Special Photography Project

In October 2016, my community lost an amazing young man.  He was responding to a call when his life was taken.  My community mourned the loss of this young man.  As we work to heal, the Hopkin family came up with an idea to honor his memory.  I would like to take photographs of current serving Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, and First Responders in Siskiyou, Modoc, and Northern Shasta County.  I would love for this to become a tradition to honor his life and sacrifice and continue service to those who serve us.  The Hopkin’s family is sponsoring and supporting this project in memory of their beloved.  May 2.17



Rules, They Say

This blog post is not meant to be negative in any way. Many people have different capture styles. I have been studying photography and become a huge critic. I am going to talk about my pet peeves and hopefully provide a bit of information about how to take a great portrait.
1. Crooked Horizon Lines
Nothing to me is more distracting than a crooked horizon line. I work very hard to make sure all my horizon lines are straight. The other issue I have is when the horizon line cuts the head off. Watch your horizon line. Photography rules created by the founders: Horizon lines should not be in the middle of the photograph, not meant to chop off heads, and should be straight. Of course, there are times rules can be broken, but be careful. Example:


I hate to say bad things about this photo, because I love the bride and groom.  I love this moment they are having and the love between them.  I love this photograph, but there are distracting elements.  There is a fence that goes through the head of my beautiful bride and a fence through his neck and a cow between them.  The horizon line is straight, but the fence on a hill is crooked.  It is a difficult photograph to find pleasing to the eye.  This capture is noisy and has issues.  They wanted Mt. Shasta in the background, which I do not blame them.  I love that volcanic legacy.  However, if they ordered this capture I would remove the cow between them and clean up the photo so they would be the stars of the show.
2. Background Issues
Oh my, that might be a great portrait, but there is a tree, pole, column, flag pole, or telephone pole coming out of their head. When finding that perfect location for the session, check what could be coming out of their heads. I admit I have taken photographs and looked back and become disappointed when I see I have provided them with antlers. I have taken portraits where a horizon line might be coming out of the mouth. Always check the background.14883439_588766984644661_4873479936600583822_oIn this photo, I should have removed the tree hat.  The tree coming out of the top of her head, which is distracting to me.  I can go back and take off the tree hat and crop this into the rule of thirds. I do the love the clouds and the mountain behind my beautiful friend.
3. Noise
How busy is the photograph? Is the subject the attraction in the photograph? Did you take a great photograph but there is a garbage can or trash in the photo? All of these questions are great to ask when composing a shot. I like to keep my subject or subjects the star of the show. 13443319_531863037001723_3237528019244916421_o I love this couple.  I have to admit, this is not the best shot of a cake cutting.  Notice all the noise in the background and the person in her veil.  Plus this is a pull from Facebook so the quality is low.  But the point is all the noise in the background and if I went to the other side or another angle I could have eliminated some of the noise.

4. Chopping off Limbs
Be a photographer, not a surgeon. Nothing ruins a photograph more than cropping off a hand, foot, ear, arm, forehead, etc. There are safe places to crop, but then there are edits that destroy a photograph. Be careful as you capture and crop.


In this photograph the focus was on her feet, I did chop off her upper body to see what it would look like.  I felt awful for chopping her in half, but I was experimenting, which is okay.

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5. Understand the Rule of Thirds
This rule is the beginning of photography composition along with patterns and symmetry. There is another capture that is the Fibonacci sequence. That is a fascinating capture with a continuous pattern found in nature. But I digress. The rule of thirds “The most fundamental of all photography rules is all about dividing the capture into nine equal parts.” https://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

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Thank you!
Sometimes rules can be broken, but if you are looking to be great, it is important to know and use the rules. I have been studying photography for years. I love photography, and it serves as one of my passions. My focuses are portraits, families, events, and weddings. I love capturing weddings. I hope you enjoyed my blog.

Wedding Plan-icking!

Wedding Plan-icking (Combination of planning and panicking)
I was a wedding planner and wedding photographer in Lake Tahoe for four years and continue the business up here in Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County. I love everything wedding. It all started back when I was about seven years old. I lived in a great neighborhood. I became a wedding planner and wedding officiant for a summer. I married my sister and my friend off to about every guy on the block. I remember at one point my friend and my sister were having an all out brawl over our friend’s brother. It was quite a sight, but when everyone finally calmed down, we had a lovely ceremony with the Sound of Music soundtrack playing in the background. My officiating days came to an end a couple months later, because I forced my sister and a friend’s little brother to kiss. My parents quickly put an end to my wedding business, but over the summer it was booming.
When my husband proposed to me, we chose a date and I planned the entire wedding in 45-minutes. I called all my vendors and boom done. Then people got involved. It went from a small ceremony to a huge wedding and on a different date. Instead of a June wedding it was pushed back to November. Everything was crazy up to the day of my wedding.  I do not like conflict or confrontation, my husband is amazing.  I still cannot show my face at certain places.
Moral of my Wedding experience:
Don’t panic!
Don’t involve people! (Too many cooks in the kitchen, chaos and problems)
Set Boundaries!
If you want something do it so there are no regrets!
Hire who you love.
Photographs can be reminders of all the mistakes made for years to come.
Now this may sound doom and gloom. The thing is it should not be that way. I have hilarious and just my luck moments as memories that I cherish.
I had a planner, I love her and still think everyone should hire her. But as my luck went, people’s addresses were lost so they did not get invited. There was a blizzard. A couple days before the wedding, we found out that nothing was going to work and had to ask for thousands back from our original place. Our planner scrammbled to find a new location for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
She called my friend who was going to be my photographer and fired her a day before my wedding. My friend called me to tell me that she gave into my planner. It is okay I still love her, and wish she had been my photographer.  The Planner cancelled my florist and made everything herself.   That was a little disappointing to say the least, my florist is amazing.
Honestly, the only thing that really thing that mattered was that I was going to marry an incredible man. So many things can go wrong and planning can be stressful. But in the end it comes down to the vows and the ceremony; to have and hold, cherish and love, honor and respect til death.
So if you are stressed and freaking out about your wedding, please contact me. We can work through anything. Even if you do not use my services, I am still happy to help.

The Barber Party 2015

I loved this wedding. (I love every wedding.) This honor was special to me because we are alumni. They met at Yreka Union High School in Mrs. Johnson’s class. The Bride knew when she saw him that he was going to be special in her life. Then together they attended California State University, Chico.


She is becoming a teacher after studying liberal arts, and he graduated in agriculture.
Things I learned about the Bride:
Chico State was the perfect school for her.
If you are having a fiesta, you want her there.
She is very encouraging.
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I always ask my brides if they have any requests for photographs, plus a long list provided to them by yours truly so I will not miss an important moment. She requested that we go back to the place they met to get the photograph there. So off we went to our high school. We visited room 3 and the Ag Department with the group. We wanted to go to the football field, but the Chargers were playing. When the anthem started everyone stopped what they were doing and listened. It was another beautiful moment. It was such a fun day and satisfied my craving to capture awesomeness.


The hall was beautifully decorated, made perfect by her Aunt, who is the family wedding planner and reception designer. Her Aunt designed the bouquets and boutonnieres. The fun part about the boutonnieres were that they each had a fishing lure.


Things learned about groom:
Very good with agriculture!
Enjoys fishing.
He can dance.
He has a great sense of humor.
I have known his best man since he was probably four years old.


The wedding toasts were very revealing, Groom’s mother learned a lot about what happened when she would leave tow


I wish these two the very best! It was an immense honor to capture their special moments. “Thank God, for hometowns.” -Carrie Underwood

All About the Love! Love this Family!

The Ralph Family

I had the incredible honor to do a family and maternity shoot with this family.  I have known the mom since 7th grade.  She has always been stunning inside and out.  I find it a honor to be her friend.

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I want to make one thing clear about this photo shoot.  I do not pose young children.  I like to give them space and allow them to decide what they will do in front of the camera.  This young girl is incredible.   DSC_2484 2

A special thanks to the English Lavender Farm in Applegate, Oregon! 

About Us and Our Business

One of my manager’s described me as Quietly Hilarious, and the name stuck. I began planning and coordinating events and weddings in 2002. No event is too small or too big for me. I love to capture your special moments. We are a hospitality-oriented company that works hard to exceed expectations. We would love to hear from you. Quietly Hilarious strives to offer affordable pricing to fit any budget. We are based out of Medford, Oregon and serve Oregon and the far northern California area. We are willing to travel to make your special day even more special.

The Photo Booth
We have a state of the art photo booth that can be set up as a canopy booth or open air. I like both, but my husband and most clients like the canopy. I like the amount of people who can fit in the booth. When creating my business, I searched high and low for the booth that would be perfect. I found a versatile booth with great lighting. I love my props. I include them at no extra charge. I love events. The photo booth is my favorite, and I love how people enjoy it.
If people do something that I have never seen before they receive a Quietly Hilarious pen. There is not a lot we haven’t seen though. We love our clients and their guests.

The Photography

We specialize in wedding, engagement, family, event, and portrait photography. While we dabble in landscape and real estate photography, it is not a specialization.
About the Photographers
My name is Natalie. I got my first camera for selling Girl Scout Cookies when I was in the second grade. I started with film and still loves using it. I studied photography at Lake Tahoe Community College. I focused on film and darkroom. I continue to study and learn more and more. My goal is to exceed expectations, capture beauty and provide lasting memories. I shoot with Nikon and has for over 12 years. The first wedding I captured was back in 2004. I first started in the wedding business in 2002. I fell in love with weddings. I love the love and the beauty that is part of every wedding.
More about me:
I love my wonderful husband and my step-children.  I am an alpine skier. I started when I was four years old. I never stopped. I am a ski instructor in the winter. I am a professional certified instructor and love speeding down the mountain, the faster, the better. I coach soccer, and I have certifications in that too.
I enjoy singing in my car with the radio blasting. I am very quiet and timid at first, so I never sing in front of people. I am not a fan of attention.
I love salad and ice cream. Ask me any day of the week what I want to eat, and it is salad. Abby’s is my favorite Oregon salad bar, because of the pickles. I tried to have a salad bar at my wedding, but my mom vetoed it.
The other photographer is my husband, Myles!
Myles began photography in high school. He studied photography at Colorado Christian University. Prior to entering the wedding photography and photo booth business, he owned a limo company in Sonoma County. He met his wife and relocated. Together they started this company. He is a photographer, notary, Minister, an EMT, and Fire Fighter. Everything a person needs for a wedding rolled in one.
More about me:
I love my wife and my children. We have two boys and a girl. I love animals, especially dogs, and horses. We have a corgi and a lab mix. We have chickens, guinea pigs, and ferrets. I am a western cowboy. I love the country and GMC trucks.
Additional fun facts, I have a class A driver’s license. I had driven over a million miles before I stopped commercial driving. I was Firefighter of the Year in 2013 and 2012 for the Montague Fire Department. I love to scuba dive and have my certification.
My wife believes I am the BBQ master. If I haven’t mentioned that I love her, I will again. I work hard to make all her dreams come true.