Enko Photography Blog

February 25, 2010

Creative Group Portraits with Notesferatu – portrait and artistic photography in Portland, OR

If you’re a fan of music and games, then you’ve probably already heard about the phenomenon that is Rock Band! We certainly have–Sarah likes to hop between the mic and the guitar, while Ben prefers the drums–and we were jazzed to do a shoot for a small company that was inspired by the game. Notesferatu is a three-person team with extensive backgrounds in music and technology, and they’re bringing their skills together to help other musicians, by translating tracks into playable songs for release on Rock Band Network!

The theme was a dash of rock ‘n’ roll and a bit of steampunk, so the team dressed to the nines, and we brought in Sabrina Cayne to lend her artistry to Amy’s makeup. With the weather looking a little sketchy, we started off with some indoor shots, and then moved out to Cathedral Park  for some final group shots, to take advantage of the weathered stone and the structure of the arches. And, well, we couldn’t help throwing in a bit of fog, just for fun. Add a bit of vintage-y processing, and voila! Eye-catching promotional photos!

If you’re part of a company, a band, or any kind of group collective, we’re always up for getting more conceptual with promotional photos. Just ask us, and we can work with you to build a photoshoot package that fits.

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


August 6, 2009

Creative, Conceptual Portraits

Conceptual photography is some of the most fun work we get to do: it gives us the chance to really explore the looks we can achieve with lighting, style, and setting. And when we can share that with you through a creative portrait? Even better!

We had the chance to take things towards the dark side, when we got together with Annalee, Tony, and Marius for this Alternative-Bride theme. We had the talents of Sabrina Cayne with us for makeup and styling, and we took this shoot to a great location, as the sun was getting low in the sky. Shooting outdoors in such low light can yield some very cool looks, and the clouds in the sky that evening were an amazing fit with the moody feel of the concept.

And, yes, we can do shots like these, or something completely different, for you! Include makeup and hair in your portrait package, and we can create a great variety of looks. Add on a wardrobe stylist, and there’s a whole wealth of ideas we can mine.


Enko Photography – event, portrait, and artistic photographers 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

July 17, 2009

More Full-Figured Fashion

Here’s a peek at our fashion-style session with the lovely Alexis, which we’ll be telling you about soon. Alexis is not a model herself, but she is a great example of beauty… her energy was just wonderful, and her skin practically glowed!

MU/Hair: Ashlee Murr
Wardrobe: Oscar Milano Mai


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

May 19, 2009

Zombie Prom Creative Portrait

If you hadn’t heard, last weekend was the 2nd annual Zombie Prom! It was time for hundreds of Portlanders put on their shiny shoes, satin gowns, and yes, zombie face paint, and head over to the Bossanova Ballroom to dance the night away in undead style.

With these quirky parameters, a standard prom portrait wasn’t enough for this couple: we met up before the event to do an on-location creative portrait shoot with them, in their dressy formalwear, fancy hair, and a full makeup look provided by the Zombie Prom makeup team. We had our portable lighting equipment on site, so we played on the special effects makeup with lighting that was more spooky than usual!


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

December 3, 2008

betsy & iya Fall 2008 campaign

This week marks the launch of a new web site for betsy & iya jewelry, featuring the Fall 2008 campaign we shot in our studio. It was a hectic day of shooting, involving five talented models, each with their own unique before-and-after looks, the tireless work of a makeup artist and a hairstylist, all built around large, ornate, and amazing pieces of jewelry!

We had a great team that clicked wonderfully, so the creative energy flowed with incredible ease, and our models each did an amazing job of conveying their hilarious “before” looks, and their gorgeous “after” transformations. It was definitely one of the more fun ways we’ve spent an 8-hour day!

Here’s just one of the before-and-after sets we shot that day. It’s hard for us to choose a favorite, so you’ll likely be seeing more of these from us in the near future.

Model: Erin (Option)
Makeup: Sabrina Cayne
Hair: Jen LaMastra of Transform Salon



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

August 18, 2008

Hot Weather

I don’t think I’ve ever been more grateful for our air-conditioned studio than I was this past Saturday! Summer is usually prime time for outdoor shooting here in the rainy Northwest, but I’d planned on some in-studio concepts for my shoot that day, and with the outdoor temperatures climbing as high as they were, I was really, really glad I did.

I’m still looking through the shots, but here’s one with model Mandy Apple, featuring makeup by Whitney Griffin and hair by Rosie Freeman.


Enko Photography – portrait, creative, and fashion photography serving Portland, Oregon

June 26, 2008

Twilight Picnic

We had a really fun family shoot yesterday, with a mother and daughter in matching retro outfits, and gorgeously-detailed, pinup-inspired hair. We did some studio shots first, and we were a little concerned that the daughter would be shy in front of the camera, but she surprised us by being completely into the shoot. She even hit some adorable pinup poses of her own!

The really interesting wrinkle, however, came towards the end of the shoot, when we ventured outside. They’d brought some really cute props for a picnic theme, and we wanted to do that set outdoors, but the sun was getting pretty low in the sky by the time we finished in the studio. But, my brain was saying, “we must have grass! Trees! Nature!” so I grabbed the power pack and we took off for the park post haste.

The sky at twilight added a lot of interest, and it made for a pretty unique picnic shot. I knew that we’d already taken some great studio shots, but I was really happy that we were able to give them something a bit more unique, too. The two of them also had a great energy that came through in all the shots, so it was a lot of fun to just work with them and see them interact!

These folks are also the proud owners of Cherry Redd, a retro boutique with plenty of fun clothes and accessories, both for kids and adults. If you’re passing through Salem, be sure to pay them a visit! (feel free to tell them we sent you!)

Enko Photography – family and senior portrait photography serving the Portland Metro Area

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