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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Erik Lindahl

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

04:40 September 11, 2013



05:34 September 11, 2013

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

Kelly Stonelake

Brilliant and inspiring. Bravo!

08:01 September 11, 2013


lovelovelovelove this session. you can feel their love.

08:34 September 11, 2013

Chris Mueller

Beautiful work, Phil!

09:35 September 11, 2013

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

don barrington

nailed it my friend!

09:55 September 11, 2013


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


Very beautiful picture,bravo!

10:32 September 11, 2013

Carrie Hall

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

10:48 September 11, 2013


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

10:49 September 11, 2013


Those shots in the forest are INSANITY!!!

10:56 September 11, 2013


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


Boom! In L O V E with it all.

12:37 September 11, 2013


Beautiful and touching session.

13:01 September 11, 2013


so good. so so good.

14:27 September 11, 2013


sooo good

15:06 September 11, 2013


the cutest engagement shoot if i ever saw one

15:39 September 11, 2013

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

john benavente


18:33 September 11, 2013

Lindsay Anne

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

19:36 September 11, 2013

Monika Cameron

Words cannot do it justice. So very beautiful!

04:45 September 12, 2013

Kathleen Kelly

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

10:52 September 12, 2013

Talia Unger

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

12:00 September 12, 2013

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

fer juaristi

dude, love this clicks! awesome!

13:13 September 12, 2013


It's a fantastic Job

13:38 September 12, 2013


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

Joshua Grabowski

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

13:52 September 12, 2013

yan palmer

maaaaan. felt it.

15:35 September 12, 2013

David Josué

I love it, moving emotions.

21:06 September 12, 2013

Brittany DeFrehn

Beautiful. Challenges me. Seriously awesome.

07:02 September 13, 2013

Julie Cope

Gorgeous couple, gorgeous settings, gorgeous photographs!

08:06 September 13, 2013

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09:02 September 13, 2013


Swee Jesus, the hair toss is epic!

11:51 September 13, 2013

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


I love it. All of it.

16:59 September 15, 2013

Andy Stenz

Hair flip = mic drop.

17:24 September 15, 2013


These are SO. Ridiculously. GOOD.

19:51 September 15, 2013


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

15:00 September 16, 2013


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

13:23 September 17, 2013

Ryan Brenizer

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

14:06 September 17, 2013

Brian Kraft

For realz, yo!

14:20 September 17, 2013


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


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

ed peers

Perfect Phil. Such a good story.

12:20 September 20, 2013

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


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


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

11:16 September 26, 2013

Melissa Ter Meer

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

08:52 September 27, 2013


blown away.

21:11 September 27, 2013



21:20 September 29, 2013


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

01:47 October 3, 2013


absolutely stunning.

01:54 October 4, 2013

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

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



08:49 October 9, 2013

veronika goisova

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

09:08 October 9, 2013

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

Monika Eisenbart

wow!!!!! Breathtaking!!!!

09:52 October 9, 2013


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

09:56 October 9, 2013

Michael Wachniak

This is magic. So well done, dude!

11:34 October 9, 2013


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

15:05 October 9, 2013

Melissa Perlman

Woah! Totally felt the love in this.

15:15 October 9, 2013


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


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

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


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

23:58 October 9, 2013


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

01:30 October 10, 2013


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

abi campbell

Jesus. I'm giving up.

10:23 October 10, 2013

sara montour

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

14:06 October 10, 2013

Carly Fuller

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

18:56 October 10, 2013


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


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


How totally lovely!

06:33 October 11, 2013

Michelle ferris

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

10:10 October 11, 2013


So so good, its not even funny.

16:07 October 12, 2013

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

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


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

Brianna Hays

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

04:44 October 19, 2013

Craig Flood


21:28 October 20, 2013

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

Denise Rexhall

These photos are so magical. Wow!

14:47 October 24, 2013


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

09:53 October 25, 2013


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

15:51 October 25, 2013


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

10:15 October 28, 2013

Tiarra Sorte

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

11:52 October 31, 2013

kat weatherill


01:18 November 8, 2013


so, so gorgeous

04:03 November 9, 2013

Laura Babb

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

03:50 November 10, 2013

My Day My Way

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

06:14 November 11, 2013


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


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

Max Lewe

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

02:28 November 28, 2013

Tonja Meyer

Real Love!

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12:02 December 19, 2013


I really love this! Beautiful photos....

07:31 December 27, 2013

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


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

15:42 February 10, 2014

Sean Shannon

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

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