Evrim Icoz is a Portland wedding photographer, serving greater Portland area since 2000. Our services include wedding photography, event photography and portrait photography. The other areas we serve include Vancouver, Salem, Hood River, Columbia Gorge, Eugene, Oregon Coast including Cannon Beach, Corvallis, Oregon Wine Country, Edgefield, Tualatin, Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge, and Eugene.
We especially love working in the beautiful Columbia Gorge area with many waterfalls. Portland weddings are our specialty, and Evrim is one of West Coast’s most award winning photographers. Having accumulated over a decade of wedding experience allows him to find many unique locations as a Portland wedding photographer.
Portland is surrounded by beautiful areas. We have within almost one hour Mt Hood, Cannon Beach, Astoria, Columbia Gorge, waterfalls and many forests and rivers. Even though we have lots of rain, it still gives us enough time to get amazing portraits, for your family portrait session or for your wedding!
Best Portland Wedding Photographer
Evrim Icoz has been awarded many awards including first place in the prestigious WPPI competition for his photojournalistic candid wedding photography twice and second place another year. The WPPI Wedding photography competition rewards best wedding photographers and is one of the world’s most competitive competitions with thousands of wedding photographers entering their best photographs and only a handful (less than 20) first place awards are given every year. In addition, Evrim Icoz has been a finalist Portland wedding photographer in Oregon Bride Magazine’s yearly wedding competitions, and also has won the Best Portland Wedding Vendor Award as well. He was also named the Best Photojournalistic Wedding Photographer by Wedding Photojournalism Association and was the runner up internationally.
One of the advantages of Portland area is the close proximity to wonderful parks like the Forrest Park, Laurelhurst Park, or even an urban Park like Tanner Springs park. We are also so close to Mt Hood, Hood River and Columbia Gorge, and many waterfalls like Latourell Falls and Multnomah Falls. We utilize these locations for amazing photography opportunities.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Portland
Portland is blessed with many wedding venues with different character. Starting from Portland Art Museum, a very classy, elegant location with two ballrooms (Fields Ballroom and Sunken Ballroom), you can go to the other extreme of Bridal Veil Lakes, a gorgeous location at Columbia Gorge with it’s own lake in the middle. One of our most popular venues is McMenamins Edgefield, where you can have multiple options for wedding locations, such as Blackberry Hall, The Attic, Administrator’s House. We also love shooting at local warehouse or urban style location that is a blank canvas for creativity. Castaway, Pure Space, Left Bank Annex, and Urban Studio. A lot of new venues are opening as well, and one of our favorite’s is Exchange Ballroom. A very unique set up, allowing you to have a rooftop wedding as well!
A little outside town, we have amazing vineyards, such as Methven Vineyards and Zenith Vineyards in Salem. Both are a feast on the eyes! Portland is also full of ballrooms, especially at hotels. West End Ballroom, The Sentinel Hotel (Old Governor Hotel), Benson Hotel, classy The Nines Hotel are just a few to name.
There are always the McMenamins properties – Edgefield, Kennedy School, Grand Lodge, and my favorite, Crystal Ballroom. Very unique, and Portlandia! Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood is unlike any other venue.
As a Portland wedding photographer, our other favorites are very quintessential Portland places: Lan Su Chinese Gardens, an amazingly unique location. Waverly Country Club, one of the most exclusive locations. Elysian Ballroom, and Adrianna Hill ballrooms are in the same beautiful building. And maybe one of the most unique Portland wedding venues is Treasury Ballroom, where you can have your wedding in front of an old bank vault!
Destination Wedding Photographer
Evrim loves doing destination weddings. Our wedding clients also love the fact that we are often half the price including travel charge since Portland has a lower cost of living and we have very reasonable travel costs. In the past few years alone, we have been to amazing locations. One of our favorites is Manuel San Antonio at Costa Rica. What a gorgeous area. Costa Rica stole our hearts with the amazing beaches at Guanacaste. Our most frequent travelling is for Sayulita weddings. Evrim has done over 12 Sayulita weddings and is a sought after photographer for couples in Sayulita looking for American sense of business and accountability and response times. Puerto Vallarta weddings are also another area we get a lot of calls for. We did our first destination wedding in Cancun in 2005, and we have just returned from Cancun, photographing in Cenotes and beaches. Seattle is very close to Portland, and we have done many Seattle weddings. We have also photographed at Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mazatlan and Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa.
Istanbul, in Turkey, is Evrim’s home town, and we often go there to photograph families, weddings, and engagement session in Istanbul’s historic areas.
Evrim has worked with many Fortune 500 companies for their corporate events, conventions, conferences, holiday parties, and headshots. He also has photographed Portland’s last two mayors, President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, NBA player Channing Frye, and other famous people. His professionalism and attention to detail and privacy is praised by his clients.
A lot of local wedding vendors refer ethnic weddings to Evrim Icoz Photography. We understand and enjoy cultural sensitiveness, the unique wedding traditions, and treat each culture with the respect it deserves. We have photographed amazing Persian weddings, two day long Ethiopian weddings (almost ended up being the officiant – ask Evrim about that!), Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, Turkish weddings and Hawaiian weddings.
Portland Best Family Photographer
Evrim loves children and the beautiful family connections. In Turkey, family is very important, and being a sentimental person, he carries his own experiences and love of family and relationships when he is wearing the Portland family photographer hat. Evrim’s approach to Portland family photography is one of capturing beautiful portraits while capturing candid moments, such as the little one crying or laughing or making faces.
Address: 723 SE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503 341 4762
The Best Portland Wedding Photographers
I love the look of this little flower girl at the Sellwood Church in Portland, Oregon. Location: Sellwood Church.