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Wes Anderson themed weddings at Loloma Lodge in Central Oregon

“We all are {different} - but there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?” - Fantastic Mr Fox

I just can’t express how much I genuinely love photography and capturing such beautiful images.

Going into this shoot at Loloma Lodge, I was nervous to be in the woods with all the dark greens and hazy light. Driving from Bend and the high desert, the drive just got greener and greener the closer we got to the McKenzie River. It's funny to say, but since moving to Oregon this was the first time I truly felt like I was in the Pacific Northwest! Luckily, I've been focusing on each of my recent styled shoots as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone in my portrait photography especially when it comes to lighting and locations!

Ultimately I love how all these photos turned out! The pop of color from the Wes Anderson styling was just perfection and I'm so happy I didn't let my fears get the best of me.

Madison + Ethan

These two actually live down the street from Loloma Lodge and are currently renovating a literal cabin in the woods. Photographing their quirky love was such a breeze!

Khiana + Greg

These two are currently engaged and this was their first time doing a styled shoot! It was so fun getting to give them the wedding photography experience. Practice makes perfect!


This whole day wouldn't have been possible without the support of all the amazing vendors.

Camera settings: as usual I'm shooting with my Sony Alpha 6500 and my Sony 16-35 F2.8 lens. A few detail and portrait shots I took with my Sony 85mm prime. Overall, I tried to force myself to stay a little more cropped for these photos - closer to the 35mm range than the 16 (though I did get some great wide angle shots with the trees!) We started shooting right around 5pm so my early shots have a higher shutter speed of around 1/125 but as the light regressed and it got a little darker I had to go down to 1/100, 1/80, and into 1/60 territory. With people, I try never to go much lower than 1/60 with shutter speed as it tends to blurs their movements. If you look close, quite a few shots you'll see aren't as sharp as I'd want especially as the ISO is higher in the 500-800 range.

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