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How can our lens serve you?

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Studio Sampler:
As the house photographer at our studio, Cobalt Studios PDX, this gallery is intended to represent a broad spectrum of images captured in the studio.

Images in here will also be found in respective categories below

Green light Gels dystopian matrix eerie with model Phony Ghost by Nilas Photography in Cob

Creative Portraits and Projects:

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Lifestyle, Vanilla, and Candid Portraits:

A student lays in ferns for senior portrait
A couple kisses on their wedding day
maternity portrait of mother in white in front of autumn leaves in hoyt arboretum
A family walks through woods for family portraits in Vernonia, Oregon
Self empowerment for women in Portland forest


a woman poses in front of Portland skscrapers in buiseness attire
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Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red - Roseland - Nilas Photography - Wedding Photograph
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A little bit about these sessions...

Unveiling the Extraordinary: Creative and Fine Art Portrait Photography in Portland, Oregon

Here's what we're all about.

Alternative Portraits: Embrace your uniqueness and let your true self shine. I specialize in capturing alternative souls and creating portraits that reflect your individuality. Whether you're a free-spirited bohemian, a punk rock rebel, or an ethereal creature from another realm, I'll capture your essence with a blend of artistry and authenticity.

Dark Portraits: Venture into the shadows and embrace the beauty found within the darkness. Through my lens, I'll create dark portraits that evoke mystery, intrigue, and a touch of enchantment. From gothic aesthetics to hauntingly beautiful compositions, each image will immerse you in a world where light and darkness dance in perfect harmony.

Personal Portraits: Are you tired of those stuffy, overly posed portraits that make you feel like you're auditioning for a toothpaste commercial? Fear not! We specialize in capturing your true essence, complete with all your wonderfully weird quirks. Let your inner goofball shine, or embrace your suave alter ego – whatever floats your boat. Our aim is to create images that capture the real you, no matter how gloriously awkward or delightfully eccentric.

Couples, Elopements, Engagements, and Weddings: We're here to document your love story, from the goofy giggles to the tear-jerking moments that make even the toughest of souls shed a single, poetic tear. We'll capture your unique connection in a way that feels like the stars aligned and the universe decided to throw confetti just for you.

All of our couples content is on a second site!

Family Portrait Sessions: We're here to freeze-frame those beautifully chaotic moments that define your clan. From the sibling squabbles that somehow end in laughter to the parent-child bonding that's equal parts silly and heartwarming, we'll immortalize the love, the joy, and yes, even the occasional meltdown. Whether we're meeting out in nature for some epic backgrounds or doing a themed session in the studio, we can't wait to meet your crew.

Student/Senior Sessions: Seniors, it's your time to shine. Whether you're donning your cap and gown or just celebrating your final year of high school, we aim to  capture your true individuality and character. Let's showcase your hobbies, passions, and unique quirks at your pace. We're very relaxed and just want to create a comfortable environment so you can be yourself.

Maternity Photo Sessions: Ah, body morphing. We'll document the journey of your beautiful baby bump with all the grace and elegance it deserves. Whether we're taking you out to an epic landscape or banking in on some humorous shots while your body is beautifully bulbous, we'll create images that celebrate this magical and interesting chapter of your life.

Boudoir Sessions: Our boudoir sessions are all about empowering you, embracing your sensuality, and celebrating your unique beauty. From sassy and confident to coy and mysterious, we'll create an atmosphere where you can let your inner badass roam free – all while maintaining a healthy dose of laughter and lightness. These sessions are conducted with both Michael (male) and Rose (female) present, and chaperones/escorts are welcomed and encouraged.

Nude in Nature Portraits: Experience the raw and vulnerable beauty of the human form in nature's embrace. I create nude in nature portraits that celebrate the connection between the human body and the natural world. In serene landscapes and ethereal settings, I'll capture your grace and vulnerability, crafting images that are both evocative and timeless. These sessions are conducted with both Michael (male) and Rose (female) present, and chaperones/escorts are welcomed and encouraged.

For the Professionals: 


Professional Headshots, Teams, and Branding: Capture the essence of your professional identity with top-notch business and headshot photography in and around Portland, Oregon. As an extremely experienced photographer, I specialize in creating compelling visuals that showcase your unique personality and enhance your professional brand. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing authentic moments, my partner and I strive to deliver striking headshots that leave a lasting impression.

My personalized approach ensures that each session is tailored to your specific needs and objectives. Whether you're an entrepreneur, healthcare professional, executive, or artist, I understand the importance of portraying confidence and approachability through your headshot. By expertly leveraging lighting, composition, and posing techniques, I create images that exude professionalism and resonate with your target audience.

Using state-of-the-art equipment and a deep understanding of the latest industry trends, I deliver exceptional results that stand out from the competition. With a focus on maximizing your online presence, our headshot photography is designed to elevate your visibility and make a lasting impact across various digital platforms.

Located in the vibrant city of Portland, I am well-versed in capturing the essence of the local business landscape. By incorporating the unique spirit of the Pacific Northwest into your headshots, we can help establish a strong local connection and resonate with the thriving Portland community.

Invest in your professional image and make a statement with captivating business and headshot photography. Contact me today to schedule a session and let's collaborate on creating impactful visuals that elevate your personal brand to new heights.

Extra Goodies

Concerts: Feel the energy of live performances through my concert photography. From the electrifying stage presence to the pulsating crowd (and crowd surfers), I capture the essence of the music and the wild atmosphere of concerts. With an eye for detail and a knack for capturing the perfect moment, I freeze time and preserve the magic of live performances.

Landscapes: Check out the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world through my lens. From sweeping vistas to hidden gems, my landscape photography captures the essence and grandeur of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Each frame becomes a portal to the stunning landscapes that surround us, inviting you to embrace the beauty and wonder of the world around you.

If you're ready to embark on a photography experience that's anything but ordinary, we're here to make it happen. Let us be your guides through the wild world of creative, lifestyle photography in Portland, Oregon. Together, we'll capture moments that will make you laugh, cry, and stand out in the best way. Get in touch today and let's create memories that will keep your heart smiling for years to come.

Jessie 18th birthday shoot in Cobalt Studios Portland Oregon US by Nilas
Green light Gels dystopian matrix eerie with model Phony Ghost by Nilas Photography in Cob
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Creative community involving photography Portland Oregon dystopian in studio with mylar-12
Colorful retro awkward 80s themed portraits in Portland photo studio Cobalt Studios by Nil
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The vision

They dreamt they could hold a memory in the palm of their hands. A fantasy, even.
They sought to immortalize a moment and the moments in between moments.
To steal it from thin air or build it from imagination. 

So do I.

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