Portland Wedding Photographer // Julie+Nate Oregon Coast Engagement

September 11, 2013


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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What a stunning couple, and you captured them so well Phil. Love the story how they met!

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

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

I really love this! Beautiful photos….

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Real Love!

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

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

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. 😉 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

Seriously. These are fantastic. Please come and document my life forever.

I’m in love with his owl cup.

These photos are so magical. Wow!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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.

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!

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

So so good, its not even funny.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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


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

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

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.

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.

Woah! Totally felt the love in this.

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

This is magic. So well done, dude!

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

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

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

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!

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 : )

absolutely stunning.

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

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

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

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!

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.

Perfect Phil. Such a good story.

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

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.

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

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

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

These are SO. Ridiculously. GOOD.

I love it. All of it.

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…

Swee Jesus, the hair toss is epic!

Gorgeous couple, gorgeous settings, gorgeous photographs!

Beautiful. Challenges me. Seriously awesome.

I love it, moving emotions.

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

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.

It’s a fantastic Job

dude, love this clicks! awesome!

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

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

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

Words cannot do it justice. So very beautiful!

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

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

the cutest engagement shoot if i ever saw one

Beautiful and touching session.

Boom! In L O V E with it all.

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.

Those shots in the forest are INSANITY!!!

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

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

Very beautiful picture,bravo!

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

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.

lovelovelovelove this session. you can feel their love.

Brilliant and inspiring. Bravo!

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

Hi Phil!

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