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Gary and Courtney Christenson's blog: graphic designers, portrait and wedding photographers located in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:15:00 +0000

Announcement Time: We have a new and improved BLOG... so that means we won't be updating this one any more. Don't worry this blog won't self destruct or anything. It'll stay right here for your viewing pleasure should you want to reminisce. To continue on with our story, click on the link below:

Make sure you bookmark the new blog's web address (as it has changed significantly from the old one) and check back often for weekly updates. Cheers.

New Websites

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 16:00:00 +0000

(image) We have a new and improved photography website. Please check it out:

Also, this blog will no longer be updated, so please make your way over to our NEW BLOG!!!

Sarah + Andy: E-photos

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 18:30:00 +0000

(image) We ran around the Old Mill District (Bend, OR) with Andy and Sarah from Joseph, OR. We CANNOT WAIT to shoot their wedding. Joseph is an insanely beautiful mountain town and their ceremony location overlooks it all... Saw - Wheat. Combine beautiful views, gorgeous people & our cameras... minds will surely be blown. Anywho, Here's a sneak peak into our time with this amazing couple.


SoCal Wedding Photography

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 18:45:00 +0000

(image) Because of our big announcement yesterday (us moving from Central Oregon to Southern California), we have decided it would be appropriate to explain a few things regarding our wedding photography services.

In the past we have always had our SoCal clients fly us down from Oregon for their wedding, this will no longer be the case... thus our overall price range just got cheaper for you Californians. However, for our beloved Oregonian clients, the roles have been reversed and travel rates from SoCal to Oregon will apply for all weddings that are booked after today (preexisting contracts will not be charged additional travel rates of any kind, so if you already have a contract with us, no worries).

(image) Although we've never limited ourselves to a specific region or state (we've shot weddings up and down the West Coast, the Midwest and the Hawaiian Islands), we will soon be based out of SoCal and will offer our services to San Diego County & Orange County for no additional travel fee. We will still be shooting weddings in other states or other parts of California (and will travel internationally for weddings) but a travel fee may apply (obviously).

In a nutshell, our service area for photography has officially changed :) With that being said, we still have a limited number of dates available for SoCal weddings in July & August. We should have moved down by then and our photography services will be good to go for you Californians. We are still absolutely available for Oregon weddings during those months, but a travel fee may apply. Everything else will be the same... same packages, same prices and same outstanding service. Cheers.

Moving 2 SoCal

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:30:00 +0000

(image) Hey there party people of the digital world, we have some exciting news for everyone. We are officially MOVING to beautiful and sunny Oceanside, California (in North San Diego County)! We have secured a casa near the beach and will be moving our little family sometime in the next few months. We found out we were moving to SoCal during our visit to Maui... I swear, every time we are on that island something big happens!!! We met there 3 1/2 years ago, found out we were prego on our last visit in '08, and this most recent visit we found out that we got a house in Oceanside and we're moving. Crazy.

Why Move?
It makes perfect sense to us right now. We feel a total peace about moving from Bend, and we're extremely excited to be near the Keating side of the family. Our time in Central Oregon has been everything it needed it to be, and we'll be back to visit every couple months to see all you burly people that live in Oregon.

What does this mean for your business(es)?
Nothing will change... other than our physical location. We've been extremely busy with all our businesses (Photography, Harp, Design and Emote360) and we will continue to work on all of them in the same capacity we have been... just from SoCal instead of Oregon. Most everything we do is completely virtual (or we travel for work) so it wouldn't matter if we were in Oregon, California or Spain... which is the dream someday... to live abroad and work remotely with design and photography. One step at a time though, right? Keep us in your prayers regarding all the logistics that go into moving... it's never very much fun, but we're excited to become "Californians" (so far we've been "Hawaiians" and "Oregonians"... and we hope to be "Spainians" or "Portugalians" someday :)

So Long Maui - Mahalo

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:30:00 +0000

(image) Here's some parting shots from our time in Maui. What a perfectly perfect trip. We're rested and ready for the next few crazy months filled with photography and design.

(image) Joelle ate her weight in sand over the past 2 weeks.

(image) Mike killing it at P. Bay

(image) My camera getting barreled.

(image) Sweet reflection from a random snorkel session. So stoked that we got our underwater housing for our camera just in time for this trip... worth every penny!

Matt + Michelle: Engagement

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:01:00 +0000

(image) Matt is Oregonian, Michelle is Candadian... together they will become Orenadian. We love these two... as the ocean loves the moon. We took their images while hanging out in "Up Country Maui". It's kinda different taking pictures in Maui that AREN'T on the beach, but these guys live here and have countless photos of the beach and sunsets, so we did something a little different. View Slideshow.

(image) This is the bench where Matt proposed.

Woodard Family Portraits

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:00:00 +0000

Meet Micheal, Ciara & Mikeala (and the little baby inside Ciara's belly... I think they should name it "Garold") - together, they are The Woodard family. They live, work and play on Maui. We have a long and amazing history with this family and love them dearly. They are what we call "Lifers". View Slideshow.[...]

Up Country Maui

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 22:00:00 +0000

We spent the afternoon in what is known as "Up Country Maui"... it's the higher elevation part of the island. We went up to take some portraits of the Woodard family and some engagement photos of Matt & Michelle. You wouldn't know it, but Maui actually has a mountain on it that's over 10,000 ft, so "Up Country" is somewhere half way up the mountain. It's pretty much a completely different climate and culture - more country western and cooler (weather wise). We loved going up there when we lived on Maui (to escape the heat and the beach). So yesterday we all went up to "Pat's Property" (Ciara's dad has property up there with cows, horses, campsites and whatnot - it's amazing). Here's some pics of the beautiful afternoon.Some random trailer on Pat's propertyWe heart eachotherOne of Pat's horses.Joelle couldn't figure out the horses and cows.We've been having some really intense storms move through Maui during the past few days... beautiful though.[...]


Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:00:00 +0000

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Diving Maui 2009 from Gary Christenson on Vimeo.

We spent the afternoon scuba diving - just the two of us and it was unbelievable. We shot some video and snapped some photos of our two different dives... so click PLAY on the above video and see what it's like hangin' out 55+ feet deep underwater in the Pacific Ocean (If you have a slow connection, pause the video and let it load all the way, then press play).

We swam / paddled / dived (however you say scuba-ing) out to this outer reef and sat on the edge looking out into deep blue nothingness just listening to the whales sing (it's humpback whale season right now in Maui and it's like "whale soup" out there (tons of them around)). They were extremely loud and we thought we'd see one swim on by... but we did not... bummer. They were seriously soooo close. Maybe next time. But we did get to see TONS of fish, awesome coral life, countless turtles and one lonely eel. Thanks to Nate & Jenna for watching Joelle so we could get some more dives under our belt! Courtney got scuba certified in beautiful Cancun, and Gary got certified in the frigid waters of northern Oregon... we love sharing these kind of adventures together! And bringing a camera along made it even better! Enjoy.

Shredding the Gnar

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:15:00 +0000

We've been doing a lot of surfing / slashing / shredding the past few days. The arrival of a new Northwest swell has revealed it's glorious self to Maui, and we gnarsupials have shredded the gnar of the gnarness. No. Big. Deal.Here's a few quick shots that Matt Stru's fiance (Michelle - from Canada, eh) took while we surfed Honulua Bay... eh.Taking off on a nice little wave at the bay. Thanks Stru for not dropping in.Gary is now an ambi-turner (can turn right and left). For the last few years he's only really surfed backside (left) with his infamous barrel stance, but now he is surfing more and more frontside (right)... he's also joined Courtney in sporting the infamous stinkbutt stance while surfing frontside.Such Haoles (how-lees)Stru getting into a barrel... sa-wheat.And some parting shots from the girls at Shell Beach... such beautiful ladies.[...]

More Photos Please

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:45:00 +0000

I absolutely love this photo (above)... thanks to Jenna Strubhar for capturing this shot of our little family. Love it, Love it, Love it.Okay, here's some MORE random photos for ya. It's been a little windy and cloudy, but still pleasantly warm. We've been catching up with old friends, playing in the Ocean, eating amazing food and seriously Straight Kickin' - It like it's no bodies business. It's good to be here.Some random Joelle faceJoey hanging out while daddy catches some waves at Honolua Bay... Joelle's mommy didn't get any shots of daddy "Shredding The Gnar" b/c her mom loves taking pictures of Joey more :)Gary "Shredding the Gna... I mean, the Surf Lineup"... still a cool shot though. Nice work Court!Mike skimboarding at MakenaLove the tongue... too cute.The Woodard & Strubanhogen ShowMatt, Gary and Nate having a little surf comp: "Paia Bay... 3 burrly men from Oregon, 2 fishes and a longboard... one champion... which was Nate - he KILLED it!""Strubhar & Strubhar Painting and Associates" board meeting... "uh, maybe we should have been painting that house instead of surfing"Joelle made friends with Mikaela (Mike & Ciara's little girl)... but then got sad for some random reason once we started taking pictures of them interacting.[...]

Makena (Big Beach)

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:00:00 +0000

We spent the afternoon at Makena Beach... our favorite beach on Maui, which has some of the best beach break on planet earth. We tested out our new underwater housing for the camera (which worked awesome - I was seriously like a kid in a candy shop... just stoked on life) and we also introduced Joelle to the WARM beach (as apposed to the COLD California beach) and she LOVED it. She was completely confused by the sand, but genuinely stoked the whole time we were there. We've been seriously RELAXING so far, and Joelle has been a SLEEPING CHAMP since we arrived (Praise the good Lord in heaven). Life is good my friends.Joelle + Makena from Gary Christenson on Vimeo.(Click on the PLAY button to play the above video)Trying to figure out the sandMy beautiful, relaxed and happy ladies.The Stru-brothers & Gary - 15 feet deep in the Pac Ocean... I love this time of year b/c any time you go under water you can hear the humpback whales singing to you.Matt jumping off the sand bank (which you can't see from this angle, but it was "somewhere between mid to large in height" - as quoted by Matt Strubhar)I am completely at home in and under the water... it just makes me so happy to be in the water every day playing, exercising and exploring... makes me wonder why we live in Central Oregon :)[...]

Hello Maui... meet Joelle

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:00:00 +0000

(image) It is time for our annual pilgrimage back to the islands... except this time, we have a crazy baby with us!!! It's pretty mind blowing to think that at this time last year, while sitting in front of a north shore surf break, Courtney and I found out (to our surprise) that we were becoming parents... what a tremendous gift that we didn't realize we had at the time. I wonder what surprise awaits us on our trip this year? It's always SOMETHING :) Well, were ganna terrorize the Island and all of our friends with Joelle... so watch out Maui... here we come.

We have a lot planned for the next 2+ weeks: Scuba diving, surfing, eating THE BEST sushi ever, hiking, photoging some portraits and engagement sessions, more surfing, hanging with the Woodards (our gracious hosts), seeing our "Uncles & Aunties" that we love so much, kickin' it on the beach and just relaxing, whale watching, boating, body surfing at Makena... oh man, the list is endless!!! Alo - Friggin - Ha!

VIEW THE VIDEO BELOW: Just press the PLAY button (or click here to view in a different window). It's just a bunch of random old pictures from when Courtney and I used to live there. We met, became friends, dated and got engaged all while living on Maui... a dream come true. Here's a little taste of what it was like.


Kate + Andy: E-Photos

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 10:45:00 +0000

(image) Meet Kate & Andy (yup, so far we have three Kate's that we're shooting wedding photos for this season... popular name... but it's a good name)... anyways, THESE TWO were unbelievably fun and just plain sexy. They flew up from San Fransisco for the weekend to finish up some wedding details, so we snagged 'em for an hour, and they pretty much made our day. View Slideshow.


Kate + Chad: E-Photos

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 01:16:00 +0000

Meet Kate & Chad from Denver, Colorado. They flew over for the weekend to wrap of some wedding biz-nass and get a few mugshots taken by the Gary & Courtney Show... they basically rocked our faces CLEAN OFF... true story. View Slideshow.[...]

Birds Need Bird Houses

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:05:00 +0000

(image) One of our overly artistic friends Lori LaBissoniere painted this for our daughter. Lori's work is beautiful, we love her style and use of color. We feel very honored that she gifted us this piece in celebration of Joelle's birth. Joelle has a bird theme going on in her room and this piece is the finishing touch to the decor. We love it! And we love our friends that make up the artistic community here in Central Oregon. It's inspiring being around such "creatives" all the time.

(image) Also, here's a recent pic of Joelle in her teething phase. Mmm, she loves chewing on fingers. As you will notice, she's lost most of her deep dark hair. However, she's rockin' the BEST mullet / grandpa hair style ever right now, but she's still getting cuter and cuter each day. Other than her having a hard time sleeping (which is normal), she's doing great. It's been a huge blessing having Courts mom here helping out and giving Courtney some much needed time off from the daily grind of motherhood. THANKS MARSHA!!! We love you!

emote360 projects

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:30:00 +0000

(image) 16 pg Booklet for World Relief NEXT
Shown below are a few spreads in the booklet.

(image) Photography by the always amazing Ben Edwards of emote360.

Lately I've been busy designing some really sweet items for our emote360 clients. Hop on over to the emote blog to see what's been happening lately. We have four really great projects happening right now and we're anticipating a few more projects in the near future, as well as a couple emote360 trips to Africa in the next 6 to 9 months. I feel completely blessed to use my designing gifts in this way... doesn't get better than this.

Take Us With You

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:05:00 +0000

(image) We HEART photography. We HEART weddings. We HEART travel. Put all three together and our hearts may just EXPLODE!!! Due to some recent conversations, we have deemed it necessary to offer a unique package to our clientele who wish to tie the knot abroad in 2009. We call it our "Take Us With You" Package. We will waive our photography service fees (US $3,000.00+) if you simply take us with you to your destination wedding (anything outside the continental U.S.A.). You take care of our travel expenses and we will document & deliver stunning photography every step of the way... and yes, you will be given every image that we capture and you will own all the rights to those images. Please contact us for more details via our Photography Website Contact Page. Danke, Grazie, Mahalo, Xie Xie, Merci, Grasias and Thank You.

The Bee-FF

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Meet Joelles BFF. This little stuffed animal brings her an unmeasurable amount of joy on a daily basis. While driving in the car or sitting at home, it's nonstop smiles when she spots this bee. We don't really know what it is... maybe the white and black stripes, or the blue wings that have a crunchy texture to them, or maybe the bright yellow head and those big white eyes... who knows. All we know is that Joey hearts her bee... and she loves it even more when the bee's head is in her mouth getting gnawed on by her gums.

Client: Connexion

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 19:11:00 +0000

(image) I wanted to share an interesting process I recently went through on a Branding project with a client. The company is a high end Print Consultant Firm called Connexion. Most people think that graphic designers come up with a logo in like 15 minutes and it's some mindless Typeface and Icon to quickly slap on a website or product. But in fact, an educated designer has a lengthy process that will ultimately flush out a unique branding solution that will give the client an edge in their market. My process always begins with me spending several hours trying to really get into the clients head... How does the founder feel about their company? What does it mean to the consumer? How should it speak to them? What sets this company and its product apart? If it was an animal, which would it be?... well, not that last question :) but I basically flush out any information that will help me come up with some creative concepts for my clients image.

So in the logo brainstorming session, the client wanted to incorporate a principle known as the Golden Ratio, that he felt helped describe his business. It's quite remarkable once you start looking into this principle. It's an equation that's been used by artists and engineers from as far back as the Egyptians, if not further back in time. It's believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing proportion. It's principles can be found in most anything in the physical universe... pretty crazy stuff.

So we explored the idea and incorporated this principle into the arms of the "X" in their company name (also making it their Icon or "Brand Mark"). The Golden Ratio will exist in the design of the website as well as other marketing materials. It was really interesting to me and fun to explore as a designer. Other words that I pulled from to create this brand: Intelligent, Diversified, Attentive, Nimble, Expertise, and Context. Overall the logo is modern & professional, and fits like a glove.


New "About Us" Photos

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 22:45:00 +0000

(image) Here are a few self portraits (that we took for our Photography Website - which we've recently updated) ... we set up in the middle of some random field in Central Oregon and had some fun snapping photos of each other. A massive shout-out to the self timer on our cameras - couldn't have done it without you :)


Good to be Home

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:59:00 +0000

(image) Wanted to post some recent images of our little girl. She's developing more and more each day. Right now she's really into eating her hands, giggling and playing with anything in sight. Her smile is beautiful, she's getting more and more curious about her surroundings (and our cameras), and is extremely vocal. She's also starting to get quite a little attitude :)


Asia = Conquered

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:30:00 +0000

Well, our travels through Asia are over and I couldn't be happier to be home and with my beautiful girls (man, I missed them). Over the last two weeks we pretty much traveled every way imaginable: 747, small crappy Indian planes, first class, coach, bus, motorcycle, train, subway, taxi, rickshaw (motorbike taxi), ox & trailer, and loads of walking. And surprisingly enough, there was only a FEW times during our trip that I thought I would die... Indian drivers are NUTS :) In all, India was an amazing experience and very eye opening. It'll take me quite some time to process everything that happened - but I'm looking forward to it. Thailand was a real breath of fresh air after our time in India. We stayed in Bangkok for several days and I appreciated every second of it.Although Bangkok is basically like NYC (huge, tons to do, and massive buildings), my favorite part of it was when we explored the city via small wooden boats. We cruised through the canals and witnessed some very peaceful life on the river. Also, at 3am when we were heading to the airport, I saw a dude riding an elephant through the city streets... that was sweet. I would go back to Thailand at the drop of a hat and want to explore it more in the future. I just loved it.We also flew into the small international business hub called Singapore (a tiny Island nation off the coast of Malaysia) and it was insanely beautiful, clean and modern. It's 200+ square miles with close to 5 million people living on it. We stayed there for two days to recoup at the beach and hotel before our long travels home. It reminded me a lot of Honolulu, Oahu minus the rugged terrain.To learn more about the trip to India and why we went, please visit the emote360 blog. I'm thankful to be home. Thank you all for your prayers during this trip. God really protected us and watched over all our production gear. There were many situations that were on the verge of quickly "going south", but thankfully did not. I believe that was the power of all of our prayers - so thank you very much.[...]

India Updates

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:11:00 +0000

(image) Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know that our media team made it safely into India. For updates on our project, please visit the emote360 BLOG. We'll try and update it every couple of days.