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March 17, 2010

Spring is here! (mostly) – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

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:

Senior portraits in the snow…

Model portfolios with some avant-garde edge…

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!

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February 19, 2010

Saturday: Sweet F.A. Fashion Show! – event and fashion photography in Portland, OR

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!

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February 11, 2010

Getting fashionable with Spirit Hoods! – fashion, commercial, and product photography in Portland, OR

We kicked off our fashion shooting for 2010 on our first week back from vacation, when model and producer Jillian Rabe–one of our favorite PDX movers-and-shakers!–brought us in to work with a truly unique new product: Spirit Hoods! This fun and funky headgear brings together features of hoods, hats, and scarves, (check the cute pockets for your hands at the bottom!) and it definitely makes a statement while keeping you toasty through the last bit of winter.

We created these photos in the expansive shooting space at  SmashCut Studio in the Pearl, and really enjoyed working in the space. The shoot was a ton of fun–and really, how could it not be, with this as the product?–and the energy was off the charts! Spirit Hoods got such a great initial response that the product is already on backorder, but their web site is online, and they’ll be restocking and launching their online store really soon.

These are just a few of the shots from our session, made into promotional images for their web site.

Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

October 24, 2009

A Vintage-Inspired Fall Collection – fashion, commercial, and product photography in Portland, OR

A few days ago, local designer Alyson Clair unveiled her latest collection for Fall 2009 on her web site, so now we finally get to share some of the photos! 

We shot outside an old Vavoline building in an industrial area of North Portland, and it was a cool spot, but it also had its challenges. If we’d started shooting too early, and the outdoor light would be too harsh, but if we waited too long, the neighboring buildings would cast a huge shadow across our setting. Throw in some partly-cloudy conditions that had the sun passing behind clouds periodically, and things get a bit tricky.

That meant we had to work fast and be ready to make quick changes, which is, fortunately, never a problem when we’re doing the shooting. We shot 3 different models in multiple outfits, and finished with plenty of time to savor our Saint Cupcakes (courtesy of Alyson), and then head out to enjoy the rest of a gorgeous day.

If you like what you see, you can pick up these vintage-inspired, figure-flattering pieces at several boutiques in town. Check out the Clair Vintage Inspired web site for a closer look!

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

October 5, 2009

Monday Snapshot: Fall clothing gets Sweet – commercial and fashion photography in Portland, Oregon

It’s a big week for Portland fashion… because Portland Fashion Week begins in just two days! We’re particularly excited for PFW’s Thursday night showing, because one of the three designers selected for the Emerging Designers showing is one of our beloved fashion clients: Mira Fannin of Sweet Skins! Word is, she’ll be debuting an all-new collection of delicious denim, and we’re excited for her and curious to see what’ll be coming down the runway. 

So, today’s Snapshot is a peek at the rack of clothing samples from our Fall ’09 photoshoot with Sweet Skins. Just a little homage to Fall Fashion and to Mira’s work, because it’s finally starting to feel like fall, and slipping on some warm and comfortable (and, of course, fashionable) threads is sounding pretty excellent today. 

P.S. If you visit the Sweet Skins web site, you can snag some of the new Fall items we shot in the online shop. They’re comfortable, eco-friendly, and very cute!

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

September 28, 2009

FUSE: a black tie fashion fundraiser event – event and fashion photography in Portland, Oregon

Last week, we gave you a peek at Portland Fashion Synergy and its visiting guests from Henan, its ambitious goals for relations between Portland and China, and of course, its plans for a runway show unlike any other seen in Portland. Friday night was that runway show, and it was nothing short of amazing.

We’ve shot at our fair share of Portland runways, and some fashion shows seem less about the clothes, and more about creating an excuse to party until 3am. (do we need any more of those?) At some shows, there isn’t even a genuine runway… an aisle or a hallway, perhaps, but it’s more guerilla fashion than upper-crust. This is Portland, and although we have plenty of designers with forward-thinking vision, pulling together a major runway event is no simple task.

PDXFS generated a lot of buzz and made big promises for their show, and FUSE didn’t disappoint. The Kriedel Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum made the perfect venue for showcasing garments with an artistic flair, and the production value showed in the rich details of the stage, decor, and of course, the elevated runway. We’d love to see more of this kind of energy in Portland’s fashion community, so we’re looking forward to seeing what PDXFS brings our way next.

These are just a few shots from the runway show. To see more of what you might have missed, take a look at our online gallery of photos from the evening!

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September 24, 2009

Chinese fashion delegation arrives in PDX for FUSE – event and fashion photography in Portland, Oregon

Yesterday was a big day for Portland fashion: a delegation of representatives from the Henan Fashion Association in China landed in our city! PDX Fashion Synergy is a group in Portland, dedicated to collaborating with and supporting the local fashion community, and there will be meetings and tours throughout the visit, as PDXFS works towards forging new partnerships between the Chinese and Portland designers.

PDXFS is also putting on a black tie fashion show fundraiser, FUSE, this Friday night! VIP tickets are already sold out for the show, but General Admission tickets are still available, and we’ll be there to cover the event! They’ll be showing designs brought from China by the visiting delegation, as well as lines from Portland-based designers such as Emily Katz, MAYTEE, and the men’s line Defyance.

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Chinese delegates arrive at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon

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The PDXFS representatives help get them checked in.

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PDXFS associate Jillian Rabe (left) represented Portland fashion in May, to bring some of our leading sustainable designs to China.

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Scarlet at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion – event & fashion photography in Portland, OR

We had a great time shooting at Scarlet: A Vintage Fashion & Antique Car Show this past Sunday! The runway show was beautiful, and the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion made the perfect venue for an elegant event.

We also had the opportunity to shoot with the runway models at the Mansion before the show, and it was a truly amazing location! The inside of the mansion especially caught our eye, and it’s a place that really has to be seen to be believed. If you’re getting married in 2010, this is definitely a venue worth checking out… we had a lot of fun shooting there!

Here’s a shot from the runway show, and one of the photos from our Pre-show shooting. All of our photos from the show are online for downloading and print orders, so be sure to check them out!

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September 18, 2009

This Sunday: SCARLET Vintage Fashion & Antique Car Show! – event & music photography in Portland, OR

We’re excited to be working with 58UP Productions again for their latest event! This Sunday evening, the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion will be hosting Scarlet: A Vintage Fashion & Antique Car Show, and will feature the “Over the Hill Gang” Vintage Car Show, Live Music by the Tracy Kim Trio & The Malcom Lewis Quartet, an Art Exhibition from Octavine Illustration (Cara Buchter), and, of course, a fabulous vintage clothing runway show.

Doors open at 5pm, and tickets are available online, so get dressed up and wrap up your weekend in style!

Enko Photography – event, music, and fashion photography in Portland and the Willamette Valley

September 17, 2009

Back to Fashion – commercial and fashion photography in Portland, OR

After taking a fairly long break from straight-size fashion collaborations, we finally found some time to work with an awesome team of ladies on some soft and lovely fashion images! We were lucky enough to have the talents of Ambrosia Carey–our hairstylist for our November 2008 PLUS Model Magazine editorial–on hair and makeup, two skilled models from Portland agencies, and two amazing local designers!

Here are a couple of the images we’ve cooked up so far, featuring one-of-a-kind designs by Emily Sunnell. Her line, Emilia Kaye, is focused around romantic and raw garments made from reconstructed clothing, and she loves putting energy into quirky and unique details that speak volumes. 

Models: Sofie (Mode) and Iris (Ryan Artists)

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If you’re a fan of Last Thursday on Alberta, keep an eye out for these two girls: you might see Sofie selling her own works, and Iris bakes some killer gluten-free cookies! (we should know, she brought some to the shoot!)

Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

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