September 11, 2013

Portland Wedding Photographer // Julie+Nate Oregon Coast Engagement

 

Their love started in a photo lab. She would bring in her film to him. He would develop it. She called him “Pro Photo Guy” to her friends. He lit up every time she walked in the lab. Months went by. Awkward conversation and hellos and good byes were all they exchanged for months. One day they both built up the courage to move their conversation outside the lab, and onto bikes. They rode around exploring Portland, in areas they both had never been to. Both film photographers. Both so attracted to the way each other saw the world. Both falling in love with each other. Fast forward to 2013. I get an email from Julie saying she was handed a copy of Oregon Bride magazine where she had seen my ad. A connection was made. They brought me into their lives to photograph something beautiful. I learned so much from that day about myself, about love, about hope and trust. I felt like we were best friends in a few lifetimes back, reunited for these images. Julie+Nate.

This session was also recently featured on one of my favorite blogs, Green Wedding Shoes.

 

 

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103 Comments

Erik Lindahl

Hi Phil! Really beautiful pictures, especially those in the forrest with the ray of lights. Emotionally stunning!!

04:40 September 11, 2013
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brad

wow....well.done.

05:34 September 11, 2013
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eugene pavlov

This entire concept is ridiculously amazing. Not even mentioning the fact that the images are stunning. Well done...well done

07:02 September 11, 2013
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Kelly Stonelake

Brilliant and inspiring. Bravo!

08:01 September 11, 2013
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Sara

lovelovelovelove this session. you can feel their love.

08:34 September 11, 2013
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Chris Mueller

Beautiful work, Phil!

09:35 September 11, 2013
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jenny l.

These are some of the most beautiful images I've seen in a long, long time, Phil. Seriously can't believe the bedroom shots...stunning.

09:38 September 11, 2013
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don barrington

nailed it my friend!

09:55 September 11, 2013
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Cameron

Phil, dude. This is one of the best sessions I've ever seen. Ever. From anyone. I'm feeling so inspired right now.

09:59 September 11, 2013
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Vagelis

Very beautiful picture,bravo!

10:32 September 11, 2013
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Carrie Hall

This is spectacular. Incredible work. That shot of her in the sunlight- wow!!

10:48 September 11, 2013
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Jaakko

The most impressive engagement session I've ever seen... I'd like to see these more often.

10:49 September 11, 2013
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Stephanie

Those shots in the forest are INSANITY!!!

10:56 September 11, 2013
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Anja

I am in love! With the photos and the athmosphere you captured. And the personal, warm, comforting feeling these photos carry. Amazing! Especially with the song connected to these frames.

12:18 September 11, 2013
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Sam

Boom! In L O V E with it all.

12:37 September 11, 2013
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Anna

Beautiful and touching session.

13:01 September 11, 2013
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Zak

so good. so so good.

14:27 September 11, 2013
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dorothy

sooo good

15:06 September 11, 2013
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ainsley

the cutest engagement shoot if i ever saw one

15:39 September 11, 2013
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Rich English

wow, just wow.. this is the type of love i think everyone should experience. and you captured it in the most brilliant of ways

18:06 September 11, 2013
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john benavente

killer!

18:33 September 11, 2013
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Lindsay Anne

Wait...these are incredible. I've never seen anything quite like this.

19:36 September 11, 2013
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Monika Cameron

Words cannot do it justice. So very beautiful!

04:45 September 12, 2013
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Kathleen Kelly

Oh, man. No, I did not just totally tear up real bad...

10:52 September 12, 2013
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Talia Unger

I love everything about this session. So beautiful, honest and real.

12:00 September 12, 2013
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alex anne

you are one of the best storytellers i know. like wow. this could be a novel. love these shots so so much.

13:01 September 12, 2013
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fer juaristi

dude, love this clicks! awesome!

13:13 September 12, 2013
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Antonio

It's a fantastic Job

13:38 September 12, 2013
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Michell

This is utterly beautiful. These photos are unique but more importantly you feel life in the photo themselves not to mention the love these two have for one another. What a beautiful memoir of their relationship.

13:43 September 12, 2013
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Joshua Grabowski

Beautiful, absolutely stunning work. Words can not do justice.

13:52 September 12, 2013
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yan palmer

maaaaan. felt it.

15:35 September 12, 2013
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David Josué

I love it, moving emotions.

21:06 September 12, 2013
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Brittany DeFrehn

Beautiful. Challenges me. Seriously awesome.

07:02 September 13, 2013
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Julie Cope

Gorgeous couple, gorgeous settings, gorgeous photographs!

08:06 September 13, 2013
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09:02 September 13, 2013
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Kat

Swee Jesus, the hair toss is epic!

11:51 September 13, 2013
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Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

Pure magic. I have had fantasies of doing an "at home" shoot with Cory. There is just something so beautiful in the celebrating of true, everyday life together...

20:51 September 14, 2013
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Rebecca

I love it. All of it.

16:59 September 15, 2013
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Andy Stenz

Hair flip = mic drop.

17:24 September 15, 2013
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Kyle

These are SO. Ridiculously. GOOD.

19:51 September 15, 2013
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CHRIS THEIBERT

So proud of you man. One of the most talented humans I know.

15:00 September 16, 2013
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Ryan

Nice work, Phil! I really love the shots in the forest. Was that the trail to Indian Head?

13:23 September 17, 2013
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Ryan Brenizer

This is my favorite engagement session I've seen in a LONG time.

14:06 September 17, 2013
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Brian Kraft

For realz, yo!

14:20 September 17, 2013
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Sally

Absolutely stunning. Particularly the shots with the light coming through the trees. I love the juxtaposition of the ordinary suburban morning and the majestic outdoor shots.

14:28 September 17, 2013
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Kaisa

I am absolutely in love with the photos and the story of the couple! Really special! It is so good to see that there's so much love and little happy things in the world! xx

02:43 September 20, 2013
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ed peers

Perfect Phil. Such a good story.

12:20 September 20, 2013
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tim riddick

i think i just heard a mic drop on the floor.... and then phil chester walked away and said other photographers "top this" simply beautiful dude... killer clicks... killer session... best engagement session ever.

09:11 September 21, 2013
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Francis

I am so blown away by this set. This couple is so brave for inviting a photographer in such an intimate setting. But you pulled it off sir.. I'm still picking up my jaw. Gorgeous set!

09:47 September 25, 2013
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Stéphanie

Une vie simple par les bonheurs de la vie, une vie belle par ces bonheurs. C'est merveilleux.

11:16 September 26, 2013
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Melissa Ter Meer

Seriously my new favorite engagement session .. Your work is so inspiring Thank you <3

08:52 September 27, 2013
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Alexxus

blown away.

21:11 September 27, 2013
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kay

Beautiful

21:20 September 29, 2013
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Victoria

Really great. brought chills down my spine, in a good way.

01:47 October 3, 2013
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Mairi

absolutely stunning.

01:54 October 4, 2013
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Life with Kaishon

What a beautiful couple. I love this story of their love. I would love to see some of their film. I love how you see the world : )

08:38 October 9, 2013
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Jen Downer

I do believe these are my very favorite couple photos of all time. Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!!! Also... Hi! I'm happy for the intro to your work. I'm a Portland (family) photographer as well!

08:43 October 9, 2013
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josh

beautiful...

08:49 October 9, 2013
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veronika goisova

wow ,simply whole whole session I wish to have pictures like this with my love!

09:08 October 9, 2013
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Ann Gordon

Wow, wow and wow!! So in love! Forest shots are amazing, as well as all of the others!!!

09:48 October 9, 2013
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Monika Eisenbart

wow!!!!! Breathtaking!!!!

09:52 October 9, 2013
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Kristen

I love these, they're so real and so heartfelt and beautiful. Incredible work!

09:56 October 9, 2013
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Michael Wachniak

This is magic. So well done, dude!

11:34 October 9, 2013
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Natalie

Beautiful photos and such a lovely couple. I've never seen an engagement shoot done quite like this!

15:05 October 9, 2013
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Melissa Perlman

Woah! Totally felt the love in this.

15:15 October 9, 2013
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Trish

In the masses of posts and feeds that are around....I happened to click on this. And boy am I glad I did. Thank you for the inspiration, and the beauty that I was able to share in today. Love it so much, what a lucky couple.

16:04 October 9, 2013
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Kim

Wow! Amazing. I wish you had been doing these when I got engage 10,000 years ago. And if you were, I wish I had known about you. Fabulous work.

16:07 October 9, 2013
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Sarah Hoffarth

This is my favorite engagement session I have ever seen. Amazing work. What a treasure this couple now has!

22:46 October 9, 2013
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Kismet

This is what ALL engagement sessions should be like. REAL.

23:58 October 9, 2013
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Elisa

oh, gosh. I think now I'm a little bit in love with them too! Amazing.

01:30 October 10, 2013
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JoDee

Now that's an engagement session! Absolutely inspiring. I particularly love the golden-lighted image where she is tossing her hair and then the next image where he is looking (my assumption) at her, smitten. This session captures what being engaged is all about!

07:11 October 10, 2013
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abi campbell

Jesus. I'm giving up.

10:23 October 10, 2013
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sara montour

This is complete perfection, Phil. Gorgeous gorgeous real life.

14:06 October 10, 2013
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Carly Fuller

These are incredible! Wish all couples wanted to capture such intimate and beautiful moments! Amazing work

18:56 October 10, 2013
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Joy

These shots are beautiful. They capture both the individuals and their lives as a couple, which seems almost impossible to do in a way that isn't contrived. But heck -- you've done it. They are the kind of shots their children will pore over for the rest of their lives.

22:07 October 10, 2013
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meshack

Picture together with the music they are wow, absolutely! I left speechless, they got me blown away,amamizing,amazing, amazing.

00:38 October 11, 2013
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Liz

How totally lovely!

06:33 October 11, 2013
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Michelle ferris

I would love to see more of your work and check out pricing. These shots are great!

10:10 October 11, 2013
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James

So so good, its not even funny.

16:07 October 12, 2013
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Darren Miller

great work and concept to follow for the day in their life:)

23:42 October 12, 2013
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04:03 October 14, 2013
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Lisa Gilbert

Absolutely breathtaking and wildly original. What a blessing these two now have, in each other and in these images. Brilliant work. I'm very inspired!

06:35 October 18, 2013
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Claire

What lens/es were used?? I have a Canon EOS 60D and love it, but am looking to buy a new lens soon. The quality of these are amazing! Love them.

18:25 October 18, 2013
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Brianna Hays

Stunning. Beautiful. Simply gorgoues. Hands down my favorite engagement session. Perfectly done.

04:44 October 19, 2013
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Craig Flood

phenomenal

21:28 October 20, 2013
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The Gemmers

Ahhh!!! FRIEND!!!! SO SO lovely!!!!!!!!! Seriously breathtaking! We're going to rock my pregnancy session OUT! {smile} SO happy for all the LOVE you're receiving, friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04:33 October 23, 2013
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Denise Rexhall

These photos are so magical. Wow!

14:47 October 24, 2013
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Sharina

Seriously. These are fantastic. Please come and document my life forever. I'm in love with his owl cup.

09:53 October 25, 2013
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Taylor

so much WOW! I would love to learn from you! So inspiring!!! Thank you

15:51 October 25, 2013
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Brian

Phil, these are so gosh darn good. The sun drenched vertical of her is the top of the tree.

10:15 October 28, 2013
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Tiarra Sorte

holy @$!#.. I seriously said bad words on several frames. Incredible, I mean. WOW!

11:52 October 31, 2013
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kat weatherill

Stunning!

01:18 November 8, 2013
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Vickie

so, so gorgeous

04:03 November 9, 2013
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Laura Babb

Just beautiful. The connection between them and your camera is magical.

03:50 November 10, 2013
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My Day My Way

You really have captured the light and their love- Great pics!

06:14 November 11, 2013
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sui

i've fallen in love with these, especially the cuddling ones in the beginning. remind me to book you when/if i ever get engaged. ;) :)

22:02 November 13, 2013
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Kathryn

i mean, holy god. these are amazing. so honest and sensual. i'll be booking you for my (eventual) wedding and engagement!

13:39 November 14, 2013
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Max Lewe

What an amazing concept.. loving these images, youre an inspiration for me !

02:28 November 28, 2013
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Tonja Meyer

Real Love!

09:09 December 8, 2013
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Madeleine

I really love this! Beautiful photos....

07:31 December 27, 2013
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Michael Jackson

Good heavens that's insanely beautiful. That's probably the best engagement shoot I've ever seen. Unreal.

01:57 January 3, 2014
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Joelle

these (and the story) are COMPLETELY magical. totally in awe...

15:42 February 10, 2014
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