Marry ME! wedding event | portland oregon wedding photographers

Time to drop some knowledge.

I don't like being sold to. In fact, I so strongly dislike being sold to that if I ever come across an extra pushy sale or salesperson, I purposely dig my heels in and actively avoid buying a product, even if it is something I am interested in or need.

Crazy, right?

Being my own sales rep for my own business has been one of the most challenging parts of this journey. Every time I design a promo or post an ad ("10% off!" "Free sh*t for everyone!" "Yay money!"), I feel nauseous. Granted, promotions create sales, and sales bring money, money buys food and home and travel, all things I am fond of. I get it. There's a reason for it. But blatant salesmanship, leaping down the throat of every holiday in order to make an extra buck give me the squirmies. Yes, that's a word now.

Here is the deal: I am participating in the Marry ME! wedding event coming up this Saturday Feb 17th. For the show, and for the rest of the month of February, here's my special one time offer!! Although it will hardly be a one time offer, I have the feeling I'm just getting started on this sort of thing.

You've met me. You've seen my work. You dig what I do. You are looking for a wedding photographer. Good. First step is done.

Next, book any wedding collection with me, and I will donate 5% of your total wedding collection price to one of the three following charities. You don't save extra money. I don't gain extra money, but do you know what happens?

A whole lot of good. Food for the hungry. Help for at risk children. A little extra love for our planet. I'd say those are three things that the world needs right now.

Oregon Food Bank
Friends of the Children

Book your wedding. Choose a charity. We donate. That's it. Give me a hand in doing some good this February. Together, I think we can affect some change, and I don't mean nickels and dimes.

No sales pitch (or was that a sales pitch? whoah). No sleazy smile. No winks and nods and secret handshakes. Just you and me, partnering up to send some help to those who truly need it.

Cheers, friends. Hope to see you this Saturday.

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blockhouse styled shoot | portland wedding photographers

What started out as the desire to create a couple clean, beautifully lit bridal portraits, turned into something so much more, and for that, I am thankful. I am also thankful that things did stay simple, true to my approach to photography. Don't muck it up with a bunch of complications. Celebrate how you want, with who you want, and I will be honored to capture it just as it happens. Cheers, friends.

photography    tasha vanasse // photographer
venue    blockhouse pdx
hair and makeup    pure elegance artistry
florals    floral sunshine
dress     brides for a cause
models     devin and jess vonderhaar


you are | portland portrait photographers

You are. You are many things, many wonderful things, many complex things, many challenging things, but you are not terrible.

The Terrible Twos. What a terrible thing to say. They're challenging, certainly. Exhausting, trying, testing and very temporary.

Honest moment here. It breaks my heart when people shame their children. "Who would do such a thing?!" you ask, indignantly. Lots of people, and few of them do it intentionally, I'm sure. In a time of great sweeping change, in a time where we're examining our thoughts and our actions harder than ever, and striving to change the injustices of our society (and we still have a long way to go), there are moments I feel we've forgotten about our own children. 

Children are supposed to grow up. To change. To push boundaries. To question authority. They are supposed to experience big, scary emotions and freak out when they don't know what to do with them. 

You guys, being human is a lot to deal with. You and I have been doing it for awhile, we're used to the ebb and flow, the rollercoaster that at times claims our physicality, emotionality and full brain power. We've dealt with most of this before. But what if all this was new? What if you were feeling sadness, happiness, frustration, anger, disappointment, injustice in all their iterations for the first time? What if the magnitude of your own capacity to emote took your by surprise (p.s. I hope it still does, at times)? What if you felt as though you couldn't quite explain the hurricane raging in your own head, body, threatening to burst out through your chest in a show of fury, tears and fists and kicking and screaming? You'd be a little unpredictable, too.

So, daily, we learn (this is for us, too, big people). We grow. We accept that some things are going to happen that are out of our control. That there are times we just have to deal. That there are others that we need a moment to be angry, to be sad, to be frustrated, to feel deeply the injustice of it all. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment, even.

I am not a perfect parent. Straight up, I'm pretty sure I suck sometimes. But we all suck sometimes, right? Whether we're 30, or 97, or... 2.