I am currently RETIRED from photography
and working as a Cannabis farmer...   
You can see more of my new life at..... NaturesMeds.us

 

My good friend Juan Carlos is a Fantastic Wedding photographer who
lives and works in the Oregon Willamette valley.

You can find him and see his work at...    www.juancarlosphotography.com

 

 

 


eugene oregon wedding photographer

 

Are you searching for a photographer for your Eugene, Oregon wedding?

Welcome all newly engaged couples!

I've been living in Eugene and working exclusively in wedding photography for the past 11 years.
I would love to work with you on the creation of a set of beautiful images that tell the story of your own wedding day.

Over the years I've gained valuable experience and become a well respected professional, both in this community, and throughout the world.

I've written one of the hottest selling books available on the topic of wedding photography; Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories (now in the second edition) and I still can't get over the idea that I've influenced over 50,000 new wedding photographers who've purchased it. In March of 2011 I completed the writing of the second edition of this book and that should hit the bookstore shelves by June.

I've also been invited to become a founding member of the most prestigous organization available in the International Wedding photography community. You can find this organization online at www.Bestofweddingphotography.com and if you take a look there you'll find my name alongside some of the biggest and best in the industry. I currently serve on the board as one of the judges who decides which other photographers get invited into the organization. Membership in the organization is by invitation only.

I've shot hundreds of weddings here in Oregon and I've been commissioned by 58 (so far) different couples to meet them in foreign lands to shoot their destination wedding. These travels have taken me to many distant corners of the globe and while I appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of different cultures, I still always enjoy coming home to Eugene. I call it "the Shire," in reference to the idyllic land of the Hobbits in JR Tolkein's story. Eugene really is an isolated pocket of paradise and nothing will make you appreciate that fact more than traveling to other countries on a regular basis. So while I always enjoy the opportunity to travel, those distant weddings make me appreciate working right here in the Willamette Valley all the more. I've shot weddings at most of the Willamettel Oregon wedding venues, worked with wedding coordinators, videographers, florists and almost everyone in the local wedding business, so if you have any questions about other wedding vendors, I would love to give you a list of my favorites.

Pfifer Vineyard Wedding

 

Check out a visual story from the wedding of Amelie & Boris - Eagle Rock Lodge which is
located about 45 min from Eugene, Oregon

Check out a visual story from the wedding of Amanda & Matt - King Estate Winery which is
located about 30 min outside Eugene, Oregon

 

Eugene oregon wedding photo, king estate winery

 

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Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

Welcome!

My name is Glen and I've been a full time wedding photographer for the past twelve years, during which time I've shot well over 200 weddings. I live in a beautiful place called the Willamette Valley, in Central Oregon. From that home base, I travel the world shooting weddings for Eugene Oregon Wedding Photographer Glen Johnsonclients that care deeply about having their wedding day captured as a story, told by an artist. I just recently completed my 58th Destination wedding outside the continental US.

I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love meeting new people, making beautiful art with cameras and computers, and traveling around the world.

I often find myself in some beautiful or exotic location and I'll stop, take a long look around, and think to myself, "I'm the luckiest person in the universe for having found this profession."

My style...  is to shoot quietly and unobtrusively in the background throughout most of the day, and then work with you to create dramatic and unusual environmental portraits when we've got a few minutes alone. My greatest compliment is when a bride looks through the photos and says, "I didn't even know you were there when that happened."

Your style...  is bold, fun loving, adventurous and totally in love with your new partner. You appreciate photography as an art and you want an outgoing, friendly photographer that you feel comfortable hanging out with. You don't want to worry about being embarrased by an egotistical photographer who tries to take over your day. You're not looking for the cheapest photographer - you're look for quality and expect it to cost more because it's the best. Finding a photographer who can tell a story with a camera is of the highest priority to you. You shudder at the thought of seeing your own faces in the cheesy wedding photos that are so typical these days. You want a large collection of natural, unstaged images that capture a moment, and all together, they tell the story of your day.

Some advice...  You are almost certainly a new bride or groom just venturing into the confusion of shopping photographers for your wedding. I've talked with hundreds of people in that place and I've personally seen enough weddings that I think I can provide some advice for you!

First of all, when you interview a photographer, perhaps the single most important thing to know is that it's very easy for new or moderate quality photographers to buy a website that makes them look as good as the really great photographers - at first glance.

The thing to remember is that most photographers will pick out their favorite 20 images from each wedding and show those on their website, but that should leave you wondering what the heck they were doing for the rest of the wedding day.

You need to know that any beginner can get 20 good shots during a 10 hour wedding day and that is NOT something to brag about.

So don't ask a photographer to "Show me your best picture."

What you should be asking them to do, is.... "Tell me a story." And believe me, there is a HUGE difference between the photographers that can get 20 decent shots, and those that can get the hundreds of great images it takes to tell the whole story of a wedding day.

More advice... Here are some more detailed things you should know about shopping photographers...

The slideshows below tell stories. Each show may contain over a hundred images but this is still only a small selection of the images taken at that wedding, and I hope you'll agree that each show tells the story of the day.

I hope that someday I have the pleasure of working with you, to capture your story.

 

These slideshows are from Oregon weddings.
For best viewing, turn on your speakers and set each video to play full screen at 1080.

 

 

Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

View More Video Slideshows from Other Weddings - each one tells a new story.

 

541-729-9256 USA
grj [at] aperturephotographics.com       aperture1 [at] hotmail.com

All text and Images Copyright Glen Johnson

 

My Book for Brides - (eBook only)

Brides Guide Book

For most couples, finding the right photographer is a LARGE part of the wedding planning process. You know that aside from the rings, the pictures are all you’ll have left after the wedding is over. As you join together to become a new family, these images become the first record in your family history. The skill and style of the photographer you choose will determine how those memories are captured. And the scary part – for both the couple and the photographer – is that there are no second chances. Your wedding photographer has one chance to get it right and make it look beautiful – which means you’ve got only one chance to choose someone you can trust with that responsibility.

Read more about the book...
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(this book is NOT an advertisement for my photography services)

 

I've been a full time wedding photographer, since 2000.

During that time I've shot over 300 weddings, with 58 of those being in other countries outside the US.

BOWP logoIn 2010 I was invited to become a founding member of an association called
Best of Wedding Photography. This is a gathering of the best wedding photographers on the planet. Membership is free, but it is by invitation only and there are less than 500 members worldwide. I was also invited to be an official board member for this organization. So now I am one of 8 Internationally know photographers on the board who are responsible for providing guidance about the formation of the organization, and also for actually interviewing other photographers around the world to decide who gets invited into the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eugene / Springfield area wedding locations & Links

Blue Rooster B&B huge barn 5 min south of Eugene in rolling hills. Space for roughly 100 people inside barn. Great summertime location. Barn is very nice but still a bit open to the cold weather as barns always are. Best in warm weather.

Belknap Hot Springs
45 min up in the Cascades from Eugene. River, old growth forest. Rental cabins. Rooms in the hotel to rent. Plenty of space for large or small weddings and can easily accomodate 3 or 4 weddings at the same time with full privacy for each.

The Campbell House
Right in downtown near 1st and Pearl (I think). Can only accommodate about 40 max. in the ceremony location.

Chateau Loraine
45 min south of Eugene. Great for large groups up to perhaps 300. Beautiful grounds right on the side of a very beautiful lake.

The Coburg Country Inn
5 min. North of Eugene. Great for large groups. Has two seperate locations that can be used at the same time. Indoor reception location at both sites. Very nice grounds. Lots of Gazebo & Roses type design on the grounds. Visit website.

Eagle Rock Lodge
35 min up the McKenzie River from Eugene. Right along the McKenzie river. Beautiful grounds. Lots of room to set up big tents alongside the river. Very private. You get the whole place for the whole weekend. Extremely beautiful natural looking grounds with some old growth trees. Visit website

Hinman Vinyard
20 min south of Eugene. Any size groups. Can accomodate 100+ indoors. Very beautiful grounds with lots of Vineyards and rolling hills.

McKenzie View B&B
just northeast of Springfield. Large house with beautiful property right along the river. Good for groups up to 100.

Odell Lake Lodge
1 hr east of Eugene in Cascades. Beautiful but can be a bit cold in September. Very rustic. Rantal cabins and rooms in the lodge. Lots of space to make your own ceremony location by the lake or in the woods.

Shelter Cove Lodge
also located on Odell lake. Same as above but lodge and cabins are a bit more modern and a bit less rustic charm.

Wayfarer Resort
20 min up the Mckenzie River. I think this might be my favorite location for your size group. Plenty of privacy, not too far from town. 6 Rental cabins and a central lodge. Very nice waterfront along the McKenzie river.

Whisper-n-Oaks
20 min towards Monroe on Hwy 99. Surrounded by working wheat farms. Beautiful setting custom designed specifically for weddings. Any size groups. No indoor facilities except dressing rooms for Bride & Groom.

The Thyme Garden is located near the town of Alsea, Oregon which in the coastal mountains between Eugene and Corvallis. The Thyme Garden is roughly 2 hours drive from Eugene.

City MouseDesign.com Florist in Eugene
Make-up Your Mind Make-up artist
Sweetlife Patisserie Best wedding cakes EVER!
Vivid Wedding Films  Very artistic videography service.

 

 

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A Testimonial from Lee & Karin

Lee & Karen wedding photographer Portland

Dear Prospective Aperture Photographics Customer,

It has been almost a year and a half since my wife and I married each other, and it’s been crazy to say the least. We’ve purchased our first home, our first baby is due in a month, and we finally got around to printing larger versions of some of our wedding photos just a few months ago. I can’t remember what our caterer served at our reception, but I’m sure it was good. My wife says the flowers were beautiful, but she can’t recall exactly which flowers she carried. In fact, a great deal of what happened on the day of our wedding is now a blur, and it wasn’t that long ago (this from an absent-minded husband’s point of view – my wife would disagree!) There are, however, three things that have endured. The first is our love for each other, the second are the ring-symbols of that love which were crafted for us by Sumiché, and the third are the photos taken by Glen Johnson and his assistant, TJ. For many people, the wedding photography is sort of important, but not a big part of their budget. For us, it was over 25%, and only a year later is the absolute most valuable asset from our wedding day. Let’s face it: your wedding will be hectic, hopefully in a good way. As the years pass, your recollections of one or your most important and LEAST memorable days of your life may boil down to those images captured by your photographer. Personally, I can’t browse through ours without getting teary, because Glen is simply a master at capturing the love my wife and I feel for each other.

When you look at the images on Glen’s website, it’s difficult to imagine you in them. They are the stuff that entire wedding fantasies are made of, and it seems impossible that you could be that photogenic. That is, until you see what Glen can make with your raw material. Earlier this year, someone approached my wife on the street and told her that she was on the back cover of Portland Bride Magazine! We raced to the grocery store, and sure enough, there we were, serving each other wedding cake… in a very provocative way, I might add. But it’s not simply the artistic value of Glen’s abilities that make him worth every penny. Choosing Glen is an insurance policy. At our wedding, my wife’s mother worked furiously on hand-making her dress, completing it literally 10 minutes before our ceremony at 5 pm in mid-October. Our plans of taking a few hours of photos before the ceremony fell apart, and we were left with only 10 minutes of light after the ceremony… at least that was my assessment. Thankfully, Glen and TJ had some tricks up their sleeve. First, we got through family portraits in what must have been world-record time. While Glen was capturing the obligatory family shots, his second photographer captured what our ring-bearer was doing in the meantime: digging up worms by the riverbank.

Eugene wedding photography at the Wayfarer lodge on the McKenzie River

With the light fading and family portraits out of the way, Glen and TJ walked us through a number of shots that they had planned earlier in the day. I could have sworn that it was too dark, and it would have been easy to get frustrated… but Glen was able to show me some of the shots after taking them, and I realized that our photos were going to turn out just fine. In fact, it was plain DARK when he had a stroke of genius, and put us on a floating raft in the middle of a fishing pond at our wedding site. This was never part of the plan, and in the low light, it was difficult to even see what we were doing. I poled out to the center of the pond, both of us just inches above the water, and it paid off: Glen captured another photo that really represented the spirit of the day. Here we are, in the dark, on the verge of tipping into the drink, yet so completely in love with each other that all the thoughts of the day have disappeared. It shows in the photo, and for the rest of our lives, we’ll look at that photo in our baby’s room and think of that day and the images that might never have been ours had it not been for Glen. Because of our scheduling SNAFU, we could have come up empty-handed in our expectation for fun, romantic photos of our day. But our investment in Glen’s abilities and personality proved to be the best use of our ceremony resources. Almost every other consideration in our wedding turned out to be fleeting, with most of it being packed up and returned at the end of the weekend. Choosing Aperture Photographics is the one decision that, even to this day more than a year later, we would both choose over and over again. If you have any questions or concerns about choosing Glen as your wedding photographer, my wife and I would be eager to discuss them with you. His love and craft is as much a part of our wedding memories as the photos are, and I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting their wedding photos to be of superior artistic quality and worthy of preserving the memory of your day for the rest of your life and beyond.

Lee Rodrigue
Portland, Oregon, USA

 

 

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