Portland Waterfront Engagement: Kristian and Noelle

The Portland Waterfront, specifically the Eastbank Esplanade, is a major attraction to photographers and engaged couples alike. No where else in the city can you get that gorgeous Portland skyline silhouetted in quite the same way. The challenge as a Portland engagement photographer is how to shoot at the same location multiple times and still have creative, unique images? 

 I think it's honest to say, every photographer has certain "fall back" ideas that always work well- which isn't a bad thing. But in order to keep it fresh, you have to keep trying something new. Add a new lighting technique or off-camera flash, or shoot film! 

  Which is what I opted to do in this case ;) Not a huge brainwave by any means as I shoot film any chance the weather permits. But this was the first time for some of these locations with a medium format film camera for an engagement shoot, so enjoy! 

   Kristian and Noelle, you guys are an absolute delight to work with. Your care for each other, was so beautiful to witness. Furthermore, you went out of your way to seek to care for me as well, I was truly touched by your thoughtfulness and it exemplified the type of character you both exhibit on a daily basis. It was an honor to capture this season for you both. 

Eastbank Esplanade   
Portland Engagement photographer, Christa Taylor. Portland waterfront engagement photos.

Hair/Makeup: AJ Hair Design  
Film Development: Photovision   

Troutdale House Wedding: Nicholas and Rebecca

Having known Nick for many years, it was truly a special privilege to have a "front row" seat at their wedding. The celebration took place at the Troutdale House just down the street from Troutdale's quaint downtown strip. Despite the January chill, these two love birds braved the cold with warm smiles and thankful hearts.

First Presbyterian Tacoma Wedding: Josh + Rachel

First Presbyterian Church Tacoma Wedding

I love this family. LOVE THEM. Maybe it's the similar upbringing, (I feel right at home) maybe it's the love shared between the siblings, their great sense of style (you know who you are) or the purity and passion in their weddings. Whatever it is, this family is a gem- the real deal. It is always a particular honor to be invited into a family for the second time, I feel that trust and it makes me just want to fulfill every bit of that expectation. 

  With that said, it's a delight to share these photos. Josh and Rachel, you guys have a treasure in the "crowd of witnesses" that are rooting you on and behind you every step of the way. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the "crowd" for the  day :D 

 And Rach- I still think you look like Queen Elizabeth and you have the record for the best bridal entrance of my career. (for reals- I was crying, but so was everyone else)  

First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma (Amy and Erin) thank you for hosting this lovely wedding, and for running us around that gorgeous church all day. Couldn't have done this glamorous fashion-forward wedding without you! 

Thank you to Monica, my trusty assistant and second shooter. 

Fashion inspired wedding photography based in Portland Or.