Creative & natural.
I am a photographer based in Oregon, specializing in high school senior portraits, college graduates, families, elopements, and weddings.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William W. Purkey
Hi, I'm Jaime. I've always been intrigued by photography and creating artistic images. It wasn't until I met a couple of professional photographers in 2008 that I realized photography could be a career! It all started with a six-week trip to Australia and New Zealand, where I got to spend time with two photographer friends and also noticed how gratifying it was to take beautiful and unique photos of my travels.
I almost considered moving to Australia, but I love living in the lush valley of western Oregon. It's wonderful to be close enough to the mountains to snowboard and cross-country ski in the winter. In the summer I love to spend time hiking, camping, and playing in bodies of water. I appreciate being close enough to the ocean to take a day trip out to see the tide pools or explore the beach. Have you ever been to a minus tide? Definitely do!
I'm a serious foodie - I love to cook and bake, and most of all I love to eat. I'll try just about anything once. And I'll proudly admit that I'm a chocoholic - little chocolate a day...makes me happy.
I've always been intrigued by artistic clothing but didn't find a strong interest in fashion until in my 30s. What someone wears in a portrait has such a huge impact on the look and feel of that image. Your outfit can make the difference between feeling drab and feeling like the confident, capable self that you are. To me that's important to take advantage of not only during a photo shoot, but in everyday life.
After that trip to Australia and New Zealand, I did a lot of soul searching and in 2009 decided to train myself in digital photography. I studied and practiced. I took classes and workshops. I photographed everything I could. In 2010 I made it official and established my photography business. Since then, I've learned so much more and continue to develop my skills. I find it very satisfying to know how to pose people, how to compose the shot, and how to edit images in a way that shows the world or person the way I perceived it. It comes down to: how does the image make me feel?
We don't always need photographs, but when we do, they're important. And even when we don't, we want them because they are poignant reminders of our experiences, our loved ones, and how we became who we are today.