Persay the Pumpkin

I'm not much of a Halloween person, and I'm not sure why. BUT I am a total dog person and for whatever reason cannot seem to resist seasonal outfits for my little four legged child.

Persay the pumpkin wishes you a happy and safe Halloween!

Stay warm! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

It's fall...

No doubt about it... It's fall. I woke up the other morning to find this:

I'm off to shoot an engagement session in downtown Troutdale with an awesome couple-- can't wait! So exciting!

Matt and Emily-- Married!

"Okay," I say, "this is going to be a serious one so go ahead and try not to smile." Emily does her best to squelch the "kid in a candy store" grin she has been wearing all day. The moment her lips form a straight line she burst out laughing again. Serious was not made for Emily and Matt.

Their entire wedding day was like this. Smiles upon laughter followed by more smiles. You name it, there there was laughter there-- our session before, the ceremony, the toasts and the reception. It was a joy-filled day of close family and friends.

Matt and Emily, I hope you two enjoyed your wedding day! You truly were a blast to work with. I wish you all the best and may your life be filled with many more home improvement projects!


We started at the Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland. It's gorgeous this time of the year. Apparently the bride and groom both spent time here as kids. They could have fed ducks together at the age of 5 and never knew it!

I love how Matt's tie matches the fall leaves.

Emily included her grandmothers cameo when decorating her bouquet. I love it when brides incorporate part of their story into the wedding details.

Ah-ha! One of the only serious moments.

The Reed College campus is directly across from the gardens... we also shot there and I love how they turned out!

Easily my favorite... I'm a sucker for old brick buildings. I love the red and blue bikes flanking the sides of the entryway.

I also love this old dorm couch we found... It looks like these tow have been talking here for hours.

Okay, and I love the fall leaves. Matt and Emily were such good sports!

Their ceremony and reception was held at a private residence with only close friends and family for their intimate event.

Emily and her mom.

Thank for visiting! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

Sneak Preview-- Matt and Emily

I had the pleasure of photographing Matt and Emily's wedding last Saturday... I had to share the gorgeous sneak peak with you as I will not be posting the wedding in it's entirety until later this week! Make sure you check back later, but for now enjoy this little taste :)

Thanks for visiting! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

I've been tagged

Sweet Bonnie tagged me! I don't really know what to share... I'm more of a "ask me a question and I'll tell you" person. So, here are my random facts:

1. Thanksgiving to me is a stressful, chaotic, bustling holiday and I prefer it that way.
2. I LOVE to rearrange furniture.
3. Coco with homemade whipped cream is a favorite of mine.
4. I was in a really bad accident earlier this year and am still recovering. I am afraid to drive in the snow this winter because of it.
5. So far this year I have taken 10 trips with another 2 fast approaching. Jeez!
6. I'm becoming obsessed with
7. I'm the oldest! I've got a younger sister and a younger brother.

I'm sure a few of these facts surprise me more than they might surprise you (#5, 6 and 4)!

Alright, Josh , Winnie , Paula, Jen, Becky, Lisa , and Taylor , it's your turn!

Thanks for reading more about me. Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.

Textures-- Photography Tip

As some of you may already know I'm always looking for new and unique items to incorporate into my work and have decided to give texture layers a whirl. I realize textures are not for every photo, but it's fun to incorporate them into a few of the session.

For Photographers:
Photograph or scan textures you find in the everyday. Convert them into a hi-res file via Photoshop. Open and drag your texture layer over your final image. Take time to adjust opacity, layer type and fill. Often adjusting the contrast with make it "pop". I would recommend painting out the texture over skin tones because I like texture on clothes, background better than over the face. It's important to retain smooth skin.

Let me know that you think... I would love to see what other photographers come up with... make sure you share yours with me.

Above Left: River pouring into the Detroit Lake, OR with old book texture
Above Right: Waitress in Old Town San Diego, CA with map texture
Below Left: Client on Alberta Street with damask texture.
Below Right: Me at a farmers market in Carpenderia, CA with damask texture.

Below: Sleeping client with canvas texture.

Thanks for visiting! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.
If you try this let me know. Email me or link a post to your image!

Creating Thoughts.

"don't forget that in the midst of all your pain and heartache, you are surrounded by beauty, the wonder of Creation, art, your music and culture, the sounds of laughter and love, or whispered hopes and celebrations, of new life and transformation, and reconciliation and forgiveness."

William P. Young, The Shack.

In the midst of huffing and puffing on the stairs in 24 hour fitness this sentence penetrated my heart. It's as far as I got my entire workout. I became lost in my thoughts. Regardless of all the heartache this world is going through currently and will continue to go through we are surrounded by beauty, by Creation. It's not that there is huge suffering in my life. I'm not in a crisis, or did I loose a loved one, but this thought, this idea penetrated my soul just the same.

I've been reading The Shack for a few weeks now. I love how it breaks expectations, pulls down barriers and forces you to leave your once preconceived ideas. I think it's so important to get out of the box you never even knew you were in.

I would recommend this book, in fact, you can borrow mine when I'm done! Thanks readers for listening to a little piece of my heart. Happy Wednesday! Listen for someone's "whispered hopes" today.

Frenel and Alexandra- Married!

Consider me warned. In our initial meeting Frenel told me Haitians were lively people. No big deal! How could they be different? By lively you mean they play loud music, right? Riiiiight.

Needless to say I should have known- Haitians are lively people. They are joy filled, happy, excited, celebratory, loud music kind-of-people.

Frenel and Alexandra are both from Haiti and are so sweet and SO generous. I am truly happy for them to begin life together in Portland. They wed in front of (what seemed like) 400 close family and friends at the Old Laurelhurst Church on a crisp fall Saturday.

Frenel and Alexandra- Thank you for welcoming me into your circle, into your celebration. I know you will enjoy life together- its sparks and all.

The guys....

The little one is the grooms son... so adorable!

The girls...

And more girls...!

Even Alexandra had to smile at herself with the bride glasses on!

Frenel and Alexandra had a 1st look... It was so sweet to capture them seeing each other for the 1st time.

This one might be my favorite. It's just so stunning.

Ceremony time.

Alexandra and her father- he's about to hand her off.

Thanks for visiting! Melissa Tomeoni with Soul Mates Photography.