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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 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 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!

February 27, 2012
filed under: little ones

I can hardly believe I haven’t blogged this ADORABLE session yet! Time just flies these days. I’m so excited to finally be able to share these with you- this session was so much fun, and I couldn’t be happier with how the images turned out!

I got together again with one of my bestest friends and partners in creative-crime, Jessica, and we shot her son Emerson for his 2nd Birthday!

His theme this year was “Carnival”, so we thought that Oaks Park would be the perfect location to get some fun, colorful photos to use for his invite and party products. We picked an evening in the late summer/early fall, and shot this entire session in about 45 minutes. Emerson has always been super easy to photograph, ever since the first time I shot him at his 1 year session – which we shot start-to-finish in under 30 minutes! We are kind of a dream team if I do say so myself! It also helps that he’s just sweet to the camera, and to me, the little flirt ;)

Looking over these images makes me even more excited for the summer and sunshine! I love how the warm sun played into his images and add that extra “happy” to them.  How can you not want to just smooch him?!

I ended up shooting his AMAZING carnival Birthday Party, which I will blog about soon… but for now, here is a sneak peek!

October 13, 2011
filed under: family

This family has been with me from the start. She was one of my very first brides, first boudoir session, and one of my favorite families to photograph each year. It’s so fun seeing a family grow over time, and be there to capture the little in-between moments.

Shauna is a dear friend of mine, and one of the most supportive. She truly loves photographs. She gets it. And she’s always thinking of fun ideas to incorporate. I love going over to their home and seeing all of the photos I have taken over the years, literally everywhere! It’s one of the most rewarding feelings as a photographer. THAT is what I aspire to give all of my clients- photographs that they cherish so much, they hang them all over the place, and keep coming back for more!!!

I love you guys, and I’m so happy that you keep coming back <3 I hope you enjoy your photos, and here’s to many more in the future! (Corey, you’re a trooper ;) )

September 14, 2011
filed under: little ones

I feel so lucky to have such amazing clients turn into friends. Emerson’s parents are just that, and I am SO happy that we have gotten to know each other over the past year! It seems like just yesterday I was shooting Lexie’s maternity photos, and now Emerson is already so grown up!

When they decided to do my “Baby’s First Year” plan, I was ecstatic because that meant that we would be able to build and grow our friendship even more! Lexie has the BEST ideas!! She went all out for Emerson’s 6 month session and got some super adorable outfits. It totally paid off, as you can see!

I, personally, am a huge fan of that adorable red swimsuit and matching cap by Janie + Jack, and the adorable flower headband by the very lovely Sew Whimsey!

I cannot wait for one year cake smashing fun with you guys!!! <3 Thank you for being so so wonderful!