Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hailey & Joseph in the Spring Time

I can't believe it has been a year already, since Joseph was born! A year since Hailey became a big sister. I love these two so much. They keep me laughing, present me with new challenges every day, and really do have a brotherly-sisterly love for each other. They are opposites, but they work. Joe lets Hailey be the boss, but he quietly strikes back when she's not watching (aka stealing her baby owl doll while she is asleep... lol).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cystic Fibrosis ~ Chef's Dinner & Wine Extraordinaire 2011

This past week I had the honor and privilege of photographing the 14th Annual Chef's Dinner and Wine Extraordinaire at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland. This was the second time I have photographed the event, which is a formal multi-course meal prepared by a team of the Northwest's Finest chefs. The event also features live and silent auctions whose proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. For those of you who don't know, my connection with Cystic Fibrosis is that my dear friends Travis and Elicia Otterson have two young boys with this life threatening disease. The boys are healthy and doing well right now, but they have both experienced extended hospital stays and endure hours of treatments each day to keep them that way. Finding a cure for this disease is near and dear to my family's heart.

The evening started off with a cocktail hour while guests perused the silent auction items before moving into the dining area. Tables were decorated with framed chalkboard centerpieces which were donated, and the room had a classy blue and black theme. The emcees for the evening were veterans from the year before; Stephanie Stricklen from KGW News and former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey; both clear crowd favorites. At the mic getting bids for the live auction was Graham Crow.

As the gourmet plates were served, speakers came up to the podium to thank and encourage the guests to help find a cure for C.F. Foundation chairs, corporate sponsors, parents who have lost children to this disease, and people who battle C.F. daily told their stories. There weren't many dry eyes in the room when Barbara Crockett told her heard wrenching story of losing three of her baby girls to Cystic Fibrosis in the early 1960's. Or when 27 year old C.F. warrior Ashley McLaughlin took the stage and told of losing her older brother to Cystic Fibrosis... only 3 weeks before.

The generosity of this event is overwhelming and wonderful. So much money was raised to help fund Cystic Fibrosis research . A cure is very very close. It is my hope that in the near future I won't be taking photos at this function; because this function will no longer be necessary.

Please enjoy the collages I created from Thursday night and feel free to tag yourself and/or share with family, friends, coworkers etc. If you would like a DVD of images from the night of the event, please look for Session/Event Disc in the pulldown menu on the right hand side of my blog. Please keep Studio 623 Photography in mind for your Portrait, Wedding, and Event Photography needs!


  • The Standard
  • Macadam Forbes
  • Sullivan & Associates
  • Opus Solutions
  • TZ Medical
  • Oakridge Temporary Housing
  • The Nines
  • Gasparis
  • Nike
  • OHSU
  • IBM2
  • Wyse Investments
  • Cedar Mt. Advisors
  • Thompsons
  • KPMG
  • Fred Meyer
  • Christensen Electric
  • Larry & Beth VandenBrink
  • Kevin & Heather VandenBrink

Auction Items

  • Aquariva Package
  • Instant Wine Cellar
  • Vashon Island Getaway
  • George Brown Package
  • Tamarak Vacation Getaway
  • H50 Package
  • Hawaii Trip
  • Nike Golf Experience
  • Centerpieces
  • Irving Street Kitchen Package
  • Blazers Package
  • Nostrana Package
  • Bob Lamb's Boat Cruise
  • The Nines Experience
  • Golf with Jerome Kersey at Oregon Golf Club
  • Fenouil Package
  • Joyride on Larry VandenBrink's Boat
  • The Original Package
  • Cumpston Mountain Cabin

Plated Appetizer: Andy Arndt, Aquariva
Dry cured duck breast, potato brioche, crisp artichoke, Foie Gras Vin, Sokol Blosser Evolution White Blend

Soup Course: Chef Nick Yanes, H50
French Onion Soup, roasted garlic and gruyere espuma, chive, crispy garlic, Hawk's View Cellars Syrah

Salad: Chef Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen
Quail Salad, Poached Pears, Hazelnuts, cranberry sauce, bourbon vinaigrette, Argyle Winery Dry Riesling

Entree: Chef Michael Corvino, The Nines
Carlton Farms Pork Tenderloin, Butternut squash fondant, steel cut oats, melted leeks, Domaine Serene Pinot Noir

Dessert: Pastry Chef Sean Sasser, Urban Farmer
Oregon pear tarte tatin: triticale pastry, hazelnuts, rum sultanas, dolce gorgonzola ice cream, Port, Starbucks coffee

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Aiden is 4 months old!

I got to visit with the adorable Mr. Aiden again this month! He's getting so big, and continues to be just as sweet and laid back as can be. We even got some shots with his Mommy and Grandma this time. What a little cutie pie he is :) Happy 4th month little guy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Welcome Little Amy Lynn!

I have known Amy's Dad Zack for the better part of a decade and was so happy to hear that he and his wife were expecting in February of 2011. To add to the excitement of becoming new parents, Zack and Sarah opted not to find out the gender of their baby {could I do that??? I just don't know if my Type A would allow it! But it seems like so much fun...} Their gut feelings turned out to be right when little Amy Lynn entered the world on Valentines Day <3 <3 <3  Amy was sleeping in her swing when I showed up for our photo shoot. In my experience, that usually means baby won't much appreciate the transition from warm soothing swing to nuzzled into a beanbag, but she did really well! She really wanted her Mom through most of our session (my little girl was the same way :) So sweet...) but we were able to get some great shots in between feedings. What a beautiful little girl Amy is, I was so happy to meet her!

P.S. Zack is helping me redesign my website in the next few months... that's right~ Studio 623 Photography is getting a makeover. Stay tuned!

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