For me, the exchanging of good vibes and laughter beats taking pictures any day, and that's what the majority of my trip to Portland, Oregon consisted of! The funny thing about this trip was that it was actually planned on a whim, where I flew up to Oregon one-way and then drove back down with Christina, her mom, and her brother to California to get back home. Their reason for being up there in the first place was because Christina's brother, Michael, had a retreat (at the University of Portland) to make before the semester started, so she and her mom decided to tag along and enjoy what the city of Portland had to offer in the meantime. The reason why I wasn't able to drive up with them when they were passing through San Francisco (they're from Southern California) was actually because I had a wedding and cotillion to photograph on back-to-back dates, which are the earlier blog posts that you might have seen prior to this one!
That said, it was definitely a great time getting to catch up with familiar faces (I actually have formed quite a few friendships with a number of extremely talented individuals from the pacific northwest through Instagram), meet new ones, and explore some well-known parts Oregon, especially considering that this was only my first time here. The city of Portland is wonderful, the Columbia River Gorge is breathtakingly beautiful, and the Oregon coast definitely stood its ground, especially in comparison to the California coast. Even though we didn't get Portland's signature cloudy and moody weather (it was high 90's the entire time we were there) that it's known for in photos, we made the most of what we were given and had a great time through and through. I'd also like to give a special thanks to my good friend, Jake (@jakechams), for all of the hospitality while I was visiting!
All in all, a truly memorable trip and definitely not the last time I'll be in Oregon. There are still a ton of places I want to hit up - along with many that I want to revisit - in this beautiful state, and I'm actually hoping to be back come early 2016!