2013 Holiday Portrait Mini Session

November 18th, 2013 Permalink

Dress your best and snuggle in close with your loved one, or bring the kids along too, for an unique holiday portrait session! This whimsical styled shoot, inspired by a snow globe, is a fresh alternative to sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. We’ve built a little set (using marshmallows, aluminum foil, and a […]

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Dress your best and snuggle in close with your loved one, or bring the kids along too, for an unique holiday portrait session! This whimsical styled shoot, inspired by a snow globe, is a fresh alternative to sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. We’ve built a little set (using marshmallows, aluminum foil, and a lot of imagination), to ensure you’ve got the most magical holiday photo card on the mantle this year!

WHEN : Sunday, December 1st

WHERE: Milagros.  5433 NW 30th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

WHAT: Included with your mini photo session is a beautiful set of 25 large 5×7″ Holiday cards with envelopes as well as a web-sized digital copy of the image, perfect for sharing online!

COST: The cost for the photo session is $199. Additional sets of photo cards, metal ornaments, and custom address stamps also available for purchase at your session.

Limited availability! To book your mini session, contact Samantha immediately at SoManyMoments@gmail.com or ChildlikeWildlifePhoto@gmail.com. For more info, please check the FAQ section on the Childlike Wildlife website. (Childlike Wildlife is the family portrait wing to So Many Moments wedding photography)

Amber + Ryan : An Intimate Portland Wedding

October 21st, 2013 Permalink

The Nines, the Pumpkin Patch, and Cathedral Park in St.Johns

Amber and Ryan redefined the term “intimate wedding” for me. Even after photographing 100+ weddings, some of them decidedly “casual”, I had never seen anything quite like this.
They truly made this day their own, centered around their love and commitment to one another and absolutely nothing else.

The afternoon began with getting ready in the swanky Nines hotel downtown and even this they did together. Ryan enjoyed some time with his brothers while a close friend did Amber’s make-up in the bathroom. When it was time to get dressed, they did so together. Because this day, for them, was about being together.

Once they were all ready to go, the magic truly began because there was absolutely no plan. When I’d asked Amber where she wanted to do the actual ceremony she replied “When it feels right, we’ll just stop to have our moment. We will say what we would like to say to one another and exchange our rings.” And even with the weather bouncing back and forth from downpour to sunshine, while so much seemed up in the air and left to chance, Amber and Ryan seemed confident that it would all be just perfect, and so it was.

Knowing we had a bit of time, we took the opportunity to go a bit out of Portland’s city center to Sauvie Island. We all love the Pumpkin Patch, who doesn’t, and with the season being what it is, it just fell into our laps as a wonderful fit. When we arrived, it was confirmed that our choice had been a brilliant one as there wasn’t anyone else there except the most wonderful and accommodating staff. They even brought out boots for Amber and her officiant, and dear friend, Robin to wear! We had a blast climbing the hay pyramid, getting a sneak preview of the pumpkins, and enjoying the last of the sunflowers before it was off to wherever the world would take us next.

On the way back to the city, the bridge at Cathedral Park was the destination of choice. The moment they knew would come had arrived and they stood ready to marry one another. The whole experience felt surreal and so perfect, I’m sure for them, but also for me. There was no parade down an aisle, there weren’t any flowers, there was barely even a plan, but there was so much love in the air it was palpable.

Amber and Ryan did this for them. They made a choice to do what made sense to them, and what resulted was one of the most beautiful, genuine, amazing, and touching weddings I’ve ever been to in my life. This couple is so filled with love and dedication to one another. I’m so honored to have been asked to not only document this day for them but to be a witness too! It’s a wedding I will never forget and I couldn’t be more happy for them and proud of them for going against the grain and being true to themselves. Congratulations again, you little lovebirds you!

Photography : So Many Moments

Hotel : The Nines

Photo Shoot Location : The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island

Although Joe and Matt have been together for many years, and domestic partners for the past 5, now that DOMA has been over-ruled in Washington state, they decided to “make honest men of each other” by crossing the border and tying the knot: Legally. I was honored when they chose me to capture their intimate ceremony followed by a “Champagne and Cake” reception, what a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening! They dressed in top hats, like true gentlemen, and spoke excitedly about their honeymoon trip to Disneyworld. My favorite detail was their “And They Lived Happily Ever After” cake, featuring two Prince Charmings, holding hands. I started the 2013 wedding season with a lesbian wedding in Orlando, FL and ended it with these charming chaps, headed to Orlando, FL. Full circle. What a wonderful year!

Photography: So Many Moments

Venue: Marshall House, Vancouver WA

 

Rachael + Jon : Fall Engagement Session

October 12th, 2013 Permalink

A love of Portland, football, and fall were the inspiration for this couple’s engagement photo session

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Rachael and Jon’s engagement session was on one of those perfect Portland nights when it’s almost as if the seasons are changing right before your eyes.  We could feel fall sweaters just around the corner, but got to enjoy one last afternoon of sunshine in short-sleeves.

These two love Portland and football, so it was fun to reflect that a bit in their portrait session. We even played some football in the middle of the street! When Rachael nearly hit a hipster off of her bike with the ball, it was made all the more Portland an experience.

I’m already looking forward to capturing these lovebirds tie the knot next summer; game on!

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Jani and Rich are the sort of pair that are so clearly meant to be together because they’re more then lovers, they’re best friends. They have the same interests, the same sense of humor, and the same goals; it’s what makes them such a great team. Having lived in the same neighborhood as them since we moved to Portland, to photograph them marrying one another was really special for my husband and I. We saw lots of familiar faces at the wedding, their families are incredible, and all in all it was just a picture perfect afternoon.

Jani loves black. She wears it often, so it was no surprise to me that she chose a wedding gown with a thick black ribbon tied at the waist and paired it with a chunky black necklace. It was perfectly her. I know she also loves black and white photos, so I thought it would be fun to try to put together her collection of wedding photographs in primarily black and white. (We always photograph a wedding in color and make these changes to the images in post production. That way, all of our couples receive the original color images as well as any copies of photographs that we’ve edited in special ways.)

 

 

 

Photography: So Many Moments

Wedding Coordination: Best Regards Event Planning

Hair and Make-up: Jacqui Garlick

Catering: Divine Occasions

Desserts: Emily Réman

Videography: Mikiech Nichols

 

Maggie and Kellan had a beautiful wedding in the Columbia River gorge at Hood River’s Springhouse Cellar. The venue boasts the most incredible ruins as the backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. Friends and family from east coast to west joined together to celebrate their love! Maggie wore her hair in a very long braid with her bridesmaids all in different green dresses. Kellan was a kind host and made sure everyone was having a great time.

We really enjoyed how many little kiddos got to attend this wedding. Kids can make parties so delightful, and there was no shortage of little munchkins running around for this party. I loved that as the center pieces on the kids tables there was a stack of fun little toys instead of the beautiful flower arrangements found on the other tables. But, my favorite detail was seeing how they had used photos from our engagement shoot session as candy bar wrappers! Too cool. It was a beautiful evening and fun for all, big and small.

 

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Photography: So Many Moments

Venue: Springhouse Cellar Winery

Videography: McKenna Johnson

Ever wondered how to propose to your girlfriend? Get out your pen and paper, ready to take notes? Meet Brandon; he just upped the ante. Brandon was so thoughtful in how he planned to ask his love, Monica, to be his. The little sunset picnic, the incredible view, the perfect weather, and (my favorite part!) having a photographer or two there to capture the moment he asked her a question that would change their lives forever.

On their drive out of town for the weekend, he pulled off at a favorite look out for a little picnic. Meanwhile, after a beautiful day of hiking waterfalls with a friend and our baby bear, we all showed up at the lookout a little after Brandon and Monica. This let us chose where we wanted to position ourselves for the photographs. We laid out a blanket and Matthew and I started taking photos of our baby and friend, trying not to be too creepy as we kept looking over at the two of them! Luckily, we even had a cue so as to know when to stop pointing the cameras at the baby and instead on the two of them.

I love that Monica had no idea Brandon had arranged for us to be there, and since we’d never her met before, she had no idea who we were. It was a picture perfect moment as she said “YES!” and we snapped away. Because Matthew and I were there to shoot together like a wedding, we used different lenses and got different looks for the same moment. I love that she didn’t see it coming at all! Their happiness was palpable; it was such a romantic moment. And so we left them for a good little while afterwards while they shared in their excitement. Then they even shared some of their wine and we took a few more photographs. I love my job so much. I love seeing people so in love. And I love how Brandon even considered that, since they were going to camp all weekend at the Gorge, it’d be better to ask her on the way rather then the way back. Bonus points, Brandon! We are so happy for you two. Thank you for letting us share in your moment and take these portraits for you!

Photography: So Many Moments

Jennifer + Sean : Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding

August 1st, 2013 Permalink

Wedding at an Oregon Vineyard outside Portland

Jennifer and Sean; the quintessential Oregon Vineyard wedding. The epic view from the winery made it such a picture perfect day, made all the more special by their warm families. Jen’s bright smile put everyone at ease, siblings gave hilarious toasts, and Jen’s father even shed a tear during their first dance. It was just the sort of wedding every bride to be hopes for, and we were so lucky to be able to photograph it for them. To ensure even more photos of their guests, they also opted for our on-site printing photo booth. It’s not only another fun activity for the guests, it’s lovely to be able to give the couple hundreds more photos! Also, keeping their guests in mind, they arranged for a school bus to take their friends and family to and from McMinnville. How cool is that?! This let guests relax and enjoy the excellent wine without worrying about who was going to drive back down that windy road.  All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a more fabulous couple to work for and I know they will continue to be fabulous for many years to come. I really hope these lovebirds keep in touch with us!

Photography + Photo Booth : So Many Moments

Videography : McKenna Johnson

Venue : Vista Hills Vineyard

Hair + make up : Aimee J’Adore

DJ: NW Mobile DJ Service

Dress : Marcella’s Bridal

Cupcakes : Saint Cupcake

Bus : First Student Charter Bus Rental

Officiant : Reverend Robert Griffen from A Perfect Ceremony

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