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I am a photographer and openly share many aspects of my business, but I also share the personal side of Bunn that has made me who I am today. I have been fortunate to have worked with many wonderful professionals in the wedding and boudoir industry, many of whom I am blessed to call friends. When I am not being a photographer, I am at home being a wife to my amazing husband; together, he and I help take care of his ailing mother, sharing our experience through an on-going series of personal and raw photographs I call “The Lola Diaries.” We lost our beautiful fur baby, Maile, a few years ago and I dedicated a very emotional post to her in April 2012, sharing the day she was put to sleep after losing her battle with cancer. (It was truly one of the hardest things I ever had to share and it still breaks my heart whenever I read it.) We now have a real-life ewok, Koda, who keeps us busy with his knotted hair and is frequently featured in my iPhone photographs on Instagram.

Portland White Photography Studio

WHAT IS BLĀNC STUDIO?

We are a small but lovely event and creative space located in Fairview, Oregon inside the Fairview Village. Jenn Pacurar, of Spotted:Stills Photography, and I put a lot of love into converting this once-neglected space in to something we’re both pretty proud of… and now we’d like to share it with you!

GET MORE INFO ON BLĀNC STUDIO.

BLĀNC Studio is on Instagram where we have more images and information on how to book a reservation: BLĀNC STUDIO/Instagram. Don’t have Instagram? Then, please feel free to use our contact form and we’ll get back to you!

OUR JOURNEY TO BLĀNC STUDIO:

Jenn and I have our own photography business apart from our joint ownership of BLĀNC Studio. We met when I rented her previous Portland photography studio some years ago, then I got my own studio space for a little while. Later, we reconnected with the desire to have a space together where we can have it aesthetically designed for our similar (all white) but different photography styles which is how BLĀNC Studio came to be. It’s a blend of mine and Jenn’s soft, modern styles intentionally minimal to allow us, and anyone else, to have a clean and safe space to get as creative as we want to— also for your events or meetings, too!

BLĀNC Studio is a storefront just under 800 SF with a 13-foot high ceiling and enclosed private bathroom. It is located in the residential area of Fairview Village, a super charming and peaceful neighborhood with ample street parking. It borders Gresham and Troutdale so there’s plenty of amenities near and far.

Take a quick 360-view video tour of the studio!

Bunn Salarzon - boudoir photography portland

 RODAN & FIELDS CONSULTANT

Honestly, I didn’t really take much care of my skin until recently when I’ve seen the results on my mom and some friends. My mom struggled with the effects of poor (yet very expensive) products for over 33 years. She tried one product from my recommendation and now she’s one of my top Preferred Customers because nothing else worked for her, not even a series of dermatology appointments.

I really love that I can work this business from just my smartphone, anywhere in the world. At the same time, be able to juggle my other businesses and available for my toddler while my husband works his regular full-time job.

SAVVI (Women’s Athleisure Wear)

It wasn’t even on my radar to add another business to my plate — not because I was too busy or anything — it was because I felt that everyone was already jumping on this wagon. But, then it dawned on me (as I was Marie Kondo-ing my wardrobe closet) that all these pieces of clothing that I’ve invested in, to dress as a professional, never really helped me much other than appearance-wise. If I was going to replenish my wardrobe, spend the money on new stuff, then I want to make it work for me in the long-run.

So, I finally circled back to that one friend who has been trying to share this business with me for awhile. (That’s you, Krista!) I’m officially a Brand Partner!

ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO RECRUIT ME?

Haha! No, I’m not. (Not unless you want to!?) If that was my only goal then I’ve failed it over and over already. I’m just here to share what I can offer and be that connection for you whenever you’re ready to learn more about these businesses. If you so feel incline to share my posts on my behalf, then that’ll help me greatly!

DO YOU ALSO DO REAL ESTATE?

Yes/No. I’m trying to dabble in some real estate (more details to come!).

Currently, the only real estate that I’m managing is my photography studio that’s available to rent for your private events, meetings, photo shoots and more. It’s a lovely little white studio in the Fairview Village that I’m pretty proud of. → Read More

THE MOM BLOGGER?

You know, I just love documenting people and now I have an extra special reason to do it daily… When I finally became a mom, after waiting 15 years for this title, I get to be my son Oliver’s personal director.

THE LOLA DIARIES?

My first documentary “gig” actually started with Romie’s mom whom lived with us for nearly a decade… and struggled with Dementia.

HELLO, I’M BUNN… A MOM, WIFE & PHOTOGRAPHER (always).

I’ve photographed families for 14 years, now I am a mom after 15 years of infertility. God had a plan for me all along, but it wasn’t until March 7, 2017, that I realized what He had designed for my future. Through open adoption my husband and I finally became parents. It was the one dream we both dreamt of for over 15 years and never thought it would come true for us… We were wrong. Oliver Tate Salarzon found us on that fateful day. We are his and he is ours, forever. → Read More

We’ve been so blessed by Oliver that our adoption story was secretly submitted then chosen by a local baker Sugar Geek Show as part of their regular appearances on the Food Network’s show Ridiculous Cakes. How awesome was that?! It was such a surreal experience and one that we will never forget. Have you seen our episode with the 3-foot-tall-larger-than-life Irish bear cake designed by Liz Marek?! It was just incredible! Oh, and the cake was so yummy! We didn’t even want to cut into it.

(Header images by ANIKO Photography; shot on location at Opal 28 for Oliver’s first birthday party.)

Bunn Salarzon - portland boudoir photographer

Hi, I’m Bunn! I’ve photographed families for 14+ years, now I am a mom after 15 years infertility. When my husband and I adopted our son, I took a few years sabbatical (“retirement”) from the photo business because I had wanted to try a different business venture that would allow me to be at home all the time, to watch my firstborn grow. In 2020, I restarted my photography business with a brand-new photo studio available for rental to other creatives! My plan is to create amazing art inside the studio while also booking a limited number of portraits in the Portland area. I’m also available for boudoir sessions while maintaining social distancing with mask on at all times.

(Header images by Jonathan Canlas & Henry Harder; shot on location in Ibiza, Spain.)

Bunn Salarzon is a Portrait & Boudoir Photographer (and sometimes other stuff!) in Portland, Oregon. Bunn’s portfolio also includes editorial style weddings and Bridal Boudoir that have been featured on Style Me Pretty, Junebug Weddings, Brides.com, and also published in a Bali-based magazine called Dream Weddings Bali Style.

girlfriends in swimwear on sandy beach

I have made a commitment to not use models or “strangers.”

When clients hire me for their boudoir photos, I do not share their images without their written consent. Their images are their images. (It’s a very private thing.)

I still have to market my Boudoir Photography work, to show what I can offer. That’s where styled photo shoots come in. But, I don’t like using models for these projects… it sets a very unrealistic visual for women (and men) who are interested to work with me.

My clients are everyday people so I like to use everyday people. This group of women are real-life friends; I believe some are coworkers. They agreed to hang out with me for a few hours on a sandy beach somewhere on Sauvie Island, Oregon. The only rule was: Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Oh, and must have fun!

They brought the fun (aka bottles of yummy!) and I brought my Canon 35mm film camera with 50mm f/1.2L lens; that was all. It was a very good opportunity for me to see what I could do with posing five women in the same frame. Sure, there were lots of trials and errors but that’s also why us photographers do what we call styled shoots. We use this time to practice so that we’re not practicing while on your time that you paid us for.

Of course, I often get inquiries from folks asking if they could be in my next styled shoots… The short answer: No, but thank you for your interest in working with me.

As I piece together everything to restart my photography business in 2020, I have made a commitment to not use models or “strangers” but past clients who have already invested in me. They’re also already familiar with how I work so we can spend more time creating great images while we catch up on each other’s lives.