This Blonde Beauty made a statement in our studio during her boudoir session! Her Little Black Book and Ice Cube display piece were a pleasing wedding anniversary gift for her husband!
With outstanding red lips, this Bold Brunette brought so much light into our studio during her boudoir and personal branding portrait session!
After her session, she shared: "Heather! Thank you for the confidence and empowerment... it is eternal and seals my identity with passion and purpose realizing the beauty in myself and the things hidden deep in me, flourished through this experience... priceless!"
As we step into 2018, we reflect on the year past--and the many moments we have had the honor to be a witness to. A difficult task (as we look through the many galleries!), here are 20 of (some of) the best moments of 2017, mostly displayed in chronological order. Enjoy!
A few short days into 2017, our Willamette Valley was layered in snow. Offering breathtaking views, we took to Sweet Cheeks Winery for Addison and Erin's engagement session and enjoyed the golden hour light in the vineyards and atop their scenic patio. Their wedding in Florida next month will likely provide a different scene!
In time for Valentine's Day, several ladies came into the newly opened studio for their boudoir portraits. This black and white with an editorial feel is timeless and captivating--and a favorite of 2017.
Several clients have requested their dogs join in during their sessions. This year, we had the special request from Rebekah: to include her precious cat in her Senior Portraits. We were thrilled to customize her session that way!
This intimate moment Kevin and Courtney shared during their engagement session in the sun-lit fog is a hands-down highlight of 2017.
Family portraits are always lively, dynamic, and highly entertaining--and this family of six came with extra surprises! Having found a romantic connection online, Jordan and Seani waited to see one other for the first time during their portrait consultation. It was a remarkable thing to be witness to!
Before wedding season begins each year, we are frequently asked to capture a bride's intimate beauty so her portraits can be lovingly presented to her groom on their wedding day. To us, it is an honor to be entrusted with such a gift.
Too, when a dear friend of years past entrusts you with the care of their pregnancy celebration, it is humbling. On the day of Cary and Danielle's session, we were somehow gifted with radiant sun, soaked it in, and cherished that along with their love of one another and their son.
This image is a result of incredible collaboration with some of the wedding industry's best. The moments shared in culmination are unforgettable--from having to find an entirely new location the morning of the event, taking on several dead-end roads, and more--but all exemplify resilience, dedication, and mastery. And a capture like this is one for the books!
Coordination and Styling: Peachy Keen Coordination by Cindy Crowder
Bride's Attire: Merrime Bridal / Chic Nostalgia Gown “Femi”
Hair and Makeup: Brittany Blanchard Makeup
Jewelry: By Angeline
Brandon and Devan's wedding at Three Strands Farm was absolutely beautiful! This moment captured at their ceremony site showcases their serene and elegant venue and the delight they have in one another.
This wedding celebration at Mt. Pisgah had moments of unrivaled laughter. This capture is a sure favorite of 2017.
From a foggy engagement session (see above) to a sun-lit wedding ceremony at Heiser Farms, this couple made our top moments of 2017 twice! Winston, their four-legged fur baby was a delightful guest of honor, and excitedly joined them at the time of their first kiss!
This bride's color palate was fantastic! Her bouquet and bridesmaid attire selections were bright and absolutely smile-inducing! The rich greenery here at Log House Garden at Willow Lake made a perfect backdrop for this capture.
From mid-day portraits to sunset ones, this couple's intimate moments on the sandy beach at the Pelican Brewery in Pacific City were absolutely dreamy!
Our last wedding of the 2017 season took place in Bend on private property. Before the bride met her groom along side the river's edge, she shared sweet moments with the women closest to her in her bridal suite.
Zephan's Senior Portraits were designed to showcase his passions in performing art: from music to dance. We had the pleasure of private access to a grand piano at the Hult Center for Performing Arts and fantastic weather for his unique outdoor portraits thereafter.
You'll find these hard-working, talented physical therapists at Endurance Physical Therapy in Eugene. Their commercial branding session day was a full production and resulted in fantastic individual and group headshots--indoors and out!
This year, we hosted two out-of-state boudoir events: one in San Francisco, California and another in Phoenix, Arizona. This radiant woman joined us in Phoenix--and all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas--and we love her smile!
With a return to the Pacific Northwest, we joined David and Bekah in Portland for their engagement portraits. This romantic moment was captured at the Pittock Mansion.
This family came to the studio for their first family portraits, and second set of children's portraits (having something like 10 years pass between)--just in time for Christmas!
As we neared the close of 2017, we had this gorgeous woman in the studio looking to celebrate--and we look forward to having her back in 2018, too!
Thank you to all who made 2017 another incredible year at Heather Mills Photography!
It was a clear day on the scenic Oregon coast on Nathan and Katie's wedding day. Starting at their private beach house, the bride and groom shared a private first look and afterwards, their dear family and friends covered them in prayer. Their intimate wedding ceremony on the beach overlooking the Haystack Rock, softened by a slight, coastal haze, was witnessed by friends and family both, and The Pelican Brewery Company provided a timeless space for celebration to continue during their reception. The Pettingers stole away at sunset, to dance on the beach, providing unforgettable portraits.
"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it." (Song of Solomon)
Mr. and Mrs. Pettinger // September 10, 2017
Lee and Jenny recently made the move to Eugene, Oregon. Embracing the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, they said "I do" under the shade of a grand white oak overlooking a savanna, and celebrated late until the evening in an open air pavilion, dancing under the stars. Their guests from near and far away toasted to a lifetime of love for Mr. and Mrs. Alberts!
“You're still the one I run to, the one that I belong to, you're still the one I want for life." (Shania Twain)
Mr. and Mrs. Alberts // July 1, 2017
At the serene Three Strands Farm in Lebanon, Oregon, many of Brandon and Devan's dearest family and friends gathered to celebrate their union. It was clear how deeply invested the crowd was for these two saying "I do," and how delighted they were to be witness to this sacred event. With laughter, tears, toasts, and dancing, Brandon and Devan began their lives as one.
“A threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes)
Mr. and Mrs. Larsen // June 17, 2017
As dawn's fog began to fade, a team of incredible talent arrived at Detroit Lake: a secluded and serene body of water east of Salem and nestled within the Cascade Mountain Range. Finding a road less traveled hinting at the recent ice storm, we began our editorial. With the backdrop of tall, expansive trees softened by a thick layer of mist, the real-life couple took center stage. Follow along in their unfolding drama below, culminating in a glorious bathing of sunshine along the lake front.
"I want you, forever, you and me, everyday." (Nicholas Sparks)
Pure Love // 2017
Venue: Detroit Lake // Coordination and Styling: Peachy Keen Coordination by Cindy Crowder // Florist: Lindsay Helzer Floral Design // Rentals and Decor: Vintage Modern Portland // Bride's Attire: Merrime Bridal // Hair and Makeup: Brittany Blanchard Makeup // Jewelry: By Angeline // Jewelry Box: Odo Art and Jewelry // Cake: Custom Cakes by Krystal // Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Bridgetown Design // Floral Ribbons: Tono & Co // Photographer: Heather Mills Photography
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Almost a year ago, Stephanie, her sister, their two cousins, and their respective families met together for a secret portrait session to gift images to their extended family. Despite the torrential sideways raining, we captured some incredible moments of laughter and joy--even celebrating one of her cousin's recent engagement from just days before! Most recently, Stephanie contacted me again, and for more celebration: this time, they celebrated her and her husband's soon-to-arrive son. We were met with some glorious sunshine, and together, took a walk at the beautiful Summerlake Park in Tigard, Oregon.