Columbia River Gorge Editorial Shoot

Columbia River Gorge Editorial Shoot

Anyone remotely familiar with the Portland, Oregon area has likely heard of the Columbia River Gorge. It's a well known mecca for photographers so of course I had to jump in on the action and, not surprisingly, I am SO GLAD I did.

My lovely friend and coworker, Kylie, agreed to be my muse for a day and we set off on an epic adventure to places unknown. Lucky for me Kylie is fashionable, tall, a talented makeup artist, stunning to look at, and did I mention, TALL?! She is fantastic to work with and the camera loves her (#legsfordays). 

The best idea we had was to not plan where we were going and to just keep driving until inspiration struck. Another fantastic and fellow lady-boss-photog friend joined in the fun, Molly (of Molly Ree Photography), so the creative collaboration was off the charts.

Feast your eyes on some of the photographs from our day and throw up a pump fist for girl power while you're at it. 



Sami's Senior Session

Sami's Senior Session

Let's talk about Sami. She's entering her senior year of high school and will be graduating with the class of 2017. She has plans to go to college and become a nurse--this girl has it all, beauty and brains! High school graduation is a pretty significant time in life; it really marks the start of adulthood and feeling empowered to make major life choices on our own. What better way to help commemorate this season than with some creative photographs?

This was a FUN shoot. Sami's not only got fantastic style but she's a budding and talented photographer herself and truly understands how to move in front of the camera. Can you say, dream client?!

This was my first session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland and I must say this place is a hidden gem. I cannot wait to shoot here more often. Even post-blooming season, this garden is lush, dreamy, and full of magical afternoon sunlight. I'd highly recommend it to other photographers searching for new session locations.

We wrapped up our session at the Eastbank Esplanade adjacent the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on a well-known dock that juts out into the Willamette River. The dock affords some pretty awesome views of Downtown Portland and the South Waterfront, not to mention several nearby bridges. This is a perfectly Portland-esque location to get in some cityscape.

Congrats, Sami! Best of luck as you embark on a new adventure.

Good things take time

Good things take time

Elana Grace Photography Blog Portland Oregon

Admittedly, I'm terrible at blogging. This isn't my first attempt at it but my blogging history is a bit--ahem--spotty, to say the least. 

But, here's the good news! 

I have deemed 2016 (or the latter half of 2016...) the year of The Blog. I want to develop consistency, discipline, and creativity when it comes to blogging, so let this be a declaration of sorts--I WILL get better and I hope you'll join me through whatever mishaps, silliness, or strokes of genius that ensue. 

There's a quote above my workspace that reads "Never give up, good things take time." It's a simple, even generic phrase but it's remained an important reminder that it's ok to take things slow and steady. If you know me, you know that is so. not. me. There's a reason my mom has always referred to me as her "little race horse," (hint: it's not because I'm a fast runner).

I tend toward impatience, which, on its good days, can lead to healthy drive and passion, but at its worst leaves me easily dissatisfied and overworked. 

On the days when things are dragging, not coming together, or you're lacking creative "juice," remember that the best things (projects/relationships/businesses) in life are often the things that develop over time, that are a labor of deep-rooted, consistent love, rather than a short-lived burst of adrenaline that can lead to burnout. So, fellow-creative, slow down today. Take a deep breath and remember the good things you want in life or business will come with patience, nurturing, and some good-old-fashioned, long-term commitment.