There are some clients that make us stop and think, “Is this REALLY my job? It’s too good to be true!”. Alyson Clair, from Clair Vintage Inspired, is one of them.

We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with her on her Spring/ Summer 2014 collection lookbook. Alyson creates garments for a wide range of body types. From full-figured to skinny her silhouettes are always flattering and stylish with an emphasis on fit.

Amelia, and her fur-child Bambi, were nice enough to let us invade her local Boutique located in NE Portland called Amelia. The bright natural light, stark white walls, and unlimited supply of swoon-worthy jewelry made for the perfect shoot. Throw in some tropical blooms supplied and styled by Upswept Creative + adorable senior citizen dogs, Max and Bambi, and we were set!

We had a blast working on this Collection Session and can’t wait to make more fashion magic with Alyson!





Shoot Location: Amelia
Makeup/ Hair: Heidi Cuthbert
Models: Cheryl and Coco
Floral Styling: Upswept Creative

Portland Fashion Photography – Portland Web Design – Upswept Creative

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Portland Branding Design | We’re Becoming Upswept Creative!

logoI’ve been hinting at some big changes on social media and in conversation, but now the cat has finally wriggled its way out of the bag. SGC’s 2-year anniversary is coming up, and we’re celebrating it with a new name: we’re turning into Upswept Creative, a “boutique” branding design agency.

SGC has grown up in a lot of ways–in late-2011, I was just getting started a one-woman operation, and I wasn’t entirely sure what my business would look like! I just knew it was time to put up or shut up. ;) Now, we have a small-but-fierce team, a much clearer picture of what we do (and what we don’t do!), and it just feels like IT’S TIME.

Don’t worry, though–we’re changing our name, but we’ll still be doing the same awesome work for small-to-medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs. We’ll keep creating stellar branding design, web site design, and photography that makes your business look awesome! We just have a shorter, sweeter name, and our team will be working more closely to make sure you get the experience you love, and keep the fun in every project. We like fun!

Thank you for bearing with us as we go through our growing pains, and keep your eyes peeled for our new web site, coming soon!

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Portland fashion photography | Glittery Business with Fresh Tangerine

In the first 6 months of being in my current Portland fashion photography studio space, I lost count of the number of times I thought, “I love this place, but it just doesn’t quite feel 100% right without glitter all over the floor.” On my past shoots with Fresh Tangerine, it’s sort of become a tradition for us to turn up the glam and bring on the glitter, and glitter has a way of sticking around no matter what you do. Not that I minded–a little extra sparkle in my day is something I can definitely get used to!

Fortunately, Kim got in touch about doing a photoshoot with awesome new pieces she’s designed, so we had a fun afternoon of mimosas, popping colors, and plenty of gold sparkle. Fresh Tangerine’s latest collection plays with very cool shapes and lines, and as a finishing touch for our session, we had some gorgeous wearable floral designs by the incredible Rosemary Stafford. Oh, and did I mention the utterly awesome nail-and-string crafted sign that Kim made herself?

So, now I have my glittery floors back, at last. :) And if you could use a little extra sparkle, definitely take a closer look at Kim’s First Edition collection–they’re big, bold, statement pieces that are (literally!) one-of-a-kind. Or, take a look at a few choice photos from our work for her Summer 2013 lookbook.


Styling: Kimberlee Kogane
Floral Design: Rosemary Stafford
Makeup/Hair: Sabrina Cayne
Models: Tara & Emily

Portland fashion photography – Portland web design – Sarah Giffrow Creative

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