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  • Matt Emrich Wedding Photography


    I've been shooting weddings since 2004 and have loved every minute of it! Wedding photography has taken me throughout the United States and as far away as Cyprus and Hong Kong, but most of my weddings take place in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley. A background in photojournalism shapes how I document the entire wedding day and 2nd-shooting for a top pro my first two years in the business gave me a solid foundation for how to maximize a venue's scenic locations. After shooting nearly 200 weddings, I've learned when to pose people and when to step back a bit. Professional wedding photography is both a craft and a business and the more I hone my craft the better my business becomes. More than technical know-how, the most important part of wedding photography is the ability to interact well with people: if my clients are comfortable with me, they're comfortable in front of a camera, which leads to better photos. A typical wedding day for me begins when the bride and her bridesmaids are getting ready at the salon. It takes most brides about three hours to get ready so I always have time to focus on the groom and his groomsmen as well. Since most of my couples order albums, those 'getting ready' shots are a great way to begin, and it's also nice to get the bride and groom used to having a camera pointed at them all day.  I shoot the majority of my weddings on my own, occasionally engaging an assistant. Most of the weddings I shoot take place outdoors, in the summer and fall. This means lots of bright sunshine and tricky lighting conditions. For that reason, I always bring along plenty of lighting equipment, which I use both on- and off-camera. This helps eliminate harsh shadows and, ironically, actually makes the images look more natural. Additionally, when the sun goes down and the reception heats up, my lighting equipment allows me to keep shooting long into the night.

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    The first set of images were from a wedding I shot at Bridal Veil Lakes, an amazing venue about an hour east of Portland, Oregon. It was a May wedding which can be risky in the Pacific Northwest since we usually get a lot of spring rain. However, the sun was out all day and the newlyweds and I took full advantage of the weather.

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    The second set of images were taken at a beautiful organic farm called Mt Hood Organic Farms, also about an hour east of Portland. Featuring spectacular views of Mt Hood, this venue also offers lodging and full-service catering. This is probably my favorite place to shoot in Oregon.

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    A place called Whisper'n'Oaks is where the third set of images were made. Whisper'n'Oaks is a wedding venue in rural Willamette Valley. It rained off and on that day, a rarity in August, but that only made the light softer. The entire wedding party was fully engaged in the photography process, which made the photos turn out great!

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    The last set of images were made at Atavista Bed & Breakfast, a wedding venue about 30 minutes north of Eugene, Oregon. The wheat fields adjoining the property were at their height during this early August wedding, and I really like the contrast of the rustic setting juxtaposed with a very well dressed couple.

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  • Tyra Dickinson Photography


    Hi! First, let me introduce myself. I'm Tyra Dickinson and I like to make art; all kinds. My passion is with photography. I reside and work in Southern Oregon.  I started snapping photos 15 years ago in high school. I did it for an elective as most photographers start. Then after I graduated I realized that finding decent photos for home décor was expensive. There I got out my trusty 35 mm Minolta and went about shooting. I did this for all sorts of things but mainly landscapes. Then I ended up being asked to photograph senior photos, engagements, weddings even! I realized I enjoyed interacting with the people so much that I primarily stuck with portraiture.

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    Along my journey I have been able to branch out on local media, different websites and blogs, interact with other photographers.  I have won awards, my work has been published and it all still feels like a dream!  I love what I do so much and I love the people I get to interact with so very much.  This is more of a relationship building work than I had ever imagined.

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    Mentoring high school seniors is a favorite of mine.  I get to teach the kids lighting, composition, rule of thirds and how to use the camera in manual mode.  The transformation is amazing.  They always make me so proud.

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    I have collaborated with a local bakery to offer very beautiful stylized cake smash sessions.  I am getting pretty well known for these fun and messy sessions.  Everything from the cake to décor, outfit and props is all purposely planned and executed with the parents desire in mind.  Whether that be for the party, the invite, I make their imagination come to life.  It is so fun to watch the little ones really have a blast.

    I do a mix of studio and outdoor photography.  I like to utilize as much natural light as possible always in my sessions.  My style is well balanced between classic and photojournalistic.

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    The photos that I chose in this session were just some from one of the most perfect cake smash sessions that I have ever done.  The child was not only very well behaved but she really got in to the cake.  There was nothing left to send home to mom and dad! It was the cake smash of my dreams.  Not many regularly do cake smash sessions for their one year olds, but as much fun as they are, and as much color and fun and imagination you can put into one; I don't see why they aren't staple children's photos! I love when clients get to have a TON of fun doing their photos.  Those awesome memories are what it is all about!

    Website: Tyra Dickinson Photography


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