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A Wedding Photographer’s Story

I remember the moment I decided to become a wedding photographer, I was in my first year as a business student at Santa Clara University. It was early afternoon on a beautiful spring day and I relaxing on the lawn behind the Santa Clara Mission church watching a wedding couple with their photographer. At that time I was an avid landscape photographer and spent a good part of my free time traveling all over California taking pictures. It wasn’t  until that moment however that I knew how I wanted use the camera to make my mark.

I quickly realized that many of my personal goals could be met by pursuing wedding photography as a career. I could use my camera to make a measurable difference in the lives of others and work to create something that my clients and their families would cherish for generations. I could travel the world, meet interesting people, tread lightly on the environment and make a difference… now that’s what I call a great job!

I photographed my first wedding shortly thereafter and the rest is history. Now, 18 years later I’m proud to be a Northwest photographer and part of this world class wedding photography company and to have the opportunity to work with a team of top wedding photographers each day.

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Ben Powers Founder / Photographer

Meet The Founders & Office Team

  • Ben Powers

    Founder

    Ben Powers started Powers Photography Studios in San Francisco in October of 1995.  Powers has since grown to become one of the most popular wedding photography companies in the United States.

  • Laurel Powers

    Founder

    Ben and I met at a wedding very early on in his career. I was attending as a guest – he was the photographer.  At the time I was also starting my photography business.  Ben was from Portland and I was from Southern California, but we stayed in touch and soon I was on my way to Oregon.

    We married a few years at Ben’s childhood home and worked side by side for years, building Powers into the company it is today.  I still photograph dozens of weddings a year, many outside of Oregon and love it more than ever!

  • Natalia Barwegen

    Sales Manager

    Natalia was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in Colorado. Considering herself a native Coloradoan, her and her husband moved out to Portland over four years ago to seek new adventures in the Pacific Northwest! Natalia has over 8 years in the wedding & event planning industry ranging from venue management, catering sales, and wedding planning. In her off time she enjoys running, cooking, watching & attending sporting events, and spending time with her husband and their pup Hendrix. She joins the Powers Photography Studio team as our Sales & Marketing Manager.

     

  • Seppi Ramos

    Studio Manager

    Originally from Napa, CA, Seppi has been a professional wedding photographer and business person for over 22 years.

  • Sara Hensley

    Assistant

    Since the age of 9, I have loved taking photos. An enjoyment turned into a passion and that passion into a profession.  I spent my childhood in Arizona where space was unlimited to then move to the hustle and bustle of the Bay area.  While I lived in California, I focused on creating, playing sports, being active, learning, and enjoying relationships. My college years were spent in Portland at Cascade College where I studied Communications. After my studies, I moved back to the Bay Area where I was a full time professional photographer. Due to my love for Portland, it drew me back. When I am not busy with my 2 year old daughter, I enjoy exploring, experiencing, traveling, snowboarding, and meeting people.  I am also interested in rich cultures and stories. My favorite experiences have been traveling to Haiti and Africa which is another passion of mine- assisting people.

  • A.J. Hamil

    Technology Manager

    I grew up around technology and quickly became the go to person for all my friends and family whenever a piece of tech broke; it was inevitable that I work in the tech industry. After half a dozen years of trouble shooting and programming as a full time job, I needed to find a new creative outlet. Photography drew me in and I’ve worked in the field ever since. Since 2006 I’ve call the northwest my home and I’ve found my place working in a studio where I can use all of my skills to ensure your experience with us is the best it can be.

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