Monday, September 29, 2008

Home Sweet Church

When we moved into our house, our neighbor Alice told us that our house used to be a church. I finally started doing some research with the help of the Oregon Historical Society and they confirmed that our house was a church. I tracked down some current members of that church and two days ago I received some photos of our house from a gentleman who used to attend services here.

Apparently, our home was once the worship hall for the Beran Christadelphian Ecclesiastic Church. I have posted the old photos that were provided to me along with current photos of what the house looks like today.

According to the Oregon Historical Society, our home was a church when it was built in 1922 until about 1975. It apparently sat vacant for a few years before being modified and sold as a home. When we bought the house in 2005, it had just gone through an extensive remodel. My contact at OHS said that judging by the outfits of the people in the photos, they were probably taken soon after the house was built.

The OHS also told us that Portland redid all of the addresses in the early 1930’s. Our street used to be 29th instead of 24th Avenue.

The gentleman who provided the photos for us said that the congregation left our house because the neighborhood had become unsavory and that vandalism was a problem.

We have been calling our house "Casa Mimosa" because of the big Mimosa Tree (also called a Silk Tree) in the front yard. Perhaps we should call it "Iglesia Mimosa" instead...

To learn more about Christadelphians, check out this Wikipedia entry.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

For Convention photos, look at index on right...

And, yes, I did finally figure out how to change my copyright date in Lightroom...It was NOT obvious!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Raindrops on Fennel

I had a little fun with these photos of raindrops on the fennel plant outside the door to my home office...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Race for the Cure

I love photographing this race! It's so wonderful to see so many survivors out running and walking. I was working with Evan Pilchik on this one - along with about 8 other photographers.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

House Party for Kate Brown for Secretary of State

Lee Hamilton and KC Hanson hosted a house party for Kate Brown and pledged that if they could raise $1,500, they would jump in the pool. And jump they did!

Adam & Melissa's Baby Shower

Melissa's friend Sarah hosted a lovely co-ed shower in her back yard in SW Portland. This will be one blinged-out baby! Hope it likes to play tennis!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Danni & Jesse

Danni and Jesse got married in Welches and again I was assisting photographer Colleen Zobel. In the fourth photo, you can see a pink circle around the bouquet, which is waaaay up high - Danni has quite an arm! The groomsmen kidnapped Danni and drove off with her at one point. I believe they took her to a bar...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Scott & Tricia

Scott & Tricia got married at the Oaks Pioneer Church in Sellwood. They had some really cute flower girls and ring bearers who did a VERY thorough job making sure that petals got placed all over the aisle. They even went back for a second run through to be sure they didn't miss any spots.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Quilts for the CARES NW Quilts for Kids Lunch

I had the opportunity to photograph some of the quilts (and doll clothes) that will be auctioned and raffled off at the CARES NW Quilt Lunch on December 5th - and they are gorgeous! To purchase a ticket to this event, contact Liz Burns at lburns@lhs.or.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

PPCW Margaret Sanger Society Celebration

This fabulous donor appreciation event featured musician Amanda Richards, guest speaker Judy Norsigian who is the E.D. and a founder of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and the largest and most fabulous dessert buffet I have ever seen!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Annie & Huy

Photographer Colleen Zobel asked me to assist at a wedding reception at Jin Wah restaurant. It was a lovely event. (Yes, that is a whole fish looking at you from its plate!) To see Colleen's work, visit her website,