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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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bda
  • 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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bda
  • 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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bda
  • 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

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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bda
  • 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

  • April 21, 2017 - 8:43 am

    Shelby Prince - I adore this. Not the average maternity session and it’s refreshing!!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2017 - 5:46 pm

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

  • April 26, 2017 - 6:17 pm

    Sweetpapermedia - i seriously love this! i can completely feel the vibe of spring here!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2017 - 9:42 am

    Lisa - Great concept for a farm maternity session. They must love these!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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bda
  • 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

  • April 21, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Shelby Prince - Absolutely stunning work! So great!!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2017 - 12:41 pm

    Jason Lucas - Beautiful Briana! I love your tones! And you + these two killed it with looking natural in their posing. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2017 - 5:45 pm

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

  • April 26, 2017 - 6:01 pm

    Sweetpapermedia - the images feels exactly like autumn!!! perfect execution!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Lisa Lacroix - So pretty. I love everything about this wedding!ReplyCancel