We’re slacking on our new blog! So much to do and so little time… We’re getting serious now though. So here goes our first wedding post.

Bethany and I were so stoked when Melissa asked us to shoot her wedding! The Berghs (Melissa’s family) are super longtime family friends of ours, we go way back… 🙂 We always love shooting weddings of close family and friends. When we’re running around all day and night shooting everything people always say “put down that camera! stop working and enjoy yourselves now!” but honestly we love shooting more than anything, so I don’t think putting down the camera to enjoy ourselves is going to happen anytime soon.

Their wedding was at the beautiful Coronado Cays Yacht Club on Coronado Island, San Diego. Melissa and Brian were obviously beyond excited (just look at the photos of them two!) to tie the knot, after like 5 years of dating! About time guys… 😉

Here are some of our favorites from the day!

To see their entire slideshow GO HERE- http://www.blaineandbethany.com/slideshows/brianmelissa/

Melissa’s gorgeous dress-

Melissa absolutely beaming after getting her dress on-

The guys-

Melissa and her dad share a laugh seconds before they walk down the aisle together-

Melissa’s grandparents… adorable.

Melissa’s mom Donna was just a little excited to see her daugher coming down the ailse  🙂

Mark & Melissa

I love this shot. I can only imagine what Mark is sharing (or commanding!?) with Brian as he gives away his daughter.  Melissa doesn’t have a care in the world…
Brian is pretty stoked…
Gorgeous setting on the San Diego Bay-
The kiss!
Leaving the ceremony-
Melissa’s friends wanted in on the action too!
A few portraits-
Mark toasting to the best mans hilarious speech-
Cake cutting-
Sparklers are always a fun exit!
As I was editing through the photos from this wedding I came across these and was thinking… man… either I was totally hammered and don’t remember a thing about taking these photos… or maybe Bethany was trying to be extra artsy… who knows… then it all came back to me! While I was grabbing a bite to eat MY MOM grabbed my camera and *tried* to be a wedding photographer for a few minutes. YIKES. So from these painfully ugly images we learn something very important… Who cares how great the camera is… hire a great photographer who knows a thing about how to use it!    🙂

Congrats Brian and Melissa!!! I hope your THAILAND honeymoon was incredible!

Remember the slideshow! – http://www.blaineandbethany.com/slideshows/brianmelissa/

  • amoslanka - July 8, 2008 - 4:39 pm

    gosh i love the dress picture at the top in particular!ReplyCancel

  • susan - July 10, 2008 - 1:00 am

    wow these actually brought a tear to my eye. They are just what wedding shots should be.ReplyCancel

OK so we’ve got this new blog… and we’re going to try and keep up with it best as we can! The past week we’ve been in San Diego shooting a wonderful wedding for our great friends Melissa and Brian. More on that soon…. for now check out their slideshow here- http://www.blaineandbethany.com/slideshows/brianmelissa/

Tuesday night we took a red eye flight to Buffalo, New York to shoot another wedding, Jeremy and Stacey! We got in really early Wednesday morning, picked up our rental car, and then headed off to Niagra Falls becauase neither of us had been there before. It was only about an hour from the airport, so why not!? The falls were really cool. HUGE HUGE HUGE. People watching was excellent too, as it is in all touristy places in America.  🙂  Pics to come soon.

So today we did a “day after” session the “day before” with Jeremy and Stacey that was really fun. Their wedding is tomorrow at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. It’s gorgeous here! Very green, lots of beautiful country homes/mansions on the lakeside, in the trees, with grassy backyards the size of a football field or two!

Here are a couple shots from todays portrait session with Jeremy and Stacey… can’t wait for their wedding tomorrow!

Bethany’s crazy but cool idea to use a random metal heart that she found.  🙂

  • Stacey - July 1, 2008 - 1:44 am

    Thank you guys so much for all your hard work!!! You did an amazing job of capturing our entire wedding weekend. It was great to see you guys again and I know Jay and Joy loved spending more time with you as well. I can’t explain how much we appreciate how awesome you guys are, it really shows that you love what you do. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Joy Vaughan - July 1, 2008 - 1:51 am

    These “day before” pictures, and the wedding pictures are so beautiful! You guys captured all the emotions that we (and the whole family) were feeling during Stacey and Jeremy’s wedding weekend. It was great to see you guys in NY and hopefully we’ll catch up soon in Hood River! Joy and JayReplyCancel

  • David E - July 7, 2008 - 6:09 am

    Seriously – too awesome. I love the heart!ReplyCancel

We just noticed our clients Chris and Aviva gave us a nice review on a website called WeddingMapper.com

Here is what they said: “We cant emphasis enough how important it is to have good photographers and these guys were incredible. Not only talented and organized, they were fun to work with. And of course we love the outcome: beautiful albums and online slideshows and framed prints…”

Thanks Chris and Aviva!

You can see thier slideshow here:  http://www.blaineandbethany.com/slideshows/avivachriswedding/

Well, after an incredibly busy summer of 2007, and then 6 months of traveling the world November-May… it’s back to the real world for Bethany and I! Luckily, we love our job, so it’s not all that bad.
We’ve been back in America for just over a month, and have already photographed 4 weddings in 3 different states, and have been working nonstop to get a bunch of new things rolling.

First, our new website! Our previous website was in need of some mega help and updating. So, announcing the brand new www.blaineandbethany.com! A big thanks to the awesome and incredibly helpful guys at BIGFolio!

Second, looks like you’ve found our new BLOG! Just what the world needs… another blog! We hope to keep it interesting though with consistent updates of new photos, travels, and just random life stuff, so bookmark it (or add it to your RSS feed), check back often, and leave us comments! 🙂

Third, Blaine and Bethany Photography now has a Facebook page! Why? Um, I’m not sure why… or exactly what the point is… but it seems kinda fun. Check it out and sign up to be a fan! 🙂

And lastly, we’ve leased a new office in beautiful downtown Hood River, Oregon! The purpose of our office is to serve as a nice and comfortable place to meet with our clients to show our books and albums. It’s also been great for Bethany and I to spread out our computer and hard drive collection on a huge custom desk . We’ve been much more productive with our time being able to work at a real desk in a real office!
We bought the desk, shelfs, coffee table, and other misc furnishings at IKEA and found the 3 piece leather sofa set at City Liquidators in Portland.
I wasn’t going to post any photos yet because we still have some finishing touches to do, like find a cool rug for the meeting area, and plaster the walls with huge photo prints… but, I couldn’t resist… so below are photos of our new office in it’s “not-quite-finished” state!
Our address is: 216 Cascade Avenue, Suite 26, Hood River, Oregon 97031

Front view from Cascade Avenue (top left is our office, downstairs is Real Wind)

Side View from 3rd Street (top floor windows are ours)
Meeting area
Meeting area
Meeting area
Looking other way towards computers and desk
Our huge new desk
Bethanys computer (obviously I made that desktop image… she hates spiders!)
My brand new 24″ iMac
View out the window (directly across the street is the beautiful Columbia Art Gallery)
Out one of the side windows you can see a little bit of the Columbia River
Cascade Avenue on a quiet weekday evening
  • Chris Brodell - June 24, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    Nice! You guys are tearing it up. The new spot looks killer. I have to say I haven’t explored Hood River much other than the few times that I’ve stopped through on various treks from Boise to Portland. Now I’ll have to check you guys out…that couch looks comfortable.

    Do you mind me asking who you use for your album production? They look clean.

    Congrats on the new space,

    Chris BrodellReplyCancel

  • Lucinda Mudd - June 24, 2008 - 5:31 pm

    Congrats guys! The office looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • David E - June 24, 2008 - 6:56 pm

    Dude, NICE! I love it! Your office is awesome! Awesome location and view, too! I wish I was getting married so I could meet with you guys in your cool office and let you tell me about how awesome you are. I am so stoked for you two!!!

    Do you think you’ll be in Texas anytime this year? I’m in Austin now. Super fun city! Lots of fun stuff to photograph!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Davis - June 25, 2008 - 1:53 am

    Congrats on the new office, it looks amazing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - June 25, 2008 - 3:12 am

    Congrats you two the office looks great…I miss Hood River. My brother and I use to go up there all the time to go windsurfing. Seeing your pics brought back memories!!!ReplyCancel

  • yu - June 25, 2008 - 10:25 am

    Cool office!!
    I think I know exactly where that is.

    Congratulations on all the update!ReplyCancel

  • blaine - June 26, 2008 - 3:27 pm

    Hey everyone thanks for the comments!

    Chris- Thanks man, you should stop by in Hood River for longer, there is tons to explore. The couch is comfy but a little short for anyone over 5’10” so if you come through, we’ll try and get you in a bed. 🙂
    Our albums are made by http://www.kambara.com/ in Portland. Very expensive, but the quality is unsurpassed.

    David- Hey! Doesn’t look like we’ll be in Texas this summer at all… bummer. You should come out and visit us though!

    Ryan- You guys should come up to windsurf again! We’d love to see you and I need some windsurfers and kiters to sign model releases. 🙂
    You’ve got a place to crash for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - June 29, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Your photos are amazing – I am flying you both to NZ when I get married (in several years!).ReplyCancel

  • blaine - June 29, 2008 - 3:36 pm

    jean- NZ wedding sounds good to us! we love it there! 🙂ReplyCancel

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