Jamie Germano- Trash the Dress

Introducing the "Trash the dress" session starring Jamie Germano! Trash-the-dress sessions are becoming fairly popular these days. Let me fill you in... A trash-the-dress session takes place after the wedding where the bride (and maybe the groom) have the opportunity to get real creative, often dirty, and sometimes even wet in their wedding dress. It gives the opportunity to do something a little different then available on the day of your wedding. I took Jamie to Paramount Ranch for her trash the dress session. Now, if you have ever seen the TV show, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman then you have seen this location... the old set is actually located in the Santa Monica Mountain Range in Southern California. A photographer friend accompanied me on the session, to view Robert H Photography click here. To learn more about the idea of Trash-the-Dress click here.











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Arlene Luczak. Ventura, California.

Introducing my mom.... Arlene Luczak! Now, I try hard not to mix business with personal :) but I think my mom deserved a post on my blog. After she treated me to a delicious dinner at Eric Ericsson's we did an impromptu portrait session on the Ventura pier. I just couldn't pass up the light! I think she is just beautiful inside and out and I believe these images capture her in her element. I hope she agrees. Enjoy!

...and one California sunset that provided the gorgeous glowing light.

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50 Birthday DVD Project

This was not a typical request but I decided to take the challenge. I photographed photographs from the last 50 years and turned them into a DVD slide show complete with music and menu options-- the whole nine yards. I know my client loved the final product. When I showed her the DVD slide show she wept for joy! Now if that's not a compliment, I don't know that is. She had the project commissioned to surprise her son during his 50th birthday party. What a great mom.
Here are a few images from the slide show...
Thanks for stopping by! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

Richelle and Tim- Maternity Session

Congratulations to Richelle and Tim! They are expecting their first baby in just a short week. They have opted to keep the sex of the baby a secret. This has resulted in an adorable green and yellow baby room! We started the session at the couples home in SW moved to their backyard and wrapped up the session at a local park. Keep checking back in the next few weeks for the images of their newborn :) Congrats again Richelle and Tim.



And their spunky dog, granite, even made his debut in a few of the shots!
Thanks for stopping by! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

Shelli and Maurice- Wedding in St. Johns

Congratulations Shelli and Maurice! You were such a wonderful couple to work with...fun and light hearted. I hope you two are having a lovely time on your honeymoon! On April 19 Shelli and Maurice became husband and wife at the Baha'i Center in St. Johns. These two lovely people became tied the knot amidst hail storms here in Portland, Oregon... thank goodness we stayed inside!





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Katie and Brendan- Engagement Session

Congratulations to Katie and Brendan! I hope you enjoy a few shots from their engagement session that took place downtown. They are getting hitched outdoors in a very natural setting so we both decided since Katie (and soon Brendan!) will be living downtown it would be great to incorporate that part of their life into their engagement shots. I am looking forward to photographing their wedding in September! One more thing... If you have not been to Saint Cupcake in NW Portland, Oregon-- your gotta make a special trip.... trust me, their cupcakes are to die for!









Thanks for stopping by! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

Rene Shaw Portrait Session

Introducing my dear friend, Rene Shaw. Isn't she a doll?! Well, I sure think so :) We had a fun carefree portrait session in St. Johns that started under the bridge and later moved into town. I don't think Rene knew what she was in for... But we went venturing onto that bridge and boy, let me tell you, that traffic wizzs by at such speeds! Anyway, check out the cute accessories this girl has!






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Tiana- Senior Portraits

Congratulations to Tiana! She is a graduating Senior this year for the class of 2008. Although I photographed her over a month ago... I still wanted to share these awesome shots! We started of April Fool's morning with 33 degree weather! What troopers Tiana and her mom, Marcia, were! We spent the entire morning in The Pearl District of downtown Portland, Oregon. Tiana and her mom were looking for something "different" for her senior pictures. I know they got what they were looking for... cause they told me themselves! The following quote is from Marcia, mom of Tiana.


"Those pictures brought tears to my eyes, I would recommend that all mothers go along with their son or daughter for this wonderful experience, I will treasure that morning forever.
Thanks again
Marcia"


I love it when people bring something that is "so them" to the session. Check out the board that Tiana brought!









Thanks for stopping by! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.