Hello! My name is Cory Nauertz and I am a professional photographer in the Portland, Oregon area. I do weddings and engagements, family pictures, children/baby pictures, or pretty much whatever else you'd like :)
A few weeks ago I shot my sister-in-law's family and I'm very happy with the turnout. I'm still working on the fine-tuning of shooting, but I was able to snag some really great shots. This whole photography thing is so RAD!
Well, I finally had an opportunity to shoot a wedding as an assistant and I'm quite sure it's one of the funnest things I have ever done. I love wedding atmospheres, families, love, dedication, friends and the good times. It is a joy to meet new people, learn something about them, and become a small corner of their lives. There's something special about a wedding that most of the world doesn't care about, but is so important to the group of people at the wedding; and I feel the only ways to know it are to be a part of it, or to have been in your own wedding. I cant put my finger on it, and I couldn't help but feel a bit nostalgic during the dancing, as I reflected on my wedding day just over a year ago. This weekend, I had the privilege of being one of two photographers that attempt to capture every moment on camera. Tyler does some amazing work, and was kind and great enough to help me along my photography journey; teaching me to shoot in manual mode, location scouting, keeping things simple but elegant, proper lens usage, scheduling...etc...etc...It was a great experience, and extremely helpful. Here are some samples of what I captured this weekend, enjoy!
What started as a cloudy, overcast day, turned into a pretty epic one by the afternoon as it sometimes does in Portland. I was supposed to do a shoot but the timing wasn't right, so I called up my buddy Brian Corno and asked him if he was interested in doing a photo shoot with his car. I had heard that shooting cars is more difficult than people, and I found that to be true. Its strange; there's something about it that make it somewhat difficult to get good shots. Brian shared my apprehensiveness at first, we finally came upon a spot that was just perfect. Enjoy!
I purchased my very first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T1i along with a few lenses and I have been thrilled to use it at every possibility. I have always been interested in photography but it wasn't until my wedding that I noticed how much I enjoyed it. I love working with people, and to be able to be a part of something special-a momentous occasion in two people's lives-is such a crazy awesome blessing. Last weekend was no exception; I was asked by my friend Joseph to do my first legitimate shoot; his proposal to his girlfriend Nikki! I was immediately excited and somewhat overwhelmed because I knew it was going to be big. So the day of the shoot comes, and I'm ready! The location was at Hug Point along the Oregon coast, a few miles south of Cannon Beach. I got there early to set up and to "hide" in the surrounding landscape. They were about 30 minutes behind me, and once they arrived my camera was clicking. For some reason, my heart was racing the whole time. Maybe because I knew what was coming, and remembering the rush of my proposal and the emotion behind it, or maybe it was because I wanted to get the perfect shots, without missing anything. Either way, I couldn't find a way to calm down. Good thing for IS (image stabilizing) lenses. :) I hid in the rocks, shooting pictures and after the proposal I came out of hiding, said my congratulations, and then we starting shooting. I am pretty pleased with how the pictures turned out, given my lack of experience, but I am just so stoked to be able to provide the memories of that day to Joe and Nikki forever. Enjoy!
(full size pictures can be seen by clicking them!)