Through high-resolution, exquisitely composed images, Fraley Photography captures the special moments that seem so fleeting. That means training their cameras on first birthdays, newborns, moms-to-be, and your baby hedgehog's first bath. To complete photo shoots, they offer packages with both prints and digital files, as well as extras such as gallery canvas wraps and greeting cards.
Shan Applegate’s mom gave him his first SLR camera when he was in eighth grade, and it swiftly became his signature accessory. It hung around his neck every day as he fulfilled his duties as his high school’s yearbook photographer, snapping shots of students as they received awards or fell asleep during math lectures. The photojournalistic style he began to develop as a teenager still informs his work today, as the head of his own photography studio. Shan’s portraits capture mothers cuddling newborns, newlyweds sharing a kiss, and tots in the midst of winter activities, such as piling two snowballs to form a snowtoddler. He also works with more business-oriented clients during commercial shoots.
For more than five months in 2010, Travis Williams traveled 12,500 miles to interview and photograph farmers in 23 states. The project typifies Travis, who approaches portrait photography as a way to document not just individuals, but entire communities. It’s why the majority of his galleries at Broken Banjo Photography are arranged by the places he’s visited and photographed, such as Washington, Minnesota, and California. Based in Oregon, Travis specializes in headshots and senior portraits, as well as coverage of conferences.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts—who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands—consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.
Photographer Kathryn Elsesser has a gift for seeing the world in frames. Where others might not recognize a prime photo-op, Kathryn sees a work of art in the making. This talent led her to found her own studio, where today she captures images of weddings, families, and other special events.
When she isn’t out on a national or international assignment, Kathryn travels throughout Oregon to photograph young children or couples at their homes. She has a particular knack for capturing high-school seniors in their natural habitat, jingling car keys and leaving trails of college-acceptance letters to lure them out from hiding. Kathryn and her staff distinguish themselves with their heightened sense of artistry. They seek out and exploit the shadows and soft angles of a dance company's choreographed movements, just as they crouch at low angles to infuse candid wedding photos with a sense of movement and vitality.
The Fourth Fret festival will showcase local and regional bands from a myriad of different genres. Self-described "Chinatown dance rock" band The Slants headline the festival, and will play scorching synth-laden jams from their newest album, Pageantry. Portland trio Satellites in Silence will supply an intense set of rock and power pop, while local indie-rockers Marca Luna will entertain eardrums. Other acts include the bluesy folk of Brian Hinderberger and Eugene-based singer/songwriter Project 4. Spend an evening full of soothing harmonies, hip-shaking beats, and angular guitar riffs at the acoustically sharp Hawthorne Theatre with today's Groupon to The Fourth Fret.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.