I take a portrait of Evan every year for his birthday up at our family’s fishing cabin in Central Oregon. This tradition only started two years ago, it was a birthday photo project I gave him for his 30th: 30 pictures over the course of 30 years. The drive to Camp Sherman, OR from Portland isn’t too bad—though we all disagree about the amount of time it actually takes to get there. What we can agree upon is how good the scones are at Rosie’s Mountain House in Mill City; and how majestic Detroit Lake is; and how the smell of ponderosa pines calms our souls.

Metolius River in Camp Sherman, Oregon

In the past we’ve typically found ourselves at the cabin near or around his birthday but this year was different since we moved to Los Angeles. Nevertheless, I was determined to make it work and started looking into flights. I was overjoyed to discover we could fly direct from LAX to Redmond, OR in a mere 1.75 hours (thank you, American Airlines), less time then it takes to get to Portland! So while there would be no cranberry-orange scones from Rosie’s on the way, there would be walks up river, chocolate chip cookies (more on those later) and Scrabble battles. Oh, and a birthday portrait session for the man I love.

Evan Dohrmann in Camp Sherman


Evan Dohrmann in Camp Sherman at his family's fishing cabin

I think the last one is my favorite and this year’s winner. Happy birthday, Love of My Life. It’s a pleasure growing old with you.


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