Boring, OR Equine Veterinary

Have you ever wanted that perfect horse vet who is personable, caring, dependable, knowledgeable AND funny??  Look no further, Mertens Mammals is all of the above and more! Located right in the heart of Boring, OR, Dr. Katharine Mertens is ready to offer her professional services whether you have one horse or a whole pasture full.  Check out her updated website to find out more!






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Portland, OR Lighting Demo

January 23, 2013

I’ve been photographing a lot of headshots lately, and wanted to brush up on some of my indoor lighting and positioning techniques.  The first person that came to mind that truly has mastered lighting inside and out is Craig Mitchelldyer, of Mitchelldyer Photography from Portland, OR.  If you’ve never heard of him or seen his work, It’s plastered on billboards and sports papers throughout Portland.  He’s known for shooting the Portland Trailblazers and Timbers games along with specializing in corporate headshots and weddings.

In the first group of photos below,  I had a main external light surrounded by a softbox to her right.  A white board reflecting light on her left and another external back light pointing towards the backdrop.  The left one is a little too bright for me.  I’m pretty happy with the middle one.  The gray backdrop on the right almost washes her out a bit.  Shot with my 50mm 1.4 at 2.0 – 1/100 ISO 400.

Headshot of child

The next series of shots we were just playing around.  On the far left, we pointed the back light towards our subject to give her more of a halo outline which I thought was cool.  The middle one, well…kind of explains itself, Jordan and I being silly.  The far right lighting is the same as top, just a cuter pose!  Shot with my 70-200mm 2.8 at 2.8 – 1/100 ISO 640.

Indoor Lighting Demo

The last photo I couldn’t resist posting! Sorry Craig, but I got a kick out of your daughters sassy-ness here!

Lighting Demo

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Family Portrait Session – Gresham, OR

January 4, 2013


It’s been a couple months since my last blog post, so nothing like starting the New Year off right with another one!  Last summer, I got to photograph my dear friend, Michelle and her step daughter, Ashley, with their horses.  So when Michelle asked me to capture the whole family, I was super excited!  I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the other day.

Family Photo ShootToddler boy sitting on a rockMom and son sitting on a rockFamily of four portrait

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Family Portrait Photographer – Carver, OR

October 4, 2012

When I met the Sali family at our photo session, I immediately fell in love with their two beautiful kiddos.  Their daughter with a head of blonde curls just like my own daughter, and their boy as active and adventurous as my little boy too!  But, what I didn’t know about the Sali’s was that they didn’t become a “family” until  September 18 this year which was when their adoption was final.  I’m SO incredibly happy for all four of you!

Family Portrait

Toddler Girl Portrait


Boy and girl holding hands

Toddler boy in wagon

Family laughing

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Eagle Creek, OR – Family and Newborn Photographer

April 20, 2012


We ventured out to Eagle Fern Park for the Farmer family photos and fortunately escaped the rain.  Little Colton is only a month old and a bundle of cuteness.  His sister Jenaveve, was as adorable as they come too!  She was also a very busy toddler and we had to pull all the tricks out to keep her engaged during the shoot, and she did great.  By the end, Hershey kisses were her all time favorite.  Thank you Farmer family for a fun morning!

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Eagle Creek, OR – Child Photographer

March 14, 2012

This was a complete impromptu fun photo session today.  I absolutely LOVE taking photos of this happy little girl.  My son was behind me putting stuffed animals on my head and dancing around like a goofball getting her to laugh!

Toddler girl smiling

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