Meet the Schwarz family! Oregon natives who moved away to Tennessee a year ago. They came back to visit and wanted to celebrate with amazing family images in the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.
I so love the sweet little wild flowers that we found by the river! They only come out for a few weeks each year in this location and they were just perfect for this thunderstorm session, giving it a very spring-in-Oregon feeling.
I often have people ask, “What happens if there is a thunderstorm when we are scheduled to shoot?”. I totally understand the concern! Thunderstorms are often unpredictable and come in to Central Oregon on a regular basis. So what do I do? I keep an eye on the weather and change when we shoot as needed.
So… I met up with the Schwarz family in Sunriver on Saturday evening when the skies where slightly cloudy. I had checked the weather all day because it just had the smell of a thunderstorm, but it did not say there was a chance of thunderstorms. As I was leaving my house, my smart husband asked if I was going to take our clear umbrellas with me. I said, “No, it’s not going to rain”. Oh how God laughs when we make plans!
Right as I parked my car I started hearing thunder and seeing bolts of lightning crashing down. Luckily there was no rain, but that lightning was intense… and we were going to be shooting in a field. Even with a lightning rod on a pole above my head, I still wasn’t sure this was going to work. I even called my hubby to see if he thought it was safe to be in a field with a metal camera in a lightning storm. He wasn’t sure, but I heard my 7 old in the background saying that if I feel tingling I should put my feet together and drop to the ground, with an added, “I love you mom!” which made me think that he was sure I would get struck! That’s when the Schwarz family pulled in and the rain started pouring.
I quickly ran through the rain to meet them and ended up snuggling with Laura in the front seat of their care. Luckily we are both small! It was definitely a different way to get to know new clients and now I feel like we are true friends :).
As the rain poured down and then turned to hail, Olivia watched the storm on a weather app to see when it would pass. Thank goodness this teen loves weather because she could tell exactly when we needed to get out and start shooting before the next set of showers rolled in. So, when she said to, we ran to the field and had 10 minutes before the rain started coming down again. Then we shot for another 5 before it was just too wet and stormy to continue. I would have loved to keep shooting in the rain, but I’m so glad we stopped because the lightning came back and was so crazy! I’m so glad we all avoided getting struck by lighting!!
This entire shoot was photographed in about 12 minutes in the rain with lightning a short distance away. It may have been a bit crazy with a lot of rushing around, but I think we got some pretty amazing images with a fun story to go with them!
Isn’t she so gorgeous?! I wish we could have kept shooting in the rain. If it wasn’t for the lightning, I would have suggested we keep going just for Olivia!
Can I just say how much I love this couple! Nicole and David are the absolute best. After 3 years of dating, they got married last weekend at Rock Springs Ranch in Bend, Oregon with a rustic and romantic wedding with an outdoorsy vibe.
Nicole and David are so down to earth and fun. They love riding their horses, enjoying sunsets and having bonfires together. Not to mention they love hunting together! Which is why they have antlers throughout their wedding. At their engagement session we went to their favorite place to hang out and did all the things they love (except the hunting). I’m hoping we will get back out to the lake and splash around with their horses for trash the dress session!
So how’d these two get engaged? (I know, I love the details too!) Nicole planned a photoshoot in a place that is super special to them – the place we took their engagement photos. He popped down on one knee in the middle of the photo session with the horses in the background. Amazing right?!
Nicole did such a great job planning for their wedding day. She had all the little items ready to be photographed and knew just where she wanted to have photos taken. I love brides that know what they want, especially when they trust me fully to capture their memories.
My favorite comment Nicole made was,“most adventures consist of the worst roads and Bob Seger on repeat”. I mean, how can you not get along with someone like that? Did I already say I love this couple?! They are fun, spontaneous and totally go with the flow. Which was great on their wedding day.
It was so hot the day of the wedding and I was running around getting everything photographed before the flowers wilted. We even avoided the sprinkler system while taking photos in the barn with a little more running. Then the heat got to me and I got a little sick. In 15 years of photographing weddings, this has never happened. Nicole’s parents took care of me as I took a little break to feel better. Her family is just amazing. On the wedding day nothing should take attention away from the bride and I know I stole a few minutes of attention, which breaks my heart! But like I said, Nicole went with it and had a great attitude. I feel so lucky not only to have such wonderful clients who know that things just happen sometimes, but I also to have an amazing husband/second photographer. I’m honestly not sure how people shoot with different 2nd photographers all the time. Josh and I know how each other shoot and can take over the other’s job in a heart beat. It’s great if we are caught off guard or if I get a little nauseous.
He took over and captured some amazing photos, including shooting the entire ceremony with the sun beating down on us. I managed to recover once the sun started easing off and was back in action by the first dance. The rest of the night was full of fun, dancing and documenting these two as they spent time celebrating with their closest friends and family.
Congrats David and Nicole!! (And thanks again for being so awesome!)
Nicole’s grandmother was part of the wedding too. Her hankie was sewn into the under side of the dress so she can be right beside Nicole the whole day!
Nicole made the invitations herself!
Kristi was so excited to be able to capture their sweet little girls at this perfect stage in their lives. It’s always a joy to photograph families who just know the images are going to be great (a little secret: if you believe they will be beautiful, then they will be). We got all these great images for the Runberg family in just 25 minutes! I love to shoot fast and get as much as I can in our time together.
So why do I love minis?! Because by the time the kids get a little tired, cranky, cold, etc., the session is over. Mini sessions are the best!
I also love when people choose new locations that are so meaningful for them! This area is near the Runbergs home and they love to come down for to water with their girls and friends. It was so perfect for this session!
Spring is always an unpredictable time in Sunriver. I never really know what the weather will turn out to be. In fact, when we started planning for the Barklow’s family reunion photography session, it looked like Spring would be in full force with the sun shining! Then the weather changed to snow again and we started planning for blankets and jackets to run to between shots as well as layers to keep everyone warm. Luckily it’s unpredictable because we ended up with a gorgeous warm spring morning, just like we had hoped for! Yay!
Morning sessions can be tricky with lighting. I’m not a photographer who shies away from daytime sessions. I don’t always choose that perfect golden hour sunset. My main goal is to make sure that the photography session is at a good time for the family I’m photographing. For the Barklow’s, it was a morning session, a very sunny 10am morning session. So, I put them in the sun. While we all agreed these were not our absolute favorites of the day, I just couldn’t walk away from the shoot without capturing the beautiful Deschutes River in the background. However, this meant that they got duplicate poses of all the kids, by the river and with the field behind them. I may have made it harder for them to choose their favorite images to print, but that’s why I help at the ordering session! I can’t wait for their family to get their amazing artwork to hang in their home!!
I love how the Barklow’s kept their outfits in the neutral blues with a little splash of orange to brighten it up and add to that Easter weekend/spring look!
Josh and I had a chance to get away from the cold of Bend, Oregon and head to Scottsdale, Arizona for a few days. We didn’t take photos the whole time, since we were trying to get some rest as a recovery from this past season. We did take a few to document our adventure. Plus, we got to take some amazing engagement photos of one our amazing 2019 couples! You can see some behind the scenes photos here. Also, we took some time to do a lens test to see if we will be adding a new little lens to our family. I’m not sure I came to a conclusive decision yet, but it was fun to do a test I can go back to before a I make another huge investment in our gear. All photos taken on the Canon Mark 5D 1V.
I love this fine art cactus photo! I wish had a place to hang it as 6 foot tall print.
I love finding old treasures like these amazing windows hidden behind a parking garage!
Cactus and palm trees… the perfect elements to make a weekend retreat relaxing.
So, this is what we do when arrive early to an engagement session. Yes, it’s my husband taking a photo of me, taking a photo him 🙂
He just can’t resist the classic Zoolander pose!
Why do I look like I’m dancing?? See there full session here: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/01/18/papago-park-engagement-session-arizona/
(Rented lens 35mm vs. lens we have owned for years- 16-35mm.)
I’ve been thinking of adding this 1.4 35mm to our kit for years. I finally got a chance to test it and thought it would be the perfect chance to really compare and see if there is a huge difference between these two lenses, or just the added bonus of a few extra stops (this may be the huge difference).
Obvious difference: the 16-35mm can capture a wider image of the scene. If you need the extra architecture in the frame then having the ability to go wide is a huge benefit of this lens.
Here’s where we get technical…
The images below are a great comparison of the images the camera takes.
Below you will see a group of 4 images. The top 2 images are raw. The bottom two are the edited comparison of the top two images.
The image on the left was taken with the 16-35mm at the 35mm length at an f/2.8, while the one on the right was taken with the 35mm prime lens at f/1.4. The images were taken at ISO 100 at 1/320 sec shutter mid day in open shade.
The image above was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 100.
The 4 images below were taken with shutter 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 100. The images on the left were taken with the 16-35mm and the images on the right were taken with the 35mm prime. Editing settings are the same for all images below.
The image below was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 100.
So there you go. Both lenses are great and provide a good amount of detail.
Pros of 35mm: less distortion, more contrast, better bokeh and separation from the background. Main benefit of the lens is the extra 2 stops of light which is big if you are shooting in low light.
Pros of 16-35mm: Captures wider frame.
Here’s what we do on vacation! This shoe photo is kind of classic for us. When we first started dating we took a photo of our feet at the fair on one of those foot massager things. So we thought we’d do that again 10 years later on our hike.
Thought I’d start sketching again. Can you see why I chose photography over actual art??