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ASHLEY + AARON | COLUMBIA GORGE ELOPEMENT

Although I crossed the bridge 15 years ago, a 6 person wedding in the middle of gorgeous Northwest nature is probably what I would do if I were getting married right now. The simplicity just hung over me, much like the wind in the gorge. A dad and his kids, a bride, her self-described “soul-sister” as officiant, and open sky. The modern elopement, for lack of a better term, has brought into sharp focus the clarity of why I love weddings. People, commitment, love. A movable, human home. That’s why I love weddings. And seeing as how the bride, groom, officiant, and I also all happen to be photographers and friends… this truly was a rare honor.

Dad trying to listen to whispered secrets with the officiant, a rock throwing contest, the vows as paper airplane sent into the gorge, wedding pie, the instant images, the tears and laughter, and that first dance at sunset as the kids looked on. I’ll will definitely remember them all with the greatest of fondness. Damn, I’m a lucky guy to do what I do.

 

A friend of mine wrote a song that was going through my head all through the ceremony, and I thought I would share it:

“Yes I’ll build a house inside your heart…”

 

Words of Advice from the Bride: 

Our wedding was all about the 4 of us becoming a family. Having the privacy of an imitate wedding let us focus on each other, and that was really meaningful and special. Jay asked for my advice for other brides… The only thing I can say is celebrate what is most important to you. Have a wedding that feels right for you. Enjoy it, be present, and have a really awesome photographer so you can relive it over and over.

I did not pay her to say that last part 😉

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Polaroids, iPhone, and digital are all mixed in, in case anyone wonders why some images look different.

 

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  • Fong - Perfection, as always! Awesome set, Jay!

  • Craig Flood - WOW! So good. I agree with Jay I would do a wedding like this as well.

  • Scott Hillson - I think, that this might just be, the best wedding album I’ve ever seen. and I’ve seen a lot of your wedding albums.

  • Evan - Wow, what a beautiful way to get married! So intimate and peaceful I’m sure. Beautiful photos! 🙂

  • Kate - I was just wondering where this spot is in the gorge? Is it a state park or private property. Any info would be super helpful. 🙂 thanks!

    Kate

  • jayeads - hey kate! hmmm, it was somewhere near cascade locks, i think? i’m not sure if it has a name or not, but it’s right off the freeway.

A FAKE CONVERSATION WITH MY DERMATOLOGIST

So I had a random dream last night which included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular.  See, it takes forever to get in for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want which has a built-in longevity and repeat business, be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty.  Not bad advice for a dream.

The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery and patient expectation.  That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer.  Sometimes it takes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees,” so that part of the plan for this summer.  Bottom line is that the imaginary discussion taking place during REM-sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.

Also, if you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good counsel, too.

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  • Jeramie - Well you certainly have been following your own advice. I can’t imagine another photographer in Eugene making a living with you in town 🙂 Anyways, beautiful work as usual and thanks for always being a good source of inspiration, even beyond the visuals.

  • Melinda - Do you think he’ll bill you for the dream time consult? Is that covered by insurance?

    Love your images. And if you ever decide to teach a local lighting workshop I’d love to hear about it.

  • Kim O'Neil - I agree with Melinda…teach us, please! 🙂 And, I love your shots of the bride and groom on the beach. Your lighting and exposures are always perfect, Jay!

  • Liz - I love your portraits. They are some of my favorite in the biz.

  • Seth - I had a dream I got punched in the face by Optimus Prime. Your dreams are way better than mine. You got great advice. I got punched in the face by a benevolent semi. On an unrelated note, I love your work.

Jeremy Cowart + Help Portrait

Jeremy Cowart is helping to launch a photographic movement of benevolence and compassion.  Those are big words.  This is a big deal.  I know I am just an aspiring, struggling part-time photographer with little influence in the way of a following, but I am not going to let that stop me from doing my part.  Watch the video.  Think about it.

http://www.help-portrait.com

http://www.twitter.com/help_portrait

This is something on my heart for quite some time… if you are a photographer, makeup artist, hairstylist, videographer, printing lab, or anyone who feels they have something to offer in this gracious endeavor, please consider it.  And as Jeremy said, this is not about you or your portfolio, it’s about serving others for the sake of serving.

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  • Kate Monroe - This is fantastic. I’ve been wanting to sign up for OpLove because I’m always in awe of families that are willing to give up their father/husband/wife/mother for their country.

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