Portland Photographer

Portland Family Photos | Hoyt Arboretum

I did sixteen mini sessions over two days in late June, which of course sounds like a ton of shoots, and I was definitely prepared to be really tired afterwards, but to my amazement those two days were very energizing, fun and fulfilling. Wedding photographers share a certain intimate connection with their clients, even though you really only spend a maximum of 10-15 hours together, those hours are filled with basically the entire life of these two people who love each other. You meet their family and closest friends, you watch one of the most intimate and beautiful days of their life, it is no small thing to photograph a wedding.

With that in mind, it was so fulfilling to connect with and see lots of couples who I’ve worked with over the last thirteen years, meet their kids, or see their kids a year older, it was wonderful.

I’m planning on going back to Portland twice a year to do mini sessions, if you’d like to be kept up to date and added to my email list email me at bryan@bryanrupp.com.

I did these mini sessions at the Hoyt Arboretum which is an awesome and beautiful location, and it works great for families, because there’s shelter from rain and so many different and beautiful location options in a close proximity.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my mini sessions, and everyone who has supported me for all of these years, it means so much to me and my family to be able to make a living doing what I love.

Here’s my favorite photos from these two days with these families, this post is way too long, but I just couldn’t narrow down the photos anymore, sorry, not sorry :).


Raw Dairy Photographs | Godspeed Hollow

I've been opening my business up to doing more commercial type work (this basically just means taking photos for businesses).  I've taken photos for lots of businesses over the years, but haven't really showcased it, or focused heavily on it, and now I am.  You'll see more and more of this type of work showing up here and on my social media feeds.  I've really enjoyed working with businesses, and my style of photography (which is lifestyle/photojournalistic) works really well for businesses and especially ones that have a rich story to tell. 

Godspeed Hollow certainly has a rich story to tell.  From living in the Willamette Valley for ten years, I knew Bubba and Sarah (the owners) well, and I knew that they had purchased a piece of property in Newberg, OR and were running a farm.  With my background in agriculture (growing up on a peach orchard in Palisade, CO), agricultural work is a natural fit for me, I feel at home out in the country and on farms, and I understand a bit of what the farm life is like (even though the two big farm shoots I did this summer basically reminded me that I'm a yuppie now :)).  I approached Sarah and Bubba about doing a shoot with them and I was really excited that they were down for it. 

Godspeed Hollow is focused on providing protein and raw dairy to the Willamette Valley community.  Behind Godspeed Hollow is Sarah and Bubba and their two sweet kids.  I asked Sarah and Bubba a bunch of questions to try to honestly capture their business and I love what Sarah wrote to me "The intention for Godspeed Hollow as a farm is to be known as a place to be nourished and cared for, find rest and respite and Godspeed on one's journey."  Oof, even just typing that gave me the tingly feeling.  This was absolutely my experience with them, they included me on an amazing meal and hosted me in their air bnb rental.

I'm naturally very curious and enjoy learning about all different things, so I showed up with my curiosity and my camera and learned, witnessed and photographed everything I could, to showcase what Godspeed Hollow is all about.  I loved seeing the ways that they approach their farm and family life, and all of the steps that they go through to ensure that they're producing incredible raw milk and protein.  I'll let the photos tell the story from here, but what an inspiring business and family.


Courtney & Mark (+ Quincey)

I've known of Courtney Jade for a long time, but I was so excited to finally meet her at her and Mark's photo session. Courtney is a fantastic photographer and graphic designer. You can see her work at her photography website by clicking here, and of course, because she's a graphic designer she has gorgeous design and branding. Courtney and Mark were both so awesome and so much fun at their session. They were both really laid back and I was inspired by them because they were both so humble and kind. We decided to have the session at a U-pick apple orchard, because orchards are so beautiful, and Mark also really likes apples. Marquam Meadows Fruit Company was kind enough to let us use their orchard even though they weren't open! Thank you so much you guys! Courtney and Mark also brought along their dog Quincey, which added some fun flare to the session, as did all of the awesome props they brought.

Courtney and Mark, thank you so so much for hiring me to take your photos. It was so great to finally meet you both and I'm really glad for the time we had to hang out. I hope everyone had a great Wednesday today!