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!). 

*PRESS PLAY*

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.