2017 High School Seniors are approaching graduation, so for the next two months I'll be featuring senior sessions on my blog. My senior branded website can be found at http://www.astoriaseniorphotography.com

Becca, a 2017 senior at Astoria High School, had her photo session along the Riverwalk. This is a great location with a nice variety of interesting backgrounds, textures and the Megler Bridge. We moved at a nice pace and still had time to do some fun photos with my vintage chair by the bridge and water. Becca was great to work with and her mom was very proud of her daughter in her senior year. Congratulations and best wishes Becca on your future!

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Senior Girl Poraits

2017 High School Seniors are approaching graduation, so for the next two months I'll be featuring senior sessions on my blog. My senior branded website can be found at http://www.astoriaseniorphotography.com

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Seniors girl Young's River Falls

Young's River Falls is an amazing location. Besides the waterfall, there are a lot of interesting rocks, moss and trees to work around that have amazing colors and texture (always a bonus for backgrounds). With it still being Winter, the waterfall was quite strong and made getting close very misty for Abi, who is a senior at Astoria High School. So, after creating some fun photos around the base of the falls, we moved back to drier conditions.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Seniors girl Young's River Falls

Abi, who plays on the AHS softball team, brought her glove and fierce game face as well as her fun attitude and great smile. We created a great variety of photos using different lighting and poses in her one-hour session, and had a comfortable pace which was is a benefit of using a compact location. Overall, Abi was great to work with. Congratulations on reaching your senior year.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Seniors girl Young's River Falls

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Seniors girl Young's River Falls

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Seniors girl Young's River Falls

2017 High School Seniors are approaching graduation, so for the next two months I'll be featuring senior sessions on my blog. My senior branded website can be found at http://www.astoriaseniorphotography.com

Morgan, a 2017 senior at Astoria High School, had a fun session at Shively Park. It was a cold morning, but that also lead to some creative photos with the low angle of the sun poking through the trees.

Chris Kryzanek Photography Astoria Senior portraits Shively Park girl

Chris Kryzanek Photography Astoria Senior portraits Shively Park girl

Shively Park has numerous awesome concrete stairs covered in moss and awesome texture from the weathering. Can't beat that for a seated photo.

Chris Kryzanek Photography Astoria Senior portraits Shively Park girl

Chris Kryzanek Photography Astoria Senior portraits Shively Park girl

Chris Kryzanek Photography Astoria Senior portraits Shively Park girl

Morgan was a blast to work with. She brought her great smile and some fierce looks as well. Can't beat that. Best wishes to Morgan on the rest of her senior year and so happy I could be a part of capturing it.

Lela Ann was born to proud parents Derek and Shelby, plus older brother Landon. The session took place at their home. A simple background was used to bring focus on the subjects and eliminate distractions. With studio lighting this makes it so that almost any space can work great.

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For the session, Lela Ann was very restless, so patience was required. With newborns every session is unique and even if they are photographed during the ideal time-frame of 7-10 days, they don’t always cooperate. I always let parents know that this is okay and with patience it will all work out fine. There’s no reason to stress over anything else.

Newborn Session Family Portraits Photos brother parents

Newborn Session Family Portraits Photos brother parents

Landon was great with his sister. It’s always nice to include older siblings in newborn sessions.

Newborn Session Family Portraits Photos brother parents

Lela Ann did give in eventually, so things worked out great. Her parents were very pleased with the photos.

Newborn Session Family Portraits Photos brother parents

Newborn Session Family Portraits Photos brother parents

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Wedding Timeline Essential

Your wedding day will probably be one of the most important days of your life. A way of thinking about the day that is helpful from a time perspective is as a production. Obviously, certain events occur in a certain order or have starting times defined. But taking a more detailed approach and laying out a timeline for the day can be essential. Not everyone has a wedding coordinator hired for the day, so often you take on this role. The timeline can help keep you accountable for making sure certain things are ready to go when they need to in order for other starting times to happen. Your wedding photographer will also be a part of the timeline creation.

Since you are most likely creating this timeline for the first time, how do you begin? Obviously certain details such as where you will be getting ready and where the locations of that is, and the ceremony location and the reception location are required. From a photography perspective you then need to think about are you being traditional or doing a first look? This will then dictate if family photos can happen before the ceremony or need to happen after. Also are creative bridal portraits of the couple being done and when and where? With this information you can then start to lay it all out and guesstimate how long each event will take. There are numerous wedding websites that can help you predict typical times.

Instead of leaving you hanging there, how about starting with a timeline template that you can fill in? Yes, nothing more than your name and email are required, so fill out the form and you can download a free wedding timeline pdf.

I’ve worked with the Goldstein family many times over the years. I’m always thrilled to photograph a family again and see the children growing up and the family dynamic changing. It’s truly a wonderful feeling knowing I am documenting their lives. In addition to those reasons, the Goldsteins are always a blast to photograph because they are always up for making a creative or funny photo.

We went to the Peter Iredale Shipwreck beach on a rather overcast day. The tide was in, so standing around the shipwreck was out. We moved to the seagrass which gave some nice color to contrast the dramatic sky. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the session.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Family Session Shipwreck Beach Seagrass

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Family Session Shipwreck Beach Seagrass

The Takalo family included a lot of family. With a large group, a two-hour session is helpful, even though we didn’t travel to multiple locations. The weather was very wet, so we worked around the outside spaces that were covered, and inside of an old fishing net warehouse. This was a good example of when studio lighting is required, given the interior of the warehouse was very dark with little natural light. The biggest challenge of the day was keeping light stands and tripod legs from getting tangled up in the abundant supply of fishing nets.

We created a variety of family groupings including the overall group, individual families and the cousins. I had a great time working with everyone. This session was also a good example of what you can do inside when the weather outside isn’t great.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

Kara & Todd's family put on their baseball gear for this photo. Both sons are pitchers on the Knappa High School baseball team.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - large family session Knappa Oregon

The Pierce family was a blast to photograph. We had our session around the old Astoria train station building and river walk. The weather turned out great with blue skies and no rain. That made it so much easier to put all of the focus on having fun and creating great family pictures.

This was a great location for a one-hour session. There wasn’t a lot of walking required, which was helpful for their children. I always believe that a goal of a session with younger children is to keep it fun and brief, so that the kids focus and energy doesn’t fade. When all goes to plan, it’s also much easier for the parents to relax and enjoy the session as well.

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

Chris Kryzanek Photography - Astoria Family Session Riverwalk Train Station

I always love the opportunity to create beautiful photographs of newborns. Baby Eliza however did what most newborns do, perk up when it’s time for photos. This  means that time and patience are required to get posed sleepy photos.

This was the second baby I photographed for parents Christy and Dan, so they knew that it was okay to relax and let things happen when they happened. I believe the results were well worth it.

newborn session baby photos - Chris Kryzanek Photography

newborn session baby photos - Chris Kryzanek Photography

newborn session baby photos - Chris Kryzanek Photography

newborn session baby photos - Chris Kryzanek Photography

newborn session baby photos - Chris Kryzanek Photography

This Fall wedding was at the lovely Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, Washington. The weather in the fall is often quite rainy in the Pacific Northwest, so the couple decided on playing it safe with an indoor ceremony, but the weather worked out great and allowed for outdoor creative bridal photos and family group photos.

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The wooden doors in the bridal suite made for a great backdrop to photograph the wedding dress.

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The guys prepped in the man-cave (yes, that's what it's was actually called). Ha ha.

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The bride had an army of bridesmaids, so it was fun to surround her and create this photo.

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The couple opted to do a first reveal. Of course it lead to an epic first reveal kiss as well.

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The outside of Summit Grove Lodge had many interesting and cool props to stand around for bridal photos.

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This is one of my favorite images as the bride made her way from the suite to the ceremony.

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Chris_Kryzanek_Photography-Summit_Grove_Lodge-wedding

I was very happy to be the one to capture the couples special day. Congratuations Amy and Joel.