The instructors of Gregory Dean Design / Photography help amateur shutterbugs to hone their camera skills with practical tips on composition, lighting, and exposure. Students put that advice into practice by photographing the stately lines of the Oregon State Capital building, the rich colors of autumn leaves in public parks, and other scenic sites around town. Both one-on-one and small-group workshops are available.
Taylor Boone’s effusive personality lends itself well to her photography, where she creates a comfortable atmosphere for boudoir shoots. During each session, her gentle encouragement and seasoned guidance helps her clients’ truest selves to shine through in each photograph. She possesses a versatile knack for style, creating a dreamlike softness. Beyond imbuing the photos with style, her postsession editing can also subtly cover imperfections and reveal hidden messages formed in tendrils of hair.
Aedan Studio Photography's owner and principal photographer fell in love with cameras at first sight, inspiring her to set up her first darkroom in her grandparents' garage at the tender age of 13. The studio's memory-preservation specialists focus their lenses on capturing the genuineness of each moment, snapping shots of families, pets, and babies as they laugh and smile through unposed interactions. Photo sessions can take place in the fully equipped studio or at a picturesque outdoor setting, such as a vibrant park or a volcano erupting with baking soda and vinegar. The professional picture takers also visually immortalize monumental events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have always had a natural ability to connect with animals. Some pets are playful and outgoing, while others are more reserved. I am keenly able to foster trust with animals and to capture a variety of image styles from which you can choose your favorites for the wall or in an album.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Being an artist has always been a part of who I am and I absolutely love creating and capturing the beauty of life. It's continually refreshing, inspiring, and fun.
What do you love most about your job?
I love getting to know new people and their pets! With pets, I love capturing what their pet-parents love about them and with humans, I love capturing them at their best in such a tangible, timeless fashion. It's such an honor to show people how amazing they already are!
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"I was very impressed, not only by the quality of the photos, but by how true she was to the spirt, energy, and personalities of my dogs and the relationship we share."
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.