Tais | Photography: Blog https://www.taiskulish.com/blog en-us (C) Tais | Photography info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:56:00 GMT Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:56:00 GMT https://www.taiskulish.com/img/s/v-5/u196647190-o890190541-50.jpg Tais | Photography: Blog https://www.taiskulish.com/blog 90 120 Kiana and Chance https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/10/kiana-and-chance Kiana was kind enough to bet on my session at silent auction benefiting one of the local and much beloved trainers (Vicki Zacharias).

This fall we finally came around to do her session. The weather was wild - hot, cold, windy... but we made it and both are loving the results.

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) horses people portraits seasons https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/10/kiana-and-chance Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT
Anh https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/9/anh It was inspiring, light, full of giggles and laughter and most importantly - love. Remember, at least 75% of the end result depends on you! The more relaxed and in the moment you are, the less you think about the photographer and just enjoy your family, the better end result will be. I'm there just to stop that moment and capture it for you to enjoy for years to come.

I initially picked 50 (!) to share with you, but forced myself to narrow it down to these 20+

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) children flowers honest laughter love parents people portraits seasons siblings https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/9/anh Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:05:26 GMT
Maddy https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/8/maddy We got extremely lucky with the weather that day. By the time we were done, the sky turned and I got drenched in pouring rain and hail. The perks of living in the Pacific NW! :)

Maddy was super charming, not to mention beautiful. I really like seeing how people relax more and more towards the end of the shoot.

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) people portraits seasons senior https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/8/maddy Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:58:13 GMT
Arkadiy https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/7/arkadiy Men generally don't like to have their photos taken, at best they will allow it to happen :)

I was very excited when Arkadiy contacted me via the new Photographer's and Client's portal - PICR.

There you can search for a photographer, compare, pay online and schedule. Fun! Check them out :)

We went on a little stroll through the Pearl District and besides getting some awesome shots, had a wonderful conversation.

p.s. Ladies, apparently this handsome and might I add, smart guy is single!

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) Pearl District Portland gentleman people picr portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/7/arkadiy Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:27:19 GMT
Balance of things... https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/6/balance-of-things Pretty much on daily basis I hear compliments from strangers about the fact that such a young boy (my son who's 2.5 years old) can ride a real bicycle.  Maybe this blog post will help some of the parents and get their children on the bikes early and with confidence.

I learned how to ride a bike when I was about 8 or 9 years old at my grandmothers (she taught me how and by the way, at the age of 80 she still rides her bike everywhere).  Needless to say, I had no doubt my son would ride a bike one day, I just wasn't sure when exactly it would happen and how the learning process will go.


Watching my friends kids zoom around on their balance bikes I was still a bit apprehensive about the whole idea.  Would the balance bike help him or interfere with his ability to learn? I was reassured it would do wonders and in the matter of second, days, weeks he would master a real bike, no training wheels needed.

Needless to say, I was excited when my husband brought home a balance bike. Nothing special, just a regular balance bike from the local toy store. Our son just turned 2 years old... He hated it. We were slightly devastated and almost gave up on the idea, but kept the bike in the house hoping he would grow into it eventually. Little did we know, he started to sit on it by himself, practicing and within a couple of weeks he was already running around on it. He was getting very good and frankly liked showing off his skills at the playground. Still does :) He would ride with his legs in the air or on the frame of the bike, make tight turns. Withing couple of months of weekly (sometimes daily, even around the house) riding he showed great improvement and really fell in love with riding a bicycle.


This spring we got to test drive a WOOM1 balance bike, thanks to my amazing friend Shanti (the founder of Hike It Baby, if you haven't heard of it I highly encourage you to check it out!). What a difference it was compare to the regular one. Oh my! It was light (my son could pick it up and carry it and he was barely 30lbs himself), it had a bell (what kid doesn't like that?!) and what I liked a lot, it had one hand brake that he could practice with and actually stop without using his shoes (scraping the pavement... oh joy). Out of all the features, I think the brake was pretty much my favorite (followed by how light the bike was, really came in handy, when he would get tired at the park and I would carry both him and the bike home).



He was hooked and I was too. We had it for about a week and it turned heads everywhere we went.  Sunshine or rain (and we do live in Oregon, so there was lots of rain to be had) we would go to our local park where he would ride on end... There were tears when we had to return it back to Shanti (she was going on a long trip around the states visiting different HIB branches and talking about the importance of getting your kids outside, in the carrier, on foot or on a bike), but he still had his old balance bike and kept on riding.

There were falls, but he would pick himself up again and continued riding.


Until one day he met a boy a little older than him that rode a bicycle with pedals, and they raced and my son lost that race. What a blow it was. More tears were shed and he begged us for a bicycle with pedals so he can go faster and win that race.  It had to be red, with the bell and the brakes - he made it very clear to us. I was all for it, now we just had to find one that satisfied everyone.

Weeks went by. We went to different specialty bike stores (it's Portland, Oregon The Capital of all thing bikes!), and were a bit disappointed in the selection. It was either a balance bike for toddlers (that our son outgrew by height) or 16 inch bikes with training wheels that were too big and heavy for him (and me). We weren't sure if we should wait until he grows a little more and get him the 16 or if the 14 would be perfect.  There were tons of used bikes online and new 14 inch bikes at our local supermarkets, but none of them really satisfied our wishes.  We went online and stared at WOOM2 for days, it was beautiful, everything he wanted and we liked but it wasn't cheap. We researched some more, weighted the pros and cons and finally decided that the safety features, the weight and the quality were more important than the price.

... to be continued...


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) WOOM balance bike bicycles kids outdoors https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/6/balance-of-things Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:18 GMT
Good morning https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/4/good-morning What can be better than capturing the sweet moments of waking up and the ever gentle love of a child's mother?

I have to say, I'm a little bit envious of Jen for having these precious times captured and sad that I didn't do it for my own child when he was of that age.

It was the most satisfying mini session I've had to date :) Bringing me smiles even as I'm typing this. The bright blue eyes, the smile and playfulness... so much joy! We got a lot done in those 30-40 minutes.


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) babies children family mini moments motherhood portraits session sweet https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2016/4/good-morning Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:17:57 GMT
Armina & Kon https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/armina-kon The beautiful and talented Armina, a mother of three precious kids, a wife.  She's a burst of sunshine on any day for me. Full of love, joy and pure happiness. Since our photoshoot they have welcome their baby girl into the world and I couldn't be happier for them.


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) family love maternity nature people portraits siblings https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/armina-kon Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:03:31 GMT
Brittany & Princess https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/brittany-princess This girl has the most mesmerizing eyes ever! The Mediterranean blue and green... amazing.

I remember her as a little girl and was so delighted to see that she blossomed into a beautiful woman.

Her passion is her horse Princess, so we had to include her into our senior pictures session.

Hot august day, somewhere in North Plains, OR.

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) equestrian equine horses people pictures portraits senior https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/brittany-princess Wed, 04 Nov 2015 20:25:00 GMT
Asha https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/asha I'm as always, behind on my blog... Sometimes I feel like I have to hire someone to do it for me. Just not enough time in the day for everything.

We met with Asha at the Gardens and had a marvelous time taking photos. She was a natural and the camera adored her.

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) people pictures portraits senior https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/11/asha Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:50:15 GMT
Love at Hug Point Park https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/8/love-at-hug-point-park My long time friends are having a baby soon! We were pondering where to take photos and avoid the smoldering heat of the city (in the 100s!). An escape to the coast was the perfect solution. It was colder than we anticipated but it felt wonderful and the light was just perfect.

So happy for them and their growing family :)

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) coast family maternity nature oregon people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/8/love-at-hug-point-park Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:07:47 GMT
Aly & Max https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/5/aly-max We've know each other for years and I'm sure you recognize Aly from my other photos.

This was planned for their (day apart) birthdays - Happy Birthdays! :))

I hike Powell Butte pretty often and thought it would be a perfect backdrop for our little photosession.

They are adorable and sweet and loving and my favorite. Did I mention my 21 month old son was there as well - happily assisting?



info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) beautiful couple family love nature people spring https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/5/aly-max Wed, 27 May 2015 16:28:31 GMT
Kao Family https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/4/kao-family I always have fun on my shoots, but this just about toped all of them.

The amount of love and care in this family is priceless. My cheeks were hurting the next day from all the laughing and smiling :)

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) Edgefield McMenamins Portland family people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/4/kao-family Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:52:21 GMT
Katie and Andre https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/3/katie-and-andre What a sweet, sweet pair they are!

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) equine horses people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2015/3/katie-and-andre Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:21:28 GMT
Alex and Grif https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/alex-and-grif  Alex and Grif (At Last) are such a great pair. He really takes care of her and she loves him dearly :)

info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) equine horses people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/alex-and-grif Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:50:44 GMT
Fog https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/fog It was a beautiful drive to the coast yesterday.

No such thing as bad weather for taking photographs.


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) Oregon fall nature seasons https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/fog Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:32:07 GMT
Sam and Tivo https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/sam-and-tivo I've been so busy with the baby and so behind on blog posts!

This was a shoot we did with Sam and Tivo back in May, hot and sunny day.

Some of the photos were done using the "Freelensing" technique, such a fun and different way to photograph.




info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) equestrian equine horses people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/10/sam-and-tivo Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:35:16 GMT
Happy Friday https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/4/happy-friday I love a different perspective on things...


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) equestrian horses seasons https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/4/happy-friday Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:26:21 GMT
Bird Cherry Tree https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/4/bird-cherry-tree Spring in my homecountry always smelled like lilacs and Bird Cherry (cheryemookha) tree to me. I was so excited when I found the tree here that I couldn't resist taking a little branch with me. The berries that will come later are tart and sweet at the same time.


info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) flowers nature seasons spring still life https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/4/bird-cherry-tree Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:44:28 GMT
Spring is in the air https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/3/spring-is-in-the-air Today we had to face the new time - one hour of sleep lost, but one hour of daylight gained.

To make your Monday just a bit prettier... Here's a magnolia branch.
Spring is just around the corner. Hang in there!

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) flowers nature seasons spring still life https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/3/spring-is-in-the-air Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:11:35 GMT
It's been too long! https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/3/its-been-too-long With the birth of my first son, I have been a bit behind on posting anything to the blog.

To tell you the truth, I have a ton of photos that I haven't even touched yet! Shame on me. I will try my best to start posting as least once a week. Wish me luck :)

This photoshoot was from June 2013. I was quite pregnant at a time, but I think we still managed to get some awesome shots.

Love this wonderful family. This was our second photoshoot together, and I think it won't be the last either :)

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info@taiskulish.com (Tais | Photography) family flowers lifestyle nature people portraits https://www.taiskulish.com/blog/2014/3/its-been-too-long Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:26:09 GMT