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  • My most recent session I did a few weeks ago was a session that made me hold my hand to my heart a bit and curl inwards a bit in that “omg. I die, it’s too much.” But also I said “Hey, I’m ok at this whole photography thing” Top that with the best compliment ever of this being the third year in a row with this sweet family and it was everything I needed. 
This business is tough. In a nod to my former life, I joke that it is much like a game of golf: unless you’re shooting a hole-in-one every single time, you could always have room for improvement. You never feel good enough. You constantly compare yourself to others. It’s rough. But there is always room to grow. I am far from done mastering this art.
But if you slide to 4, 5, and 6, you’ll see the very first session I EVER did for someone other than family. 7 years ago. I didn’t have a business, I think I wasn’t even sure if I felt “good enough” to start a business. I just had a decent camera and @oakandbadger said “hey, what do you think about taking our maternity photos?” So I did. I will never forget that day. I remember being so happy with how they turned out. I’m pretty sure I edited these with Picasa (um, it’s not quite professional software guys) and while I had taken classes to start to learn the basics of photography, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Also? Belly photos. Yah, I went there. #noshame 
All of this to say: it’s easy to compare yourself to who you aren’t. It’s hard to look back and say “Wow...I’m that person who I admired way back when.” It’s easy to never feel “good enough” but when you get asked year over year to capture milestones by clients? Ugh. There’s just nothing better. Thanks for taking a chance on your girl. 
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  • brb. going to drool over this magical moment. (also: cool side note: this is the same church that both the bride AND grooms parents were married at! 🙀)
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#oregonphotographer #photographybusiness #brideandgroom #bridalgown #inlove #bridalinspo #beautifulmoments #loverly #theknot #destinationweddingphotographer #oregonweddingphotographer #portlandwedding #realwedding #churchwedding #photographybusiness #savethedate #weddingseason #portlandcouple #portlandwedding
  • SoCal vibin today...19 days until I’m back in the land of ☀️! #fridayfeels .
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#cactus #socal #erinelizabethphotographypdx #destinationphotographer #oregonweddingphotographer #westcoast #bornandraised
  • In full denial it’s November 1. Instead, pretending it’s still summer and that alpacas exist at every wedding and golden hour never ends. Who’s with me?! 🙋🏼‍♀️ Ok thanks. .
second shooting with @andreazajoncphotography and the cutest llamas ever.
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#alpacasofinstagram #weddingalpacas #thatsahashtag #erinelizabethphotographypdx #weddingwire #theknot #goldenhour #weddinginspo #beautifulwedding #bridetobe #alpaca #portlandwedding bridesmaid #weddingflowers #oregonweddingphotographer #weddinginspiration #weddingdecor #weddingseason #weddingphotos #realwedding #weddingideas #weddinggoals #destinationweddingphotographer
  • just cause I love reliving this beautiful summer evening with these two lovebirds! .
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#erinelizabethphotographypdx #engagementphotos #oregoncoast #savethedate #bridetobe #destinationphotographer #oregonbride #theknot #pacificcity #ladyinred #beautifullove #engagement #portlandphotographer
  • I debated posting this on my personal Ig @erinelizabethpdx but I’ve also been trying to figure out how balance showing you more of me. So I thought why not share here?!
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Every year for the past 9 years during this week I get nostalgic and not just because it’s my birthday week and beautiful fall ends and rain fall/winter/spring parks itself for 6 months, without fail, days after my birthday passes. .
9 years ago this week, my car was loaded up and I was headed up to a new city, new job, and turns out I was starting the journey towards a new chapter, or rather new sequel in my life. 
It amazes me how it’s been 9 years here in Portland. If you would have told me 9 years ago where I’d be now, I’d have a hard time believing you. 
I wouldn’t change a thing. 
And since I’m kindaaaa into photos:
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📷 1: the earliest photo I have since I moved to Portland, because that was before my smart phone days. Callie was still a pup! And still hated wearing booties. Also, how bout that vignetting 🤣🤣🤣.
📷 2: the last photo on my phone, from  tonight. not in focus, that awful yellow light, and it was just a quick “holy crap she’s being adorable, must take photo photo” but it captures our Ro so perfectly and makes my heart leap out of its chest.
I love the my favorite girls are the best part of my story (and natch my hubby @nevada11c, the best surprise of them all. #pinchme)
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It’s been a wild and crazy and amazing and hard and magical journey. What will the next 9 years hold? .
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#whataride #9yearanniversary #oregonniversary #thatsahashtag #luckyme #isthiswhereisayblessed 
#gettingtoknowyou #knowyourphotographer #businessowner #photographybusiness #lovewhatyoudo #dowhatyoulove #thiscouldbeawkward