This should be a season of yes

Yes to the proposal. Yes to the dress. Yes to champagne toasts, and visions of happily-ever-after, and adding a pro-grade espresso machine to your registry just on the off-chance someone will actually snag it for you.

So why do you keep hearing no?

“With how unreliable the weather is, do you really want to risk an outdoor wedding?”

“Travel is limited to within a 45-minute radius of Portland.”

“That’s a cool idea, but here’s the problem…”

Maybe your vision for your wedding day isn't realistic. Or maybe you just need to work with someone who will give you the confidence to make (and stand by) the decisions that are truly right for you.

Did I just hear a yes, please? Then this is the photography experience for you. 

Here’s what to expect

While no one can truly promise you a "stress free" wedding day, I can promise you that I'm all in. In addition to being your photographer, I'm also an excellent itinerary adherer, people whisperer, and conflict diffuser. Slide the weight of tricky family dynamics, inclement weather plans, camera aversions, and perpetually-late wedding party members onto my shoulders. Six years of professional wedding photography experience have taught me how to manage sticky situations with grace...and how to get gorgeous shots no matter what. 

Here are 10 other things I bring to the (reception) table for my couples:

from Marina Goktas Photography 

I handle the logistics of your engagement shoot and wedding portraits so that you can actually enjoy the photography experience! Expect me to assist by developing a timeline, providing outfit suggestions, offering vendor recommendations, and doing a ton of research. Location scouting, near-obsessive weather report checking, and sunrise/sunset monitoring are all in my wheelhouse. 

Thorough Session Preparation

With so many incredible locations in and around Portland, it’s easy to get analysis paralysis when deciding where to go for your engagement portraits. After getting to know your vibe, I’ll send over a list of personal recommendations that are right for you. 

Location Recommendations: 

Let me guess: You're a little camera shy, you don't think of yourself as photogenic, and you have no idea what to do with your hands...ever. I've got you covered! Throughout your engagement shoot and on your wedding day, I'll provide you with the guidance you need to feel natural, comfortable, and—most importantly—completely like yourself.

Posing Guidance: 

From the flowers you carry to the jewelry and sentimental items you select, the little details of your wedding day are just as important as the big moments. I’ll make sure you remember it all by creating a beautiful flat lay featuring your invitation suite, rings, and other details. 

Flat Lays: 

 Planning a wedding takes a TON of time. Why wait any longer than necessary to start enjoying your photographs? Your gallery will be ready within six short weeks, and you’ll also receive sneak peeks right after the wedding! 

Speedy Turnaround Times: 

Your heirloom wedding album will be carefully designed and crafted to tell the story of your wedding day. Gorgeous museum-quality prints are also available. (Hint: They make the perfect gift for parents and grandparents!) To make it as easy as possible for you to share your wedding images with friends and family from all over, you’ll also be presented with a private online gallery, highlight slideshow, and custom-engraved USB with all of your photos.

Print and Digital Images: 

I can’t be in two places at once, but I can do the next best thing—bring a second photographer with me to your wedding. By choosing this option, you’ll receive even more comprehensive coverage of your wedding from a variety of angles.

Second Photographer:

I’m proud to use top-of-the-line equipment that’s appropriate for every possible circumstance we might face on your wedding day. I carry a Canon 5D IV and Fujifilm X-T3 body with several lenses, as well as a Canon off-camera flash and Magmod lighting equipment. To protect the gorgeous shots we capture, your images will be saved on two hard drives, in an online gallery, and via cloud storage. 

Gear + Backups: 

The truth? Stress isn’t invisible. On camera, it translates as tension in the shoulders and face. That’s why I maintain a sense of calm and orderliness no matter what circumstances are thrown my way on your wedding day. Your goal should be to remain as present as possible, and I’ll do everything I can to help you achieve it.

Calming Presence: 

My signature classic + timeless editing style ensures that your wedding pictures will look just as good 50 years from now as they do on your wedding day. 

Classic Editing Style:

Wedding packages begin at $2795 for 8 hours of coverage.

“Marina took [our] engagement and wedding photos and we were just in awe at how beautiful they turned out! On the day of our wedding photos, it was raining off and on, but Marina stayed positive through it all and had such good vibes! It really made the experience so enjoyable. We fell in love with our photos and were so blessed to have had her capture such beautiful moments.” —Vivea, Bride

“We recently had the opportunity to work with Marina at a styled shootout where my husband and I were the videographers. Marina was so amazing to work with! It was obvious how talented she is both as a photographer and as an educator, but what was great about Marina was seeing how comfortable she made everyone feel. We hope to work with her again and would definitely recommend her as a photographer!” —Misti, Videographer 

“Our photos turned out amazing!! Also they were a blast to take. I was really nervous before we started but the time really flew by! Her happy attitude made taking photos one of my favorite times during the wedding. Marina is a great photographer with a real talent for bringing out people's personalities and showing them in her photos. 10/10 I would definitely recommend her.” —Nilla, Bride


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1. Send a note 

It starts with the first hello. Send a quick note via the contact page to get the conversation started. We'll be talking about your wedding and what your plans are + what I can do for you to make it even better.

This is the start of something good

2. Date Secured

Once your date is officially reserved, you'll receive some helpful guides and vendor recommendations. We'll begin planning for your engagement session next + celebrate that you're one step closer to being married!

And now the fun begins!

3. EngaGement Session

The fun starts when engagement session begins! After picking the perfect location and outfit we'll spend a couple hours together getting great photos of the both of you to announce your wedding, make save the dates or share on your favorite social. 

Let's get you together in front of the camera 

4. Wedding Prep

You'll receive a questionnaire to start chatting about timeline specifics, special details, family formal shot lists, special traditions and anything else we should know about your big day.  

8 weeks PRIOR TO THE BIG DAY, it'll be time to finalize the details

5. It's wedding day

Months of planning have lead up to this moment, it's wedding day! I'll be alongside you and your parter capturing all those fantastic moments with family + friends. 


6. They're HERE!

Your photos will be delivered via your own private online gallery within 8-10 weeks and paired with a slideshow of the best moments of your day.  You'll be able to share all the photos with instant download and can share the link with family and friends too.

Cozy up, grab your favorite drink and get ready to relive the day 

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The calendar is currently open for 2020 and 2021 weddings.  Send a quick note below to see if I'm available for your wedding date and we can start talking about what options are best for you.

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