Mackenzie Leggitt

Mackenzie Leggitt
[Blog Post Soundtrack: Marian Hill’s album ‘Sway]

I had shot with Mackenzie once before, but this time I had a brand new camera & I was itching to try it out. We had a lot of the shoot planned, but it was so much fun to shoot that we just decided to keep going. That is where this story begins.

We had been shooting for hours, but we didn’t feel like stopping. Plus there was one more outfit in the backseat & one more place we had wanted to shoot at, so why stop now? So we drove back through Uptown Butte, past Walkerville & continued until we were almost at Moulton Reservoir. On the drive up we were wracking our brains for ideas on how we were going to pull off this next part of the session. How were we going to connect that dress with these surroundings? We were no closer to an answer when we found a good place to stop. So we got out of the car & continued up the road aways, & started shooting. Within five minutes we had both hit our stride. Before another five minutes had passed, we knew what we were doing. We were telling a story. Now all we had to figure out was where this story was leading us.

Even after we concluded that part of the shoot, we continued to debate as to the specifics of the story we had just captured. We boiled it down to this: The young woman in the shots was on her way to a date with her man at nice restaraunt, when all of the sudden… her car broke down. Thankfully she had her phone on her (as all good Generation Z people do) & she was able to call her boyfriend for help.

Admittedly, this story isn’t the next Harry Potter,┬ábut hey, what is?
So tell me, do you see the same story we did, or do you believe something else happened here? Leave a Comment below & let me know!

For more pictures from this shoot, visit the J. Sander Photography Facebook Page at

~ John

Welcome to J. Sander Photography

Anne Amie Vineyards - Spring 2016

Hello there friends & fans,

Though you may know the story of how this all came to be, I will tell it to you again.

In May of 2015, I was asked by a friend & co-worker of mine, Emilie, to do a photoshoot for her as the last few weeks of the school year were winding down. I was honored to be asked to do such ‘professional work’ & a couple of days later we set out on what ended up being a six-hour day of photo-shooting & adventuring around Yamhill County (OR).

In the coming weeks I set to work editing the shots from the shoot & when I finally sent them all to Emilie she was so in love with them that she said something to the effect of, “John, these are so good. I could really see you doing this professionally.”

I had never really thought of that. Photography had always been something I had loved. I got my first camera at age 13 & I instantly fell in love with taking photographs. There is just something incredible about being able to capture moments & memories in photographs. But it had always just been for fun. I had never really thought of myself as good enough to really get paid for my work. From that day forward, I have worked at making that a reality.

Skip forward to January of 2016. Inspired by Kenna Allison Photography, I started a Facebook Page called Sander Photography, which I have recently rebranded to J. Sander Photography. I chose Sander Photography because my middle name is Sander and it just had a certain ring to it that I liked. I chose to rebrand because I really wanted to start this site and another company already had

I have been able to do some amazing work with some amazing people and I have so much more currently in the works. This is my passion and it really means the world that I can share it with you all.

Thank you for your support and welcome to the new J. Sander Photography.

~ John S. Christensen