Family Portraits in Portland

Summer is here! Which means it is a great time to schedule your family portraits in Portland. Family sessions are some of our favorite shoots to schedule, especially as we get to take photos of families enjoying the natural beauty of Portland. Our natural light photography is candid and photojournalistic and we use the plethora of parks and outdoor spaces in the Portland area to our advantage.

We have been taking family portraits for over a decade and feel really lucky to have been able to document so many growing families. The casual, outdoor style that we utilize in our sessions has helped us have consistently smooth sessions, including for the little ones who may otherwise feel confined in a smaller studio space. We love to document the joy that is elicited when families enjoy the sunshine together; an element that shines through in your final photos.

While we can recommend several outdoor locations for family sessions, we would also love to tag along on a more “adventurous” family session*. There are so many ways for families to have fun and enjoy the outdoors together and we are always open to hit the trail. We also know that corralling a family together to sit for portraits is not the easiest task to complete, but we have success in our sessions due in part to our positive attitude and our ability to go with the flow, not to mention staging and experiencing photo sessions with our own families!

Sessions can be scheduled as a mini session or full sessions, which are both 30-45 minutes in length. Mini sessions are priced at $250 and include 10 edited high-resolution images. The full sessions are priced at $300 and include access to the entire gallery of edited high-resolutions images (most sessions yield 20+ edited images). 

*please note that a more remote location may impact the session fee

For more information about our family sessions or to check our availability, fill out our contact form and we'll get back to you right away. We look forward to meeting you and your loved ones!

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Shakespeare Garden Wedding

The Bay Area tends to love the outdoors and good wine. Meghan and Brian embraced these two favorite Bay Area pastimes at their gorgeous Shakespeare Garden Wedding in San Francisco with a reception at Dogpatch Wineworks.

It was a joy to photograph the couple’s first look as Meghan descended into the fern grove in her fitted lace gown. As natural light wedding photographers, we were really in our element in the park. The sunlight peeking through the trees gave an extra shine to the beautifully crafted and colorful bouquets carried by the bridal party. 

This elegant and open setting of the garden allows ample opportunities for unique and beautiful ceremonies. Classical music by a live guitarist and cellist fill the space as guests took their seats.

After the ceremony, we made our way to Dogpatch Wineworks for their reception. The moody lighting allowed the bistro lights that were strung about the room to highlight the lush centerpieces at each table. After dinner, Meghan and Brian were game for exploring the neighborhood surrounding the venue, which led to the opportunity to get a ton of fun couples photographs.  These little jaunts always give us a chance to get some extra special shots. It was a night filled with fun, laughter, food and family, love (and don’t forget wine) and we are very grateful to have been there to photograph it all.

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Portraits and Headshots in Portland

Getting a bite to eat? You probably open up an app and check out pictures and reviews of the restaurant. Thinking of doing some shopping? Take out that smart phone and look at images of what the local boutique has to offer. Scheduling a doctor’s office check up? You can browse through the staff photos to see who is taking new patients. Images on the screen, whether on your laptop or on your phone, help to create visual representations of businesses, whether you are a freelance writer, a fitness professional, or a nonprofit organization.

Having a set of natural light portraits in Portland to add to your social media can add a fresh perspective to your online presence. We have worked with illustrators, healthcare providers, artisans, and burgeoning fitness professionals to help them create a gallery of bright, sunny, and visually attractive photos to bring some fun to their webpages.

We love what we do and want to help you elevate your business so more people can love what you do. For more information or to book a Portland Portrait Session contact us today.

Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Oakland
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Over the past decade, we've been lucky enough to photograph countless weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Personally, we love to be outdoors and enjoy the playful qualities of natural light photography. We tend to get asked about outdoor venues and we hope this list can be a resource to couples searching for the perfect space for their ceremony.

There is an overwhelming amount of beautiful places to get married in the Bay Area and boy do we have a lot of favorites throughout Berkeley, San Francisco, San Jose, etc. (we're working on those lists too!) but our one true love will always be shooting in our own backyard here in Oakland. Where else can you choose to be married surrounded by redwoods, on the steps of a historic estate, or in the garden of an art museum?

If you want to know our thoughts about a particular venue or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! Do you have a favorite venue that you think we missed? Let us know! We'll be updating this list with new images and blog posts in an effort to make it more comprehensive. 

For more information about our wedding photography in the bay area, click here


Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Oakland

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1. Camron-Stanford House

This historic estate sits on the shores of Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. Treat your guests to views of the lake and the Oakland Hills, enjoy the romantic lighting provided by the classic street lamps and elegant string lights that provide a beautiful atmosphere on warm summer nights. For information on renting the house, visit https://cshouse.org/weddings/

2. Gardens at the Oakland Museum

Overlooking Lake Merritt the public gardens at the Oakland Museum of California are definitely an urban oasis. The space has several ceremony locations to pick from and can cater to small and larger weddings. For more information about the space, visit http://museumca.org/wedding-reception-oakland

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3. Roberts Regional Recreation Area

For a private and intimate outdoor feel you can be married beneath the redwoods in the picnic area of Roberts Regional. Hang around and have your reception in the same area or move down the road just a little bit to the Sequoia Lodge for a more traditional wedding reception. To reserve the redwood grove, visit the East Bay Regional Parks website.

4. Woodminster Cascades at Joaquin Miller Park

Just on the edge of Joaquin Miller Park, the cascades feature beautiful stone steps, reflection pools, and fountains. This location is ideal for smaller ceremonies. Scenic views of the Bay Area below. 

5. Kaiser Rooftop Garden

Can’t decide between a lively downtown venue and a secluded garden venue? This space is a perfect compromise. The rooftop is a hidden gem in the thick of it all in downtown Oakland. For more information visit, www.oaklandvm.com

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6. Pizzaiolo

Weddings at Pizzaiolo are some of our favorites. Pizzaiolo is a local restaurant located in the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland and they book a small number of weddings each season. Ceremonies take place on their outdoor patio while dinner and dancing happens in the restaurant. Their staff are fantastic and they serve up some seriously delicious food. Visit their website for information on private events.

7. Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate

This historic mansion located in the hills near the Oakland Zoo offers several options for both large and small weddings. The mansion lawn accommodates up to 200 guests or you can opt for a smaller more intimate gathering overlooking their North Pond. No matter the size of the wedding this venue offers elegance and style in an outdoor setting.

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8. Bandstand at Lake Merritt

For a more affordable option, the historic bandstand at Lake Merritt is a beautiful space for an outdoor wedding. Easy to access parking and right next door to the Grand Lake neighborhood and across the lake from the Terrace Room

9. Preservation Park

Thoughtful landscaping, bistro lighting, ample space for dancing under the stars, this venue has it all. Flexibility is also key as there are 6 sites at this spaces to choose from. Visit their website for more details. 

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10. Temescal Beach House

The Beach House at Lake Temescal in Oakland is a lovely place for a wedding ceremony and reception. Its secret garden and lakeside views are beautiful and the surrounding park provides plenty of space for photos. The property is managed by the East Bay Regional Park district, visit their website for more information about wedding rentals. 

 


e&b photography is a natural light wedding and portrait photography studio located in Oakland, California. For more information about our rates and availability, drop us a line. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Camron-Stanford House Wedding

Some may see wedding planning as a serious challenge. Liyan and Brian are a fun couple who took this literally as Brian completed a series of challenges in order to win over his bride. In the end, Brian earned the right to “unlock” his bride by following a set of clues to find their house key frozen in a block of ice.

Once the key was found we were able to photograph a traditional Chinese ceremony at the couple’s home in Oakland. The rich fabrics and tapestry of Brian and Liyan’s Chinese outfits were a pleasure to view, as was the intimate gathering of family to celebrate the union of these two.

We love a good outdoor ceremony and Liyan and Brian’s Camron-Stanford House Wedding was no exception. The natural light complemented the sleek and simple elegance of Liyan’s gown. The mix of soft and bright pinks layered through the flowers, the bridesmaid dresses and even the ties of the groomsmen provided a lighthearted and romantic touch to an already beautiful natural view.

The blend of family traditions with sleek modern touches punctuated the entire event. It was a joy to see the genuine smiles, the laughter and the love between family and friends that were created that evening and it was not a challenge at all to see that Liyan and Brian have a very bright future together.

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