overall, my shooting style is very photojournalistic and candid. i quietly keep to the sidelines as much as possible throughout the day so that i can take everything in and not interfere with the natural moments that are UNFOLDING. I often use a zoom lens so i can get close to the action while staying out of sight. like a spy! My goal on the wedding day is to photograph every detail and moment, big and small. i accomplish this by constantly anticipating and listening for the next belly laugh or happy tears. of course, I also give plenty of direction as needed, and if i have a suggestion for making an okay scene look amazing, I'll give you tips without being overbearing or intrusive. I know you want amazing photographs, so I won't be shy when it comes to giving guidance!

What is your shooting style?

My editing style is clean and vibrant. with over 15 years experience, I've seen more editing trends than I can count. each one comes on strong, and disappears just as quickly.  As soon as the trend has passed, those images are instantly dated.  i prefer to keep my colors vibrant but also true to life and timeless.  i touch-up each and every one of your images to improve skin tone, brightness, and vibrancy.  and, as much as I love color, I also love a classic black and white image... so I automatically include all of your wedding day images in both color and black and white! 

What is your editing style?

While every event is a different pace, you can expect to receive around 100 images per hour. even when not much is happening during the day, i'm always searching for something to photograph, and often have thousands of images to sort through at the end of the day. i also make it a habit to shoot multiples of nearly everything to ensure i nail the focus and to make sure no one blinks or starts talking at the wrong moment! digital images are delivered via a download link sent to your email. They are full sized resolution and come with printing rights. I aim to deliver images within 4-6 weeks, but most often I will have your gallery ready to view within 2 weeks! 

How many images do I deliver?

I'd say 75% of the couples I photograph have said this to me! But I have yet to believe any of them! The most important thing to me is that you're having a fun time and enjoying each other's company. I want you to feel comfortable being yourselves... be silly, tell each other jokes, just laugh it out! i'll give you plenty of direction and prompts to help get you warmed up and pretty soon you'll forget that I even have a camera. I work with posing couples, finding their best angles, and making sure they're in the best light (literally and figuratively!) all year long... that's the difference between hiring a professional or hiring a friend or hobbyist.

We're awkward in front of the camera, any tips?

Most people have never worked with a professional photographer before and they don't know what to expect. Even if you have, every photographer's shooting style is different! Every couple is also different. I think having time to work with you and to get to know you before the event makes a huge difference to the outcome of the wedding day images. We'll get comfortable with each other, you'll learn what to expect from me and my directions, i'll learn your best angles, what makes you laugh, and what prompting you respond to best. when you see the outcome of it all, all those directions will make so much sense and you'll feel like old pros yourselves by the big day and can rest assured you're in good hands!

Why do you include a complimentary engagement session?

I get it. It's a tempting offer, a way to save a few dollars. And everyone has to start somewhere right? But, I can't count the number of times I've heard stories of regret, and it makes my heart hurt every. single. time. You can't re-do your wedding day. How important are the images to you? it's important to know that a nice camera does not necessarily take a nice photo. it takes years of apprenticeship, workshops, and study to really learn the ins and outs of a wedding day as well as the equipment, and post-production work. To know how to anticipate the next important moment, while also knowing exactly which setting to adjust your camera to at a split second's notice. to know when and where the light will make that golden glow. to know which lens will best tell the story of a particular moment. (I change lenses at least 5 times during a ceremony.) I'm able to constantly think one step ahead because I know the entire flow of the day. it takes experience to not get overwhelmed by the pressure (I cried after every wedding I shot on my own my very first year, just from the mental exhaustion!). So please think hard about this before making a decision! I'd also be willing to consider having your friend second shoot for me if they are looking for experience!

My friend has a nice camera and wants to shoot my wedding...

YES! One of the very first conversations I like to have with my couples is about the wedding day timeline. having a good timeline not only helps ensure that you get all the most important photo coverage that you want, but it also ensures a stress-free day for you! The wedding day is going to go by in the blink of an eye, so it's important to think about how you can also be sure you will have time to enjoy it and take it all in as slowly as possible. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THE LIGHTING AND TIMES OF DAy you plan each part IN REGARDS TO THE PHOTOGRAPHY. PLANNING A 1PM CEREMONY OUTDOORS IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER, FOR INSTANCE, WOULD LIKELY RESULT IN PHOTOS WITH VERY HARSH LIGHT AND DARK SHADOWS... NOT TO MENTION SQUINTY EYES AND SWEATY FACES. I've photographed hundreds of weddings and know a good timeline like the back of my hand. I'm here to help you consider all the options and walk you through the best plan for your vision.

Do you offer planning and
timeline assistance?

YES! I think it's always a good idea to view an actual full wedding day gallery before choosing a photographer. I've heard stories of couples seeing beautiful images on their photographer's website, but when they get their photos back, there are no photos of their guests! You might not even think of something like that when viewing a photographer's work, but it's important to remember everyone has a different style and approach. some photographers only focus on the couple and the pretty details of the day, some only photograph candid moments, and some only photograph very conceptualized and posed images. click below to view full galleries for a 5 hour  backyard wedding or a 10 hour vineyard wedding. click through the category tabs at the top of each gallery to browse between each part of the event.

Can I see a full day's wedding gallery?

All of my wedding bookings include hand retouched wedding day digital images with printing rights, complimentary engagement session time, an online proofing gallery to share with friends and family, planning assistance, a custom wedding day and photography timeline, and access to my wedding guide with tips for making the most of your photography experience.

What's included?


Interested in a free engagement session?

Watch what it's like to work with CGP!

From An engagement session in the columbia river gorge all the way to hanging canvases in the couple's living room


Gretchen & Michael
a Lost Lake, OR wedding

Crystal captured more about our day than I could have imagined possible. Her gentle suggestions were beyond helpful and she has some kind of magic ability to be practically invisible and yet present in 5 places at the same time! The colors and emotions she sees and photographs are my favorite memories of our wedding day.

"She has some kind of

magic ability"

Valerie & Lyndell
an oregon vineyard wedding

Crystal is incredibly talented and absolutely wonderful to work with. I could not have been more happy with my wedding photos and my engagement photos. I highly recommend her for your wedding or any other event. She’s very creative and has an amazing skill for capturing expressions.

"Besides being a phenomenal photographer

she’s also a fantastic human being"

Kathleen + cobey
a Portland, or wedding

We really can't say enough great things about Crystal and Crystal Genes Photography! Crystal was so wonderful to work with on every level. She was prompt, thorough, and all with a lovely calm demeanor which is a perfect contrast to the craziness of the big day.

"She was prompt, thorough, and all with a

lovely calm demeanor"

Joey + Natalie
a portland, OR wedding

it was super important for us to work with like-minded professionals who wanted to get to know us and our vision. we could not be happier with the beautiful documentation of our day. 
From the outset, we were impressed with her branding and truly exceptional communication. her amazing work speaks for itself. She has an impeccable ability for capturing the feel of the event in a uniquely artistic way. 

"We were impressed with her

truly exceptional communication"

Leila + Joe
a mcminnville, OR wedding

CRYSTAL WAS THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER! She was sweet, calm, creative and just downright AMAZING!! We loved every single photo she took! She was everywhere but nowhere; not intrusive at all and her photos of everyone turned out beautiful, even the real candid ones with everyone laughing with their mouths open! everyone who looked at our photos ALL commented, "WOW, these look like they are postcards!"  

"Everyone who looked at our photos all commented, 

these look like postcards!" 

michelle + ryan
a charleston, sc wedding

we have officially determined that the pictures from our wedding day have been the most important part of it all. The photos are what will last a lifetime and you can trust Crystal to make sure they are absolutely PERFECT! Our pictures were better than we could have ever imagined.

"Our pictures were better than we could have

ever imagined"

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