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I always find it incredible, looking back on the year. Time flies by… I find myself sitting here finding it hard to believe the amount of work it was. The dedication, the challenges, the people I’ve met, the stories, the love, the smiles, the tears, the places I’ve experienced…

I love my job. I love my job!

In 2005, I was writing my Dad back and fourth through some emails… we were working on a project for his business and I was doing the editing and design mock ups. My Dad was paying me a small amount to help. One night, he had shared a photo with me at sunset with his Dog’s running through the desert in the Tri-Cities. I woke up to a phone call in the morning. My Father had passed away.

I then opened my email from the night before that my father wrote to me. He said, ‘The light is everything.’

It affected my passion for photography deeply. I had already wrapped his present, I had made custom printed calendar of my artistic landscapes and still life and other conceptual work for 2006. I was even displaying my work online and in downtown Vancouver and began selling it.

I started my business that same month.

I hope to bring the last words my father wrote ‘The light is everything’ to my own work. With each year I find myself becoming closer to chasing that light and capturing it in the most beautiful ways I can find. Not every situation is ever the same. The challenges are all unique and not everything will go your way – but I’ve pushed hard to be where I am today. I’m so fortunate to be sitting here, looking back on my best year in business.

I truly can say that this year – I stuck to my goals of challenging myself – trying new things while shooting – having fun – enjoying life.

2016 will bring new challenges, excitement and new places. I’m excited for the journey ahead and the goals I have in place.

-Aaron Potter

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Here’s to 2016!

It’s always a tough, yet fun project to put this post together.

My career has taken me to so many different places, with so many different people that every situation is unique. The light is never the same, the time lines are never the same, the people are from all walks of life. When choosing these images, it’s a tough task. I narrow them down based on what I like, what stands out to me, what is technically sound or sometimes just makes me smile.

Or, I get lucky and everything works together to create that perfect moment. Sometimes photography is just about being there. Just getting there and being with the right people at the right time.

It’s been a fantastic year. Since we only have 30 images to share, I like to try and post one from different weddings and sessions. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. In the end I like to showcase creative, fun, technically beautiful images, emotions, candid images, unique locations and light. I tried to keep the commercial images to a minimum – too many to choose from. They have their own new spot on the commercial site.

2014 marks our best year in business. We started this journey back in 2003 when I first picked up a ‘real’ camera. I shot my 1st wedding in 2005, shortly after I started my business that winter. I began selling my personal work and advertising my business. I then started looking at schools for photography. In the fall of 2006 I began attending The Hallmark Institute of Photography. Since then my journey has taken me from Bellingham, WA back to Vancouver, WA where I have captured weddings and portraits all over the Northwest.

My work this year took off with my wedding and commercial photography work. I started a new commercial photography website to showcase all of the work I have done over the last few short years.

I was able to showcase a lot of my work at the Clark County Fair where I had a booth. It was great meeting so many current clients, potential clients and commercial vendors. I did a lot of 2nd shooting this year as well. None of those made the selections – strictly because they are not my clients.

As 2015 rolls in, I hope to continue to work on commercial photography. Including video. This is a new segment I am taking on. It fits perfectly with my technical experience with lighting and capturing ultra-realistic images (photography speaking: HDR).

I’ve been so fortunate to work with so many great clients. I would like to continue to capture unique weddings, in cool locations. It just makes my job easier! Weddings are full of great moments and they are so special. My goal is always to create amazing images that capture the couple there, in that awesome moment.

I would also like to find talented people to work with on creating unique images in amazing locations with a model and hair/makeup artists. A stylist would be beneficial as well. This would be strictly for portfolio uses. Breaking into that market is something that I would like. I feel that my take on lighting and ideas would work well.

My senior portrait photography has really been fun. I like the one-on-one nature of the sessions without the pressure of a wedding day. I can really be creative and get great molding lighting. It’s fun!

Long update, I know, I know. But hey! If you made it this far – thank you! Here’s to 2015!

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Wow! It was a long 10 days at the Clark County Fair this August 1st – 10th. Plenty of 12 hour and 14 hour days.

We spent many months preparing our booth for the fair. The weeks leading up to the fair were just a little stressful. But I had everything setup early Thursday before the Fair even started. :)

The long days of standing in the booth and talking to everyone paid off. We got a ton of great feedback. It was so nice talking to people about my business in person.

To be honest, the photos don’t look nearly as good here as they did in person. The metal murals look 3D in person. The light / textures of everything stand out more when your actually there in the booth. With a small 10×10 space to work with it was a challenge. A lot of time went into finding the vintage furniture and locating the proper companies for printing promo materials, metal murals and even little things like a pillow and the lamp. The ladder was a trip to Oregon City all on it’s own – in lovely heavy traffic.

We handed out a ton of business cards and all of our flyers were gone by the last hour of the fair. Perfect.

Our wedding guide was great to have on hand – (sorry no photos of it). Lots of potential Brides and Groom’s out there.

Thanks for everyone that stopped by. I’m sharing these photos because it really helped me to research other booths online before putting mine together. This was our 1st booth – granted it’s not a bridal show – but we will use all of this in the future. :)


Wow. 2012. A year that was so busy with all types of creative photography sessions. Thank you to all our amazing clients. From the bottom of my heart. You make this more than just a job – it is truly a passion. I’ve been looking forward to writing this post. The last month of the year – December was crazy we had three weddings in one weekend!

The 30 Images had several specifications: Happiness, moments, fun, creative, lighting, memories, unique, Not too many from ONE session or event, trying not to exclude anyone (sorry not every session or person is included!). It was literally impossible to include everything. We wanted a balance of things to show. Last year was all weddings – and this year we managed to include engagement and even some personal work. So many events/sessions were amazing and I wanted to add so many!

2012 is the year I focused on client satisfaction and creating a relationship. We did silent auctions, donated to charity and many of you might have noticed us staying a little longer for your wedding or portrait session. Trying to go the extra mile. Satisfaction. Happiness. Delivery. Delivering images that aren’t just ‘ok’. Images from sessions and weddings that are edited, touched up, finished, polished, finalized. I’ve spent more time this year holding a mouse editing than I have holding a camera. Exceeding expectations. I was focused on delivering more than just images that were seen on our blog or Facebook posts. Our clients were receiving images that were all edited and a lot of ‘bonuses’. It takes a lot of time to edit an image, more time than it takes to capture it. But it takes even more time to find a awesome client. Thank you to all our amazing clients. We hope that you will think of us in 2013.

2013 is holds new equipment, new techniques, new creative insight. More locations, more fantastic clients and more motivation. Motivation comes from so many sources, music, videos, photography, art, even being prepared to take on new challenges. This means taking care of everything and being bored so you go out and fight to find a new hill to climb!

I have established a base of clients that trusts me to capture and create images how I believe they should be captured. I found that in 2012 my clients trusted me and let me be creative. This opened so many doors and I’ve never felt so free. Without restriction – everything creative in me just flowed freely.

A first. This year we booked a wedding for May 2013 in San Francisco. This is actually a return wedding client – from Chicago, who we photographed their wedding in Portland, Oregon in 2011. Awesome! For 2013 we are shooting weddings in places we’ve been referred from or places that are showing our images without our knowledge. We are returning to wedding venues and getting referrals from people we’ve never met. The love is getting stronger!

If you’ve read this far – your either a photographer or a client, maybe a potential client, maybe a wedding planner! 2013 is the year we are going to compete. Enter competitions, magazines and bridal shows. With the competition in Portland being so fierce, we have to stand out. We have. We’ve already surpassed our goal for 2013.

Here’s to 2013. We’ll see you at the finish line!

We have done aerial photography in that past over central Massachusetts, but we wanted to do something a little more extensive and personal. The shoot began mid-afternoon leaving Vancouver, Washington from the Pearson Airfield and out to the Oregon Coast. to Astoria, Oregon then Seaside Oregon and a bit further over the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range. Then back over to Mt. St. Helens and over Vancouver to the airport again. We had an amazing trip and it was thanks to our awesome and generous pilot that we were able to enjoy such awesome views. It’s so hard to capture images moving at over 120 mph at 1,000 – 3,000 feet. But almost anything is beautiful from this height and takes on a whole new character. These images were shot through plexiglass with our 70-200 2.8 Nikkor lens. After carefully editing in photoshop to bring out the most detail in each image, we wanted to share with everyone what we saw. This was one of those personal projects that was done just for fun. It was an awesome escape from the ordinary and was a reminder of why we love photography. Thank you Frank!


January 12, 2009

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Pretty interesting to watch. I think the video is better with some different music…but that’s just my taste.

Includes between 4000 and 6000 stills.

The tilt shift lens style of photography has some great uses. Usual used for architecture photography, I’m seeing more and more of the lens being used for artistic productions like this.

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This is the 1st post in the ‘for photographers’ category on the blog, more to come.