Clean & Simple Wedding Styling for the Minimalist Bride

One of the main things I love about have a natural light studio is all the projects I can do in there- a clean palette to set up anything we can think of. When Dorotheea of Kamea Events reached out to me to do a minimalistic bridal inspo shoot, I was totally in. Even more so since she was taking care of all the styling and vendors. I love putting together teams and having the control but sometimes it's so nice to have someone who thrives and loves styling, take control. 

In a place where we are bombarded by social media to the fullest, busy lives and so forth, Dorotheea wanted to highlight a more simple approach and I was all for it. All the vendors that were part of this amazing shoot brought their A- game for an amazing minimal concept. The whole day was relaxed and focused on the beauty of simplicity.

"We chose to highlight this story by using a clean colour palette of mostly light cool tones: green, grey, white. The tablescape consisted of organic ceramic placements and linens accented by fresh sprigs of greenery and minimal blooms. Our peaceful bride wore a simple pantsuit with natural hair and makeup. We wanted to emphasise the importance of a “no frills” wedding." - Dorotheea

Enjoy these highlights and take a look at the FEATURE on White Magazine Blog! Scroll all the way down for HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!

 CREDITS

    Photography Spotted:Stills  *  Planning + Styling Kamea Events  *  Venue The Light Room  *  Model Shawnalise Fortune  *  Stationery Diasmade Design  *  Hair + Makeup Kirstie Wight  *  Florals Seeds of Clay  *  Jewelery Jacqueline Grace  *  Outfit Vene AI  *  Ceramics Notary Ceramics

Tiffani & Ryan | The Westin Resort at Puerto Vallarta Mexico Wedding

Puerto Vallarta never disappoints.  So when Tiffani & Ryan contacted me, describing plans of a week long Carnival cruise with their family and friends, followed by a wedding day at The Westin overlooking the ocean, I could not be more excited to be there for them.  

I had the privilege to photograph Tiffani & Ryan's engagement session over the beautiful scenic parts of the Oregon Gorge! We walked by a waterfall and hiked up to a specular view point!

Tiffani & Ryan started the week off with boarding Carnival Cruise Lines! Along with close family and friends, they spent the week relaxing, enjoying activities on board and dancing thru the night! They brought me along to document all the fun! What a better way to kick off your wedding then a week of festivities! On Wednesday, we docked in Puerto Vallarta and took a short ride to The Westin Resort and Spa,  There they got ready for their wedding together, preparing for a day of love, emotion, and, eventually, one heck of a dance party. The Westin Resort & Spa  is an amazing oceanfront jewel. Boasting lush grounds, amazing services, and a great on-site wedding coordinator, it was an ideal wedding venue, where everything could happen in one place.

Tiffani's aunt, who joined us, is an amazing florist! Lora ordered floral from a local distributer and produced amazing floral for the bridal party!

 As the night ended, a storm started rolling in. We boarded back on the Miracle Cruise and captured some amazing shots that the storm provided!

Tiffany and Ryan's wedding had all the things lovely! A beautiful place, an energetic and loving group of friends and family who made amazing guests! Congrats you two on an amazing week!

Studio Maternity Session - Portland Oregon

New mom-to-be Jamie came in to the studio for a gorgeous maternity session in preparation for her new boy. We draped the walls with greenery and the tone for an intimate maternity session. We kept the whole session in neutral tones that create a beautiful soft look.  I can't wait to meet her little one!

Christmas Family Session Highlights

We've been feeling jolly festive over the past two weeks in the studio! Christmas truly is a magical and wonderful time! Here are a few highlights of families that have come in! Can't wait to continue photographing more families!

There are a few more slot times available the weekend of Dec 9th and 10th!

Classic Birthday Brunch

Happy Birthday to.....ME!! I blog so many events I figured I should add my own as well! 

Here in Portland, we LOVE to brunch! So it's only natural that I hosted a brunch with some of my closest friends for my birthday! With my schedule being so busy this time of year I turned to the wonderful event space called Tendue (they are 20 steps away from my studio- score!) to host it in! Guys, this space is MAGICAL! I just love everything about it and it was perfect for this occasion! I had the girls help me make this vision reality cuz, let's be honest, it takes a village! I have listed them below! Each one of them went above and beyond to make sure everything was just perfect! I can not thank them enough! Thank you to ALL who came and celebrated another amazing year! I love you to pieces!

Venue: Tendue * Florals: Liz Rusnac Floral * Table Design/Menu Cards/Napkins: Stephanie Major * Cupcake Stands & Design: Daniela Pacurar * Photographer: Snezhana * Candles: Yummi Candles * Candle Holders: Luxury Events * Catering: Elephants Delicatessen *  Birthday Outfit: Forever 21

Intimate Studio Maternity

Tis the season for maternity sessions!! We set up the studio for multiple looks for this new mama-to-be! From light and airy to boho, finishing off with some dramatic looks. The studio was a perfect backdrop to all this, with greenery scaling the walls (Liz Rusnac Floral). Here are some of the favorites!

 

Spring Stylized Bridal Portraits

When you want to create the most beautiful indoor bridal portraits, all you need is a beautiful dress, pretty floral pieces and an amazing team of creatives to create magic! Getting into the new studio this last month has been a complete dream come true! We wanted to test the light and flow of the space so we set up a gorgeous bridal session. Seriously, this was like a dream! Here is the dream team- and be sure to scroll all the way down to see a video of the day!

Photography: Spotted:Stills   * Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Whit  * Gown: Brides for A Cause Floral: Sophisticated Floral * Videographer: Adi Pacurar * Vintage Chair: Denise Pacurar * Creative Assistance: Photography by Lumi & Adi Nita  * Model: Allie Stanisel * Studio: The Lightroom

Creating & learning at the INSTAMeet

I've been to a couple Instameets over the past couple years. I love being about to meet new people who are creative and shooting in different areas! I love the interaction of all the attendees as well as seeing how the photos turn out from everyones style. 

I've been spending every Tuesday with my good friend Liza of Liza James Photography. We have been chatting about ideas for growth, future goals and shooting concepts. We love to be able to shoot creatively and push ourselves farther! We decided to host our first Instameet with an added element of teaching! We both love meeting new people, sharing how we shoot and learn off each other! 

We got a couple to model for us, had Lora of Sophisticated Floral made a gorgeous floral crown and decided to meet at a local Starbucks. We wanted to show that you don't need some fancy place to shoot (altho I do love me some amazing backdrops!) but you can create magic anywhere! With Cherry Blossom season in full bloom, we found a church parking lot with a couple trees and knew it would be perfect! We started off there, going thru how to find good light, directing couples into poses and utilizing your surroundings to frame your images.

Thank you to the girls that joined us! It was amazing meeting you and learning together! Can't wait for the next one! Here's a look at the evening, filmed by Adi Pacurar (who is doing events- hit him up!). 

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PNW INSTAMeet!

Spring has sprung and it's time to FINALLY get out and take some beautiful photos! I know this is a time when most photographers start getting busy with sessions and weddings! It can get overwhelming juggling everything and staying on track while also letting your creative juices flow! So, why not take a break and meet fellow photographers and creatives in general! Liza and I are hosting out first INSTAMeet! Basically, if you love taking photos (DSLR or IPhone!), meeting new people and having fun, this is for you!! Oh, and it's FREE, duh!

We will be setting up a shoot (a couple or a single person) in the Gresham area on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30pm and show you how to :

-Pick a location that you would never think to use

-How to use what's around you to enhance you images

-Guide your "model" (whoever you are taking photos of) in poses that are natural while guiding them! 

And we want to learn from YOU as well! We LOVE new tips and tricks! We LOVE community and want to grow and encourage! But most of all, we LOVE to laugh and have a good time while taking photos!! Send us an email and let us know you are coming- spottedstills@gmail.com OR lizajamesphotography@gmail.com.

Hope to meet lots of you!!!

Erin & the Girls - Southern California Family Session

Southern California, you hold a special place in my heart. I can't ever get a hold of the magical light it produces every time!! Met this beautiful family and took some amazing photos of Erin and her sweet girls Ella and Lily! I could photograph them all day, every day! Can't wait to be back soon!!

Dana & Ovi - Pacific City Bridal Session - Portland Wedding Photographer

I love bridal sessions. They are calm, beautiful and full of love. I highly recommend doing one with your photographer. Your wedding day is full of excitement, emotion and the day will fly by you! Your day may not allocate enough time to take bridal photos and that's ok! Planning a bridal session (or as others like to call it, trash the dress) is perfect to go to a location otherwise not attainable during the wedding day, and spending time taking those beautiful stills!  

Beautiful bridal bouquet by Lora of Sophisticated Floral Design.