Last week, we had the pleasure of trekking down to Eugene to document the happenings at the Oregon Leadership Network’s Spring Conference, and the lunch break had a particularly interesting surprise for us: a performance by Mariachi del Sol, a student mariachi band from nearby Springfield High School! Word is, the group came together after seeing and being inspired by the only other school mariachi group in Oregon (from Woodburn High School). After a lot of fundraising and practice time, Mariachi del Sol is getting to be well-known around the Eugene/Springfield community, and is spreading an infectious combo of music and Hispanic culture.
April 22, 2010
March 26, 2010
I was just flipping through some wedding photos, and thought I’d share this one. Candid shots–from ANY type of shoot!–always seem to have a way of becoming sentimental favorites of mine, even if they don’t quite make it into the portfolio book. But hey, sharing beloved shots that aren’t in the portfolio is part of what this blog is for, right?
Our bride Adejoke took a minute to pose with her brother and sister, when the wind picked up and blew her veil over his head… little brother apparently wasn’t too wild about the prospect of playing dress-up!
March 17, 2010
It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been on the road quite a bit, and since Ben’s not so much the blogging type of guy, my absence from the Internet usually means radio silence on the blog front. Anyhoo, here’s a taste of some of the things we’ve been up to:
And, just in time for spring, some Spring/Summer fashions. (see more of these at www.alysonclair.com!)
And that’s not to mention the events we’ve had the pleasure of shooting, too! Hopefully, I’ll have time to share more in-depth looks at all we’ve been up to these past few weeks, but if not… we’re looking forward to what’s ahead, and we hope you’ll be part of it!
Also: potential Senior Reps for 2011, stay tuned! Details are coming soon!
February 19, 2010
Just popping in to let y’all know that tomorrow night is the Sweet F.A. Fashion Show! It’s been called “the best fashion show in Portland,” by more than a few, and this round of fashions should be awesome! The lineup includes some of our favorite clients and collaborators, like Alyson Clair, Carolyn Hart, and Adam Andreas, and we’ve gotten a peek at just a few of their new garments for spring and summer… they’re definitely not to be missed!
Doors open at 8pm, with the runway show at 9pm and dancing afterwards… we hope to see you at The Fez tomorrow night!
December 18, 2009
Last week was especially busy for us, but I (Sarah) still found room in my schedule to be a part of the Help-Portrait event held here in Portland last Saturday. The mission of Help-Portrait? Find a needy person, take their portrait, create a print and give it to that person. Helping one person just wasn’t enough, though, and after several planning meetings and a flurry of e-mails and Google spreadsheets, we had over 30 volunteers coming together to shoot portraits for dozens of people in need!
I could only stay for the first half of the day, but the energy of the experience lifted my spirits all weekend. The atmosphere was warm and collaborative, and considering how many professional photographers were in the room, the space was ego-free. We’d share tips and chat about gear, lend a hand holding a reflector or testing lights, and back each other up whenever someone needed an assist. The volunteers who weren’t photographers were on-point and ready to help with hair and makeup, contacting organizations, sorting through images, or even just staying with folks who were waiting to have their portrait taken, so they wouldn’t feel lost in the shuffle. It was all about the people we were helping, and making it a positive experience for them.
No matter how many times I see it, it’s always a little surprising for me, to see the faces of the less-fortunate. When I visited China back in the summertime, I found myself shocked at the extreme circumstances of some of the disadvantaged people I encountered on the streets. At Help-Portrait, however, those less-fortunate faces didn’t look much different from my own. A lot of people, from all walks of life, have come up on tough circumstances these days, and it’s not hard to see it, if you look around you. Still, there were some very sweet families and freakin’ adorable kids who came to get their portraits done, and it was a lot of fun to meet all of these people, and watch them truly enjoying with their photo sessions and interacting with all the volunteers who came out.
Honestly, it’s hard to know what else to say that would even begin to encompass this experience, for someone who wasn’t there… it was just an amazing event all around, and watching the slideshow this morning was such a treat. I’m absolutely doing this again next year, and I know it’s only going to grow bigger and better!
Here’s the slideshow, with plenty of photos (including quite a few of my own) documenting the events of the day. It’s always enjoyable for me to simply watch people being themselves, and capture the bright moments.
December 10, 2009
We’re still winding down after a busy day at the Holiday Cravings Shopping Party, and we’ll have photos from the event soon… but today we’re feeling like it’s high time for a snapshot.
We had the chance to see Springfield School District Superintendent Nancy Golden in action, while shooting on-location in Springfield several weeks ago. She has a reputation for being an active and forward-thinking educator: not only does she bring other educators together, but she also makes sure to stay in touch and relate with the students. More about the work that she and other educators are doing to strengthen public schools is in the latest issue of Education Northwest Magazine.
(and yes, you can book with us for photojournalistic promotional and event photography… we shoot in a variety of situations, for people from all walks of life. Just e-mail or call us to get the details!)
December 4, 2009
Holiday shopping is in full-force, and we know you’re looking for great gifts for your family and friends. So, here’s the perfect excuse for you to skip the generic snack basket this year, and give a beautiful, meaningful, and personal gift to the people you love best:
All orders for prints and canvasses are 20% Off, when you order between now and December 15th! That includes prints from weddings, events, portraits, headshot sessions… everything! Just visit your personal proof gallery from your photoshoot, and submit your order through our web site… the 20% discount on all prints and canvasses are already activated in your gallery!
If you haven’t shot with us yet, we DO still have room for a few more sessions before it’s too late, so give us a call right away to schedule a time, and you’ll get more prints with your package for the same rate.
Happy holidays, to everyone we’ve worked with before, and everyone we’ll meet in the future!
November 17, 2009
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so pretty soon it’ll be time to get your holiday shopping on. Portland’s Salon 77 is hosting the CliqueMixer Holiday Soiree, featuring live music, complimentary wine and snacks, free goodies for the first 50 guests, and a holiday photo booth provided by, well, US! Come visit us, along with plenty of other vendors, and have a great time mixing and mingling while you scope out some excellent holiday gifts for your loved ones.
We’ll be taking photos at the event, selling our artistic prints, and showing some of our latest work from recent photo sessions. We’ll also be showing samples of our new custom photo greeting cards! And, if you get to us soon enough, we can even book you on-the-spot for a portrait session, so you can get your photos back just in time to give your family and friends a unique-to-you gift.
CliqueMixer Holiday Soiree
Thursday Dec. 3rd
1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR
October 21, 2009
Yeah, we know it’s not even Halloween yet, but if you are looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping and support the local economy, join us for Christmas in October: a Freedom and Free Enterprise Fair. We’ll be there, along with dozens of local businesses and craftspeople, to tell you about what we’re doing, and why we love doing it.
People who visit us will get an event-only special, and you’ll also have a chance to win a portrait mini-session package with us, valued at $100! All of the vendors are giving away prizes, too, so you could win something awesome just for stopping by. AND, we’ll also have some of our award-winning artistic prints up for grabs, and we’ll be debuting our State Fair 2009 postcards! Even if you just want to ask us a few questions about how our sessions work, make plans to drop in on the Fair this Saturday. We’d love to meet you!
Christmas in October ~ Freedom & Free Enterprise Fair
Saturday, October 24, 2009
10:00am – 4:00pm
Urban Grind Coffeehouse
2214 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97213
October 14, 2009
It’s been a busy week, especially now that Ben’s down with a cold, but we’re just popping in to alert our friends in the blogosphere about our new Try Us On special for engagements. We know that booking your photographer often turns out to be one of the toughest choices you’ll make when you’re planning your wedding, so we’re hoping to make that choice a little easier for you.
All you need to do is:
Book an engagement session with us, between now and November 30th. We’ll do your portrait session (sessions start at just $199), you’ll get your photos, and you’ll get the chance to try us on, and see if we’re a good fit for you.
Then, when you book your wedding with us, we’ll discount the price of your engagement session from your wedding package. Then, you’ll have an awesome wedding photographer booked, and you’ll be getting engagement photos you love for FREE. Pretty excellent deal, right?
We have dates available for portrait sessions between now and the end of November, so get in touch with us, and we can fill you in on all the details.