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Last month my friend Kelly and I flew down to Honolulu for a little sunshine (although it’s been a very mild winter here in Portland).  We stayed with one of my brother’s best friends, Adam, and his too adorable girlfriend Molly.  They live pretty much right at the base of Diamond Head, and a few minutes from Waikiki.  It was such a refreshing and relaxing trip and we had such a great time with Molly & Adam.  They showed us around to some of their favorite scenic spots and I took the opportunity to photograph them!  We started with portraits at Spitting Caves which was gorgeous.  Molly and Adam are both great at yoga and broke out into some partner yoga poses.  They made me so nervous in some of the poses, being so close to the edge of the cliffs!  Afterwards we headed to Cockroach Cove aka Eternity Beach.  These two are such a great looking couple, I could have photographed them all day.  It helps that they were silly and fun:)

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I recently traveled to Chicago, IL to visit my dear friend Tola & her great beau Jared.  They are stupid cute together and have the most awesome apartment (and life), that just begs to be photographed by my camera:) So, they let me follow them around all day long documenting their day to day adventure.  We started in the morning when they donned their matching kimono robes, and I captured their silliness in the kitchen, making coffee and pancakes.  Then, after eating breakfast, they performed their daily ritual of watering Tola’s jungle, and then relaxing with tea on the couch.

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A little slipper fuzz for some laughs!

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All fueled up and ready to hit the streets of Chicago!

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First stop is the floral shop, A New Leaf in Lincoln Park, to buy Jared’s mom some flowers for her birthday.  Awwwwww.  But first, a little pitstop in their colorful patio area.  A New Leaf is such a unique space, and they even offer it as a wedding venue!

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Then on to Warby Parker’s new store on Armitage to check out some frames for Tola.  She found a winner!

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Then we headed to Ravenswood in North Chicago/Lincoln Square for the Show of Hands Art & Craft Show.  But first we walked around the block for some portraits with the last bit of light of the day.  Then we stopped again in the lobby of the Ravenswood Event Center because it had a great marble staircase and moody lighting:)

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These two.  So stylish!

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After walking around the craft show, we stopped next door at Architectural Artifacts.  Wow, that shop had so many neat things to look at and photograph.  And, it’s also a wedding venue!  Such cool venues in Chicago.  I would love to shoot a wedding here!

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After all that fun, we really needed a pickmeup, so we stopped by Heritage Bicycles for a coffee.  Tola ran into some friends and I typed out a message on their counter Underwood typewriter.

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Goodbye Chicago.  Until next time!

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  • Tola Ros - These photos are hilarious!! Thank you for visiting Crystal and taking great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Rick Livesey - Amazing photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Himstedt - Love all the photos– your photos show the love you have for each other!!ReplyCancel

  • Jared Livesey - Crystal!!!! you perfectly encapsulated our unyielding weirdness and love!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Neary Sross Champa Battambang - Thank you for sharing Tola, love all the pictures..ReplyCancel

Every year I post all my personal favorite photos… the top photo from each shoot of the year… and let all my followers vote for their favorite/s!  At the end of the voting period, the winner gets a 12×18 gallery wrap canvas of their winning image!  There’s 2 categories… portraits and weddings… which means 2 winners!  The contest has started and there are lots of ways to vote… see below:)


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Official Rules for Voting:

First, find our Crystal Genes Photography Facebook Business Page and LIKE it.  You must LIKE our page for your votes to count!

Next, find the two Facebook albums, here – WEDDINGS  and  here – PORTRAITS

Look through the albums and LIKE your favorite image/s.  Every LIKE on an image is a vote.

Then, SHARE the album to your page and try to get more votes from your friends.  Your SHARE is also a vote!

To get even more votes, FOLLOW our Crystal Genes Photography Instagram.  You must first FOLLOW our instagram, and then complete the next step, for this extra vote to count.

On our Instagram feed, HEART and COMMENT on the “Best of 2014 Photo Contest” post with the names (and/or tag) of who you want to see win the contest.  Your comment is a vote!


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Official terms and conditions for the winner:

The “winner” of each category will be determined by the total number of votes (as outlined above), at contest’s end on February 14th 10pm Pacific Time.

Official winners will be announced on February 15th on Facebook & Instagram.

Winners will have 48 hours to accept their prize (a 12×18 gallery wrap wall canvas), or the prize will go to the runner-up

Please allow 3-5 weeks for canvas production

Canvas must be picked up at North Portland Office within 1 month of notification that it is ready (shipping can be arranged, if not local to Portland)

The winning image will be printed on the canvas.  No image substitutions can be made unless client has previously purchased winning image in a size equal to or greater than 12×18.

One canvas winner only, per client/household

If same client wins in both the Portrait and Wedding categories, they must choose the image from the category they prefer to have printed, and the runner up in the opposite category chosen will receive the second canvas.

If client had 2 images in the contest, from 2 separate 2014 photo shoots, they will be displayed together for voting.  Client must choose the image s/he wishes to have printed for the canvas if s/he wins.


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Good luck and happy voting!

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For the Cioara Family Session we head out to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens which are so beautiful to snap some photos of this adorable little family! We even had some wild life (geese and ducks) join us on our little adventure. We really had a great time snapping pictures of their handsome little boy! Here are some of my favorites from the session:


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We had he whole family out for this session – It’s always fun when grandma and grandpa can join your photos especially when we can get some great candids of the kids playing. For the Keast Family session we had a fun time all goofing around together in Cathedral Park. I love shooting in Cathedral Park because theres so many ways to play with the architecture of the bridge and we get to mix up the scenery going from park to beach all right there! Enjoy some of my favorite shots from this session:


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