Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Love // Our PDX Anniversary Photos

Two months ago today, Cameron and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, we met up with the lovely Ali Murray of Murray Photography to take some photos!

Ali and I initially connected thanks to my blog and some mutual friends. She happened to read a post I wrote last year where I mentioned I didn't love our wedding photos, and that compelled her to reach out to me (which was so sweet). Don't get me wrong, our wedding photos are fine, but seeing as we got married when I was 22 and before I started blogging/joined Pinterest, I really didn't have too much of an idea of what to look for in a photographer. Our wedding was beautiful and we do have some nice photos from the day, but if I had it to do over again, I would have definitely picked a photographer with a more personal approach and a more refined style...so someone like Ali!

Our wedding photos represent who we were when we got married, which is nice... but a lot has happened in the past five years! In that time, we've changed and grown, both as a couple and as individuals. This anniversary seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something to pay tribute to where we're at in our lives today, especially seeing as we're about to embark on a new adventure of becoming parents. Taking photos with Ali was such a wonderful way to mark the end of this chapter as a family of two before we become a family three later this year! Plus, I was really glad that we were able to take them early on in my pregnancy while I still look like my "normal" self vs. having it be a maternity shoot...but don't worry, we've still got plenty of time for that later ;)

Ali did a fantastic job of capturing Cam and I as a couple, but what I really love is that she was able to incorporate the city of Portland into the images as well. Moving here is the culmination of how far we've come, both literally and figuratively, over the past five years and so having Portland is the backdrop for these photos is especially meaningful. Another thing that is really cool is that Ali actually shot the majority of these images in film and I think the results are incredibly timeless.

So after much further adieu, let's get to the photos! I had the hardest time trying to narrow down which ones to include in today's post...and so I decided just to share a bunch :)


A million thanks to Ali of Murray Photography for these beautiful images, I'm seriously so grateful for them! Although we are incredibly excited to become parents, it was really special to be able to do something to symbolize the past five years as husband and wife, which has been a time filled with so many happy memories. Ali was amazing to work with as she's really fun and easy to talk to, not to mention that her passion for photography truly shines through in each photo she takes. If you are local and looking for a great photographer, definitely call her! {Website / Facebook / Instagram}

PS: I also have to give a very special thanks to Jessica Belknap for doing my hair and makeup for these photos! She is such a sweetheart and super talented! She actually came to my house the day of the shoot, and did a fabulous job of making me look my best for these photos. I'd highly recommend her if you're looking for an amazing makeup artist here in Portland!

19 comments:

  1. um okay so a) you're so beautiful, b) ali is super talented, c) these are the most lovely images... ever! i am obsessed with every detail of them. so PDX! and so you!
    ladies in navy

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  2. Aww, these photos are great! You guys look gorgeous! Happy anniversary and congrats!

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  3. Ali truly outdid herself! These are definitely the photos you have printed large and proud on canvas and put up over the dining room table. Absolutely gorgeous and oozing of love :)

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  4. Those are so great!! And I LOVE your hair in these photos. So gorgeous!

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  5. you're such a babe! Lovely photos.

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  6. I love, love, LOVE that you got photos to celebrate where you are in life right now as a couple! Too often people have photos taken at their wedding and then not until all their kids are born. This is a great memory for you as a married couple pre-kids! And I love that they are so very Portland!

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  7. So beautiful!! You will cherish these for years to come and it's really nice to have before you officially become a family of three!!

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  8. These are beautiful Jane!! I love everything about them! Happy anniversary again!

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  9. These are so gorgeous!! I love your dress, too! Ali did a great job and totally captured some special moments!

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  10. Lovely! I always love Ali's work. You and Cam look gorgeous and so happy!

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  11. and I think my 1st comment never made it.... So here I am again
    What a lovely photo shoot! You both look stunning and I hope this makes up for your wedding photography that were not as personal as you may have wished. Happy wedding anniversary!

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  12. Such great photos you hair looks amazing btw..

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  13. You look great!! What great mementos for the future :)

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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