This is one of the most sincere weddings I have ever witnessed, and I have seen more than my share. The vows, the ceremony, the toasts, the laughter. I think this is what she meant when Audrey Hepburn said “if I get married, I want to be very married.”

PS, the bride’s last name is Ho, in case the groomsmen gift feels strange  🙂
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    Laney and Travis are just plain fantastic. Kind souls, a blast to work with, laid back, not to mention Laney’s brothers are long-time friends and clients. For their engagement session, we leisurely wandered downtown Portland, just in between downpours. We constantly looked up, so, i suppose it was a leisurely-with-a-purpose-pace? Luck favors the engaged i suppose 🙂 Even though this is mainly a wedding post, I wanted to include a bit of Downtown PDX flavor into things since it is one of my favorite places to shoot.

    It’s a joy to continue relationships and grow them within families… it’s one of my very favorite parts of the job. I feel it allows me to more completely understand my subjects, and appreciate the subtle nuances that would likely be missed, had I not spent time laughing and listening and trying to outrun the rain and hit the only clear skies. Which we did the day of their wedding, also. I’m telling you, these two must have some sort of deal with the clouds. Genuineness is my favorite  of their qualities, and I tried to reflect that in the images. From the plate of baby carrots as they kissed post-ceremony (not staged, just happened, thanks for finding interesting light all on your own!), the giggles, and the overall silliness of the reception… I just wanted the images to feel comfortable. The wedding was a true family affair, with siblings in the bridal party, grandpa and brother as officiants, and either four or five pregnant bridesmaids. Long live family.

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    • azStunning set of images in every way.
      The groups shots are so beautiful.

    • Meredith Sawesome! 🙂 loved the ring shots btw. thanks for sharing! its cool that you’re blogging more!

    • StevenYou are very talented chap Jay. It’s great to be able to see so much of your work.

    • rkHa! #50.

    • Lucie ZekaI love the group shots


    If you visit the wedding blogs out there, they are so heavily detail-oriented, and not in the good way. The decorations and the venues aren’t unimportant, they all come together to make the backdrop for the day, but they aren’t the point. At least not in my mind. I’m people oriented. I shoot the details while I am at a wedding, however, I like to spend my time and energy on the people and the moments they share together. I photograph people. It’s what I love.

    Here’s my typical image dump. You’re welcome, and I’m sorry 🙂

    so much more after the jump…



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    • Jeff marshYou are such a stud. One of the ONLY photographers I respect, thanks for takingsuch incredible photos for us to always have.

    • michael baxleyjust ran across this post while surfing my google rss feeds…good grief this is rocking work! carry on….:)

    • Joel Florywow. solid group of images with some really spectacular ones in there.

    • Matt FerrellLove your work! A photographer that is a forerunner at what he does, Mad skills

    • Shelley HanlonWow! I want to get married again just so YOU can shoot my wedding. You are just amazing. By the way, when are you going to do a workshop?

    • hughnormally when i see that many images in a single post, i skip over most of them. not this time. looked at every one. you make good pictures, jay.

    • Eric KrebsAmazing! Could, already have, and probably will spend a long time enjoying each one of these photos. Father & Daughter dancing half way in post got the water works going on my wife immediately. Bravo Jay! Phenomenal work.

    • NickWow, some of the awesomest wedding images I’ve seen in a while. Great work.

    • Matt FerrellThat last shot bro, I keep coming back to it… Off the hook!
      Oh and love Jeff marsh’s wedding too… You killed it

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    • Stephen JacksonWhen I’m running out of inspiration, I turn to music and blogs. Usually when it comes to blogs, I have to thumb back a few pages before I really feel I’m seeing something unique and inspiring.

      Thanks for making a post made with two full cups of inspiration and awesomeness.

      Also, thanks for reminding me how much it sucks to live in Georgia. Either sunny, muggy, and way too hot or raining, muggy, and way too wet. Never cloudy and awesome like Oregon or Washington. Boo.

    • Cameron BraunLoving the 4×5 crops here Jay. Such a good aspect ratio that I have such a hard time shooting myself. Adds a really unique touch to these images.

    • laurenjay, your photos make my heart pitter patter

    • jayeadsi’m pretty humbled about those comments… my wedding work always makes me self-conscious. thanks for the kind words!

      lauren… spear guns and rivers. that’s all i will say

    • BENJhey! I know some of those people.

    • Steve ElmerAwesome Overload.

    • Seattle Senior and Family Portrait PhotographerYou have some pretty amazing shots here! I love your creativity with silhouettes shots, very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your great work. It inspires!


    • Meredith Syou’re fantastic. these are so great and classic.

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    • Heather EYou are so damn good, my friend.


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