Being the daughter of a photographer, I learned to operate a camera when I was 12 years old by following my dad around at weddings and taking candid photos of the bride, groom, and guests. I was always in the background, trying not to be seen, waiting for that perfect moment to snap a shot of the bride, groom, their family, and friends. After my dad retired 11 years ago, I took over his business and have been shooting ever since. That candid style he taught me has transferred over to my work today, and I continue to sway toward natural moments that feel intimate and real.
I am originally from SLC, Utah, but I relocated to Portland, Oregon a little over a year ago, and I now call it home. I have been a traveling photographer for 6 years now, and am obsessed with seeing people’s lives and learning about their cultures.
I specialize in weddings, elopements, and couples sessions. I honestly love all types of weddings—from low-key elopements and small gatherings, to formal/classy, to big parties with tons of guests. I don’t pigeonhole myself to only one type. You’ll notice from my portfolio that I like to keep myself shooting a variety of work—I am always open to working with anyone who feels a connection to my work. I really value my relationships with my clients, and keep a soft spot in my heart for every one of them. I don’t just take on as many weddings as possible, churning them out as fast as I can. I develop relationships with them, get to know them, and take an interest in their lives. I still light up when I see clients from 10 years ago.
MY MAIN OBJECTIVE IN SHOOTING YOUR WEDDING IS TO SHOW YOUR CULTURE. WHO ARE YOU AND YOUR FIANCE? WHAT IS YOUR HERITAGE? HOW HAS HISTORY, FOOD, AND LIFESTYLE PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR LIVES? WHAT FRIENDS HAVE YOU CHOSEN, AND WHAT ARE THEIR INDIVIDUAL STYLES? ALL OF THESE THINGS COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A CULTURE THAT YOU’VE BUILT TOGETHER. EVERY COUPLE HAS A DIFFERENT STORY. IT'S NOT JUST A WEDDING; IT'S ONE DAY IN YOUR LIVES WHEN THE CULTURE YOU’VE BUILT WITH EACH OTHER COMES TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE.
One of the most common questions I get is about how I get my clients to look so natural in my images. People often tell me they are awkward in front of the camera and are worried they won’t be able to invoke the emotion they see in my images. But, the truth is, almost all of the clients you see on my website said the exact same thing before shooting. Although my images have a candid feel, I always give direction. I think of it as directing a movie. I give you actions and tasks to perform as well as let you know when your face needs to turn a little or if your arm need to relax, etc. I will make sure you look good, I promise you that. I also make sure to get some posed images for the parents, even though I don’t post many. It definitely good to get some of those “smiling-at-the-camera” shots!
Editing is a huge part of my work. Although I am consistent in my style, I do not just apply the exact same filter to all of my images from all of my shoots. I put a lot of time and attention into adjusting each image, and into coloring my images in a way that evokes the emotion I feel from my clients’ weddings. This means bringing out the right colors as well as toning down the wrong ones. I want your images and editing to be unique to your wedding. I consider my style to be mid-toned (not overexposed or underexposed) and I love to play with shadows as well as allow for plenty of light. I like to be dynamic in my editing and leave room for interpretation.
I’d love to share more information with you. Please head over to my “inquire” section to request my pricing PDF. It’s full of information that will give you a better feel for what I do.
Loosle is a documentary/editorial style elopement and wedding photographer based out of Portland, Oregon and servicing the PNW. Real, organic emotion is an emphasis in her work.