Tekoa Rose Photography: Blog http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog en-us (C) Tekoa Rose Photography angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:32:00 GMT Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:32:00 GMT http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/img/s/v-5/u340963579-o606268122-50.jpg Tekoa Rose Photography: Blog http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog 120 120 H Family | Joryville Park | Salem, Oregon Family Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/3/h-family-joryville-park-salem-oregon-family-photographer This family is darling. Odin, stole my heart with his "playing hard to get" smile and his cowboy boots that he apparently wears everywhere. His Grandma and Grandpa were visiting this weekend and wanted some photos with him to complete their family gallery. We met at Joryville Park in South Salem. It was a true honor to meet them all. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) family oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/3/h-family-joryville-park-salem-oregon-family-photographer Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:31:53 GMT
John and Kati's Wedding | Mcmenamins Hotel Oregon | Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/john-and-katis-wedding-mcmenamins-hotel-oregon John and Kati got married on a Sunny day in February at the always fun and funky Mcmenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Oregon. They sipped drinks with their closest friends in the cellar bar and checked out the blue sky at the rooftop bar before greeting all their guests before their intimate and cozy ceremony in Mattie's room. They brought their adorable fluffy dog Truman along too and he had to be one of the best behaved dogs I've ever been around! Dinner was Pizza and tatertots. It was lovely and casual and just how Kati and John wanted it. 

"We are so pleased with our experience with Tekoa Rose Photography. Angela Watts is a great communicator, and her experience and knowledge were quickly evident. She is confident in her skills in an authentic and comforting way, and it was clear that her main priority was to understand what we wanted out of our wedding photos. And she did not disappoint. We're so happy with our photos! We were so impressed with how Angela captured amazing moments in a variety of settings - outside in sunlight, inside with a variety of lighting, inside in a variety of dark spaces, outside after dark, with children, with a dog, composed with people, composed with things, candids, making beautiful use of twinkly lights. We highly recommend Tekoa Rose Photography. Thanks, Angela!" - Kati

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/john-and-katis-wedding-mcmenamins-hotel-oregon Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:15:17 GMT
Best of 2017 Weddings | Salem, Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-weddings It's always so tough narrowing down my favorites from an entire year of weddings into one blog post. So many beautiful love stories. I am so honored by each client that trusted me and let me be part of their wedding day.  Here's a few of the many amazing wedding moments from 2017 in no particular order. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) oregon salem oregon wedding year in review http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-weddings Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:07:55 GMT
Best of 2017 Engagement Sessions | Salem, Oregon Engagement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-engagements TODAY is the last day to enter my Engagement Session Give-away so I thought it would be fitting to share my Best of 2017 Engagement Session. 


Engagement Sessions are all about having fun, being ridiculously flirty and affectionate and basically goofing off and enjoying this person you've decided to marry. For many couples it can be a welcomed break from the stress of wedding planning and they leave feeling like they were just on a date, more connected and relaxed than when they arrived. That's the goal anyway :) Here are some of my favorites from 2017 in no particular order. 


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Best of 2017 Family Portraits | Salem, Oregon Family Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/2/best-of-2017-family WELL.... we're a full week into February so it's about time I got to posting my "best of" for last year! So first up, Families. 


I met some truly amazing families this year. As always with family sessions, the goal is to capture who they are. Mom and Dad want at least one where everyone's looking at the camera and we work at making that happen, but my favorite images are the unposed, wild and unruly, real moments of kids and parents and siblings and step moms and babies and all the glorious mess. Here are some of my favorites from the past year in no particular order. 

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Cody and Rachel's Engagement | Silver Falls State Park | Salem, Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/cody-and-rachels-engagement-silver-falls-state-park-salem-oregon-wedding-photographer Rachel and Cody are adorable, snuggly, giggly, and sweet. They got set up by a co-worker and went on their first date to Silver Falls State Park. They hiked and laughed and the rest was history. Over two years later we returned for their engagement photos. It was an absolute please to spend the afternoon with them. 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) engagement oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/cody-and-rachels-engagement-silver-falls-state-park-salem-oregon-wedding-photographer Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:10:04 GMT
Gail and Jon | Little Log Church Wedding | Yachats, Oregon Elopement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/gail-and-jon-little-log-church-wedding-yachats-oregon-elopement-photographer Gail and Jon got married about a block from the crashing ocean waves of Yachats State Park on a chilly and windy day just before Christmas. I met them at the Little Log Church where just their closest family and friends had gathered. Jon slid on his Tigger tie and Gail waited outside in the red cape she had made to be escorted in by her grandfather. Their officiant, Katrina led them through a beautiful ceremony. They honored those not there by including a really cool glass float ceremony where each person there could write their name on a shell or rock and add it to the globe and they also poured some of Gail's father's ashes and sand from the beach. It was really beautiful. After the ceremony there were hugs and tears and laughter galore. It's always such an honor to be part of intimate events like this. 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) elopement oregon oregon coast wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/gail-and-jon-little-log-church-wedding-yachats-oregon-elopement-photographer Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:05:45 GMT
My Favorite Locations for Engagement sessions in Salem, Oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/best-locations-for-engagement-sessions-in-salem-oregon Happy 2018 ya'll! We've had a big year already around here. I was in the newspaper, my husband was in a musical(4 shows in one weekend!), we announced the launch of our original card game For Better or First and I spent a week in Portland learning from some of the best photographers in the world at Mystic Seminars. All in the first two weeks of the year. Soo... I haven't quite gotten to compiling my Best of 2017 yet, I'm aiming to get them up before the end of January. 

BUT, I have pulled together a few of my favorite locations around the Salem area to do engagement sessions. Many of these locations offer a variety of looks and colors no matter the time of year. I've outlined why I love each spot below! Where are your favorite spots?  


River Front Park/ Wallace Marine

This location has all sorts of great areas, all within walking distance, there's of course the river and walking bridge, but also lots of different trees and areas that haven't been landscaped to death. Visit this link to see more of Melissa and Garrett's Fall Engagement Session


Downtown Salem

I love looking for new little nooks and funky areas downtown. The alley's offer great light and texture and there's lots of great little park like areas mixed in too so it's not all walls. Visit this link to see more of Katherine and Josh's December Engagement Session

You can also pop inside some of the great businesses downtown like we did with Kirstie and Ryan's engagement session. 

Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge

If you want to get out away from the city a bit, the Baskett Slough is a gorgeous area and one of my favorites for both sessions and family hikes. It offers beautiful tall grassy areas and beautiful trees as well as some epic overlooks as well. Visit this link to see more of Carley and James' Fall Engagement Session

Click this link to see more of David and Natalia's Summer engagement session.

Champoeg State Park

I love Champoeg for so many reason. There's a cool old barn and funky wooden fences, a river, giant open fields and gorgeous forests. It's a huge park with lots to explore. Click this link to see more of Annie and Zach's engagement session. 

Spencer's Butte in Eugene, Oregon

This spot is a bit out of town, in fact about an hour drive south, but a worth while trek for the amazing view from the top. It's a relatively short hike to the top and you're rewarded with a 360 degree view that on a clear night is nothing short of epic. Plus the hike up has lots of beautiful areas for photos. Warning, the top can get a bit crowded on summer nights but worth it still! Click this link to see more of  Blane and Rachel's Engagement Session

Little ZigZag Falls in Portland, Oregon 

And if you're dying for snow in your engagement pictures, well here's a great spot for that! Head up towards Mt. Hood to Little ZigZag Falls. The hike to the falls is not long and there's snow galore to be found. Visit this link to see more of Lauren and Alex's Snowy engagement Session


One final note: As much as I love these locations and the beauty there, my main goal with engagement session is to show off the beauty of your relationship. The excitement of being engaged, the things you love about each other, the fun and unique ways you interact with each other, and for that I don't need an epic location, just some good light and a happy couple. Choosing a location is important, but not the most important. A good photographer can create beautiful images no matter where they are. I aim to be that type of photographer. 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) engagement oregon salem oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/best-locations-for-engagement-sessions-in-salem-oregon Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:02:15 GMT
Alex and Lauren's Wedding | Green Villa Barn | Salem, Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/alex-and-laurens-wedding-green-villa-barn-salem-oregon-wedding-photographer I knew these two's wedding at Green Villa Barn would be a blast. I knew because they are a blast. We had a blast at their engagement session in the snow in the spring. And despite their festive December wedding not featuring any snow, their wedding did featured neon light up shoes, a bow tie wearing guinea pig ring bearer, breakfast for dinner and of course, hot cocoa. It also was full of laughter and hugs and tears and high fives. And dancing with a mop. See, I told you they're a blast. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) oregon salem oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/alex-and-laurens-wedding-green-villa-barn-salem-oregon-wedding-photographer Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:00:18 GMT
Makenzie and Tanner | Silverton Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/makenzie-and-tanner-silverton-oregon-engagement-photographer Makenzie and Tanner met me up at the beautiful Silver Falls State Park and despite the dismal looking forecast we dodged the rain and when it did finally start to drizzle we headed down to the adorable downtown of Silverton and grabbed a few more with their precious lil dog. These two were so fun to hang with! 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) engagement oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/makenzie-and-tanner-silverton-oregon-engagement-photographer Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:47:52 GMT
The C Family Christmas Jammies Spectacular! http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/the-c-family-christmas-jammies-spectacular Remember these cuties from their fall session? Well they invited me back into their lives to document some more of their fun! This time I met them at their house where they played, played, played in their adorable matching Christmas jammiess and ate cookies and threw confetti all over the place! It was pretty stinkin' fabulous. What I love about this family and these kinds of sessions is that very little of this was posed. Sure it was planned, and Kelsey had some amazing ideas of things she wanted to do, but for the most part they just let the kids be their wild and crazy selves and I shot all around them while they laughed and played and made a big ol' beautiful mess. Enjoy the amazing C Family Christmas Jammies Spectacular!

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) family oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/the-c-family-christmas-jammies-spectacular Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:40:14 GMT
3 Ridiculous Reasons to Hire Tekoa Rose Photography http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/3-ridiculous-reasons-to-hire-tekoa-rose-photography

I am so beyond excited to share this!

Thank you so much Sea Legs Media for trusting my wacky last minute idea and helping me deliver my message in such a "true to me" way! You guys are the real deal!

Be sure to stick around for the bloopers at the end. I think they might be my favorite part.


Huge Thank you to Mindy and Gerry for being my poster clients! You guys are the best!

And Thank you Faith Bartruff for doing my make up and making me look fabulous, but still like me

Here are three reasons why you should hire me. 


1. I can do a headstand. Don't believe me? Want me to show you? 

2. I regularly wear a rubber rooster mask. If I was an animal I'd be a rooster, duh. 

3. I am a lip-sync battle champion. So what if all the people who voted for me were my friends. So what if it was my birthday and they all felt like they had to, but still first place is still first place. 


Alright alright, here are some actual real reasons why you should hire me. 


My motivation when I am photographing is to tell the story of the couple and of the family and so I'll photograph the flowers but I'll photograph them when you're holding them rather than just laying on the table. I always want there to be a heartbeat in the details rather than just the material things by themselves. The moments where they weren't posed, they weren't planned, they just happened and I caught it because I'm really valuing that part of your day. A genuine moment with always win out in my mind. 



Everybody no matter who they are gets nervous and awkward in front of the camera and so I give you things to do, games to play, ridiculous things to say just something to get you loose so 

I value playing over posing loose so that the photographs don't look like there was a camera there, they look like you guys were just having a great time and I caught it. 


I will always value PEOPLE OVER PERFECTION.

I'm much more interested in capturing a really genuine laugh than a perfectly posed stiff photograph. I'm always going to be naturally just drawn to the things that make you different than any other couple that I've photographed before. It's not necessarily about taking the most epic photo that's gonna get a billion likes and shares on Instagram. I want the photograph to mean something to the person in it and the person looking at it for years and years to come. 


This is a gift to show you who you really are, how beautiful you already are. I don't need to make you look beautiful, I just need to find that beauty in you and show it. So let's photograph something that's really meaningful to you. 



There's always got to be that person that starts the dancing that's like being ridiculous enough that everyone's like "Ok good, I'll go out there and I won't look  as bad as them. I'll be that person. I will start the party. I will bring the party. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) oregon portland oregon salem oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/3-ridiculous-reasons-to-hire-tekoa-rose-photography Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:53:53 GMT
Melissa and Garrett | Salem, Oregon Engagement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/melissa-and-garrett-salem-oregon-engagement-photographer These are my kinda people. They like to goof off and laugh. And boy did we ever at their chilly morning engagement session last month. We met down at Riverfront Park and laughed our way through their session. Here are a few of my favorites! 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) engagement oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/melissa-and-garrett-salem-oregon-engagement-photographer Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:12:22 GMT
Carley and James | Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge | Salem Oregon Engagement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/carley-and-james-baskett-slough-wildlife-refuge-salem-oregon-engagement-photographer Carley is my baby sister. I love her. So does this guy named James. They're gonna get married. I gotta write a toast. I'm gonna ugly cry for sure. and laugh at the same time because I'm so very happy for them both. Here they are being adorable. 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) engagement oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/12/carley-and-james-baskett-slough-wildlife-refuge-salem-oregon-engagement-photographer Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:11:30 GMT
Miles and Heather's Wedding | Robert Newell House Museum | Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/miles-and-heathers-wedding Heather and Miles met at a dance class. They fell in love and decided to get married in September. 17 years earlier, I met Heather and became fast friends as we went through a Youth with a Mission DTS and traveled to India together. Heather was a bridesmaid in my wedding 14 years ago. When she called me to tell me about Miles I couldn't have been more excited to be part of their wedding day. And when I met Miles, I could tell they had something really special. 

Some of my favorite moments from their wedding day at the Robert Newell House Museum were when Heather's mom came into the getting ready room and began taking off her own earrings and jewelry to put onto Heather. Heather also wore her Great Grandmother's gloves during the ceremony, the same gloves that her great grandmother, grandmother and mother had all worn before her! 

Another great moment was during the ceremony when Miles was repeating after the pastor, and when the pastor made a mistake, well Miles did as he was told and repeated the mistake too :) 

And of course when it came time to toss the bouquet Heather launched that sucker into the air and it landed firmly in the branch of the tree. It had to be shaken loose and dropped into the arms of bridesmaid waiting below. 

Being trusted to take photos at weddings like this is so incredibly fulfilling and I'm so very grateful for this job. It really is the best. 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/miles-and-heathers-wedding Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:53:10 GMT
The C Family | Willamette Mission State Park | Salem Family Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/the-c-family-willamette-mission-state-park-salem-family-photographer This family is everything. Not only are they so stinkin' adorable but they are full of laughter and joy and sweetness. The two lil toddlers greeted me with the biggest hellos and smiles when I first met them at Willamette Mission State Park despite having never met me before. We wandered and played and ran and explored the whole session. Here are a few of my favorites:

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/the-c-family-willamette-mission-state-park-salem-family-photographer Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:30:00 GMT
Anissa and Joe | Cathedral Park Engagement Session | Portland, Oregon Wedding Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/anissa-and-joe-cathedral-park-engagement-session-portland-oregon-wedding-photographer Beautiful couple, beautiful family, beautiful location AND beautiful not rainy weather! Win, Win, Win! 

Anissa and Joe brought their adorable lil son along for their engagement session at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon and despite the forecast looking iffy, we didn't get rained on! We started at this cool little vintage Pizza joint in St. Johns called Signal Station Pizza and then headed to Cathedral park. So looking forward to their wedding in August! 

angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/anissa-and-joe-cathedral-park-engagement-session-portland-oregon-wedding-photographer Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:11:36 GMT
Michelle and Ryan's Backyard Elopement | Oregon Elopement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/michelle-and-ryans-backyard-elopement-oregon-elopement-photographer Michelle actually purchased her first date with Ryan from a fundraiser where he was auctioned off! She out bid all the other women and took him out to pizza and the rest is history. They exchanged vows in the sweetest backyard ceremony with just their family as witnesses and ate spicy tacos and snuggled with their pet rabbits. It was fabulous. I love being part of small intimate events like this. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) elopement oregon salem oregon wedding http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/michelle-and-ryans-backyard-elopement-oregon-elopement-photographer Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:30:00 GMT
The J Family | Salem Oregon Family Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/j-family-salem-oregon-family-photographer You know these guys. They've shown up on my blog a time or two before. This year though we included their lil rambunctious dog, Indiana in a few and well, he just did whatever he wanted to do. Which was not sit still and look my direction. Which really isn't my style anyway. My style is more about laughing and playing and being your true wild self, so Indy, you do you, man. 


angelawatts@tekoarosephoto.com (Tekoa Rose Photography) family oregon salem oregon http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/j-family-salem-oregon-family-photographer Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:19:11 GMT
Julia and Brian | Rood Bridge Park | Portland, Oregon Elopement Photographer http://www.tekoarosephoto.com/blog/2017/11/julia-and-brian-rood-bridge-park-portland-oregon-elopement-photographer Sometimes weddings are big elaborate events planned for months and months in advance with a 1000 moving parts. And sometimes they're a family meeting at the park with their enthusiastic kids in tow to exchange vows. And as different as those two types of weddings are from each other, they both boil down to the same thing: the start of a marriage, a bookmark in a long developing love story, commitment and love, reverence and celebration. People doing something worthy of attention. 

Julia and Brian's elopement style wedding was relaxed and fun. We met at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro on a sunny morning. The kids were excited and climbing on every boulder they could find as we made our way to the spot in front of the pond that Julia and Brian had scoped out for their quick and personalized ceremony. They shared tearful vows and promises, they exchanged rings and when their friend said "You may now kiss the bride!" the boys rushed in to turn the first kiss into a group hug while their daughter covered her eyes being playfully grossed out. Don't worry though, she quickly joined in on the group hug and it was one of the sweetest post kiss moments I've ever witnessed. 

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