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February 3, 2010

Actor With a Side of Model – model portfolio and headshot photography in Portland, Oregon

Andrew came to us ready to kick-start his career as an actor, and was also open to modeling, so he chose one of our model portfolio packages, and we tailored the looks to fit his goals! We made his actor’s headshot our first priority, because he’s most interested in acting, and we brought in our stylist partner Tabiba Styles to make sure he had a clean and polished look from start to finish. We also explored looks inspired by commercial, fashion, and athletic styles in-studio, to show his potential in different areas of modeling, while still playing to his relaxed and easygoing attitude.

He also chose to order comp cards through us, so we hooked him up with a clean comp card layout, and a batch of 100 cards printed on high-quality stock! We’re always ready to provide headshot prints and comp cards to our clients, and we make it affordable, so you can get the most for your investment, even if you’re new to the industry. If you have several shots you love after your session’s over, ask us about our rates, and we’ll gladly add it on to your package.


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

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January 21, 2010

Valentine’s Day Portrait Specials – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

We’ve been busy with portraits, weddings, and even a couple dashes of fashion shooting, but we wanted to pop in and let you know about our Portrait Specials for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to get special portraits in or around the Portland area, this could be the perfect time for you to do it!

Our special package for Valentine’s Day 2010 includes:

  • TWO HOUR SESSION — enough time for several outfits, poses, and lighting styles
  • We shoot in-studio, on-location, or even at your home… it’s up to you!
  • A personalized look by one of our top Makeup and Hair Stylists
  • Private online proof gallery, for convenient viewing and ordering on your schedule
  • THREE professionally retouched final images of your choice
  • $60 credit towards prints and products from your final selections
  • Order additional prints from your gallery anytime — in case you decide you want more!

…all for $250!

You can take advantage of this seasonal special anytime between now and February 14th! You can book a portrait session before Valentine’s Day, or you can also give the session itself as a gift certificate, to treat your Valentine or share it with them.

Enko Photography – glamour, boudoir, and couples portraits in Portland, Oregon

January 13, 2010

Pumpkins and Falling Leaves – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

We got together with Alyson and Jeff on a chilly fall day, to snag some casual engagement photos! They took advantage of our Try Us On special by scheduling their engagement shoot with us, and because they also booked us for their wedding, they got to keep the engagement photos at no charge. (Hint: you can still get in on this special, just by mentioning that you saw it on our blog! Be sure to contact us to book an engagement portrait session, before our wedding calendar fills up.)

The weather at the park was beautiful, and there was plenty of fall color to play with… and we even had pumpkins on hand to pose with! They started the session trying to look more sedate and composed for the photos, but Jeff–or as Alyson likes to call him, “El Jefe”–is apparently pretty notorious for not keeping a straight face in photos. But, we LOVE it when our portrait clients loosen up and clown around during a session, so we captured some parent-pleasing photos, and the spontaneous shots that showed them as the clever, funny, and utterly non-serious people they are when they’re together. πŸ˜‰

We’re really jazzed to be the photographers shooting Alyson and Jeff’s wedding this coming Fall. It’s shaping up to be a blast, and we’re sure it’ll be anything but ordinary… just how we like it.

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

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.

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

January 5, 2010

Snapshot: Goodbye, 2009 – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

After an awesome, surprise-filled, and at times exhausting year, it was high time we took a break! So, Ben and I each spent the holidays with a bit of travel, a lot of family and friends, some amazing edibles, and very little internet. πŸ˜‰

We’ve already welcomed 2010, and it’s looking like a big year already! But, 2009 deserves a little farewell, so this seemed appropriate: a photo from the last bit of shooting I did in 2009. I was rushing northward, trying to get through the mountains before the big snows came in, but I passed near Shasta Lake and couldn’t resist the opportunity I was seeing through my car window. I got off at the next exit, and took 5 minutes to shoot a few frames, before continuing my journey up I-5 towards Portland.

I honestly couldn’t have timed it better. The forecast was stormy and snowy, and it had rained quite a bit further south, but when I got up into the mountain passes, it was gorgeous. WORTH IT. Happy new year!

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

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. πŸ™‚

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

December 17, 2009

Seeing a Different Shade – senior portrait photography in Portland, OR

We’ve been busy working through holiday print orders, but we finally have a few minutes to share another of our senior portrait sessions. Olivia is an intelligent, thoughtful, and artistically-minded girl, and she wasn’t exactly accustomed to having her photo taken, when she came to us! It can feel feel pretty unusual at first, when you’re suddenly the focus of a 2+-hour photoshoot, but we got her feeling comfortable and her personality began to poke through.

Starting with natural light and a casual outfit made for a great way to warm up–a lot of her favorite shots and ours came from the first set! Then, we moved towards a softer feel with a romantic thriftedΒ blouse and window light. Finally, we had Sabrina Cayne there to lend us a hand with creating a glamorous dress look that Olivia’s mom requested! But, it wasn’t long before we added a book into the scene, so Olivia could pose with it and show a little more of what she’s about. We had fun exploring with her, and her family and friends will definitely be seeing a different side of her… but one that’s still true to her. πŸ™‚



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

December 10, 2009

Snapshot: Taking an Interest – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

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!)

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

December 8, 2009

Holiday Cravings Shopping Party! – art, event, and portrait photography in Portland, Oregon

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CRAVE Portland is hosting a truly amazing shopping party, and we’re really excited to be a part of it! Come down to the Bison Building in NE Portland tomorrow and check out over 13,000 square feet of local holiday shopping! You’ll also get to enjoy holiday music, cool swag (for the first 500 through the door), tasty eats from KOifusion, drinks by Dress the Drinks and Lovejoy Vodka, and tastings from local wineries.

There will also be a runway show, and a raffle benefitting the American Cancer Society, so you could win some awesome local goods… including a 13×19 print of our State Fair People’s Choice Award-winning art photo, “Ethereal Sea.” There’s still time to get advance ticket pricing until 9pm tonight, or you can get your tickets at the door. We hope to see you there!

CRAVE Portland’s Holiday Cravings Shopping Party
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Post 419 in the Bison Building
419 NE 10th Ave
Portland, OR, 97232
www.thebisonbuilding.com

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

December 4, 2009

Holiday Print Sale! – portrait, event, and wedding photography in Portland, Oregon

Filed under: Events,On Location,Portraits,Specials,Studio,Weddings — enkophoto @ 8:07 pm

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!Β That includes prints from weddings, events, portraits, headshot sessions… everything!Β 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!


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

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