Portland Family Portraits in Oregon Rain… Sneak Peek!

Oh, Oregon Rain! Why must you be so cruel?? This photo shoot was scheduled three weeks ahead, and we prayed it would be pretty and dry on day of the shoot. The day before was just that, but the day of the shoot? It was 100% rain aka torrential downpour! And the next day? No rain. It just doesn’t make any sense!?? So, we had to adapt and quickly because Mother Nature didn’t intend to make it easy on us that day. However, we made magic happen despite the dark clouds.

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Portland Indian Wedding Photography at The Water Oasis

I quit accepting weddings in Spring 2014, then in Fall 2014 my friend told me that the photographer quit on this Bride & Groom just weeks prior to their multi-day wedding. When I heard that, I had to get to know their story. So, I met with the Bride & Groom to see if we would be a good fit together… Within moments after leaving my studio, they told me that they wanted me as their wedding photographer. Awe!! As stressful as photographing weddings can be, which is one of the reasons why I’ve stopped offering wedding photography services, I just couldn’t leave this couple without having an experienced photographer to document the beautiful wedding they had planned.

Wedding Photographer: Bunn Salarzon | Venue: The Water Oasis (Newberg, Oregon) | Wedding Coordinator: Savvy Sisters | Florals: Bella Bloom Florals | Makeup & Hair: Mode du Jour | Wedding Cake: Custom Cakes | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals & Design | Catering: Mayahuel Catering | Entertainment: Encore Mobile DJs

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Portland Family Portraits with Newborn Baby

Newborn Photography has risen to an astounding level thanks to Anne Geddes and her amazing vision digitally making babies into adorable sunflowers or the cutest little mermaids you ever did see. She makes baby Halloween costumes wearable all year round and mommies love it! I tried and failed at being anything like her; I can’t seem to swaddle a baby and put him in a basket hoping he doesn’t cry because he will cry (they all cry!) especially with me around. I missed my calling as a baby whisperer, that title fits my husband, but he doesn’t know how to use a camera— hence, I am the photographer in the family. I learned that it’s best for me to leave it to my friends who do this style of photography naturally (and with a lot of patience!), and I will just do what I do best which is include the parents and have them hold baby in their arms.

My style of photographing newborns is called Lifestyle Photography where I document the family as they are in their own home (or my studio); I try to capture those in-between moments that often times get overlooked, but should be cherished because they don’t last forever. These moments are when mommy feeds baby or daddy helping baby learn to walk; your first year together will go by so fast and I want to help you remember those tiny baby steps. Of course, I am sure to get those traditional and beautiful smiling portraits for the proud grandparents, too.

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Portland Family Portraits at the Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem

Deena & Sari are first-time parents; they used to live in Salem so we decided to take a little drive south to the Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon for summer family portraits with their adorable baby girl. The new parents named their baby after Deena’s late mother Maha, it was actually Sari’s idea … The name is Arabic for an animal (oryx) that’s similar to a deer and known for the beauty in its eyes. I see that and I love that— and I adore them! This was their first professional family photo shoot together, but Deena is no stranger to cameras. She is also a professional photographer whose business, D. Selbak Photography, specializes in weddings and portraiture.

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Our Family Pictures on Hawaii with Jonathan Canlas Photography!

When my husband Romie and I decided to be his mother’s caregivers — she would live with us and we’d take care of her every need — we never realized how much it would change our lives … lots of ups and downs. And patience. To watch someone you love slowly lose grasp of the little things the rest of us find so simple to do, like feeding yourself, is not easy and almost heart-breaking. Her name is Pacita, but she’s known as Lola to her many grandchildren and their children. This is Lola’s diary…

As a portrait photographer based in Portland, Oregon, I photograph other people’s weddings and families all the time; I document their precious time together … The laughter, the tears, the joy, the memories of it all. Sometimes I get so focused on creating memories for others that I overlook my own family— I can’t ever forget about my own. (I hope you don’t forget yours either.) Last fall, when Lola’s dementia seemed to have gone for the worst, my husband Romie hugged me in silent tears … We felt helpless because nothing we did was making any difference for her. She was a stone, zombie if you will. So, we vowed to do whatever it took (and immediately!) to get beautiful images by one of my favorite family photographers: Jonathan Canlas. I don’t have any professional portraits of my own grandmother to treasure; she passed away years ago yet the pain still runs deep and I wish to have beautiful photographs of us together before she was sick. Because I didn’t want Romie to miss on having incredible portraits with his mom… We made it happen even though we had no idea how we could really pay for it all. But, I’d rather make memories than regrets.

(If Lola could still speak, she may say): “Want me to smile? Give me MONEY!!”

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