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Photographer friends team up in Lake Oswego

Westermann, Rimrodt find 'perfect place' to run business on Third Street

REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A two-photographer studio on Third Street should work out just fine for Christy Rimrodt, left, and Alyssa Westermann in Lake Oswego.

Alyssa Westermann and Christy Rimrodt get along really well.

That is why the two women have brought their buddy photography act to Lake Oswego with their new studio at 463 Third St.

They are individual photographers with separate businesses — Studio Christy and Alyssa Jul Photography — but after two years in Beaverton they found that sharing the same space works out just fine. Moving to LO makes good sense.

“I’m a lot closer to most of my clients here,” Rimrodt said. “This location makes the most sense. Most of my clients didn’t want to drive all the way to Beaverton.”

It is also a bit of a homecoming for Rimrodt.

"I had my first studio on Willamette Drive in West Linn," she said.

There is a big accent on youth for the two photographer friends, but there is no conflict of interest. Rimrodt specializes in photographing babies, kids and families, while Westermann’s specialty is high school seniors and weddings. Weddings were how she got started as a professional photographer.

“I didn’t study photography in school at all,” Westermann said. “I got this part-time job at a photography studio in Salem, and the owner had me go to a wedding. He gave me a camera to mess around with.”

Although not a photographer, Westermann said, “I was artistically inclined,” and messing around turned into a full-time job and a career for Westermann. She learned the art of photography and how to run her own business.

“After four years, my husband and I were ready to go out and start our own business,” Westermann said.

Rimrodt traveled a similar route. After earning her art degree at George Fox University, she became an assistant at a photography studio in Newberg.

“That worked out well while I was getting my own (studio) set-up,” Rimrodt said. “I started out doing wedding photography but that wasn’t my cup of tea. I’ve been just doing babies and families since 2008. My first studio was on Willamette Drive in West Linn.”

The friendship began in 2009 when Westermann and Rimrodt were attending the Professional Photographers of Oregon convention. Westermann was not having a very good time until she met Rimrodt, and they immediately clicked. They found they had a lot of similarities, such as each of them being the mother of three children. Rimrodt convinced Westermann they could work together, and they happily shared the same office in Beaverton. But the chance to move to Lake Oswego was something they could not refuse.

“We wanted a place that was a little bit more our own,” Rimrodt said.

Even though they only moved here in December, the two women have wasted no time ingratiating themselves with other business people and parents in Lake Oswego, hosting a couple of open houses and attending a meeting of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re settling in here,” Westermann said. “We don’t want to move ever again!”

For more about Studio Christy, go to studiochristy.com or call Christy Rimrodt at 503 807-0137 for consultations and appointments.

For more about Alyssa Jul Photography, go to alyssajul.com or call Alyssa Westermann at 503 968-5940.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..