Je t’aimerai toujours. I love you forever. The sound of the waterfall in the background, surrounded with a huddle of their closest family and vowing to love each other forever in French, this is their story. Ellie and Matthieu have the kind of love that spans continents, from North America to Europe. They originally met in Paris, where Ellie was studying abroad and now reside in Portland. They adventured the world together and realized that they had something real. Matthieu proposed and the adventure of their lifetime continued. I had the pleasure of photographing Ellie’s brother’s beautiful wedding back in 2012 and that’s where I met both Ellie and Matthieu and their family. You could already see that they were perfect together, a gorgeous couple and oh-so in love, so I was beyond elated and honored to photograph their engagements and then their wedding ceremony elopement this April at the base of the majestic Bridal Veil Falls with a park picnic reception. Ellie wore a stunning Claire LaFaye dress and Brenna Burnett created the stunning bouquet and boutonnières. I especially loved that Ellie got ready in the woods, at the trailhead parking lot. (Yes folks- she’s that classy and laid back at the same time!) They will be celebrating with extended family and friends at their wedding reception this September.
The way that Tim looks at Elizabeth is enough to make you smile and think to yourself… “Wow- that love is visible.” That pretty much sums up their entire wedding weekend. Filled with visable love, laughter to the point of tears and beautiful Pacific Northwest weather, their St. Patrick’s Day wedding weekend at the Old Church and Left Bank Annex couldn’t have been more perfect. And this is just a sneak peek of the epic-ness that took place. So honored and elated to have documented their weekend. I wish you both the best of love, life, and happiness! SO many dream team vendors that I was honored to work with; on point coordination from Bridal Bliss, stunning flowers and foliage by Zest, delicious cakes by Dream Cakes, gorgeous dresses from Anna’s Bridal, lovely hair and makeup from Face Body Beauty, awesome music from the band Precious Byrd and DJ Chad Dowling, great videography from J&M Media, yummy catering from Devil’s Food and picture-perfect rentals from The Party Place and Classic Vintage Rentals. WHAT A WEDDING!
I couldn’t stop smiling with Allison and Aaron as we tromped around Mt. Hood in the knee deep snow for their engagement session. They are college sweethearts and have that kind of familiarity that is truly a joy to be around! They were troopers during the shoot as we had an icey rain pour on us and we were all freezing and wet. You can see how soaked we got in the last few pics!
I’ve known Allison and Aaron for over 5 years now and I had the absolute pleasure of having Allison as my intern from 2011-2012 while she was attending college at the Art Institute of Portland. She’s a super talented photographer and graphic designer and now works full time at Columbia Sportswear in the design department. SO proud of her and her accomplishments! When they contacted me about their wine country wedding for this August, I couldn’t have been more happy to hear that she and Aaron are getting married- as they truly are the perfect couple. VERY excited for their upcoming wedding at Vista Hills Vineyard. Love you guys!
Landon contacted me recently for a surprise engagement shoot for Melissa as a Valentine’s Day gift. He told me the concept of both natural and urban settings in classic Portland locations, like the waterfront, the White Stag building and Mt. Tabor and I was IN! Melissa was surprised and delighted and I had a ton of fun with this stylish couple all over Portland. With Landon being a musician and Melissa being an artist, I was in my element while we created some artistic and non-traditional images to match their creative love. We braved rain, icy temps and high winds and it was all so worth it. Thanks for choosing me L&M for your artistic and inspired engagements. Congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Meet Lindsay! Lindsay is a incredible woman, entrepreneur, photographer and author and I’ve had the pleasure of company as my studio manager at Jessica Hill Photography for four years now. We recently met up in a natural setting to get some great pics of her and her adorable labradoodle, Louie. He also happens to be our trusty studio mascot! She’ll be using these images for her pet photography website, Sit Stay and her author photo for an upcoming book. Because she has a lot to chose from, she can also use them in a multitude of other places, like her newsletter, Facebook and Linkedin.
A great headshot is super important to you and your small business. They humanize a business, build trust and add personality. For business use, a headshot should give the impression of an intelligent, warm individual that looks trustworthy, approachable and genuine. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I truly believe this. I think having a variety of images is important, both vertical and horizontal, black and white and color and both looking at the camera and away. Good eye contact with the viewer connects you with them and then they can picture themselves doing business with you! Incorporating your personality and hobbies is also key, as it makes you more relatable and likable.
I love capturing the essence of a person in a great headshot. I’ve been photographing headshots professionally for over 10 years from professional makeup artists to lawyers to bloggers and beyond. I’ve even had my headshots published in Oprah magazine. Please contact me for pricing and availability and I look forward to learning about you and your business!
Elizabeth and Tim are one of those couples that you meet and think…”I want to be their friend.” They have a natural ease and joy to them that’s magnetic. Lucky for me, I am able to call them friends and I’ve known Elizabeth now for over 6 years. She’s not only a delightful human, but she’s also one of my favorite wedding planners at Bridal Bliss Events. We’re coming full circle, as she helped plan and coordinate my own wedding, and now I have the great honor of documenting hers this coming March. This is one of the many reasons I love the Portland wedding community! Elizabeth and Tim and I all met up this winter for their engagement lifestyle session at the Portland East Bank Esplanade waterfront park and then afterwards for a cheers at Coopers Hall Urban Winery. Love the fun candid moments mixed with artistic intimacy here and I’m so excited to be documenting their first steps together as husband and wife on the exciting adventure of marriage.
Megan and Brian and I met up beneath the St. John’s bridge in Cathedral park this autumn for their engagement shoot. This couple loves adventure and their adorable rescue pups, both hounds, and I was in puppy hound heaven. It was a pretty cold and blustery day and they both just went for it- sans coats and next to the water no less! Megan and Brian have that unspoken love that you can feel from across the room (or a park) with their glances and their laughter. I love the architecture of the Saint John’s Bridge and I love exploring new parts of this masterpiece with each and every shoot I do there. So looking forward to their wedding this September at Youngberg Hill Vineyards!
Last April I was given the incredible opportunity to speak at Mystic Seminars, a well-known annual wedding photography conference that has been happening since 2005. Upon walking into the downtown Portland Hilton this January and taking several escalators to the conference level, I slowly approached the stage and my heart dropped into my stomach. Not only was this room filled with over 300 incredibly talented creatives, photographers, and like-minded business gurus – the stage was massive: like mini-football stadium massive; ok, maybe not that big, but it sure seemed like it! With black drapes surrounding the raised 1000 foot stage, I swallowed hard and self doubt started to take it’s toll. How could I, a 5’2″ local photographer with no previous speaking experience stand up there in front of all these intelligent people and give my speech? What did I have to share? What if I failed miserably, what if I forgot my presentation and went blank, what if I threw up all over the place?
Needless to say, I spent the next few days practicing, rehearsing, and reminding myself that I’ve been doing this professionally and loving it for over 15 years. I also took the opportunity to learn from best of the best who spoke before me. My time slot was scheduled for the last day of the conference, which also added to the nerves! Some of my all time favorite photographers spoke on the same stage and it was humbling to share the platform with these rock stars of the industry who have been speaking for years, hosting workshops, publishing books, and inspiring thousands. I realized that if I was able to inspire one person, that would be enough to make it all worth it and that was the confidence booster I needed to kick butt and focus on delivering great info on business.
Even though I barely slept the night before my talk, I had practiced so much and felt so ready for it and I did a pretty good job up there! I spoke slowly and confidently, I truly believed in myself and the info I was delivering. I handed out some great freebies, including some of my favorite business books, a huge gift card from an awesome album company, Finao, and incredible software from my sponsor and friends at Fundy. It felt great to give back to the community that has given me so much for over a decade, plus I didn’t puke!
I have now caught the teaching bug and want to share more business insight to help other photographers live their dreams and have successful creative lives. I’m excited for this next chapter of giving back and am now starting to mentor photographers all over the country to help them succeed. Check out pics from the talk and a few slides from my presentation. Please reach out to me if you’re interested in mentorship or if you just want to say hello! hello@jessicahillphotography or follow me on Instagram at @jessicahillphoto – I look forward to connecting!