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December 9, 2013

It’s the holly jolliest time of the year again, and my bestie Jessica of Modern Moments Designs and I teamed up to do a Rustic Woodland Holiday styled session displaying lots of fun gift ideas!

We are lucky enough to live in beautiful Portland, OR, where we are spoiled with an abundance of amazing local gourmet shops. I highly recommend any and all of these places if you are a local north-westerner, but if you are not, take our ideas and run with them in your own city!

So, what do you get the person who “has everything” for Christmas?! Treats of course! Wrap them up with a pretty bow, and add a custom holiday tag from Jessica’s shop, and you will be the talk of the party!

All of the vendors and their information are listed below, but let’s get on to the photos! Oh yummy yum yum!

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Poplandia Popcorn – Located on the corner of NW 23rd and Johnson in Portland, OR.
Their sea salted caramel corn is some of the most amazing caramel corn I have ever tasted!! During the holidays, they are popping Peacock Lane Candy Cane, which is absolutely addicting as well! I literally ate an entire bag all by myself!! Check them out on facebook to keep up with what’s popping! Other featured flavors here include the Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Pie popcorn and Oregon Trail popcorn! This is a new local business, and I am SO excited about them! They also do events, weddings, and special orders. Once you taste their popcorn, there’s really no other option but to keep eating!!

Kyra’s Bake Shop -  Kyra is a THREE-time (and the ONLY gluten-free) winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and she is located right here in the Pacific Northwest for all of us to enjoy! Kyra creates beautiful and delicious gluten-free cupcakes! Featured in our session here are The Flirt cupcakes: Chocolate cake filled with peppermint milk chocolate ganache, topped with peppermint chocolate chip italian meringue buttercream with red sprinkles. They are a perfect sweet treat for anyone – gluten-free or not, and extra festive :) Check her our on facebook here!

Portland Pie Company - I cannot even explain with words how sweet and adorable these little mini apple and pecan personal pies are! I can just imagine heating them up and serving them warm, with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream on top! It’s dessert heaven!! We were also lucky enough to receive the very beautiful frosted snowflake cookies from the Portland Pie Company as well, and let me tell you – they were buttery and flaky just like the best pie crusts! The sweet talents just never stop! You can find them on Facebook here!

Batch PDX - Looking for something a little bit fancy? Look no further – Batch PDX is a local chocolatier specializing in beautiful and tasty chocolate truffles. Not too rich, and perfectly smooth, these truffles are little bites of heaven! Yu can special order these chocolates, or find them at other local shops listed here. Their facebook page is here, you’ll want to check them out – you can thank me later ;)

Two Tarts Bakery – The sweetest little cookies you ever did see! Two Tarts cookies are shown above in the adorable holiday lunch pail. They are beautiful bite-sized cookies, so feel free to give a whole assortment! It’s hard to decide which ones were my favorites, but they all look so cute and festive together – this is the perfect gift for anyone on your list, or even for Santa himself! Their facebook page is here!

Palace Cakes – Sister to Two Tarts Bakery is Palace Cakes! The beautiful and festive cake featured here in our shoot would be the perfect addition to any holiday party. Who actually expects CAKE at a holiday party?! Cookies and other treats, of course, but don’t you think cake would be the happiest of surprises?? And this cake will not disappoint! They use all fresh, natural and home-made ingredients in all of their cakes – nothing processed here! Dress it up with some custom graphic toppers, and viola! You’re the perfect host/hostess! Check out their facebook page here!

Salt & Straw Ice Cream – This local ice creamery has people lining up around the block in the summer, and the winter too! Ice cream is a delicious treat anytime of year, and with flavors like Peppermint Cocoa, Butter Roasted Chestnuts, and Spiked Eggnog, you’ll be in the holiday spirit in a flash! Featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things, and a Martha Stewart Editor’s Pick, this place has gained national fame since it opened it’s doors just a few years ago, and there’s a reason! All of their ice creams are handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy with the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer, as well as imported flavors from small,handpicked farms and producers around the world. And now you can order it or ship it anywhere! They have a new online ordering system that allows you to send your favorites across the country to your loved ones! What a perfect present!? Check them out and see more of their fun and fabulous flavors on their Facebook page!

THANK YOU so much to all of our lovely vendors who donated product for us to feature to this shoot! We are so happy to support local small businesses, and share all of the fabulous treats that you create! We also don’t mind getting to taste test everything in the process! ;) hehe.

If you know of someone who would like to participate in these kinds of shoots, please leave a comment with your information, or email me at courtneyjade@courtneyjade.com and we will add you to our list of vendors that we work with.

More credits!
Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
Styling: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs, Benj of Benj Curtis Designs, and my very lovely boyfriend Brad even helped :)
Location: Barnwood Farms – West Linn, OR
Graphic design/tags/printed pieces: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs

October 31, 2013
filed under: family


Sometimes everything just goes right. The sun soaks everything in liquid beautiful, the scenery is straight out of a fairytale book, the kids all behave, and even the baby doesn’t fuss – not even once!
Add in a beautiful, completely photogenic family, and I’m pretty much in photography heaven!

Yep, that was this session.

My only reply is, just try to pick your favorite. Just try.


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November 14, 2012
filed under: couples, wedding

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

The sun twinkled through the oak trees, warm and bright. Happy. Every now and again a slight breeze would send a few crisp leaves floating down towards the ground – dancing their way through the air, as if it attune to a melody. The trees reached to the sky for forever, and only the closest of family and friends gathered in a small clearing beneath them.

  It’s as if the flowers opened up, and the birds chirped in time, and the whole forest was at ease that day.


Danny and Maliea stood amongst their loved ones and vowed to love eachother until the end of their time. It was honestly one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever been to.

Two Real people. With Real feelings. Looking forward into their very Real future.


Congratulations you two. I know you will live a long and very happy life together!

“Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

October 25, 2012
filed under: couples

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
― E.E. Cummings

There’s something to be said about taking risks and following your heart, especially when it comes to your passions. I feel so lucky that I have such beautiful and creative friends to inspire, motivate, and encourage me with my art. Mary is one of those friends, and she is wonderful.

I never thought that I’d meet someone who was more in love with autumn than I was.
And then I met Mary.
And then she chose me to be her wedding photographer.
And her wedding date was October 2nd – in the prime of autumn. It was beautiful, and could have been in a Martha Stewart autumn special. It was magical.
(You can see some of the engagement photos I shot for Mary and Karl three years ago here.)

Mary creates beautiful mixed media art, and I highly suggest that you go check out her work on her website, blog, or facebook page. I was recently lucky enough to have a piece of her artwork commissioned with one of my all-time favorite quotes by Audrey Hepburn. (see the first image, and try not to be too jealous!)  I have a very special place saved in my newly re-designed office, and I cannot wait to share images with you once it’s all complete!

From start to finish we maybe spent 10 minutes together in a gorgeous apple orchard. Mary & Karl, here are your images, I hope you like them. <3

October 24, 2012
filed under: family, little ones

Lisa and I met over moisturizers and mascaras years ago when we both worked as make-up artists in cosmetic-land at Macy’s. She worked for Lancome, and I just across the isle at Benefit. Since then, a lot has happened, and I’m so happy to be able to still call her my friend to this day.

I’ve been fortunate enough to take photos for Lisa and her little family a few times now, and this past weekend we met up again to capture some more moments. Gavyn just turned two, and the weather was perfect for us!

Lisa, thank you so much for choosing me, over and over, to capture these memories for you and your family. It means the world to me to have friends like you who trust in me to create these keepsakes for you. I hope you enjoy these images!!


June 21, 2012
filed under: my life

When I first began my journey as a photographer, I never intended to “own my own business”, or be a “professional photographer”. Photography was simply something I loved, something that has always interested me, and has always been a part of my life.

My idea of a “professional photographer” was a snobby better-than-thou guy toting around cases of expensive camera equiptment. Tri-pods, lights, light stands, clickers, whistles, and who knows what else. Yuck. No thank you, not for me.

And then, something happened. I found Drew B. Photography‘s blog, and I was hooked. A mom, very cool individual, and a “professional photographer”. WHAT?! I found myself checking her blog every day, constantly amazed at the beautiful images she captured. This started a whole revelation in my mind.

Then, I found more of the same/similar stlye photographers on Flickr who’s photos I drooled over.

It hit me. I don’t have to be that “image” I saw in my head. These ladies are doing it, and they are inspiring!! I want to be like THEM. Some of my inspiration in the beginning include- Jessica Claire, Leah of LilyBlue Photography, Robyn of Buttons & Bows Photography, Poppy Smiles,   Rachel Devine (Sesame Ellis), Michele of Pinkle Toes,  Elsie Cake, and Leigh Taylor to name a few.

What connected me most with this ladies was their photography of babies, children and families.  It was beautiful. Photo-journalistic. Capturing moments, not forced smiles. THOSE were the kinds of moments I wanted to capture.

And then, I discovered Kelley Ryden and Tracey Raver, and soon after, Carrie Sandoval. OH. MY. GOODNESS.

Back then, newborn photography wasn’t as widely done, at least not to their caliber. These ladies were paving a way (in my mind) to the possible. Of course, I truly believe that Anne Geddes is the true pioneer of this art, but these ladies had skills and talents that I could grasp. Anne Geddes seemed too out of reach for me at the time.

Kelley, Tracey and Carrie were… inspiring! Of course, still completely out of my league of skills at the time, but still, they shot digital like me. And they held workshops, so other people MUST be able to learn this too!

I realized then, that maybe this was something I could aspire to, and actually thrive off of.
In the meanwhile, my work was piling up. Working a full-time job is time consuming enough, but to have people asking me to do photos for them on top of it kept me extra busy. I found myself sitting at the computers editing photos into the wee hours of the mornings when I’d much rather be sleeping, just to get people to stop nagging me about when their photos would be ready…. so I decided I needed to start charging. It was the only way I wouldn’t resent doing this.

I built a website and price list, and sent everyone there, since I had a really hard time accepting that I was charging people. It’s always been a little uncomfortable for me to quote my pricing to others… even though I know it’s totally justified in my mind.

That’s how it started. :)

My entire point of this entry was to explain why I shoot with natural light, and not a bunch of strobes… but it turned into something a little different, so that will have to wait until the next time.

For now, here’s a couple of images from one of my very early shoots. When I charged $50 for the session and CD. Ouch. I had a lot to learn ;)

June 20, 2012
filed under: my life

John Mayer says it best…

“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I’ve got a few missing. It’s ok though, because I’ve got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation.. so when I meet someone who’s an 8-color type.. I’m like, “hey girl, magenta!” and she’s like, “oh, you mean purple!” and she goes off on her purple thing, and I’m like, “no – I want magenta!””

I consider myself extremely lucky to have two best friends whom I have known since grade school. People who I grew up with, got in trouble with, captured multiple memories with, and whom I love. They are practically my siblings, and they are definitely 64-color boxes. Each, of course, with a few missing colors ;)

Ben is a firecracker. Loud, colorful, boisterous, creative, and passionate. He can befriend anyone. He makes me laugh every time I see him, and he is full of artistic talents. He is my brother from another mother, and we have been best friends for 17 years now. Wow.

Alyssa is also a firecracker. Creative, passionate, driven, eccentric, and honest. She is about as stubborn as I am, and we share the same sarcastic nature. So many memories together, and from such a young age. We’ve been friends for 17 years now as well. Holy smokes.

A couple of weekends ago,  Ben invited us over for a Sunday brunch in his FABULOUSLY decorated apartment. Ben has cooked MANY of brunches for us over the years, dating back to finals week in high school. He is modest, but boy does he make a mean whatever-he’s-making!!!

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken any photos for myself, out of personal interest. I find that between my full-time day job and keeping my business running on the side, there isn’t much down time for me… literally. So it’s not often I feel apt to bring my camera along to shoot for myself, but this day, for some reason, I did. I couldn’t have been happier when I walked into the room, because in true Ben fashion, he had gone all out, and made us the most beautiful spread!

Have a look at the photos, and try not to drool too much ;)

March 20, 2012
filed under: wedding

This was by far the most decadent, lush, luxurious affair I have ever attended. As a photographer, it was a dream. Every beautiful detail displayed with elegance, nothing forgotten. The amount of thought, planning and effort put into this event was obvious and could not be ignored.

If you remember, I shot Laura’s Bridal Shower earlier last summer. She sure likes to set the bar high!

Laura and John chose the very beautiful DeArmond Garden Estate to have their most special day. The Estate is a one of a kind location, tucked away and gushing with vintage chic romance. It was the perfect setting for them.

My lovely friend, the ever-fabulous Jessica of Modern Moments Designs designed and created all of the invitations, programs, graphics, signage, and more. The event’s styling was absolutely stunning, between Modern Moments Designs work and the bride Laura and her twin sister’s styling company, Double Take Events, this was hands down the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.

I did not photograph the actual wedding. I came out for the day to shoot all of the details- and there are a LOT of them! If this post isn’t long enough for you, just imagine twice more what you see here. :)

I am proud to say that this wedding, and my photos were featured earlier this week on Style Me Pretty! One of the most prestigious and most viewed wedding blogs out there. So humbled to know that others want to see and share my images.

Without further ado, please enjoy every pretty little detail from this wedding!

March 6, 2012
filed under: family, little ones

I was lucky enough to get to work with Bryan a year and a half ago, when he did portraits for Mark and I. He is one of the most talented photographers in the area, and most definitely one of my favorites! His wedding work is especially stunning, make sure you check him out for some killer eye candy :)

Bryan and Leah are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Their son, Wellington, is a complete doll. He’s just 18 months old and has such a curious nature. He’s very smart, and extremely sweet. Not to mention those big blue eyes and his dapper hat and jacket! (Welly’s parents have GREAT style!)
At the end of the session he said “bye bye Courtney” and my heart totally melted. Pure, lovable, little boy.

I found this old barn over the autumn and was saving it for something special. It’s out by my house, and since Bryan and Leah live super close I thought it’d be the perfect place for our session! We only shot for about 20 minutes, and it was freezing outside, but I’m super happy with how the images turned out.


February 28, 2012
filed under: newborns

Hearts entwined
Twenty fingers, twenty toes,
two sweet babies with cheeks of rose.
Born on the same day, two gifts from above,
lives entwined, two babies to love.

I was lucky enough to work on this session with my friend, and extraordinary newborn photographer, Erin Tole. One newborn can be challenging, but two is often very challenging for just one person, so it was nice to have an extra set of hands to help- and I couldn’t think of anyone better to have by my side. :)

It was a dream session- literally! Brooklynn and Madelynn were the sleepiest baby models for us, and I’m so happy with how the images turned out!