Perfectly Pearl

a modern bridal event

Peek-a-boo books by Jessica Hill Photography March 19, 2008

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You’ve worked so hard to look good in your dress. You’ve been sweating, tanning, dieting.. ahhh! Why not celebrate your amazing self with a photo shoot focused on you?! The Peek-a-Boo album, at only 2″x 3″, is a cute little book that has a certain sense of nostalgia about it. Reminiscent of pin-up postcards, the Peek-a-Boo album is the perfect thing to slip into his coat pocket before a business trip. 😉 wink wink!

Schedule an appointment to see a few Peek-a-Boo options and pricing.

Jessica Hill Photography
PO Box 10794
Portland, OR 997296


Photos from the Perfectly Pearl modern bridal event March 6, 2008

We thought you might enjoy a few photos from the event.


Jewelry from Magma Studio


Cupcakes by Cupcake Jones


One of the fabulous vignettes by Jamie Crosier Event Management


Fabulous food from Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar


A peek in the exhibition center


The gals from Oregon Bride Magazine


One of our beautiful models. Gown by Divine Designs. Hair by Bouffant Salon


Are you in the mood? February 29, 2008

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Photographer Kevin Meyers captured the mood at a recent wedding in the Gerding Theater. I love this photo, don’t you? Meet Kevin this Saturday at the Perfectly Pearl modern bridal event.

Kevin Meyers Photography
1230 NW 12th Ave., #106
Portland, OR 97209


Location, Location, Location! February 20, 2008

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When deciding on a venue to hold your ceremony or reception, it’s important that it fits your guests, your style and your budget. One thing to keep in mind, according to Jessica Hill with Jessica Hill Photography is an out of the ordinary location near your wedding venue that will add a unique flair to your photos. Jessica has photographed couples at local traveling carnivals, rooftops, industrial warehouses, stadiums, in kayaks, vintage diners, glaciers, museums and in the tops of trees! Always open for adventure, Jessica would love to hear a great place that you might know of!



Art lover? Be sure to get some photos at your favorite gallery! Roller Derby Girl? Stop by the roller rink! Do you both like to cook? Be sure to don an apron and pose in the kitchen where your reception is being held!



“You can always get great unusual photos during your wedding without going too far, or getting your dress too dirty! It’s all about fun and adventure and the photos add such a unique element to your album. No other couple will have the same photos as you and your wedding day story will be a legacy!” Says Jessica, “the images will have a unique juxtaposition because of the traditional locations and ideas people have associated with weddings, yours will create new ways of thinking!”



Jessica Hill Photography
PO Box 10794
Portland, OR 997296


New Sponsor & Participants February 6, 2008

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We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new sponsor, MOViN 107.5 and three new participants: The Party Place, Holland Studios and Bridal Bliss.

As we get closer to March 1, we’ll unveil new participants every week, so check back often.  We’re working on some exciting new additions…


Things You Should Ask Wedding Photographers January 30, 2008

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Powers Studio Wedding Photography

Powers Studio Wedding Photography offers the the following photography tips:

Q: How many weddings has my photographer photographed in the past year? Month?
A: This is important because wedding photography is a very specific service that requires current practice. The success of a wedding photographer is based heavily on his personality and ability to work well under stress, with strangers.

I can’t stress enough the importance of using a photography studio that only photographs weddings, and a photographer that covers this type of event often and has developed a successful routine.

This type of photographer will spend a great deal of time planning out your photography based on your goals, needs and ideas.

Q: Where did my photographer learn to shoot weddings?
A: The answer to this is important because it will help you determine what style of photographer you are working with.

For example, a photographer with a background in studio photography will probably be more traditional and shoot fewer images. In contrast, a photographer who came from a journalistic background will probably be more candid and shoot a large quantity of images.

Though many will argue on this subject, I have found the above guidelines to typically be true.

Q: How many pictures will my photographer take on my wedding day and what is his/her philosophy regarding this number?
A: This number is based on the type of wedding you are having, and the style of photography you have chosen. Most studios drastically limit the number of images taken to save money. For example, if you read a price sheet that offers 100 or 150 proofs to choose from, or one that includes 175 pictures in a proof album, you are dealing with a studio that dramatically limits the number of images taken to save money.

Many photographers will argue that you simply don’t need to take a large number of images to successfully cover a wedding, however, we disagree.

Though a traditional photographer will usually take fewer photos than a photojournalist, it is still important to not limit this number before the fact. Weddings are so unpredictable and so unique that it is important to be open to any and all photographic opportunities that arise.

I have covered 6 hour weddings that resulted in 600 images, and others that produced over 4000. Though my photographic style was the same at both events, the event itself dictated, in many ways, how many photo opportunities there were. If a photographer arrives at your wedding with a limit in his mind as to how many images he will, or for that matter can (many studios set this limit and charge the photographer if he overshoots!) take, than a very large portion of your wedding day could be missed in your images.

Our photographers are trained to photograph anything and everything at your wedding. We do not limit the quantity of images we take, and give you all of these pictures to keep.

Q: After calling 3-5 past clients of my photographer, do I remain confident in his/her abilities?
A: Any wedding photographer should be able to provide you dozens of references. If he can’t, then you should ask yourself why? Honestly, very few clients ever ask for references when meeting with my studio, however, we stress the importance of doing so. It is one of the best ways to learn about your photographer. Don’t forget, the Better Business Bureau also keeps a up-to-date list of business who perform poorly in the customer service category.

No company can claim a perfect customer service record, however, you can typically determine if a company is operated in an ethical manner – putting the needs and education of the client first. .

Q: After viewing 3-5 complete weddings photographed by my photographer, do I remain confident in his/her abilities to meet my specific style needs?
A: Think about this for a minute…
Many wedding photographers cover 40-100 weddings a year. This means that in 10 years it would not be unusual for a wedding photographer to shoot 400-1000 events. If each event results in an average of 250-1000 images, then during this same period, this photographer will have taken from 100,000 to 1,000,000 wedding photographs.
When sitting in a photography showroom, look around; count how many images you see on the wall. Think about how many weddings you have viewed, taken by YOUR photographer…
It is not hard to produce 10 or 20 absolutely amazing images from a library of 1,000,000. Be smart, take the time to review a thorough sample of work and find a photographer who is not too busy to show you.


Q: Do I clearly understand the difference between film and digital photography and how important .raw shooting and digital editing is to the outcome of my photos?
A: Digital editing makes all the difference in the world! If we give you the digital files without editing them you probably couldn’t even view them on your computer!

Powers Studio Wedding Photography
725 NW Flanders (by appointment only)
Portland, OR 97209


engagement shoots November 7, 2007

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engagement shoots

Engagement shoots have become an increasingly popular part of wedding photography. According to Kevin Meyers, there is every reason to book an e-shoot and very little reason to pass it up. A seasoned wedding photographer,Meyers has learned from experience what a critical difference those 90 minutes can make.

“Many clients that I’ve spoken with ask what they can save by removing the e-shoot from the packages I offer. It’s not really a matter of what they’ll save, but what they will lose by doing so. This simple 90-minute session makes an undeniable difference in their wedding photography. It sets the tone of our relationship and experience throughout the entire process.”

Meyers’ goal with both the e-shoot and the wedding shoot is to allow his clients to remain focused on each other, not the camera. As they say… practice makes perfect.

“With an e-shoot, clients have the opportunity to experience the way I work,” explains Meyers. “You’ll know exactly what to expect. I’ll fade into the background and you’ll stop posing for the camera. My limited influence and perceived presence lets your personality shine. This will allow natural moments to happen that will create the photos you’ll love most. Being comfortable with my presence and working style allows that to happen.”

Great photos aren’t the only reason for an e-shoot. Getting to know the client–how they interact and display emotions–helps the photographer know which wedding day moments truly reflect the client’s personality.

“Getting to know people is pretty much why I’m in this business, and it’s what makes it so rewarding,” enthuses Meyers. “E-shoots include time spent driving between locations, and sometimes include happy hours and the like. Spending the additional time together gives me a better understanding of who you are and that makes a noticeable difference in the quality of your wedding photos.”

As you consider all the great photographers Portland has to offer, consider the importance they place on your relationship and the reasons behind the different shoots they offer. Choosing a photographer focused on providing a great customer experience is equally important as choosing one that is able to create great photographs.

Kevin Meyers Photography.