Portland wedding photography by Jen Hecht

Big News: Shifting Focus

Today seems like the right time to announce that my time as a wedding photographer is complete. This is a bittersweet announcement to make; I have loved my profession as a wedding photographer, and many of my clients have become great friends. I’ve been a lucky girl to dance through so many awesome celebrations of love with sore feet and a huge smile plastered on my face.

In the weeks to come, my website will rebrand to focus on portraits. I will still shoot the occasional elopement or teensy tiny celebration of love, but my time working the big parties is coming to an end. Because my work with This Body of Work matters. It’s growing. It is needed, and it needs my full attention. This winter I’ll be publishing the second edition of the Body Love Workbook, running This Body of Work 2.0, and preparing for a Costa Rica retreat. Big things are coming, and I’ve never been more certain that I am on the right path.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your love and support and hilarious dance moves. And as always, a huge thank-you to my amazing wife, who has been right by my side through this entire journey. I love you.


Love Wins! | Marriage Equality Ruling

Today was an amazing day.  It’s been a rollercoaster of love and thrills and weddings and happy tears, especially at the Multnomah County Building and Melody Ballroom, where I had the extraordinary experience of photographing some of the first legally recognized same-sex weddings in Oregon.  I can’t wait to share the photos of the incredible couples who finally married today!

In the meantime, any same-sex couples who need a photographer for their weddings, elopements or vow renewals should absolutely contact me; I’m passionate about making sure all couples have access to beautiful documentation for their big days!


Gary + Mike | Tanner Springs Park Engagement

I had so much fun exploring Tanner Springs Park and the surrounding neighborhood with Gary and Mike.  These two have been together for almost 17 years, and this summer they’ll marry at the couple’s private residence, surrounded by friends and family who have been waiting for this day for years!  I can’t wait to photograph that wedding!

In the meantime, we got super lucky with a gorgeous Portland spring day, and laughed and photographed our way around the area.  Here are just a few teasers from that day!


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AmyApril 24, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Great pictures! So happy for you two! Enjoy the planning and your special day!

Kim + Anne | Aspen Hall Wedding, Bend Oregon

Kim and Anne got married at Aspen Hall in Bend on February 1, in a room that overflowed with love and laughter.   It was a wedding for the books, and I’m so excited to share a snippet of it here!

We stayed with Kim and Anne in one of the two side-by-side homes they rented for the weekend, so we got to flow along in the current of the preparations and celebration with Kim and Anne’s awesome friends and family members.  It felt like we were part of the family by the time the dance floor heated up on Saturday night, and one of my favorite photos from this sneak peek is a picture of Anne, on the dance floor, shaking her finger at me and reprimanding me for working past my contracted hours.  She was ordering me to go eat something and dance with my wife, which I did… for a little while, at least.  :)  Hey, it was hard to leave my camera in my bag when there was so much Awesome happening on the dance floor.

These two have such love for each other, and it has been such a rich pleasure to photograph them and to relive their wedding through these images.  I can’t wait to watch their marriage unfold over the coming years.  Also, Kim and Anne’s wedding was beyond pretty, with a candlelit ceremony in front of the massive stone fireplace in the hall, pinecones and lichen adorning the tables, and champagne flutes lifted in the air to cheer heartfelt toasts as the night went on.

Thank you two so much for having us!











paula siegelDecember 17, 2014 - 10:25 am

Would love to know where the couple were able to rent two homes side by side for the wedding weekend! We are planning a wedding from afar to take place in Bend next year with guests coming from everywhere. We would like to have accommodations for them. Love the pictures! Will be sure to send my daughter your info for her event!!!

Kim + Anne | Edgefield Engagement Session

On a surprisingly sunny winter day just after Christmas, I photographed these two as we explored the sprawling landscape around McMenamin’s Edgefield.  During the session, the two talked about their future plans together, and remembered some of the most meaningful and rich moments in their relationship to date.  I was moved by how much Kim and Anne love each other, and I can see their connection so clearly in the way they are with one another, and the way they talk about each other.  Tomorrow I’ll photograph their wedding at Aspen Hall in Bend; I can’t wait for the adventure, love, and celebration this weekend will bring.  I’ll be sure to report back soon.  :)


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