Let Them Eat Cake | Creative Wedding Cakes

LaDuke Photography Locations SMWedding cakes come in as many different designs as snowflakes. There are some amazing cake designers here in Eugene and back home in Spokane. I’ve been trying to put together this blog post of some of my favorite cakes for a while, but there are just so many! The following isn’t a list of my favorites per se, but a plethora of options to hopefully help inspire you in your wedding cake design! I’ve credited the cake makers who I knew, but if one of these is your creation please let me know so I can link to your website! Sparkly Rustic Sugar Coated Wedding CakeThis sugar crusted three tier cake was at Allie and John’s wedding at Red Barn Farms in Colton, WA.

Unique Rustic Wedding Cupcake Table DisplaySweetheart cake and cupcakes at Lleah and Nick’s wedding at Miss Kaylin’s Barn.

Ombre Sweetheart Cake Heavenly Delights Cupcakery EugeneOmbre Sweetheart Cake by Heavenly Delights Cakery in Eugene, OR

Wild Blue Orchid Wobbly Wedding CakeWobbly off-set blue orchid wedding cake for Tim and Jessie’s wedding at The Spokane Convention Center

Autumn Wedding Cake IdeasAryn & nathan had a wonderful and tasty cake made by the groom’s mother at Beacon Hill in Spokane.

5 Tier Classic Wedding Cake Heavenly Delights CupcakeryAnother great cake by Heavenly Delights Cakery in Eugene, this one for Kris and Nora’s wedding at Dreamwood in Junction City.

Oregon Ducks Wedding CakeAnd if you’re from Oregon this one needs no caption, Joy and Josh had a wedding at Hendricks Park in Eugene and a friend of the family provided this really fancy Oregon Ducks cake! Wedding Cake Smash Bride and GroomAt the end of the day though it really comes down to how it tastes, right? A word of warning to the men, don’t stay out all night right before the wedding or you’ll be lucky to only get a face full of cake!

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Sunset Pet & Couple Session – Florence, OR

 

LaDuke Photography Locations SMAlexa and her boyfriend came all the way from the Boise, ID area with her two crazy Labrador’s in tow for a fun photo session on the beaches near Florence, Oregon. The weather was great so we chose to meet up near sunset at the beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse and let the dogs run off some of their energy while doing some cute couple photos. Unfortunately the FIRST thing the dogs did when the leashes came off was dive into the ocean and then roll in the sand, hence all of the wet dog photos! Good news is that we are flexible and just rolled with it, and the dogs had a great time!

Would you like to get your family (four legged or two) out to the coast for some photos? I have a package for just about any budget and I love photographing people in their element.  Click here for packages and pricing. To see more of my portfolio click the link at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to ask about my referral program and my weekday discount. I think everyone deserves to have great memories to look back on!

I’ve included a few of my favorites from their session, but if you want to see more adorable Labrador’s playing in the ocean you should probably head over to the attached link. You can view them here on their gallery: Florence Oregon Pet & Couple Photos.

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Skinner’s Butte Engagement Session

LaDuke PhotographyKris and Nora booked LaDuke Photography earlier this year for their August wedding at DreamWood in Junction City, Oregon. We have been patiently awaiting Nora’s arrival in Eugene for the wedding and she is finally here, all the way from Sweden! The other night we took a quick trip to the top of Skinner’s Butte for some engagement photos. Kris and Nora were both a little nervous about having professional photos done so I recommended the session a couple of weeks before the wedding as a warm up. We had a great time and they were SO relaxed. I can’t wait to see what fun details their travel themed wedding holds!

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Fun Family Portraits – Springfield, OR

LaDuke PhotographyThe Moran Family was an absolute pleasure to work with. Hillary received a photography gift certificate for Christmas and once the weather was nice we headed to Douglas Gardens Park in Springfield, Oregon for their family photo session. The kids had a great time running all over showing me their favorite trees and telling me all about their favorite cartoons and games. We even took a break after the bulk of the family photos to go play on the park toys. I love working with children, it’s always a fun challenge for me to get them to come out of their shell and really to really let their personalities shine through in the photos.

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I’ve included a few of my favorites from their session, but there are several other awesome shots, these kids were so much fun! You can view them all here on The Moran Family Gallery.

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 I can’t wait to get back together with the Moran family in the fall to explore more of their favorite places for photography around Springfield. Oregon is such a beautiful state and I can’t wait to see where we end up next!

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Dorris Ranch – Springfield Senior Portraits

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Dorris Ranch in Springfield, Oregon is a gorgeous location for high school senior portraits near Eugene. The winter storms did some damage, but the hazelnut orchards have been cleaned up and are back to being a beautiful backdrop. There are tractors and hay bales and groves of beautiful old trees. You also have access to the new trail to Clearwater Landing Trail. I had a great time wandering around the park with Jeffrey and his family. The weather was great and the green canopy above us was beautiful! Since Dorris Ranch is just down the road from Springfield High School I’d love to do more senior portraits there. Contact me if you’d like to run over there after school some time and do an amazingly fun senior portrait session!

10.13 Jeffrey SR 037Click here for packages and pricing. To see more of my portfolio click the link at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to ask about my referral program and my weekday discount.10.13 Jeffrey SR 044I’ve included a few of my favorites from Jeffrey’s session, but there are several other awesome shots. You can view them here onJeffrey’s Complete  Senior Portrait Gallery. 10.13 Jeffrey SR 002 If you are a class of 2015 graduate and you are looking to get a jump on your senior portraits ask about my senior ambassador program. You get a ton of awesome perks and free photos and all you have to do is sign your friends up with you for a shoot! I only accept one representative per high school in Eugene or Spokane on a first come first served basis so be sure to inquire today and reserve your spot!

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Oregon’s Same Sex Marriage Ban is Lifted – Free Photos!

Same Sex Wedding Eugene OregonWay to go Oregon! The same sex marriage ban has been lifted in Oregon and we are ready to celebrate marriage equality for all! Lacey LaDuke Photography is so excited about this development that we are offering a FREE elopement session to two lucky couples who are getting married in or near Eugene, Oregon this week to celebrate! All you have to do is send us a message and tell us a bit about yourselves and when and where you are tying the knot and we’ll see if we can make this happen! The free offer is for a one hour session with a disk of 20 free images. You can use my contact page on this website or find me on Facebook!

We are also excited about photographing surprise proposals and are offering another special, inquire today!

Oregon Same Sex Marriage Ban Lifted

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Alton Baker Senior Portraits

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Alton Baker Park in Downtown Eugene is a gorgeous senior portrait location. When Cori came to me with a request for senior portraits in a park near water I knew right where I wanted to go. We took a casual walk all around the park to scout out locations and settled on the west end toward the Ferry Street Bridge. Golden hour senior portraits are some of my favorites so we timed things just right and soaked up some late afternoon sun while having a fun time chatting about school, friends and her college plans.

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I’ve included a few of my favorites from her session, but there are several other awesome shots. You can view them here on Cori’s Complete  Senior Portrait Gallery.

Senior Portraits Alton Baker EugeneIf you are a class of 2015 graduate and you are looking to get a jump on your senior portraits ask about my senior ambassador program. You get a ton of awesome perks and free photos and all you have to do is sign your friends up with you for a shoot! I only accept one representative per high school in Eugene or Spokane on a first come first served basis so be sure to inquire today and reserve your spot!

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Alberta Street & Peninsula Park Engagement – Portland

Peninsula Park Couple Photos PortlandLaDuke PhotographyAlex and Alexis called me during better weather to do their engagement photos in Portland. They were visiting their old stomping grounds after a move to Colorado and wanted to capture the essence of the Alberta Street area and Peninsula Park in their photos because they loved it so much when they lived there. I love shooting somewhere that is new to me so I jumped at the chance. I drove up from Eugene and I was greeted by a picturesque park with shrubs and fountains and all kinds of great romantic nooks and crannies. Peninsula Park is a great photo location. We wandered around there for an hour checking out all of the different backdrops.

Peninsula Park Fountain Engagement Photos PortlandPenninsula Park Portland EngagementCute Couple Photos Portland Oregon Peninsula ParkAfter spending a good deal of time on photography at Peninsula Park near Alberta Street we did a quick costume change and headed for the food trucks! Alex and Alexis love all of the great food options in Portland so they grabbed some dim sum and had a snack while my assistant and I did the same. I had a great time following them all over beautiful Alberta Street for engagement photos. There are tons of great murals and beautiful buildings to stop by for a completely unique backdrop on every corner.

Congratulations again to this awesome couple! I was so happy to be able to photograph their super fun engagement session in Portland. I can’t wait to see the photos from their Colorado wedding this summer!

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Skate Park Senior Portraits – Spokane

Hilyard Skate Park Senior Portraits SpokaneLaDuke PhotographySenior portraits mark a monumental point in our lives. Becoming an adult and finally finding your voice to tell the world “this is me!” is kind of a big deal. That is why I strive to make all of my senior portrait sessions unique. Alexis and her mom knew exactly what they wanted when they called to set up her appointment, and with that I was up bright and early for my first senior portrait session at Hilyard Skate Park. Skating has been Alexis’ passion for years so it only made sense to include it into her senior session. We took time for some more traditional images too, but all of my favorites were photos with her skateboard.

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Spokane Senior Portraits Sports SkateboarderIf you’d like to see all of my images from Alexis’ awesome sporty senior portrait session you can check them out here. If you have a fun hobby that you want to include in your portraits drop me a line to see if it is something we can arrange. I am very versatile!  I can follow you up a mountain on a bike, skis or while rock climbing. Do you scuba dive or white water raft? I’m there! Skate Park Portraits Creative Seniors SpokaneOne last thing, if you are a class of 2015 graduate and you are looking to get a jump on your senior portraits ask about my senior rep program. You get a ton of awesome perks and all you have to do is sign your friends up with you for a shoot! I only accept one representative per high school on a first come first served basis so be sure to inquire today and reserve your spot!

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Questions for Interviewing a Wedding Photographer

Hello Brides and Grooms to be! Are you trying to choose the right wedding photographer for your totally awesome and unique wedding? There are a TON of wedding photographers out there so what I am aiming to do with this multi-part  post is help you determine if I am the right wedding photographer for your special day. There are a million different styles out there, hopefully you like what you’ve seen from LaDuke Photography! If that is the case, I’ve taken some time to answer some of the basic questions that every couple asks. I’ll tackle four introductory questions today and post a follow-up soon.

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Questions to Ask Wedding Photographers

1. What is your preferred style of photography?

I consider myself to be fairly traditional in the fact that I make sure to take timeless images that you will love for the decades to come. Sure, I get creative with some images, but the majority of what you get will have a quality that you will appreciate long after instagram filters are no longer cool. I split my interests between natural lighting and flash photography depending on the situation.

When you work with me you also get a good leader who is great at wrangling large groups, making fun creative poses and helping everyone relax in front of the camera. Once the formal photos are over I like to go into a photo-journalistic mode and meld into the background. You wont even know I’m there unless we are doing more poses photos.

2. How many weddings do you shoot per year?

With only 52 weekends in a year and even fewer in a regular wedding season (Eugene, OR has a wedding season from Memorial Day through Early October, Spokane’s wedding season is even shorter, not generally beginning until late June and ending in Mid September) I try to shoot between 15-25 weddings to offer my clients fast service and the best quality work I can produce. If I spent every weekend of every month shooting 4 weddings you wouldn’t get the hands on approach that I am known for. I like to visit with my clients, attend rehearsals and make myself available in any way I can. I also like to have my fun so I schedule time to go camping, rafting, scuba diving or rock climbing too!

3. How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day? (If they say more than one ensure there is adequate time in between each wedding.)

Just one. Absolutely only one wedding per day. I try to stick to a policy of just one wedding per weekend, but there are times that I am able to make special exceptions since Friday and Sunday weddings are generally smaller and need less coverage. This is why it is important to book your photographer early, we are human and we haven’t figured out how to be in multiple places at once (Once I figure this out you’ll find my master clone on the beach).
If you find a photographer who offers to photograph multiple weddings in one day you are likely going to be working with someone who hires other photographers to work for them. Make sure that you are getting the photographer that YOU hired, not their “B” team. If you are okay with a company that does employ multiple photographers but you want to make sure you get a particular one make SURE that it is written into your contract.

4. Have you ever shot at my venue? Would you be willing to go do a site visit?

 You can see some of the great venues that I have been lucky enough to work at here. If you don’t see your venue in my galleries just ask, I may have worked there before and have some fun photos to share! Since I am based in Eugene and Spokane I know a lot of wonderful locations here, there and in between! If I haven’t had a chance to work at your venue yet then I definitely want to go walk through it with you and your coordinator. This will allow us to talk about where the best light will be, what will make a great backdrop and best of all you get to see the venue from my fresh and creative perspective!

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful, I’ve got a whole list of questions to answer for all of my future brides and grooms so make sure to pin this blog page so you can come back to it. I’d love to hear from you on what questions you think all couples will want to have answered as well!

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