Creative Outdoor Intimate | Portland Wedding Photographer » Photography for Adventurers and Creatives

I grew up in a small trailer park in the 90’s with a young, single, college mom, her strangely entertaining boyfriends, and no clue that our small town society viewed our lives as less- than. In elementary school they would pull me out of class to play with dolls in a secret room behind the cafeteria while a woman sat near by to see what I would do. The only thing this accomplished was making sure I never properly learned my multiplication tables.   After what I can only describe as too much TV exposure (Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing were my favorite movies at the time) I told my kindergarten teacher that my mom likes to go to hotels on dates.  (Because that makes since, right?)  I’m pretty sure this is what lead to my “special” play time in 3rd grade.

My first kiss was at the age of 7 (or 8) with my best friend, a girl who would pull out her dad’s old Playboy magazines when we got home early from school.  Afterward we would lock ourselves in her small blue bathroom plastering our bangs with Aqua Net and examining our ribs to make sure they were still visible when we relaxed our bellies.  We would paint our nails hot pink, strut around in the shortest cut-offs we could find, and argue about who was going to marry Wesley from The Princess Bride.

I swam in creeks, climbed trees, jumped off the porch with a homemade parachute, and made forts in the tall grass covering the foothills behind our neighborhood. My childhood was rough at times; with a busy mom, absent dad, and periods with very little food in the house. Still, it was pretty magical and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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A bride and groom in front of the Seattle skyline. By Sodo Park wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Though last year was my busiest year as a wedding photographer I couldn’t wait to second shoot for one of my best friends at this gorgeous wedding in Seattle, Washington. Shannon and I have been shooting weddings together for more than 5 years, supporting and encouraging each other to grow as artists, and though we shoot together less and less it’s always a treat when we get to combine forces.

Last summer Shannon and I met up in Seattle, Washington to photograph the super stylish wedding of Jacy and Tyler at Sodo Park. The beautiful old warehouse was filled to bursting with flowers, garlands, sparking lights, and smiling faces. The guests were treated to tea and coffee, while the wedding party took care of important things like getting dressed and portraits, and mingled in Sodo Park’s beautiful lobby until it was time for the I- dos.

Once the nuptials were sealed with a kiss the bride and groom were serenaded by their wedding party – the best kazoo band I’ve ever heard! Drinks were had by all, more photos were taken, a feast provided, toasts performed, and finally it was time for dancing.

As Shannon and I piled into our car at the end of the evening, rubbing our feet and thinking of the 2nd dinner we were about to dive into, we couldn’t help but smile as guests leaned out of windows gasping for fresh air between breaking it down on the dance floor.

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  • April 14, 2017 - 1:31 pm

    Mike Freas - This is top notch! The moody images at the beginning were stellar!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2017 - 9:10 pm

    DAVID GASS - This wedding is gorgeous. I really love how you shot the venue shots as well. Amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2017 - 9:48 pm

    Shannon Rosan - Gahhh! Always a blast shooting with you!! Wish you were shooting with me on my upcoming Seattle wedding!! Cheers to more adventures together 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2017 - 8:04 am

    Penelope Lamore - Wow! I cannot get over the beautiful photography work you created. Seriously great attention to detail and emotion! This couple! Uh! Everything was so pretty and brought the feeling of the day right to me!ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    Iris Schmidt - Gorgeous shots and wedding!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2017 - 10:08 am

    Marcela Pulido - Goddamn! That’s a sweet location and you totally killed it 😉ReplyCancel

Portrait of a young couple standing behind a window. By Portland Maternity Photographer Briana Morrison+

I first met Katerina just a few months before her wedding. She wanted to give Adam something special on their wedding day so we planned and executed a pretty rad boudoir session. Needless to say she killed it and made her new husband a very happy man.

About a year later she came to me again with wonderful news, she was pregnant with a baby boy! For her maternity session she wanted to be out in the natural world so we hit the road just west of Portland to High Grove Farm, a beautiful piece of land that will make anyone drool with envy. Together we toured the grounds making our way from the vegetable and flower gardens to the enormous glass greenhouse and finally to the private lake.

It was an honor to document such a special time in Katerina and Adam’s lives. A few moments of joy and anticipation – dreaming of the sweet little life they’re about to bring into the world. Today their sweet boy, Walden, is about as cute as can be and has just started to stand up in his playpen.

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  • April 9, 2017 - 9:30 am

    Yolande DV - Beautiful and cool maternity photos Brianna – love them!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2017 - 9:43 am

    Mike Freas - The first image is such a good way to start off this post!ReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2017 - 3:59 pm

    Bailey Dalton - That huge tree with white flowers is soooo cool! And I LOVE the image of her holding the bouquet and peeking over his shoulder. It just feels like such a close and lovely moment between the two.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2017 - 6:18 pm

    Kyle Willis - I love the tones in these so much! Such great work.ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2017 - 2:23 pm

    Iris Schmidt - Oh my goodness! What a cool spin to your typical maternity session. This is truly cool, love your approach and style to this session. 🙂ReplyCancel

The bride and groom kiss by the water at St. Joseph+

As clouds filled the sky and rain started to fall, Christa sat in a small room above the St. Joseph’s Vineyard tasting room. She was full of emotion as she gazed out the window, mentally preparing herself for her autumn wedding day just a few short months before her darling baby was to be born.

I met Christa and George at a small coffee shop in North West Portland for the first time that summer. They told me about their quick and intense love story, how they worked together for years, George dreaming of Christa until her eyes finally opened and landed on him. They fell instantly in love, created life, and started a life together over the course of a season.

Their wedding day was a dream, the overcast sky refusing to let loose during the first look, ceremony, and portraits. All of Christa and George’s closest friends and family gathered together for an evening of laughter and tears, great conversation, and a few crazy dances. They looked on as the newlyweds spun around the dance floor with eyes only for each other until the sun was long gone and it was time to say goodnight.

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  • March 31, 2017 - 6:52 am

    Albert Palmer - Stunning use of light and I really like their first look images in the vines – beautifulReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2017 - 7:19 pm

    Mercedes - The interaction you captured is just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2017 - 10:28 am

    Savannah Lauren - These are perfect, they make me want an autumn wedding!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2017 - 5:45 pm

    Erika Ryan - So beautiful! Such a sweet couple and your photos captured that perfectly. I love the simple tones and sweet moments!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2017 - 9:33 am

    Yolande - Fantastic processing and cool couple! Love the photos in the vineyard and by the lake, beautifulReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2017 - 9:43 am

    Mike Freas - Digging the B&W’sReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2017 - 11:49 am

    Iris Schmidt - I think I love every single one of the images you shared here. Great job capturing their day.ReplyCancel

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My grandma, Patricia Edsell (Pat), passed away Tuesday morning. I was in Portland at the time, rushing to change my flight so that I could see her one last time. I didn’t make it… Grandma passed away just before noon and my flight landed at 6pm that evening.

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  • February 26, 2017 - 10:11 pm

    Anthony - Hi Bria.

    I am sorry I never got to meet her. I love seeing the photos of you and her. Strong lady. I really appreciate your story and memories. I loved my Grandmas so much, Wanda and Jean, I believe I can understand some of what it may feel like right now. I am grateful you have that sweet man Andrew there for support. I love you both.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2017 - 7:06 am

    Shaina DeCiryan - This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I hope that wearing her coat can bring you some comfort, and knowing that her strong creative spirit lives on in you! I’ve also lost two beautiful creative grandmother souls, at age 9 and 14, and I am still sad I can’t show them my photos I take or introduce them to the people I love. But it helps me to never take for granted how lucky I am to be a full time creative, something I’m sure they would’ve loved to do if they had the same opportunities we do now. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2017 - 12:30 pm

    Stine - I am so sorry about your loss. It is one of lives biggest blessings to have grandparents being a large and loving part of your life growing up.ReplyCancel