Enko Photography Blog

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!

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


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!





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

July 22, 2009

Fabulous fashion portraits!

This full-figured fashion session started because of a gorgeous woman… who doesn’t model! Alexis came to us looking to celebrate her beauty in full-on fashion style, and since we love to push the boundaries of plus-size fashion, we knew we’d love this assignment.

We brought together a great team for this session, so we were lucky enough to have makeup and hair by Ashlee Murr—the same wonderful artist who did makeup for our November 2008 PLUS Model Magazine editorial—and the wardrobe styling talents of Oscar Milano Mai, who came in from Seattle to work with us! Oscar has designed his own collections and styled for numerous photoshoots in Seattle, and his bold use of color and style proved perfect for this session.

You’ve already seen a sneak peek of our session with Alexis, so here are a few captures of the other diverse and gorgeous looks we shot during our session!

We can bring fashion flair and concepts into any portrait session you book with us; just ask and we’ll give you the details. We’ll make sure you’re set with the right stylists, and get you feeling as gorgeous as you truly are, inside and out!



Enko Photography – fashion, commercial, and portrait photographers in Portland, Oregon

November 6, 2008

PLUS Model Magazine

Here’s another image from our November 2008 editorial for PLUS Model Magazine, featuring our second model from the spread. I was lucky enough to spot her at a runway casting, and was thrilled to bring her on board for the shoot. She’d booked her fair share of commercial and catalog modeling jobs, but edgy plus-size fashion bookings are hard to come by, so she was excited to broaden her horizons!

Be sure to check out our PLUS Model Magazine editorial. We won’t be posting the other images here, so you’ll have to visit the magazine to see the rest! 😉

Model: Ruth (Wilhelmina/MTG)
Makeup: Ashlee Murr
Hair: Ambrosia Carey

PLUS Model Magazine editorial image

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

November 3, 2008

Plus model editorial

(We’ve been a bit inspired by NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, so we’ll be attempting to post every day for the rest of the month! We may not have time to share with you every single day, and the postings might sometimes be short, but you’ll see plenty of photos… so, enjoy!)

We’re really pleased to be featured in the November 2008 issue of PLUS Model Magazine, for our editorial contribution, “The Edge of Romance.” It took nearly two months of planning, and there were occasional bumps along the way, but it was wonderful working with PLUS, and we’re all very excited about the results!

The spread features clothing by IGIGI, as well as sustainable dresses from Portland-based designer MEWV Sustainables. We also got to bring aboard our recent client, betsy & iya, so you can see more of her amazing designs, while we wait for her new web site to launch.

We’ll fill you in on some of the trials and tribulations on the shoot day, and also share some of our favorite images that weren’t featured in the spread later in the week, but for now, check out the editorial!

Model: Christine (SportsUnlimited)

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

September 3, 2008

Plus-Size Fashion

As much as I enjoy “straight-size” fashion, I’ve always had a soft spot for plus-size models. As a normal-sized woman who’d be considered “plus-size” by the fashion industry (plus models sometimes run as small as a US Size 8, when the average woman is Size 12!) I’ve always felt that there’s much more to beauty than what your average magazine likes to portray. There’s health, vitality, and beauty in all shapes and sizes, if you open yourself to it.

So, when I found Christine’s just-started online portfolio back in January, I was excited to set up a shoot with her. She had the striking face and gorgeous proportions that I felt really exemplified plus-size beauty, so I wanted to get it out there as much as I could!

And now, 7 months after shooting with her, I’m happy to congratulate her on her first published credit as a model! Christine was selected by PLUS Model Magazine to tell the world What She Loves About Her Curves in the new September issue, so readers across the country will be seeing her face, and hopefully taking a cue from her curvy-and-proud outlook!

The magazine also chose to use a photo from the shoot I did with her, so I’m also happy to congratulate hairstylist Amy Vaillancourt-Sals, clothing designer Leanonsidhe Reminiscent, and accessory designer Beauty and the Bead! I brought this team together with the hopes of pushing the boundaries and presenting a look not often seen in plus-size fashion, and it looks like we succeeded!

I’ll be working with Christine again soon, along with another amazing plus-size model, so I’m looking forward to keep putting new spins on full-figured beauty!


Enko Photography – fashion and commercial photography serving Portland, Oregon

August 4, 2007


Quite a few of my photos from Rock The Runway have been published in the August 2007 issue of SKORCH Magazine! SKORCH is filling a major gap by representing plus-size fashion in a positive light, which pretty much rocks my socks. It’s an online publication, and it’s FREE, so take a look!

I love working with plus-size models, so promoting plus fashion is definitely something I’m interested in. There were 30-some-odd models at the Rock The Runway show, but I thought that the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous ones were in the plus-size lineup!

Many thanks to Carrie and Jessica for the marvelous opportunity!


P.S. Here are a few of my favorite shots from Rock The Runway, of all the model lineups!

Enko Photography – editorial and fashion photography in Portland, Oregon

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