gwyneth colleen photography » portland, or wedding photographer

Meredith and Kevin

I’m still behind. Meredith and Kevin were married 30 June at the Stevens Estate. I was once again second-shooting for the fabulous Rachel of Decent Urban Weddings. (Being a second shooter is great; there’s less pressure, and I get to do lots of fun, creative stuff and let her worry about getting all the “money” shots. It’s a nice change of pace every now and then!)

Meredith and Kevin are a riot…they called their event “the wedding of the century”…and they managed to pull off a classy, beautiful day…with these little splashes of quirky and amusing irreverence. Plus, they’re really good friends with Amy and Jeff…the couple from March who consented to having their portraits done in front of a bull pen. (The kind that has more snuffly, large bovines that might possibly kill you if irked than men in polyester throwing baseballs.) It was really great to see them again.

the Stevens Estate had character and presence oozing out of the floorboards.

that sky! I wish they made soda in that flavor. Can you imagine anything more refreshing?

I really love the “couple exiting” photos…I’m not sure why. Perhaps because it is so quintessential and beautiful that it transcends boring and traditional? I usually gravitate toward capturing the uniqueness of a particular event, but I love this moment…every time.

Isn’t their cake beautiful?! And they put it in a photographer’s dream spot…a few feet from a window…so it was bathed in natural light.

their placecards were the “chance” and “community chest” cards…which told the guests which “street” they were supposed to join for the reception. Such fun.

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I’ve been lugging my 16×20 studio sample canvas to client meetings because it’s so freaking awesome! You need to actually see one of these in person to fully appreciate how much more amazing your creative portraits will look at a larger size.

It’s not really possible to take photos of a print and do it any justice, but at the request of a portrait client (who has an amazing, beautiful, and artistic idea…I’ll be posting photos once it’s been executed, but I’m REALLY excited about it!) I snapped a couple shots.

the quality and texture of prints on canvas is incredible! and they come gallery wrapped so they’re ready to hang. canvases are certainly not budget items, but they make your photos works of art, that I guarantee will cause visitors to your home to say, “wow!”

(past clients, email me if you’re interested in purchasing a canvas.)

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Jean & Jack

Remember Jean & Jack…the couple whom b&w loved? Their wedding on the Cape in June was the exact opposite. I couldn’t bring myself to do much b&w because the colors were soooo delicious.

I think beach grass is very romantic.

as soon as I saw this little wooden dock, I knew I needed to do some photos on it. Jean was such a great sport. It was a little wobbly/floaty feeling, and she was nervous. I’m pretty sure she’s glad she toughed it out for a few minutes. 😀

walking with the granddaughters.

one of the things that brought these two together was a mutual love of fishing. so…immediately after they were pronounced husband and wife, they went out on the jetty for their first cast as a married couple. I’ll say it again: I LOVE it when couples incorporate unique and personal things into their wedding day.

Jean’s super-fun son and his adorable date…check out those shoes!

I love the current trend for ‘beachy’ wedding cakes. the best is that loose brown sugar looks just like wet sand…so they sprinkle it around the bottom of the cake. delightful!

one last sunset kiss.

moi, with the happy couple…

also…they’re back from their honeymoon, and sent me a few photos…I very matter-of-factly shared my hatred toward them. I think you’ll feel the same way when you see these photos:

(my favorite part of this is the men canoeing. in New Zealand, a corner of the Polynesian triangle, the ocean-going canoes are called ‘waka’. I’m going to ask wikipedia what they’re called in Tahiti. brb. ummm, I think it’s the same, but the wikipedia article was kind of useless. I learned other Tahitian trivia, though. Some of which I already knew; the in-flight magazines of Air Tahiti Nui are quite good.) Also, please note this was taken from their ROOM.

yeah, this is the “pool” at their resort. I thought hotel pools were supposed to be roughly 20 feet long, kidney shaped, and full of children w/ inflatable yellow floaties on their arms?

the boat they cruised on, the M/S Paul Gauguin just off of Moorea

overwater bungalows in Taha’a

Jean & Jack…I find the two of you delightful, and your kids are grand fun. I thoroughly enjoyed your wedding day…even if I do hate you desperately now given the photos of your honeymoon you sent. 😀 I hope our paths cross again!

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paper and ink

in this day of PDAs and iphones and…sync-ing calendars and laptops, oh my!–i am a misfit.

i do not have a PDA.

i only use my phone’s calendar to check how many days i have left in the monthly billing cycle and figure out how many minutes per day i have for the rest of the month.

i still use a planner. i have had the same brand for, like, 5 years now. i love it. it’s one of the cheapest ones walmart carries. roughly 5×7, with a section for each day and a month-view page at the beginning of each new month. it’s perfect.

getting a new planner is one of my favourite things. i make an evening of sitting down and transferring all the important information i had in the last one. things like cookie recipes and j.d. salinger quotes in the notes section, my list of “camera equipment to purchase”, birthdays, etc.

part of the reason i love this is because i am extraordinarily vain about my handwriting. it is awesome. haha… it is, though. i get compliments on it all the time, and i don’t feel too bad about graciously accepting them, because i have CRAFTED my handwriting. (doesn’t that sound weird? but it’s true. i’ve worked really hard on figuring out my favourite way to make each letter. and doing it over and over so it comes off my pen naturally.)

i got a new planner tonight. yes. in august. they had an 18 month one, which is great, because there are saturdays in 2008 which are already spoken for. if you’d like to speak for one and earn a few lines in gwyn’s planner, shoot me an email. let’s chat. 😀

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