The star of Springtime

    I grew up in the South San Francisco Bay Area. Spring comes early and warm there, and in all honesty, is the one thing I truly miss about living in that part of the country. That and great taquerias, but that’s another story. Over the past 7 years, I have slowly but surely come to embrace our slow to come, cold and wet and dark Northwest Springs. There is something incredibly magical about the buzz of excitement and joy in the air when we do get a sunny day in March and April here in Portland. Folks are so ecstatic to see the sun, they throw off their many layers of sweaters and raincoats and run around half naked. EVERYONE is out and about, and so so happy. And there’s also the bulbs and the blossoms… they are so soft and beautiful and colorful when they emerge from the soggy earth and barren trees. Such a clear symbol of rebirth. And I love me a fresh start!!!

    I don’t remember seeing magnolia trees in bloom growing up in San Jose, CA. Surely they must be there, but not in my memory. The grand magnolia trees of Portland, to me, are the shining star of Springtime here. The blooms so big and beautiful, delicate and noble. The blossoms are falling now, making the sideways slick with their petals. I find it sad to see them go… but now the dogwoods bloom and I fall in love all over again.

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    Annie OtzenApril 13, 2013 - 3:27 am

    One of the things I loved while I lived in Portland was the springs. Thank you so much for sharing some Portland spring while I sit here in the cold and snowy upper Midwest. Love this!

    Cloud City Ice Cream – a venture into food photography

    When Bryan, owner of our Woodstock neighborhood Cloud City Ice Cream, contacted me about doing some photos for him I jumped at the chance. While I’m not a professional food stylist or photographer, I was excited about the opportunity to make some beautiful imagery of one of my FAVORITE foods for someone who is so awesome and passionate about hand making a delicious product with the highest quality local ingredients. Not to mention his devotion to the neighborhood.  And well, even though my specialty is photographing people, Bryan believed in me for this project… and that meant a lot. Thankfully we were both thrilled with the results! Just look at this gorgeous ice cream!!!

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    Jen McGreer DownerApril 3, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Well, thanks! I’ll always want to photograph PEOPLE first and foremost, but the food… its pretty FUN! I could see myself doing it occasionally for the right peeps!

    Emily Garrick-SteensonApril 3, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    for reals these are stunning, I think you found your next calling lady.

    Jen McGreer DownerApril 3, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    thank you!!!

    Jen McGreer DownerApril 3, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Thanks so much!!!

    Jen McGreer DownerApril 3, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Do it! (though it might be disappointing!)

    Emily Garrick-SteensonApril 3, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    uhm I want to lick my screen, well done lady!

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    Gia Fullerton StrangApril 3, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    Beautiful photos!!!!! I love the heart shaped nut!

    Jen McGreer DownerApril 3, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much! It was really really fun!

    Amy McmullenApril 3, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    oh my gosh, these are GORGEOUS! oh honey, you nailed it. if you wanted to foray into food….you so should. amazing.