20 (of Some of the) Best Moments of 2016

With only a few days remaining to 2016, reflection has ensued--a reflection on the many moments we have had the honor to be a witness to. A difficult task (as I look through 82 galleries!), here are 20 of (some of) the best moments of 2016, mostly displayed in chronological order. Enjoy!

#1: This year's wedding season was kicked off in January, and will finish on New Year's Eve. With 20 weddings in between, the first remains a highlight--and particularly this bride's laughter through the rain and 45 degree winter day. This capture was after their first look--under an umbrella as a light rain fell.

#2: Family portraits are dynamic and lively, and capturing children through their many stages is a joy. The energy of these five sisters was particularly enjoyable, and playing with them while creating their portraits one sunny spring day was a highlight this year.

#3: After putting together a cobalt blue watercolor inspired styled wedding editorial alongside incredible talent in early February (see it featured HERE on Hey Wedding Lady), I took part in another collaboration at Sweet Cheeks Winery. This time, the colors were rich and deep, as showcased by the dynamic bouquet by Hard Core Florist pictured above. The best part, though, was being able to do this alongside two other photographers--and friends--Lynn Marie Photography and Aly with Hazel Eye Photography. 

(Venue: Sweet Cheeks Winery in Eugene, Oregon // Coordinator: Peachy Keen Coordination by Cindy Crowder // Flowers: Hardcore Florist // Rentals: Poppies and Top Hats, specialty event rentals and design // Bride's Attire: Merrime Bride & Soiree // Jewelry: Meghan Donahue Handmade Jewelry // Paper Goods: Off The Vine Calligraphy + Design // Cake: Sugar Mommas Bake Shop & Cafe // Hair and Makeup Artist: Felicia Knapp // Models: Cheri Breymann and Sheldon Gorrin)

#4: In time for Valentine's Day, the 2016 boudoir marathon event proved successful. Specializing in boudoir this past year, we have had the honor of working with many women who have conquered their fears and showcased their beauty while pouring into their marriage. (For information on the upcoming 2017 Limited Edition Boudoir Event, contact us HERE.)

#5: The first look captured above was one of the most memorable of 2016; this groom's adoration of his beautiful bride made more than one of us tear up. Truth be told, this series of images still deeply moves me.

#6: One of several features on Oregon Bride Magazine, this intimate under-veil capture of these two wed at Yellow Gold Farm remains a favorite.

#7: First looks were not the only times we witnessed groom's eyes well up with tears; this incredible moment as the bride's father walked her down the aisle at the beautiful Clear Lake Gardens overwhelmed us all.

#8: I had the honor of photographing a stunning wedding on private property in the Coburg Hills. Not only was the location personal, every detail--from hanging baskets lovingly created months before, heirloom pieces proudly displayed, custom signs created by the bride herself, and more--was also.

#9: This ceremony recessional lined with celebrating guests blowing bubbles at Home Place Farm was absolutely delightful.

#10: This July wedding was filled with one breathtaking moment after another. From their first look mid-day until their first dance that night, there was a continuous tenderness, grace, and mystique. 

#11: Blooming roses, golden hour light, and this stylish and fun couple made this engagement session a highlight of 2016.

#12: Summerlake Park in Tigard made for a perfect location for this expecting couple's maternity portraits. When we met for their family portraits last year, we were celebrating their cousin's engagement (you may recognize this couple from the Best of 2015); this year, we celebrated these sweet expectant moments as they prepared to welcome their firstborn.

#13: As the end of the summer neared, a trip to the stunning Pittock Mansion in Portland was in store. With a breeze and the coolness falling upon the day, this capture is one of 2016's best.

#14: This boudoir session during the thick of wedding season happened just days before this gorgeous bride said, "I do" to her betrothed--and what a beautiful gift she was able to present to her groom!

#15: I was invited to capture several intimate weddings this year (with as few as 12 witnesses), including these two's. From the lookout atop LaVelle Vineyards to that at Skinner's Butte, several HMP couples said "I do" among only those closest to them. This featured wedding was captured at Shotgun Creek in Marcola, Oregon on a perfectly drizzly fall day.

#16: This gorgeous senior was particularly special to me; seven years ago, she was a sixth grader, stepping into my classroom. Years have passed since we have seen one another, but we reconnected again when she asked me to capture this momentous time of her life--her senior year.

#17: The end of the year was filled with dynamic family captures, including those of this beautiful family of five.

#18: One of the most spectacular views within Eugene is at Spencer's Butte. This adventurous couple met me for a hike to the top--with just enough time to catch the sunset; it was an exhilarating and memorable highlight of 2016!

#19: This particular location at Alton Baker Park was found during a weekend hike--and I knew immediately it would be perfect for this engaged couple's portraits to take place just days later. The connection and ease between these two was striking.

#20: One of the last portraits of the year was captured for this lovely family. The overcast late fall day brought with it some incredible color and a light haze. Their portraits will don their home, and have been lovingly sent out to those near and far this holiday season.

 

To all of our many clients, THANK YOU; 2016 has been a joyous year!

We look forward to sharing in your most precious moments of 2017, capturing them for you to cherish for years to come.

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Heather Mills