I'm such a waterfall junkie that I'm embarrassed to admit that, until roughly a month ago, I had never been to White River Falls before. It's huge, a mind-blowing first drop leading to a lower bowl (above), and then another beautiful lower falls just downstream.Read More
I found a new part of Forest Park one sunny Monday morning. It beckoned. Come, it said. Let's play.
Rachel, Sarah and Chandrika met me there over two separate days, and this is what happened. I love them all--such different women, such beautiful and unique faces, and such individuality.
New paths make for the best adventures.Read More
Being a great Second Shooter isn't just about the images you create during the event--how you interact with guests, how you carry yourself, your preparedness and your support of the primary shooter are just a few ways where you can set yourself apart. Every photographer and studio will have different priorities, but here are six things that will make you an indispensable, well-paid rockstar at Aralani Photography:Read More
When I asked Sarah to bring her wedding dress to Cape Perpetua, she grinned and said, “YES!”. She and Brendan got dressed up again, kicked off their shoes, and this is what happened:Read More
On a warm, dazzlingly sunny day in September, Erin & Josh gathered their closest friends and family from all over the United States. This intimate group witnessed them as they spoke their vows on the Delia's Garden lawn at the McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.Read More
I ran through the waves with bare feet and a soaked dress, feeling the wind rip at my hair and the sand scratch my skin. I let the rain pour down on me in the forest, moss under my toes, feeling SO ALIVE that I could almost fly. The sun warmed my face and dazzled my eyes as I climbed rocks on the beach. I photographed waves higher than me, crashing down around Thor's Well and blasting my cheeks with salty spray. I photographed people in nature, as I love to do more than almost anything. I began to notice sudden bolts of clarity as I realized my mind had been too cluttered to see what was obvious. The precious stillness was drifting into the deepest corners of my soul.Read More
I stand at the edge of this year, toes dangling into a sunny and expansive 2015, and a wave of content washes over me. 2014 was a wild year, one of the hardest and best I’ve ever had, and along with that wave, I get that feeling that some runners feel at the end of a marathon:
“I’m NEVER doing that again.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT bad.”Read More
I'm out walking, comfortably cocooned in a pink Mountain Hardwear jacket. I walk the hills half out of love, half out of defiance. I don't know if you've ever been to San Francisco, but the hills are huge. Sudden. Unrelenting. Sometimes you trust your shoes, your balance, your luck--both up and down. On a sidewalk. I walked up California Street tonight, to the very top. To see the cathedral, the Fairmont hotel, the view. Yesterday, I walked six miles in a relatively straight line to the Golden Gate Bridge..Read More
Full of tradition, color and beauty, Sunita & Subhash's traditional Indian wedding took place at the Embassy Suites in Portland over several days. People flew from all over the world to participate in the events, and I was honored to witness and document this in the United States. The parents of the couple and their wedding planner, Chandrika Nimmagadda, made sure everything was as traditional as possible. I felt transported to India, and utterly delighted by each moment that passed.Read More
I was wandering aimlessly the day I took this picture, slowly following my nose around the beaches, taking a break from the city. I ended up at Hug Point, following the rocks around to the waterfall in the cove often hidden by high tides.Read More