Michelle + Jon: Wedding at the Benson, Portland

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Michelle and Jon celebrated their Portland wedding on February 24th at the Benson! The ceremony and reception was beautifully lit, thanks to the efforts of Christopher from Present Joy events who did an amazing job coordinating! They were troopers after the wedding as we took a chilly walk to get some night shots. Here are a few from the day!bride and groom outside Treasury downtown portlandportland wedding couplebride and groom portraitsbride and groom at the benson, portlandwedding party on the stairs at the bensonceremony at the bensonwedding at the bensonwedding party at the benson hotelreception at the bensonwedding by Portland sign

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White Christmas Mini Sessions

Christmas-family-mini-sessions-3White Christmas and Snowflake mini sessions are here! Starting November 26th I will be booking mini sessions weekdays Tuesday through Thursday (both day and evening) through Dec 15th and on the following weekends: on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday Nov 26th, and Dec 3rd/4th and 10th/11th. Sessions booked on Small Business Saturday Nov 26th will get a special bonus!


Here the scoop:

  1. I have two different set options this year! The White Christmas set includes a white Christmas tree decorated with silver, white, copper and touches of red. The fireplace is real! The fur rug is not, but looks pretty cozy. The second set is the Snowflake scene, which is a four poster canopy bed with a white and red snowflake theme. Snow is coming down and there are snowballs to play with! Red and white mugs with hot chocolate and candy canes are an optional prop.
  2. Sessions are 15-20 minutes long and include the whole family, kids separately and together, and any other combinations you would like.
  3. You will get to see and order you photos immediately after your session! It will take about 15 minutes to prep your images for you to view.
  4. Prints, Christmas cards, and digital files are available.
  5. The Snow package includes the session plus either 25 Slimline Christmas cards, 1 mounted & textured 8×10, or two 5×7’s. Other packages included framed and matted prints with extra gift prints. For the full price list, click here!
  6. Some suggested outfit color schemes include black & white with touches of red, all white or ivory, black & white/ivory, everyone in their pj/s, tan/khaki with white, or all silver & greys with white.

Email me for more information or to reserve your spot!  Email Me


Snowflake Scene


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Fall Family Mini Sessions!

It’s that time of year again! Time for our fall family mini sessions! We have added an extra day this year as we booked out both weekends last year.

fall family mini session

Here is this years schedule and locations:

Saturday October 8th at George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego

Saturday October 15th at Browns Ferry Park, Tualatin

Sunday October 16th at Browns Ferry Park, Tualatin

Saturday October 22nd at George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego

Sunday October 23rd at George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego


fall family photo with leaves

The Details:

Mini sessions are approximately 20 minutes long and scheduled every 1/2 hour starting at 9:00am and going until 5:00pm each day (no sessions scheduled at 12:30 or 1:00)

Session fee is $49 and includes a $100 print credit. Stafford Hills Club members are free! (Signups at front desk starting Saturday, October 1st)

Whole group, kids together and alone, and any other groupings included. Pets welcome!


Call or email to reserve your spot!


fall family portrait session with red outfits

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Artbook Wedding Album

artbook wedding album with glossy photo coverArtbook Wedding Album

The Artbook wedding album is the newest additional to my album collection! This is a gorgeous album with lay flat, flush mount pages in your choice of pearl or matte press paper. The cover comes as wrap around photo pictured, or a wide array of natural linen or leather options. Names, wedding date and other text can be included on any cover. If you chose the wrap around photo cover you have the option of canvas, glossy or satin finish.

I have two packages that include this album. The Artbook package has this album in a 40 page, 10×10 size and the Artbook Plus package has the 12×12, 40 page version. With each one you can include as many images as you wish. I custom design each one, then work with you to make changes until you have the perfect layout. I design albums to tell the story of the day. You put SO much effort into planning into the day for months beforehand, then it goes by in a flash! Brides often say they missed many details of the day as it is such a whirl. That is one of the great things about having a wedding album, its the perfect reminder of your day and all the details that you put in to make it amazing.

Click here to see the design for this particular album from Sarah & Adam’s wedding.

For complete wedding packages and pricing, check out my wedding packages page.


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Michelle Stevens

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Free Engagement Session!

girl looks at fiancé with St. John's bridge in the background

I have extended the free engagement session special through Sunday, March 27th! For those who missed the original post, here’s the deal. If you book any 5+ hour package between now and the 27th, you will receive a free Platinum Engagement Package. This includes an approximate 1.5 hour session anywhere in the Portland metro area with multiple outfit changes. You will get an online gallery to view your images, and you get to choose your favorite 10 high resolution digital files to download!

If you’d like to do a session but aren’t quite ready to book, you can purchase your session now, and get a partial credit back later when you reserve your date. Here’s some links to more info:

  • Check out some other engagement sessions here.
  • You’ll find more information to help you plan your e-session here and also a link to my Pinterest board for help in choosing the best outfits.
  • If you would like to learn more about my engagement packages and other items like save the dates or signature albums, you can find it on my engagement package page.
  • Find out more about my pricing on my wedding package page.

If you have questions, want to check my availability for your date or book your session, just send me a message or an email.

I shot Lisa & Tuffy’s engagement session at Cathedral Park and downtown in the Pearl. Their wedding was held at the Reserve Country Club but they wanted an urban Portland feel to their engagement photos. The park has just beautiful architecture and an amazing willow tree! You can also get down onto the dock by the river for some water shots too. After the park, we went to the Pearl, starting in Tanner Springs Park. All the shots downtown were in a short walking distance of there. I love shooting e-sessions in the downtown Portland because there are so many cool places within a short walk. One of my favorites is the backlit one in the grasses. Hard to believe that is in the middle of the city! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot…

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To see more from this session, click on Lisa & Tuffy’s gallery here.

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Noel + James : As Seen in Professional Photographer Magazine

bride and groom laying on the couch as seen in professional photographer magazine

I just added Noel & James’ beautiful backyard wedding to the gallery, but wanted to blog them too! This was one of the weddings that was chosen to be featured in an article about my work that ran in Professional Photographer magazine.


Portland wedding planner Marilyn Storch coordinated this amazing wedding! They scoured thrift stores for months finding vintage plates for the reception. Each plate was unique and the result was a colorful, ecletic table. They also found vintage brooches which they used to adorn the bride and bridesmaids bouquets.

They had croquet set up on the lawn during the reception which I think was more fun for the adults than the kids! There was a snow cone machine set up for the kids though, which was a great idea since it turned out to be 100 degrees that day. They served two different signature cocktails in mason jars, which kept the guest happy and hydrated.

As the sun set, they lit a fire and turned on the cafe lights. I love doing end of the night shots because they have such ambience. Here are some of my favorites from the wedding day…

bride and grooms Celtic wedding ringsbride's bouquet in a mason jarbride putting on her makeupbride puts on lipglossbride's eyelashesgroom fixes cufflinksgroom gets dressedbride with her engagement ringbride lays on her bed in a white robebride in white robe on her bedbride wrapped in veil with wedding dress hangingbrides mom helps her get dressedbride puts on her earringsbride in her dressbride comes down the stairs for first lookgroom kisses brides foreheadbride and groom's hands with their ringsbride with her bouquetbride with groom in the backgroundgroom looks at his bridegroom with blue eyesgroom kisses brides cheekbride and groom walk togethergroom looks at bridebride and groom kiss by the barnbride and groom walk across a fieldbrides veil blows in the windbride with a bridesmaid with a dahlia bouquetbridesmaids bouquetsbride laughs with bridesmaidsbridesmaids with bouquets and wedding shoesbride with bridesmaids in the backgroundgroom with groomsmen and ring bearergroom with his groomsmenflower girls in pink tu-tu'slarge wedding party with bride and groombride with her mother and fatherbride and her family laugha sign that points to the ceremony areasign that says reserved for the mother of the bridebride and father get ready to walk down the aisle before ceremonybride and father walk down the aislegroom watches bride and father walk down the aislescenic shot of wedding ceremonybride smiles at groom during ceremonybride and groom exchange wedding vowsbride and grooms first kiss during wedding ceremonybride and groom before the walk back down the aislereception sign with bride and grooms first dancebride and groom flags with their nameswater dispenser at the wedding receptionwedding banquet tableantique plate and reception table decorsparkling water on the wedding tableantique brooches used as bridesmaids bouquet decorationsbride drinks from a tall glass with blueberriesbride laughs during receptionvintage tea cups for the weddingwedding cake and piesbest man gives a toastbride and groom laugh during toastsbride and grooms first dancebride dances with her fatherbacklit bride and her mother talkwedding sign that says croquetbride and groom play croquetbride with a wine barrelbeautiful backlit bridebrides wedding ring and pearl braceletbride and groom kiss in the setting sunbride and groom in love with each otherbride looks into grooms eyesbride and groom have a quiet moment sitting on the grass at receptionbride and groom at sunsetbride and groom sunset shot with veilbride and groom by campfirenight shot of bride and groom with cafe lights


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Kathy + AJ’s : Wedding at Azul Sensatori, Mexico

view from the balcony at Azul Sensatori Mexico

Kathy and AJ had one of the most fun and amazing destination weddings I have ever shot. It was amazing both from a personal perspective and as a wedding photographer. They are so in love with each other and the feelings that they had both for each other and for their families just shone through the day. The whole family was so sweet and genuine, they welcomed us as is if we were family too.

Their wedding was held at Azul Sensatori, an all inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The Riviera Maya is the incredibly beautiful stretch of Caribbean coast that starts at Cancun and goes through Tulum. The water is the clearest blue and the beaches have the softest, white sand. Could you get anything better for a destination beach wedding?

We shot both the rehearsal dinner, the wedding day, and a day after session. Here are just a few of my favorites from the wedding day…


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