Liana is a photographer based out of Portland, Oregon specializing in portrait, dance, event, and landscape photography. Also cats.
I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon surrounded by photographs. My mom documented our family and our travels beautifully in shelves full of photo albums, and I know that's what inspired me. I took my first photography course as a freshman in high school. Ironically, I hated the class. I found the instructor dry and uninteresting, and I can honestly say I don't remember a single thing I learned in class. But I did love taking photographs! I started borrowing my mom's camera all the time and began to fill my own photo albums. It wasn't long before I had my own camera and took it on many adventures.
Fastforward to freshman year in college and I finally try out another photography class. This time, my instructor was amazing! I felt inspired, encouraged, and still remember all the lessons, projects, and hours spent in the dark room.
I began to really appreciate the power of photography in my life when I had my first visit to the Folklife Festival in Seattle. The massive crowds made me so anxious I really want to leave. But rather than abandoning my friends, I pulled out my camera and started photographing the performers at the festival. My anxiety completely disappeared. I found safety behind the lens of my camera and I loved the raw, unfiltered emotions that the candid photos captured. Even now, after becoming a portrait photographer, some of my favorite shots are the ones caught in between the set poses. Thats when the real smiles, laughter, connections, and life actually happen.
I currently live in Oregon City, Oregon with my husband, Grey, and our four cats. I spend my "free time" (time not spent behind the camera) at Sherwood Dance Academy, which Grey and I purchased in 2014.