One of the most commonly asked questions I get about engagement shoots is “can I bring my dog”? Um, YES! is always my answer. It’s no secret I’m an animal lover. After adopting Penny, one of the first things we wanted to do was take a million pictures with her. We get it. A family portrait isn’t complete without your sweet pup. But what’s the etiquette? How do you properly bring your dog to a photoshoot without overwhelming you, the dog, or your photographer? I’ve got some tricks in my back pocket!
There are few things more important to me than empowering women. In my field, not only in boudoir, I work with women who are camera shy, or are seeking the confidence they know they have in them. There is nothing more I can do in return than make them feel powerful, beautiful, important, and worth every second. This is what boudoir is. I am a boudoir photographer for the shy girls. I am a boudoir photographer for the girls who aren't afraid to be the boss. I am a boudoir photographer to say thank you to the women who are unashamed of who they were born to be.
Creating work that inspires you is the key to not only discovering new ideas, but it's also the key to continuously falling in love with what you do. We all know the feeling of burnout, especially in our work life. There is not one quick fix for everyone, but you can cure the symptoms by listening to what your heart is asking you for. Work that makes you happy. Yes, we need to make money, to pay the bills, and to deliver what our bosses and clients expect from us, but it's incredibly important to make room for yourself.
This is a belief that Samantha and I share, and what makes our creative and business relationships work so well. I encouraged her at the beginning of the year to put together a shoot that could embody her business, something that highlights her strengths, her personality, and work we could continue to collaborate on in the future.
If you've had the pleasure of working with her before, you know her skills are always a pleasant surprise. Because you expect great work from her, but what you receive is beyond expectations. Every time.
I wanted to share some highlights from our most recent shoot, because talent should be shared, and blasted, and admired! We set up at Tendue, a local Portland natural light studio that is just as dreamy in real life as it is in the photos. We connected with Beanpole Pottery because her aesthetic is an incredible match, and we love highlighting other incredibly creative women! Florals were provided by the one and only Molly Ryan based out of Hood River. And of course, creative credit goes to StruckSured Events + Interiors. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I do.