Jun 10, 2016

TGIF, am I right?!?!?!

Last Friday after work I drove out to Henry Hagg Lake to test out my new Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak. WOW what an amazing evening on the water!!!  VERY GoPro worthy.

The peaceful sounds of nature, the fresh air, and on the water is my happy place.  Even if I get zero bites on my fishing pole it’s still amazing.

If you’re having a TGIF moment you should really dedicate some time to finding a relaxing place that isn’t chaotic for you. Even for a small amount of time. Even if it’s just watching this video in a quiet room taking you away from the crazy life everyone leads.

Reviewing this Gopro footage now gives me the itch to throw my kayak back on my roof rack and head there again.


Hagg Lake has SO much to offer:

  • picnics
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • boating
  • hiking
  • biking
  • disc golf

Here’s a map of the lake to show you all the little spots you can go.


Comment below if you have any places or things you like to do on a TGIF moment. I’d love to hear from others.  Maybe I’ll find a new favorite location among the comments.


Kayak: Old Town Vapor 10 Angler bought from Cabela’s

Video footage: GoPro 3+

Video mount: GoPro Jaws Flex Clam

Music by: Bensound


Jun 06, 2016

I wanted to take this moment to congratulate all students of the 2016 graduating class.  I feel truly honored that you trusted me to capture this special moment in your life.  Each of you brought your own unique personality and energy to these shoots.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.


2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class


I remember my senior portrait session like it was yesterday. I felt like I was in my very own glamour style photo shoot. I’m grateful of the images we captured in such a key time of my life. My senior portrait is still hanging in my mother’s home to this day.

What would you want out of your senior pictures?

Do you have any ideas for your own personalized senior portrait like the 2016 graduating class?  A pose you saw on Pinterest? That outfit you wore when you met that special someone? Maybe your first car that got you and your friends around all year long? I want each senior to feel like they are getting their own unique photo.  I want to work with you to help craft that picture you have in your head and make it come true!






Let’s talk portrait location. Danyel Rogers Photography goes to a handful of portrait locations. We’d like to share images from each location to help future clients visualize what the scene would look like for their portrait session.

Portrait Location #1  Dawson’s Creek /Hillsboro Main Library

This park is frequented by photographers, and there’s a reason why. It’s beautiful!!! The ponds, bridges, flowers, fountains, a cool tunnel and stunning trees make for a wide variety of background options at this location.  This park works for any portrait session your wanting: children, seniors, pets, and even car enthusiasts. Overall, a GREAT portrait location.

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location
Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Dawsons Creek Hillsboro Library Portrait Location

Portrait Location #2 Portland International Rose Test Gardens/Washington Park

As much as you’d think this portrait location focus would be the roses…. it’s not for Danyel Rogers Photography. In fact, during our sessions we usually work the outside edges of the garden. The backdrop is spectacular. On a clear day you can see the city in the background.  There’s neat little benches around the garden, the amphitheater steps, Shakespeare dedication brick wall, and even some water fountain pieces.

Portland Rose Test Gardens Portrait LocationPortland Rose Test Garden Portrait Location

Portrait Location #3 – Central Park in Orenco Station Hillsboro, OR

Central park is a portrait location meant for a Greek god/goddess. The pillars, ivy, and archways are a perfect backdrop for a portrait session.  I particularly love going to Central Park in the fall. The leaves turn a breathtaking bright red. It gives your images that extra pop.  My lovely assistant trademarked his signature pose at this location. As the sun is setting in the back of our models, it gives a beautiful sparkle of summer, regardless of the season.

Central Park Orenco Station Portrait Location

Portrait Location #4  Rood Bridge Park Hillsboro, OR

Rood Bridge Park is conveniently right down the street from Hillsboro High School. This park has many acres of trails that sprout off between ponds, streams, and stone bridges. This park has a meeting facility as well as covered picnic areas (with a wood fireplace) you can rent for birthday parties, reunions, etc…  The downside to this park is it is used for large parties which can make the open park congested with people but there are still plenty of places to shoot.

The best time to come to this park is when the rhododendron garden is in bloom. This would also be a good location for tennis players as there is a full tennis court on the property.

Rood Bridge Park Portrait Location

Portrait Location #5 Downtown Portland – Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Downtown PDX offers a variety of unique city backdrops.  In a short distance you can hit a park, a theater, a church, even a cool fountain.   When I’m downtown I’m always looking for interesting walls, doors, streets, anything that scream Portland! to use.   I’ve even located a quiet, safe street for ‘middle of the street’ photos.

What about taking a “break” at a coffee shop or stopping for ice cream.  Even breaks can make for a great candid couple/engagement or family portrait oppertunities.

One note to anyone photographing downtown, security is not fond of people taking pictures by Federal Buildings.  Yes, I’ve done it without ever realizing it. Security is pretty fast to correct you.

Portland Waterfront Portrait Location

Portrait Location #6 Cathedral Park Portland, OR

I’ve only photographed at Cathedral Park once but it’s just stunning. I look forward to getting back there soon. The bridge arches are perfect for framing an image.  You could even venture down to the water if you’re daring.


Cathedral Park Portland Oregon Portrait Location

Portrait Location #7 OMSI

Images in the OMSI area is more of a grunge/city location.  This area has really been developed with the new light rail going in.

Of course you can also have the city as your backdrop, but there is also the Willamette river or you can even go down on the docks. I’d highly suggest this location for High School Senior guys. If mom wants some nice portraits for her son, but you’d like something a little less girlie, this would be a great location for both of you.

OMSI Portrait Location

Portrait Location #8 YOUR High School

I don’t recommend your entire portrait session be held at your school but going by your high school can provide a specific school memory you want captured:  The football field you played at. Where you sat during lunch. Maybe even your customized parking spot you had for your car.  Whatever memory you want to immortalize.

High School Portrait Location

Now you have an idea of portrait locations. Where do you want YOUR session to be?


If you’re a photographer reading this post, where’s your favorite locations to photograph at?  Comment below!  The Portland Metro area has a wide range of stunning backdrops. I know there’s some mystery gems I’m not aware of.


Most people think I do photography as a full time job. This is not true.

I’m actually the Controller at Noyes Development. I’ve been with the company going on 10 years now.  The #1 thing that stands out in this office are all the dogs we each bring to the office. Just like in mixed families there’s a lot of personalities. You have the misunderstood uncle, the bubbly aunt who’s always happy, the cousin who pretends to be tough when he’s really a big teddybear, and the older generation that just wants to nap in the recliner.  Regardless they all come together as our furry family at Noyes Development.

Luna and her mom.

Below is the oldest and the youngest of our office dogs.

Jester is my Shih tzu Poodle who turned 9 in Oct 2015. I’ve had him just about as long as I’ve worked at Noyes.  He’s very content just sleeping in his bed in my office most of the day.

Luna is our puppy of the office. Her mom came into a California shelter pregnant last year (9/4/15). Once her babies were born Luna traveled to Oregon where she was adopted. From what we know about her she’s a cattle dog mix. Personally, as I see more spots arrive, I’m convinced she may have some dalmatian in her as well. Regardless, she’s a bundle of joy.


Old man Jester and spunky Luna.

Harley & Ollie are the middle of the pack pups as far as age.

Harley is a Pug Terrier mix born 8/16/14. Full of energy, bouncy, with a slice of crazy but sweet as can be though. I wish I had even a quarter of his energy. He’d play all day if anyone else could keep up with him.

Ollie is my other boy. He’s a Habibi Bear who just turned 1 Dec 26, 2015.  He’s a real life teddy bear.  I could pet him all day long (thankfully he doesn’t shed). Don’t tell him he’s NOT a big dog though!  In his mind, he’s the biggest dog of the group.


Charlie is Weimaraner/Pointer mix born 11/4/2010. This distinguished fella is the 2nd oldest of the group. He is always on the look out for a squirrel outside, but his prize possession are sticks he finds.  His tricks include Hi-5, playing dead, and looking at you in such a way he makes you want to share a piece of your lunch.


Penny & Gus are brother and sister. The owner of Noyes went to the breeder with the mind set of getting one pup and ended up with 2.  These cutie pies don’t actually come into the office but they’re still a part of the Noyes family.


The dogs truly act like a proper family.  Luna & Harley are the best friends. They play really well together, are of similar size and play style.  Jester & Ollie are the brothers of the group. Charlie is the loveable uncle that gets along with everyone.

If you’re wondering where I got these adorable bow ties you can get them at ZoZo’s Paw.  I’ve purchased all these bow ties as well as solid black and comic book ones. All are amazing are amazing quality that just clip onto any collar you already have.  Highly recommend!


Last but not least there’s – King Torin!  For obvious reasons Torin doesn’t come to the office but he is the Noyes King.   He’s an exotic Bengal cat. Of course he expects to be treated like royalty!Blog5






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I first met these two adorable fur babies at the Hillsboro Tuesday Market. I came to find out their parents, Billy & Kimberly, are members at the same gym. What a small world!  I knew right then and there I would one day do a photo shoot with these adorable dogs. Ziggy & Twinkie are drenched in love by their parents.

They arrived at my studio with their own bags full of outfits and accessories. A photographers dream!!!!   I was over the moon to get started.  I quickly learned that Twinkie loved a specific sound I made and gave me the most adorable little head tilt. Just look at those pearls!

Hangerman Puppies

If you’ve swung by my booth at the Tuesday Market, you know my signature tank top is Superman with matching cape. I was shaking with excitement when I saw that they had matching Superman outfits… WITH CAPES!


Don’t you just love those eyes?  I mean, talk about melt your heart. Not to be out shined is Ziggy and his handsome bow tie.  I had to pause from taking portraits at this point to get some puppy kisses. They were just too adorable! I can’t wait to photograph these cuties again!