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A message came in from a bride of mine who is expecting her first baby, so we’re planning a maternity session.  Seniors of mine are becoming brides of mine.  One person has been in four of the weddings I’ve done recently, either as a bridesmaid or the bride.  Sisters.  Entire families.  Cousins.  Adoption celebrations.  Memorial images.  Before I break into Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” or “Can you Feel the Love Tonight” – hmmm, why the Lion King theme?

I shot Mary-Anne’s wedding.  I took her bother’s senior pictures.  I took a few 1 year anniversary shots for Mary-Anne and her husband, Connor.  We finished this 3-generation shoot, recently.  I am a quiet, private person, however; personal investment in the lives and loves of my clients is just about the best part of this job.  Not only does it show the clients’ satisfaction and willingness to hire me again (surface but important), it shows a developing trust that can extend for years (deep).  I feel like these ladies speak volumes about the strength, love, and personalities they possess… so I’ll let them do just that.  Some film, some digital.  All family.


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  • Eric KrebsThese are awesome, a classy collection that captures each of them and all of them at the same time. Well done Jay… Cheers!

  • Maddie E.These are absolutely beautiful. These women will cherish these forever!! Wonderful job!

  • Jared TsengSo in love with this shoot. What a special session to be a part of.

  • Steve ElmerThis is a very special shoot/post Jay. Very stirring 😉

  • Heather ElizabethThese are so stunning, Jay. I love your mixture of film and digital. That hands photograph still gives me chills.

    Amazing work.


So I had a random dream last night. It included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular. See, it takes forever to get in to see him 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 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 a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees” is a good thing. Bottom line is, the imaginary discussion taking place during REM sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.

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


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  • JeramieWell 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.

  • MelindaDo 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'NeilI 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!

  • LizI love your portraits. They are some of my favorite in the biz.

  • SethI 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.


100 foot oaks, the McKenzie river, flowing fields, people who love each other… beautiful is the best word I could come up with to describe the shoot. Kelly and Brandon have an adorable family, and an even more adorable way with their kids. I appreciate good parenting in a much deeper way ever since I became a parent myself. Calm, patient, loving… it takes work to keep that up in real life, not to mention at a family shoot (note previous family shoot scars in tone of type). But, this was my kind of family shoot; great people, amazing location, the request for fun and not overly pose-y, oh, and she wants all black & white.  Yes please, and thank you.

Brandon works for the electrical vendor I contracted with at my previous job, and if you have work to be done, do yourself a favor and call New Way Electric first. There’s a very good reason they were on the short list of my “favorite vendors” for over 10 years.

I hope I never get tired of this job.


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  • Rensche MariStunning family, and beautiful photos. Love the ones of the kiddies in the beginning 🙂

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  • janThese are gorgeous. love the personality you captured in these. Very artistic as well.

  • andreajay. these are phenomenal.

  • Steve ElmerDude, the second last one is a standout one for me… mega win!

  • EmmaLOVE them!
    I would love family pics like that!

  • BethDude! you are so good! <3 every image has so much to tell!

  • Elizabeth SalibI tried to choose a favourite but it was sooo hard. These are probably some of my favourite pictures of yours taken ever. I really like the one with the sister and the brother, where the brother is hugging her, the best, though. So crazy perfect, not that any other one is any less perfect. Gorgeous family and I love these shots. Glad you were begging for comments on Facebook or else I wouldn’t have seen these.

  • MelindaThese are really awesome Jay. I keep trying to pick out a favorite so I can tell you which I like the best and it is so hard! I think I’m going to have to go with the little girl running though. I love your composition and how you’ve conveyed motion in that one with the blurry background and her face in great focus. I love that it reminds me of running barefoot through the grass. Thanks for the photographic inspiration.

  • Drew WAwesome work, Jay. I love the up close, wide shots in this set.

  • daronaliyabeautiful, beautiful, beautiful. that little girl is just out-of-control-adorable

  • jessThese are STUNNING Jay. Wow.My fave is the little girl with the wind blowing her hair and holding her brother’s hand. So good.


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