Briana Morrison | Portland Wedding Photographer » Photography for Adventurers and Creatives

Robert Schoensee on his 99th birthday in Bodega Bay. Polaroid photograph by Briana Morrison+

This is Robert Schoensee (aka Bob), my husband’s grandfather, on his 99th birthday in Bodega Bay, California.

Since October 2016 my husband and I have been living with this man in his gorgeous home in the mountains of Northern California. We lived with him so that he could spend his last days in his home, the home he built with his wife in 1975 –  his very own mountain paradise.

Bob was a spirited man with a great sense of humor, sparkling eyes, and more than a little flirtatious charm. One of his favorite activities during this past year was to drive around “his country” gazing at the beauty around him: the mountains, the trees, the sky, it all awed him until the very end.

Bob lived a very full life and passed peacefully in his own home surrounded by family on December 13th. Despite his age, Bob’s passing took us a bit by surprise and we are still a little shocked that he’s not here with us – snuggling the cat, chiding the dog, and eating us out of jelly and maple syrup. I’ll never forget his spontaneous German serenades, his amazingly strong handshake, his dancing feet, or his wonder at the world around us. ♥






A young woman stands in the courtyard of an old cathedral in Rome, Italy. By Rome portrait photographer Briana Morrison+

It’s no secret that I absolutely love to travel –  In fact, I try to go on at least one international trip every year. Sadly, I’m WAY behind on sharing my wanderings with you.

This little gem of a session was taken while I vacationed in Rome –  A solo trip I tagged on at the end of my month in Berlin in 2015. After spending the month of May in Germany, a month that was way too cold and wet for my taste, I decided to fly away somewhere warm which is how I landed in Rome. I’d never been to Italy, the weather was a balmy 95 degrees fahrenheit, and I was in desperate need of immersing myself somewhere with old buildings and plenty of cats.

I connected with Morgana, a 17- year- old chain smoker with spirit, over the internet and together we took Trastevere by storm. She did her beautiful thing –  I took photos, she smoked a LOT –  I tried not to judge too much. It was a beautiful afternoon.

Rome in June is absolutely beautiful, infiltrated with mass amounts of tourists, so very hot, not a bit smelly, and perfect for a romantic evening out on the town, solo or otherwise!

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  • June 15, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    Whitney Daniels - These are gorgeous! Love the tones in this!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    Laura Beck - These are so fashion forward and unique. I love the posing, movement, the tones and textures that you used.ReplyCancel

Two lovely ladies in love. By Chico LGBTQ engagement photographer Briana Morrison+

Cassidy and Katie are two of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. The three of us (with my wonderful husband in tow as assistant + gear guy) spent an afternoon together exploring some of their favorite spots in Chico, California. We started our shoot at One Mile in lower Bidwell Park on a super sunny spring day and finished up at Upper Park where they love to take their fur baby to play.

It didn’t take long for Cassidy and Katie’s true personalities to shine –  two beautiful blushing brides who are obviously madly in love. They leave little love notes for each other around the house, have a wedding day count down, and have the biggest grins any time they think about saying “I do!”.

It’s my job to document the love between two people in a way that is natural and true to who they are. Cassidy and Katie made that job incredibly easy with giggles and grins and kisses following one after the other for two full hours. I can’t wait to see the happiness on their faces in just a few short months when we meet again for their wedding!

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  • May 9, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Jennifer Georgette - Wow. What a stunning engagement session!! Amazing jobReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2017 - 4:56 pm

    Marcela Pulido - These are so beautiful, Bria! You did such a stunning job.ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2017 - 1:50 am

    Isabelle - What an amazing session. Can’t pick a favorite, they’re all beautiful 💙ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2017 - 6:26 am

    Albert Palmer - Beautiful use of light! These are really love.ReplyCancel

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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  • April 19, 2017 - 9:41 am

    Marcela Pulido - Wow, this set is so beautiful. She looks like a porcelain doll.ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2017 - 7:57 am

    Whitney Daniels - This is really powerful and moving. I’m really blown away by this session. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2017 - 8:22 am

    Shelby Prince - WOW! This is stunning. Incredible work!!ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    Iris Schmidt - I really love this set and I love your story.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2017 - 6:22 am

    Yolande - Absolutely beautiful, every shot is exquisite and I love the stillnessReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    Jason Lucas - Oh hi…just me again…loving every one of these images…the grain and style make these seriously timeless. These should be in a magazine, Briana.ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2017 - 9:58 am

    Lisa Lacroix - Thank you for sharing this. your words are touching and powerful!ReplyCancel

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

  • April 21, 2017 - 8:58 am

    Shelby Prince - completely swooning over here. In love with everything about this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm

    Jason Lucas - Wow! Briana! Not only is this one of my favorite venues to shoot at, but you KILLED it! Seriously…the tones, the expressions, the lighting…everything was a slam dunk. Ugh. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2017 - 5:50 pm

    Mike Freas - The toning and the lighting are superb. Stellar details!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2017 - 9:52 am

    Lisa Lacroix - These are great, I LOVE that venue. good jobReplyCancel