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If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you know that botanicals are a massive inspiration for my creative eye. There is literally nothing that excited me more on camera than florals. And if I can pair florals with compelling faces? I’m in heaven. So my friend Cori (who is also my photo assistant from time to time) agreed to help me test out my new “studio” in my garage. It was a great opportunity for me to get used to shooting with available light indoors…and for her to have some updated portraits. I kept the styling really simple and even if I didn’t nail it, we had a lot of fun. Cori, of course, if flawless with little to no help from me…inside and out.

I’ve had such a busy fall that I’ve taken a break from blogging. This seems to happen more and more frequently as I get older. I really cherish this tiny corner where I can share personal projects, create pretty things and talk about photography. Yet, sometimes I feel burdened by creating content. Then I remember, it’s just a creative space for myself…much like a sketchbook. It can be whatever I need it to be.

Shot w/ Mamiya 645 AF w/ 80mm F/2.8 lens | Fuji400H Film | Scans by Photovision

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Model: Corrina Winstead

Dress: Rent The Runway

Florals: Arranged by New Seasons

Venue: Jenni’s White Walled Garage Studio

 

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FILM :  Mamiya 645 AF  |  80mm F/2.8 Lens  |  Kodak Portra Film  |  Scans PhotoVision

DIGITAL: Canon 5d Mark III  |  50mm F/1.8 Lens  | Mastin Labs Kodak Portra

I met Brooke through my roommate Tyler awhile back. I’m a bit of a creepy person since becoming a photographer because I have an unusual habit of studying people’s faces upon first meeting them. As I was shaking Brooke’s hand, I knew I wanted to photograph her face because it was so unique – and I liked her spirit and artistic flare too. See what I mean? Creepy.

Graciously, Brooke agreed to get in front of the camera for a Darling Magazine article I was asked to create for the first days of Fall. We got up nice and early and hiked around Hoyt Arboretum, where there was an abundance of soft, lovely light peeking through the trees. It was just a wee bit chilly, just like the inklings of Fall ought to be.

I love the warmth in these images…they are more yellow than I typically want my photos but with the scenery and Brooke’s vibe, it just worked. So I let the warm tones do their thing…sometimes it’s the over-saturation of a certain tone in film that draws me to it anyway. You just have to let the film decide what it wants and take a break from color correction occasionally. So I did.

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I really can’t even express how happy I am that Fall is here. After this shoot, I will confess I went home and made hot coffee and listened to Holiday music like a crazy person…I think it’s safe to say I’m not so much a Summer girl.

Special thanks to Brooke Meier for letting me photograph your face. If you have a bit of time, stop by Brooke’s website, she is an amazing artist and you won’t regret taking some time to browse her work.

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I’m not really a classic newborn photographer. I don’t love posing tiny babies or putting bows on their head…and even if I did my lack of a beautiful, temperature controlled studio keeps me from doing so. I don’t mind though, because I don’t think posing newborns is really my strength.

But I do love photographing LOVE. So I really feel honored when I get to capture a simple moment in time – be a fly on the wall so to speak — capturing it as it happens, with little to no posing. On this special day, I was able to photograph Baby E.

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A good friend of mine recently opened her home to a baby girl who needed one. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet this sweet little girl and spend time with her, she has big sparkling eyes and a quiet easy going demeanor. Because my friend is her Foster Mama, we can’t show her face but let me tell you, she’s a beauty.

I’ve been amazed by my friend and her husband, who have opened their hearts so courageously to this little one. There are so many unknowns, so many things they can’t plan for. So many large question marks…but like my friend says, “she’s worth it”.

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AS SOON AS I SAW YOU, I KNEW AN ADVENTURE WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. -Winnie The Pooh

“Shes worth it,” my friend says humbly and casually like it’s just the most natural thing in the world to say. I listen to her, marveling. Most couples have 9 months to prepare for a child entering their home, but my friends only had 3 hours. On the way to the hospital, they stopped at Walmart to pick up a car seat and whatever other items they could afford to take this sweet girl home in. What they are doing is so important and wonderful…and to me, they are two of the most brave people I know.

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I spend a lot of time trying to control my life, trying to be better…look better…do better…I fancy that if I just have a good enough plan, things will go my way. That if I just take this supplement or see this doctor or get more sleep…I can build the glittering life I’d imagined I ought to have. It’s amazing what we subconsciously decide our lives deserve to look like.

The truth is we never really know what is coming our way, what challenges — and what surprises. I was reminded of this so intensely while I photographed this little one. What an adventure she is…and will continue to be.

I’m so glad we aren’t actually in control. Aren’t you?

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FILM : Mamiya 645AF  |   80mm F/2.8 Lens   |   Fuji400H 120   |  Scans by PhotoVision

DIGITAL: Canon 5d Mark III  |  35/50/85mm F/1.8 Lens | Fuji Presets

Jared + Kelsey got married in beautiful Gearhart, Oregon at the historic McMenamins Sand Trap Inn. It was the summer of beach weddings for me! I’ve still yet to photograph a wedding in Portland (where I live) — I always seem to wind up in the mountains, in the desert or at the beach. Kelsey created a lot of special touches to the day hand lettering most of the signage and designing the table elements. It was a DIY inspired day full of laughter, lots of fun and of course, an abundance of succulents and lovely greenery.

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As you can see in the above photo, it was INCREDIBLY bright. The venue was gorgeous but literally had no open shade. On a bright day, specially at high-noon, a good photographer will always seek out soft open shade or place to their subject’s back to the sun. At this particular location, at the time of day portraits were set to begin, that would have mean’t every photo would have had the large hotel in the background (which would not have been satisfactory, and shown little variety). Additionally, the hotel is located at a golf course, and when we originally scouted it, the golfers were very mellow and spread out. However on a busy Saturday, there were too many golf carts zooming around and people teeing off in 2 or the 3 locations we had planned to shoot. We were told by the staff we were seriously risking my clients being hit with a golf ball if we didn’t change the plan.

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So change the plan we did! The bride graciously agreed to take the whole wedding party down on the beach last minute (we had originally planned some intimate bride and groom photos only). This left more open space to work with the light…not to mention a beautiful back drop for variety in posing. It was still quite challenging to shoot in the intense sun, but we made the best of it and both myself and my client wound up being pleased with the outcome.

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It was a true honor to photography Kelsey + Jared’s special day, and I think she may have had one of the most beautiful gowns I’ve ever photographed. Amazing.

All images taken in Gearhart, Oregon.

 

 

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I’m excited to show off the newest heirloom offered through Jenni Kupelian Photographs. Every Collection (both portrait + wedding) I offer comes with what are called “proofs”. Proofs are simply printed 4.5 x 6 photos of each delivered image. I send proofs to clients because I believe in creating ways for people to slow down and really look at their photos. Browsing proofs in your hands, as opposed to swiping through photos on a phone or iPad, it creates a much slower and enjoyable experience.

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For my wedding clients, I’ve recently added beautiful proof packaging by Peach Linen. The boxes are so beautiful, and lovingly hand-crafted in the heart of the south. They are created specifically for photographers to be able to show case their work in a special way, but also for couples to experience their wedding proofs in an elegant way. What’s better, Peach Linen packaging makes it fun for clients to display their proofs on a coffee table or bookshelf…so friends and family can enjoy them too. These gorgeous boxes come in an array of color swatches and ribbon choices, making it easy to match my client’s wedding colors!

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There is nothing more satisfying as a photographer than when my clients really love their images…and packaging them in beautiful Peach Linen packaging will make the presentation that much more special. If you are a professional photographer with a Fine Art Wedding focus, do visit their site! For more information on the other heirlooms I offer my photography clients, and the importance of creating heirlooms by printing photographs click HERE.

*Peach Linen packaging is currently only available to professional photographers.

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