Every May, the Oregon Humane Society puts on their biggest (and arguably, best) event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park called Doggie Dash. Thousands of people (and pups) gather for good food, fun games, and a walk/run to benefit the organization.

One of the many ways to participate in Doggie Dash is by fundraising. Some of the top fundraisers this year won pet portrait sessions with NJP, and Scout and Roxy’s “mom”, Tanya, was one of them. Thanks to Tanya’s hard work and dedication to helping the pets of OHS, Scout, Roxy, and I got to spend some time down at the Columbia River playing in the water and capturing some beautiful images. What a blast we had!

Scout is an older gal, but you’d never know it by the gumption with which she goes after her bumper. And her big brown eyes never fail to melt my heart.
Roxy is as energetic and fun as you’d expect a young lab to be. I think she would have spent all day on that beach, given the choice.

Both were so attentive and a joy to photograph. I hope you enjoy their antics and sweet faces as much as I did.

 

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I am the luckiest gal, to get the best and most adventurous clients. When Mayan approached me about photographing her wedding in 2017, I was ecstatic. When she then tentatively asked me if I’d be up for traveling to Trillium Lake where Derek actually proposed to her last winter, I reacted with even more enthusiasm than I think she was expecting.

“I’m sorry…did you say you want to take your engagement photos against the gorgeous backdrop that is Mt. Hood? And you’re up for actually hiking some of it? AND you want to include your dog in the shoot? Ummm….YES!”

And the icing on the cake: Mayan is an avid reader, to put it lightly. Really, she’s a full-on bookworm, which makes her a girl after my own heart. She came prepared with just one idea for her engagement photos, and that involved a woodsy scene with bare feet, books, and love. Some of my favorite engagement shots resulted (you’ll know them when you see them).

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time, and I’m so excited for these photos. I simply can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mayan and Derek’s wedding next year, and I’m honored that they’ve chosen me to document these important moments in their new life together.

P.S. Because I know the dog-lovers out there will wonder: their dog’s name is Koda, and she was such a perfect little model!

P.P.S. No books were harmed in the making of these images.

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For those who don’t know what the heck “a Pug Crawl” is: every year, the Oregon Humane Society puts on this glorious event to celebrate pugs (and their pals), while helping to raise funds for the shelter. This year was particularly spectacular because the theme was STAR WARS. I can’t tell you how excited I was for this. And apparently, a large portion of the Portland population felt the same way.

This year was a record-breaking Pug Crawl, despite the always-present-at-Pug-Crawl rain (Seriously, Ma Nature; can you give the poor pugs a break once in a while?). Over 2,000 people and around 800 pugs all crammed together on the street outside Portland Brewing Company. Plenty of delicious food, beer, and wonderful shenanigans took place. And, of course, there was a pug parade. Yes, a pug PARADE. Complete with costume contest.

Also: the coolest part? Pug Crawl resulted in $28,000 raised for the pets of OHS this year. This is the highest amount in the history of this event! Go Pug Crawlers!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or who are just now hearing of this magnificent event, I give to you: Pug Crawl 2016!

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I had the pleasure of doing Mellissa + Sam’s engagement photos, and it only took a few minutes to realize that these two are nothing but fun. It is impossible to stay serious around them, and they manage to turn any situation into a happy, belly-laughing, good time.

Their wedding was set at the gorgeous Aerie Ballroom in Centralia, WA. One of my favorite parts of the whole day was when some of their friends revealed a surprise slideshow containing multiple embarrassing photos of both the bride and the groom who, of course, laughed their way through the whole thing. I had so much fun hanging out with them that, even though I was completely exhausted by the end of the day, it really was hard to take my leave.

You can see the rest of Mellissa + Sam’s wedding photos here.

You can also see Mellissa + Sam’s engagement photos here.


 

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This little family was such a wonder to work with. They live on this beautiful piece of land, and the light was just stunning. The Shadrick boys were absolute hams, and I loved it – the best little models a photographer could ask for. I loved that they wanted to incorporate their animals into the shoot, because to me, animals are always family, too. Of course, I had a particularly soft spot for their border collie, Cider (I’m not biased! 😉 ).


You can see the rest of the Shadrick family’s images here.

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