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January 8, 2010

Baby Loves Science – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

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Bringing up a new baby can be tiring and time-consuming, so when we were setting up our portrait session with Baby Ben, we thought it’d be easiest on the whole family if we brought the session to them, by shooting it in-home. New mom Dynee welcomed us into their living room, where we took advantage of the big windows letting soft light into the room, and just let the little guy roll around and enjoy the afternoon. Dynee and Michael are really excited to share their love of math, science, and games with Ben as he grows up, so we included his outer space blanket in the shoot, and we made sure to get a few shots of baby and mother together, too. Shooting the session in their house made for a very relaxing environment, and we had Ben’s toys and bottle close at hand, in case he started feeling cranky.

If you’re interested in family portraits or baby portraits for your session, on-location shoots are never a problem, and that location can also be right in your own home! If you’re in the Portland area, we’re more than happy to bring the photoshoot to you, for no extra charge.

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December 18, 2009

Help-Portrait PDX – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

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. 🙂

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October 1, 2009

A Celebration – fresh portrait photography in Portland, OR

We recently did a session with Jennifer, a lively woman who was never shy with a smile or a laugh. Her significant other booked a session with us as a surprise for her, as a sort of celebration of beauty. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy, and she was very open about her story and her struggle, but she was full of life and energy throughout the entire session. It was a joy working with her, and we’re hoping for all the best for her.



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August 20, 2009

Meet “Little Man” Tian! – portrait photography in Portland, OR

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We recently got together with Sunya and Jen, and their “Little Man,” baby Tian! They were looking for some adorable baby portraits, so we did a little session in the studio with Tian as the star, and he was happy to oblige! He was happy and curious through the entire session, so it was a a fun session that had us all in good spirits.

We’re excited to share these, so here are images straight from the camera! The best edited final photos come from shots that are already great in-camera, so we always take the time to make the little adjustments that will make your in-camera shots the best they can be.



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June 12, 2009

Get more from your portrait session

Having your portrait taken can be an enjoyable and special event, but if you’re not used to being photographed, you might feel a little nervous out about your session. There’s no need to worry, though: when you choose a good professional photographer, it’s our job to make sure you look and feel great in your photos. But, with a little bit of planning, you can help make sure that you get the most out of your session.

435359225_Q9rUm-M Be fed, be relaxed, and BE RESTED. It’s in your best interest to be feeling energetic and in a good mood when you have a session with us. We want you to have fun during your session, and it’s no fun to pose for photos when you’re tired, stressed out, and your stomach’s growling!

Kids are even more sensitive to hunger and tiredness, so it’s even more important for family photos. Even if you’re willing to grin and bear a bit of discomfort, they might not be. If you’re including young children on your shoot, make sure to schedule around naps, and bring a quick snack just in case the shoot runs a bit longer than the kids are expecting.

Pick your perfect outfit. Start thinking about what you want to wear for your shoot before you get there. If you’re doing an individual session, it’s never a bad idea to bring a few different outfits, and shy away from heavy patterns or company logos. If you’re doing a group portrait, consider coordinating the styles or colors of your outfits with each other. If you’re doing a more dressed-up shoot, the right shoes and accessories can complete the look.

But, the most important thing is to wear something you feel good in! Choose clothes that you love, and that fit and flatter you, and you can’t go wrong.

Consider bringing a friend… as long as they’re the right one. We’re always open to having friends and family accompany you on individual portrait shoots. If having your best friend, boyfriend, or parent with you will help relax you and make the session more enjoyable for you, then don’t hesitate to ask them along for your session.

Before you do, though, consider the other side of the issue: is this person going to distract you during the session? Will you feel uncomfortable having your portrait taken while they’re watching? If you think having extra people around will make you nervous, stress you out, or constantly interrupt your session, it’s okay to ask them to step out of the shoot for a while. We have plenty of photobooks for them to flip through while they wait. 😉


Don’t be shy about what you want! Everyone wants something a little different from their portrait shoot, be it funny, spontaneous, glamorous, or something else entirely. No matter what you’re looking for, if there’s something you specifically want from your portraits, tell your photographer. Different types of shots may require completely different approaches, and if we don’t know what you want, then you may not get it.

Also, don’t be afraid to suggest an idea, even if you think it’s “weird.” If you’re working with a good photographer who’s delivering a personalized experience, chances are they’ll be open to, and even excited about trying something different from the norm. We want you to go home happy at the end of the session, so speak up! We’re ready to listen.

Consider booking a makeup artist! Sometimes, if you’re having trouble getting relaxed, having a makeup artist on-hand can help you feel fabulous, and settle into being comfortable in front of the camera. It can be fun to feel pampered while your hair and makeup is worked on, and you don’t need to worry about looking overdone or costumey, either: quality, professional makeup artists like the ones we work with know exactly how to highlight you and keep you looking fresh, so your natural beauty can shine through.

Don’t worry, just HAVE FUN! Life isn’t perfect, and neither is a portrait shoot, so you are occasionally going to blink or make expressions that aren’t so flattering. BUT, we want you to feel the freedom to experiment, and there’s no need to stress about how the final photos will look! Remember that you’ll be able to choose the shots that you like best, and nobody’s going to see the “bloopers” if you don’t want them to. So, relax, have fun, and get creative… just let your energy come to life on camera, and we’ll capture something wonderful.


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June 1, 2009

Family portrait in the park

Here’s a peek at our session with Aundria and Sequoia. We met with them on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, at a Southeast Portland park, and they took some quick poses together, including a few shots with Sequoia dressed in her fairy dance recital costume. It was a quirky, smirky, and adorable shoot! 🙂

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February 20, 2009

Family pregnancy portrait

Abibat and Ali had a wonderful connection with each other during our pregnancy session with them, which made it great fun to shoot. They brought in an amazing embroidered white fabric they’d imported, which made for some truly beautiful photos of the two of them together.

But, we also have a weakness for the more spontaneous shots, so here’s a not-so-serious one that was easily one of our favorites.

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February 18, 2009

Wedding website soft launch!

Our wedding photography website is now online, in “soft launch”! We’ll be adding information about our packages and a la carte options soon, and we’ll also be updating our portfolio and proofs galleries to feature the Enko Weddings look. But, we couldn’t wait to give you a taste of things to come, so our site is posted with updated information, and even a few not-yet-seen photos from our previous wedding clients.

Be sure to check out www.EnkoWeddings.com to learn more about what it’s like to work with us on your special day… and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!


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February 10, 2009

Pregnancy portrait

We recently got together with Abibat at our studio, to take some photos of her first pregnancy. We did a few different poses, including some adorable shots with both her and the baby’s father. She brought some flavor from her African heritage into her outfits, so before we did the couple shots, we started off with a look that was a bit more dramatic and regal, with just her and her baby-to-be. 


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January 5, 2009

Wedding Photography Website

It’s a new year, and we have big plans to expand our wedding services and offer you even more flexibility and options, so you’ll get exactly what you want out of your wedding photography. As part of that, we’re currently building a new web site that will be completely dedicated to your wedding photography needs!

We are currently taking bookings for 2009 and beyond, so if you’d like to book with us before the new web site is launched, just contact us directly, and we’ll be happy to fill you in on our rates, and the new options we offer. And, you can still see our current wedding portfolio to get a better idea of what we do.

If you’re interested in any of the non-wedding services we offer, you can still point your browser to www.enkophoto.com to book us for Events, Portraits for High School Seniors and Families, and Creative, Artistic photos. We’ll also continue to offer amazing work for reasonable rates in Fashion, Commercial, Athletic, and Product areas, as well. 


Enko Photography – wedding, event, and artistic photographers in Portland, Oregon

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