20 of Some of the Best Moments of 2017

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!

Best of 2017 Eugene Engagement Photographer

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.

Best of 2017 Eugene Boudoir Photographer

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!

Best of 2017 Eugene Senior Portrait Photographer

This intimate moment Kevin and Courtney shared during their engagement session in the sun-lit fog is a hands-down highlight of 2017.

Best of 2017 Eugene Engagement Photographer

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!

Best of 2017 Eugene Family Photographer

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.

Best of 2017 Eugene Boudoir Photographer

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

Best of 2017 Eugene Elopement Photographer

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.

Best of 2017 Eugene Wedding Photographer

This wedding celebration at Mt. Pisgah had moments of unrivaled laughter. This capture is a sure favorite of 2017.

Best of 2017 Eugene Wedding Photographer

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.

Best of 2017 Eugene Wedding Photographer

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.

Best of 2017 Eugene Wedding Photographer

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!

Best 2017 Eugene Headshot Photographer

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!

Best 2017 Eugene Boudoir Photographer

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.

Best 2017 Eugene Engagement Photographer

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!

Best 2017 Eugene Family Photographer

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!