Enko Photography Blog

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

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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

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

June 20, 2009

Photography for Hairstylists

Just wishing a quick Congratulations to Jen LaMastra of Transform Salon, who earned an Honorable Mention in the recent cover contest for NW Stylist! Jen submitted several photos from our shoot for Betsy & Iya Jewelry last fall which showcased her amazing hairstyling work, and thanks to her talent, this lovely shot from our campaign is featured in this month’s issue. Jen also provides full-service haircuts and color, so to learn more about her and schedule an appointment, just visit her website.

Credit is also due to our model for this look, Kira Distler, and the awesome makeup skills of Sabrina Cayne; their talents helped make this entire session amazing!

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

June 10, 2009

Punching it up with photo processing

Here’s a before/after from a recent session! Since we have a variety of clients, we play with a lot of different levels of processing and retouching, depending on the individual. For a portrait, we want you to see YOU in the photo, so we’ll clear up the occasional pimple, and mainly play with the color and style of the shot. As far as we’re concerned, Perfection in a Portrait is about capturing who you are, not making you look like a glossy magazine ad.

For commercial clients, however, it’s all about the product, and that often means more involved processing and corrections. For model portfolios, we like to land somewhere in-between. We never want to retouch someone to the point where they’re unrecognizable! But, most modelphotos involve at least some touch-up, so we’ll fix blemishes, stray hairs, and other distracting elements. Then, anyone looking through the model’s book will simply focus on her beauty and potential for a job!

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And here’s the before:

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

April 30, 2009

Fresh beauty shot

Here’s a quick preview from yesterday’s shoot with a new model. She’s only been signed with her agency for a few months, but she already showed a lot of comfort with posing, and she was very adaptable and incredibly sweet. It was an easy and enjoyable shoot!

Most of our shoot was outdoor fashion, but with her fresh look and great skin, we just had to pop back into the studio and grab a few quick beauty shots before we called it quits.  This model has a lot of potential, and I hope she’ll do well in the coming months!

Model: Kayleen (Mode)
MU/Hair: Ashlee Murr

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

February 24, 2009

Get it right… the first time!

Here is a small taste of another designer we had the pleasure of working with for a Spring 2009 collection. Sweet Skins is a clothing line originally based in Eugene, but they’re also a perfect fit for Portland: with a focus on comfort and style, and an ongoing committment to ecologically sound practices, the new Spring ’09 line is most definitely rooted in the green, earth-friendly values that are gaining such strength in the Portland fashion community.

Sweet Skins took a major step forward by choosing us for their first professional photoshoot, so we fashioned as complete a shot as we could on-set, and built a top-notch team. We knew of Terri’s exemplary skill at creating a fresh, flawless finish on the skin, and we had two terrific models as our canvas for style, so we got great shots from the first to the very last. The photo below? Yes, it’s a completely unretouched image! Both girls look fresh, and the clothes look great. 

Don’t get us wrong: we’re not the least bit shy about retouching, and when done correctly, it can add a lot to an image without anyone knowing a retoucher was ever there.  BUT, when you get it right the first time, all in-camera, you can save your clients a lot of time, resources, and headache. And we’re definitely in favor of that!

We’ll share more from this shoot soon, and you’ll be seeing more of these images on the Sweet Skins web site, too.

Models: Amber (OMM) and Sable
Makeup/Hair: Terri Lodge of Blush Premier

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

February 19, 2009

Spring 2009 fashion photography

Fashions for the Spring 2009 season are coming into both online and brick-and-mortar stores, and the new pieces we shot for the Spring ’09 collection by Portland-based designer sky & boat are now online, too. We loved the fit, the style, and the eco-friendly philosophy behind these pieces, and they’re a perfect fit for Spring. Let’s just hope the Portland weather stays as sunny and beautiful as it’s been in recent weeks!

To see our photos of all the cute, sustainable outfits you didn’t see in our preview blog post, just visit the sky & boat web site. 🙂


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

January 7, 2009

More Beauty

Here’s a shot from a session we did with two models, before the holidays. Heather has an exquisite profile, and the pink tones in this setup looked spectacular with her skin and her light, natural makeup. Perfect for a breezy, fresh beauty shot!

Model: Heather
MU/Hair: Abibat Durosimi of Tabiba Styles

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

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. 

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

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