world. Mine is minute in comparison to many but I wanted to share a bit about my experience and raise awareness that this happens not just at childhood level it can happen to anyone.
Sweet Cheeks Winery is one of the most lovely venues I've had the opportunity to photograph at. Located in the Southern Willamette Valley here in Oregon it has stunning views of the surrounding areas like no other. This beautiful location provided such an incredible dramatic backdrop for our wedding portraits on a Spring Oregon day. As we know Oregon weather can change at the drop of a hat. On this day we were served rain, sunshine, rainbows and then sunset skies!
Special thank you goes out to Peachy Keen Coordination for bringing this together for us. And to my incredible partners and photographer friends Heather Mills and Lynn Marie Chapman for this adventure.
Thank you so very much to our incredible vendors for coming together as well~ Sugar Momma's Bake Shop for a beautiful cake, Hardcore Florist for a gorgeous bouquet, Off The Vine Calligraphy for stylish invitations, Poppies and Top Hats for WOW props, Merrime Bridal for a gown fit for a princess, Meghan Donahue Custom Jewelry for rings and pretty things and to Felicia Knapp for hair and makeup and to Cheri and Shel for modeling.
Wedding in Lithia Park located in Ashland Oregon with reception at The Loft.Read More
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.
This styled session in the Painted Hills of Oregon was just the most incredible adventure. This particular set I shot at last light with Portra 400 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...