We were honored to capture new headshots and professional branding images for Valery Saul. Valery wanted her session to feel professional, yet reflective of her style and spirit. She intends to use these photos for her website and for marketing, so it’s important that she exudes both professionalism as well as a strong presence in her images. We captured Valery’s branding images in our Portland studio with both white and black backdrops. Striving to incorporate the spirit of her as a conductor, we had Valery both pose and conduct for us, so that we could capture her headshot as well as photos in motion.
From her bio….
Valery Saul is an emerging conductor from Portland, Oregon. She was recently selected for the orchestral conducting program at Peabody Conservatory where she will be studying and assisting Marin Alsop. In Portland, Valery was the assistant conductor for the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra and served as musical director for many lauded musical theatre productions. In addition to conducting, Valery is also an accomplished singer. She sang several comprimario roles with Portland Opera, most recently Giannetta in “Elixir of Love”, and was also a member of their chorus for almost nine years.
We know that picking the perfect Portland wedding venue can be overwhelming. So we’re here today to discuss our favorite Portland wedding venues. For this blog post, we are focusing solely on venues directly in the city of Portland.
Being long time wedding photographers in this city, we have developed a taste for certain elements in a Portland wedding venue that others might not see. Our criteria for the perfect city wedding venue is one that offers at least two or three of the following elements:
Great natural light or the ability to capture unique artificial light. We love a venue that has bright open windows. But if not, it’s fun to work with moody indoor lighting or vibrant art installations (you’ll see what we mean below).
Nooks and crannies. We like creative little spaces to photograph in as well as interesting architecture to frame our photos.
A space that is friendly to formal photos. Sometimes a cool venue will have literally nowhere to take family photos, which we consider a minus no matter how rad the space is. We gotta capture your awesome fam somewhere!
Friendly and accommodating venue staff. Luckily for you readers, all these venues listed are AMAZING to work with!
Portland city views! If we can have it, we love it. However, we included a couple that may not have views per se, but definitely encompass that PDX vibe you’re searching for.
All-in-one venues. This describes the type of Portland wedding venue that offers both location, catering, coordination and alcohol. One and done as they say. That said, this is rare but we’ve chosen to include it as we do have a favorite place that does offer the all-in-one experience. Read on!
Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Wow, Lindsay and Daniel, that’s a tall order.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “How LONG is this list?” And you’d be right on both questions. We can’t fulfill every requirement in every venue. There are a ton of amazing PDX venues to choose from. So the following view are venues that have 2-3 of the above criteria, and are in our top 5 from the past few years.
The following list is NOT in order of preference. Just six of our faves. Enjoy!
If you have any others that you absolutely love -we’d want to hear about them! Leave a comment below.
The Portland Art Museum is literally in the heart of city. You’re surrounded the infamous Portland Park blocks and only a short walk away from the historic “Portland” sign at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
A Portland Art Museum wedding nearly checks almost all the boxes. It has amazing architecture – lending itself for perfect backdrops for photos. They have a sculpture garden outside that makes for a good spot for creative wedding portraits or wedding party formals. It’s also a good spot to have your “first look.” You have plenty of space to work with and can fit a high number of guests.
When you walk into the venue you’re greeted with a stadium view of where the ceremony site usually is. An open air hallway wraps around the entire ceremony and reception area highlighting the wedding venue.
Since it is an art museum, you have a built in artistic element to your wedding decor. Art and sculptures are everywhere you turn. It’s really fun for your guests to walk around and enjoy during cocktail hour or reception. We love to incorporate the art into your wedding photos which makes for some unique and creative shots.
The hallways are perfect for shooting in and getting interesting compositions. The lighting in the Portland Art Museum uses a lot of spotlights because they’re highlighting the art. We use this to our advantage, creating dramatic flair to some of the wedding photos.
Portland Art Museum weddings require you to bring in catering and coordination. We have worked with Bridal Bliss, Ella Events and Soiree Event planning here, and they are all rockstar in making your Portland Art Museum wedding a seamless production.
When choosing your Portland engagement photo locations, you have a wealth of options at your fingertips. The most popular request we get for engagement photos is that it be somewhere that feels like Oregon. Photos that provide the quintessential Pacific Northwest vibe, with a touch of city.
Almost every couple asks us, “Where should we have our engagement photos done in Portland?” And we typically send back a list, with various blog links for reference.
Well we finally put together a blog post that encapsulates some of the best locations in Portland to get your engagement photos done.
We’ve broken down these photo locations into a few different categories. Some of the categories are location specific, such as the photographer favorite Hoyt Arboretum. While some are more broad and give you the opportunity to get creative with your engagement photos, like having your photos taken in your favorite Portland neighborhood or even in your own home.
Portland Engagement Photo Location No. 1:
Cathedral Park Engagement Photos
Cathedral Park is a quintessential Portland photo spot.
It has beautiful park vibes, but with the gorgeous green of the St. John’s bridge (nod to our nickname Bridgetown) and a backdrop of the lush Forest Park which you can see from across the river.
We love shooting here because there are at least a dozen different photo ops. We have photographed this park up one way and down the other. From under the bridge (framing you in the notorious archways of the St. Johns) to actually getting on the big pillars of the bridge (also a good rainy day option!). From dancing in the grass with the bridge at your back to using the surrounding trees for a perfect PNW feeling.
Cathedral Park is a “got it all” type of venue for engagement photos. Hence making Cathedral Park one of the most popular spots in all of the city for your engagement photos.
“You can get married on a rooftop, a mountain, a beach or maybe at the downtown Portland courthouse and it won’t change the fact that you’ve chosen to forever bond with your life with another’s. It won’t change that indescribable feeling of saying yes to your best friend. Yes to more adventures, yes to the future, yes to love. And we LOVE to photograph that.”
This was how we captioned a series of photos from Flora and Graham’s Portland elopement on Instagram. We could think of no better words to describe it. To describe that no matter what, photographing a wedding is a truly unique experience. One where you are invited to document a celebration that marks the beginning of an amazing adventure between two people and their families. Sometimes that celebration is grand and opulent, like in a ballroom or an art gallery with 300 guests. Sometimes that celebration is small and intimate, like in a backyard bbq gathering or courthouse elopement with a handful of witnesses. The latter was the case with Flora and Graham, who entered into marriage surrounded by a gathering of family in downtown Portland.
Expecting their first child, Flora and Graham were constantly overwhelmed with emotion during this day, as were their families and witnesses. As you all probably know, Daniel and I have two kids ourselves. We cry more than ever at weddings! So you can imagine how honored Daniel was to be in Flora and Graham’s presence and be given the trusted job of capturing this union. After a truly special ceremony, the couple literally jumped off the courthouse steps and into a fun little portrait session in and around downtown Portland.
Flora and Graham’s families were set to have a dinner together after at Jackknife. This little bar and restaurant has quickly become a favorite place for us to capture portraits. It made the perfect setting for some romantic and ahem, little bit sexy photos of Flora and Graham. The love between these two was just so obviously evident. They are so tender and loving together. The perfect combination of people to raise a human, and we are so happy we could be there for the beginning of their story. Cheers Flora, Graham, and baby boy who has since been born!