Erica & Jered are freaking awesome…

When I chat with folks about engagement or “pre-wedding” photos, most people are hesitant. They see them as silly, or something to be skipped. I get it, I do. I personally hate being in-front of the camera and wield one for a living. But as I have said many time I encourage all of my couples to do them if only to get used to being in-front of the camera. These sessions help get that awkwardness out of the way, so when the wedding rolls around we are all on the same page.

One thing I tell all my clients is that these images are 100% bonus. Have fun with them! We can do them formal, traditional, or completely off the wall. We can pick a location special to you, like the site of your first date. We can shoot on a mountain top, beach, woods or even at home. What ever strikes your fancy. I always encourage people to be creative.

This summer many have gone creative, (remember the grocery store!) but Erica & Jered win. They took creative, and smashed a pie into it’s face, literally…

Take a look…

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Check out their puppy June, such a sweet baby. PortlandWeddingPhotographer4 PortlandWeddingPhotographer5 PortlandWeddingPhotographer6 PortlandWeddingPhotographer7 PortlandWeddingPhotographer8 PortlandWeddingPhotographer9 PortlandWeddingPhotographer10 PortlandWeddingPhotographer11 PortlandWeddingPhotographer12

“Hey Erica, do something with your foot to change positions…” Yeah she cracks me up.


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OK HERE, here is where things get creative.

Jered & Erica: “hey emily we are thinking of doing a food fight during our session, is that cool”

Me: “Uhm heck yeah!”


For reals this was the most fun thing I have shot all summer…

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Erica & Jered THANK YOU, for being so fun, so creative, and just so cool to capture. You are setting the bar high friends. I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek. I will have the whole set done shortly. For now I would love to throw down a blog post challenge. If you can get 30 people to comment on this post, I will throw in an 11×14 wall print on the house. So leave some comment love folks…


xo em

  • August 27, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    Ashley - These are so fun!! I love this idea! Great job making your engagement photos bring out your personalities and all the love. Sweet!

  • August 27, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    Meagan - These are AMAZING! I am so glad I know this couple, and this photo shoot is perfect for them. Totally rad.

  • August 27, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Carol Lamberti - You guys look terrific. Having so much fun and so much in love. Love all the pictures especially the one holding hands and food all over you. Of course, love the pictures with June. May you guys always be this happy and this much in love! All my love always!

  • August 27, 2015 - 2:40 pm

    Therese Gietler - The b&w of Jered flinching WINS! Great capture!

  • August 27, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Tamara Lamberti - Amazing!!!! Love you guys!!!

  • August 27, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Tassia - These pictures are awesome! Such a fun idea and it looks like everyone had a fun time. Can’t wait for the wedding pics.

  • August 27, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    elizabeth gilmore - I LOVE the one in BW and it looks like Erica just threw something at Jered and maybe he’s ducking, maybe she bombed him. Hard to tell. But it is AWESOME. So I have to ask – wedding cake? Seems like there could be a theme here.

  • August 27, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    Ann - Congrats you guys! Such fun photos. Sad to be missing the wedding but Adam will make it up for the both of us.

  • August 27, 2015 - 4:32 pm

    Mark Gerlach - These are super cool!

  • August 27, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    Morgan - These are amazing! Hope June got to help with the clean up!!

  • August 27, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    Sarah H - Woot woot! Two Toots for Love!

  • August 27, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    Ella Clark-Nicholson - So freaking awesome! I love the food fight pics, Erica looks particularly mischievous in one. Can’t wait to celebrate your wedding!!

  • August 27, 2015 - 10:08 pm

    Cliff - Great pics! Congratulations!

  • August 27, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    MaryKay West - Super fun!!

  • August 28, 2015 - 5:59 am

    Brooke - Super cute! I love the one where Jered has a whole chunk of cake embedded in his hair while seriously considering the piece of cake he is chowing down on.

  • August 28, 2015 - 6:46 am

    Vicki Trevino - Congrats!!! Your pictures are so awesome! Best wishes always!

  • August 28, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    carole lelah - I absolutely loved these photos. So original. Loved the food fight photos the best.

  • August 29, 2015 - 10:24 am

    Julie and Darrell Vincek - We love these uninhibited expressions of love and fun! Marriage requires you be able to have s great deal of fun together, if your engagement pictures are any indication of what is ahead, you are well on your way to a long and wonderful Union together

  • August 29, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    Judy - you look great…. Having fun …. Especially that food fight. You look Like an amazing couple! Best wishesand lots of love to you!

  • August 29, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Rita Korer - Loved the photos. It is great to see just how loving and goofy
    you guys are. June photographed very nicely too. See you soon.

  • August 30, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    Iris - Erica and Jered, So beautiful and so fun, and what beautiful ruby red lips! I just love the photos, they’re wonderful! So much better than the John and Yoko I imagined. I love you so much and hope all your days together are fabulous and messy and filled with love.

  • August 30, 2015 - 7:55 pm

    ChrisDerfler - Comment love, comment love, comment love. :-)
    I think we have to be shaking up and spraying some bottles of bubbly at the wedding!
    Gonna be fun.
    Hope the puppy’s coming!


I didn’t think it was possible, but these boys get more and more charming each year. Every two years these guys have me into their home to capture the boys as they are, in their element. This year was particularly special as they will be moving on to a new home soon. Over the last two years the little guys got bigger, smarter, and even more charming.

It really was fun to see these guys, catch up, and point me camera their way.:)

Here are a handful of my favorites…

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Danelle & RD thanks again for having me into your home to capture your boys. They are always so fun to work with. Enjoy the sneak peek. I will have the full set done shortly. And of course I hope to see you in your new home soon!

xo em



Are you sitting down dear friends and readers? If not I suggest you pull up a chair, perhaps grab a beverage, this post is going to be a LONG one. It is going to be a long one for a few reasons. The first being this wedding was full of all the things that make for good wedding photos, lots of details, a great looking couple crazy in love, excited and exuberant friends & family, and last but not least an amazing location.

It took years of planning, tons of work, and incredible dedication, but Sarah, Layton & their families pulled of a stunning event. Everything from the parking signs to the glowing lights was beautiful. From the invitations to the dancing shoes, all of it was amazing.

And of course at the heart of this event was a bride and groom, that glowed with love. It was so fun to capture these two love birds together.

I hope your comfy, here come the photos!


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Sarah & Layton thank you again for having us out to capture your special day. It really was amazing! We loved witnessing your wedding. I hope you enjoyed the photo peek. The gallery is going to be HUGE!

For now enjoy the peek. Friends and family reading please leave a comment below if you would like to gain access to the whole gallery when it is ready.

xo em

  • August 26, 2015 - 2:33 pm

    Valery Saul - Hi Em!

    Pics turned out great! I would love to see them all. What is the way to do?

  • August 26, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    Ben dessert - Great photos and post

  • August 27, 2015 - 11:04 am

    Ruby Moon - It truly was all that you wrote and then some. The details…handwritten place cards many with thoughtful reminders of their special connection to you. Thank you all, family, friends and Mr & Mrs. for over a year of doing and sharing to make this day so amazing.
    I am still drinking in some of the scenes in my head.

  • August 27, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    emily - Hey Valery, I will send you the link when they are all ready. :)


Sometimes my wedding clients become friends… and everyone in a while those friends come to visit & play.:)

Michael and Megan were married in Oregon a few years ago, and I had a blast photographing their wedding.

This summer they informed me their plan was to come up to Oregon, visit some of the memorable spots and hang out, and asked if I wanted to come play one day and meet their little guy. We made a plan to meet up for some quick photos, and then hang a bit of a family day. We had a great time, picking blackberries, watching the “big kids” scooter, check out the river then go grab lunch with copious amounts of bacon.

Here are a handful of images from our photo time.

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M&M thanks again for including me in  your road trip up north! I had a great time catching up and playing. I hope you enjoyed the peek. I will have the whole set to ya shortly.

xo em


Once again it was my pleasure to do some work for the Chehalem Cultural Center here in Newberg. I spent a few hours with the summer camp kids over a few weeks and had a blast capturing the budding little artists at work & play. They did everything from drawing, painting, sculpture, natural element art, glass work, to drama productions. It was a blast to photograph, and my own kids had an amazing time.

Here are a handful of my favorites.

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