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Winner! Senior Portrait Session Wins Best Photography Awards

I am thrilled to see the results of Olivia’s epic Senior Photos session continue to gain critical acclaim in the photography industry.  Chic Critique, a huge forum of pro photographers, chose Lori Michelle Photography‘s image of Olivia as one of five winners for photographs featuring Light.  At the moment she was taking the photo, the sun was setting beautifully giving everything around it a gorgeous golden glow.  I didn’t even have to look at the camera to know it would be amazing.

Chic Critique Forum winning photograph of senior portrait

Olivia opted for on location professional makeup and hair styling.  This allowed for her to dramatically change her look during the session, starting with a beautiful girl next door look and ending with a hint of vintage modern take on the 20s.  The vintage-inspired look also won Honorable Mention in the Lemonade and Lenses cover contest for their photography education magazine.

Lemonade and Lenses Honorable Mention best portland or senior portraits phorography

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Olivia’s mother came on location to help with the shoot and when she saw her daughter come out all dressed up and standing for her first pose, I could see her eyes were filled with tears.  I had to look away to stop myself from crying!  I am quite certain that will be me someday – when it hits me that my babies are grown up.  Being a little part of these milestone moments in peoples’ lives give me such joy and gives my work such meaning.  Thank you Lori for you continued generosity in sharing these images with us.  Olivia, we wish you and your family nothing but the very best.  Enjoy your senior year to the fullest!


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Mt. Hood Wedding with Super Secret Dress and Hairstyle Change

In the entire history of Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, I venture to say that there has never been a more beautiful day on the mountain!  The sun was shining, birds were chirping, wildflowers were in bloom and the mountain still had snow on it.  I had grown so fond of Jessica and I wanted her day to be perfect.  I knew right when I arrived it would be!  Mt. Hood wedding We had been keeping a little secret – that she was going to change her bridal gown and hairstyle after portraits so that when she walked down the aisle there would still be a surprise!

Mt. Hood wedding portraits

The couple’s photographer, Chris Arace, came all the way from Michigan.  He was as inspiring to be around as his spectacular portfolio of work.

Mt. Hood wedding portrait

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Before the ceremony, we put her hair up in a side chignon with a jeweled pin leaving much of the bangs loose and flowing.  Her fitted lace gown looked so romantic!

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The day was a busy one and her Matron of Honor Christy kept everything flowing smoothly.  She deserves a special shout out for being so attentive and just all around wonderful.


Emotions ran high and I had to blink back a few tears as I saw others tearing up!  Reverend Steve Sharp performed the ceremony as the lodge window inside filled with guests peeking out at the wonderful moment.

Timberline Lodge outdoor wedding ceremony

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And they danced the night away!

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I wish you all the happiness in the world Jeff and Jessica! xxxooo

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Published! Portland OR Senior Portrait Session with Gorgeous Photography | Hair and Makeup

I was so thrilled to learn today that Seniorologie has published our Senior Portrait Session with beautiful Christina!  Seniorologie is one of the top blogs in the country for senior portrait photography.  The images were shot by Lori Michelle Photography, a super talented Portland area photographer who I absolutely love working with.  GREAT JOB, LORI!!!  Christina did not have any specific look in mind for her session and let me do whatever I wanted for her hair and makeup.  I used purples on the eyes and pinks on the cheeks and lips.  I added volume and wave to her gorgeous hair.  What a photogenic girl.  Enjoy your senior year, Christina!

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Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding | hair and makeup | Canby, OR

Vista Hills Vineyard in Oregon Wine Country was the beautiful setting for Kelli and Brian’s relaxed, rustic-yet-stylish outdoor wedding.   bride and groom kiss at Vista Hills Vineyard

Kelli chose a messy (but not too messy!) side chignon updo for her hairstyle and natural makeup tones.  Her nails and her shoes were a bold coral red which added a little fun element to everything.  Her dress was one of my all time favorites with delicate little layers that looked like sheer ribbons and a sparkly sash.  When I asked her about her fiancé, she just lit up and said simply “He makes me laugh.”  Looking through their wedding photos, there was so much laughter that day.  I have a feeling this will be a lifelong thing for these two!

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burlap wrapped bridal bouquet, sparkle sash, coral nails

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Thank you so much to Powers Photography Studios for sharing these beautiful images with us!  Best of luck to you, Kelli and Brian!  I enjoyed getting to work with you!

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Spring obsession: glossy balmy stains

My spring makeup obsession is glosses and balms that leave behind a lovely stain.  The first one I ever tried was by Tarte and they are still my favorite.  Now Tarte has many imitators.  These don’t need to be applied “perfectly” on the lips.  In fact, it looks better when they aren’t.  Don’t even think about using lip liner!  Fresh, casual, pretty.  These are available at many price points and can even be found in the grocery store.  I think my brides will love these!

a collage showing lip stain glosses and balms

Shown in collage: Cover Girl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain, L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture, Clinique Chubby Stick {looks like the others but I just learned does NOT leave a stain behind:(}, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Tarnish, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint.

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