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The Benson Hotel Portland Engagement Photographer

The historic Benson Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland, OR offers a historic and luxurious photography setting for weddings and engaged couples. For this engagement session, the couple envisioned a trendy, moody, and romantic essence.

I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session for Cynthia and Cristian, a couple who I began photographing a few years back to now their engagement and soon to be wedding day. Their flirty and romantic connection is always fun to photograph however this time, we incorporated a more editorial touch.

The Photography Session: We explored various spots inside The Benson Hotel, utilizing its timeless charm as the backdrop for the engagement session. The lobby offers great natural lighting, a charming fireplace, a long staircase to the second floor, and an empty bar area before the restaurant opens. The outdoor entrance of the hotel is a great area to utilize for photos once the indoor session ends. It’s a great way to add natural light photography into the mix while still incorporating the hotel’s luxury essence. The vibrant atmosphere and bustling city life right outside the hotel provided a dynamic backdrop for capturing the couple’s memorable moments.

If you are a couple or a photographer interested in photographing inside The Benson Hotel, I have gathered information on how to do so.

How to photograph inside The Benson Hotel

Do you need a photography permit? Yes, a fee is required in order to reserve your time slot.

Is insurance required? yes, your photographer can provide the COI directly to the hotel to ensure both parties.

Are hotel reservations needed in order to book a time slot? No! You do not have to be a hotel guest to book a time slot with the hotel. As long as you have provided the insurance and paid the photography permit, you should be good to go.

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