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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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  • Wedding Photographer Michelle Pattee

     

    Wedding Photographer Michelle Pattee

     In 1993, I was talked into photographing my first wedding. I'd graduated from art school the year before, and had been shooting mostly portraits. The wedding industry was completely different then - bland, stagnent, just uninspired. It was not a space where "real" photographers landed. An engaged couple begged me to cover their San Francisco wedding. I finally relented, warning them, "I'll do it, but these picutres aren't going to look like the wedding shots you're used to seeing ." My career took off quickly. I had a fresh approach, and was in the right place at the right time.

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     The San Francisco Bay Area embraces entrepreneurs and couples travel from around the world to marry here. For me, it's the perfect fit. I've had the opportunity to shoot some of the most visually stunning, over the top weddings.  I've also been the only person present, documenting the sweetest, simplest intimate nuptials, just myself, the bride and groom.

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     I still shoot film. Timeless black and white is vital to my work. It's purity intensifies the emotion within an image. For awhile, people did not recognize my film camera. But film has a new following and the cool kids always ask about my gear.  I carry three cameras when shooting, two digital Nikons and a Hasselblad for film.

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    My favorite weddings have a relaxed, loose mood about them. You can avoid wedding day stress and anxiety by hiring experienced vendors. Experience matters. From a photography standpoint, there's much more to shooting a wedding than the images. Years in the business teaches you how to work as team with other vendors, how to anticipate and prevent mishaps. Experience sharpens your ability to communicate with all types of subjects, of any age.

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    Some of the best weddings I've shot take place in the Napa Valley. It's hard to beat those backgrounds - the vineyards, surrounding mountain range, incredible food and wine. This region of Northern California raised the bar, when it comes to events.

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    I've always been curious about people, their stories. Photographing couples, even after so many years, continues to intrigue me. There's a private language between a couple in love. I'm able to gain trust quickly with my clients, and they let me inside their world.

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    A wedding guest once commented, saying I did purposeful work. His words have stayed with me. I love my role of documentarian. I'll run into clients, whose weddings I shot twenty years ago. They'll tell me how much they still love their wedding pictures.

    COMPANY: Michelle Pattee Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.michellepattee.com

    SOCIAL: Facebook

     

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