Style Me Pretty Feature: Farm to Table Wedding

One thing I know for sure, to put together a publish worthy shoot- a good team is indispensable. It's always such a privilege to be asked to join some of the best of Portland's vendors and create a work of visual art. 

  The hard work paid off as Style Me Pretty honored us with a feature this morning :D

Here's a few highlights, enjoy!

Fine Art Wedding Photography Portland Or

What comes to mind when you think of fine art wedding photography in Portland OR? Well, I'll tell you. Film. Film, film, and more film. Shooting fine art wedding photos seems to always happen on film. Which is why I bought my first film camera 2 months ago. Yikes! Yes, I have forged into 35mm and medium format photography. I love the muted hues and soft focus of the fine art wedding look. It's sprinkled all over the pages of the latest bridal mags, but there is something incredibly timeless about it's beauty.

Fine art wedding photography based out of Portland Or is a bit tricky as the market is very saturated. But like anything else, you just have to be better at it. A saturated market just means you have to excel to stand out. In a competitive wedding market, film can make the difference. But more than a business idea, I have fallen in love with the creative process again.

With film its more painstaking, thoughtful and precise. There is no room for error in your exposure. Have I ruined several rolls of expensive film? Yes. But the journey is very exciting. Getting those images back from the lab is like christmas every time.

What are some of the Defining qualities of Fine Art Wedding Photography?

A few things stand out.

1. The color tones and skin tones. Because the photographer is using traditional film, the colors have a distinct look based on the film they used. Fuji400 is the most popular wedding film as its colors are soft and romantic. Weddings are soft and romantic so they match nicely :)

2. The focus is softer. Digital photographs compared to fine art wedding photographs are much much sharper. This can give you a "tin can" effect, where the digital image loses its authenticity. Film photography has a "less than perfect" quality that many people are growing to love once again.

3. The style of posing is distinct. Most fine art wedding photographers lean towards poses that direct the avoid eye-contact with the subject. They tell the story, but avoid the "eyes at the camera" look which is typical in most wedding photographers. Fine art wedding photos are about putting the small pieces together to create a comprehensive story of the day. The detail shots are just as important as the classic portraits.

Here's some examples from my own work- and granted, it's definitely in process ;)

Veils from Serephine, Dresses from Lydia Wagner - both northwest designers. With my background in fashion, I can't help but shoot in a fashion style.

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 Fine art wedding photography, Portland OR. Portland is the home of Fine Art Wedding photography by Christa-Taylor.

Camera gear: Nikon F100 and current favorite nikon lenses- 85mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.8

Highschool Hottie: Kailie Dennis-Collins

Kailie drove up from Dallas, OR and walked into the studio with the most gorgeous smile. While going through her wardrobe she explained to me, "I don't want that pouty face that a lot of the seniors's just not me! I love smiling!" She is just Full. Of. LIFE. I loved having the privilege of capturing your seniors Kailie. Thank you for trusting me to take these.


50mm f2.0 1/500 ISO1250


85mm f2.0 1/200 ISO800



50 mm f1.4  1/125 ISO400


50 mm f4.0 1/125 ISO 1600


50mm f 1.8 1/320 ISO 1250


50 mm f2.2. 1/250 ISO 400


50mm. f 3.5 1/125 ISO 1250