This year I decided to expand my Senior Photo program and make it bigger. I started a year long experience that allows for my girls to get comfortable in front of the camera while modelling for fashion boutiques. I call it the Senior Model Club.
Our first fashion experience was for Grapevine Fashion Boutique in Lake Oswego. Their expert staff assisted my high school senior model team with styling. Each girl selected one dressy look and one more casual.
Professional make up and hair is an absolute must for completing the fabulous looks! We started our day in Southeast Portland getting pampered by the ever talented Kelli Thomsen Beauty. Kelli worked her magic using her natural skin care products, adding false eyelashes, and giving the girls the camera ready looks.
Next we spent a melting hot evening in downtown Lake Oswego taking fashion photos and having a ball doing so. We completed our first experience with ice cream...because ice cream simply makes everything better!
One of the many things I love about photography is the learning opportunities. There is always a new lighting technique or something else to learn. This year I have made it my mission to conquer the world of off camera flash. I bought myself some new strobe lights and have been experimenting all winter. My photography bag is now a wagon. LOL! Bringing lights, light stands, props, and my camera lenses and gear is not a small feat. However the results are spectacular!
One of my my favorite quotes about sisters and one I believe truly captures the essences of this photograph.
"When traveling life’s journey
it’s good to have a
sister’s hand to hold on to.”
These two sisters are so sweet. I could tell by the way they interacted with each other how much love and respect they have for one another. Having fun, making each other laugh. I was so honored to be able to provide photos to capture their relationship during their teen years. The relationship between them is so sweet and they brought their smiles.
I love the way my new light modifier adds the perfect little catch lights in their eyes and provides such flattering light without looking unnatural.
Wedding days can be full of shenanigans. That is just one of the things I love so much about them. I love the silliness, the fact that everyone looks absolutely amazing, the excitement, the sentimental moments both large and small.
That is one of the reasons that I got so excited to travel from Happy Valley to photograph the wedding of Tim and Sarah at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course. I had already gotten to know both the bride and groom in our consultations. I saw how in love they are and how relaxed and laid back they were.
It is truly an honor and a delight to be part of a day so full of joy. Just one more reason that I love my job!
This year I entered my first photo competition. I was both nervous and excited as when my photo came up for judging. I could feel the butterlies in my stomach. I had no idea what the photos of others that entered the contest looked like, only that I loved mine. All of the questions self doubt entered my head. Would it be anywhere close to good enough? I thought so and now that I was seeing my photo up for judging I was uncertain. Was I naive for entering a print competition with real photographers to judge?
The contest was for high school senior photos only. I saw my photo displayed with a medal. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled. Here is my Sync Print Competition Award of Excellence winning photo.
Owning my own photography business can be tough. Times like this make it exciting, and getting to know my clients make it impossible not to love.
High school senior sessions are one of my favorites. I love getting to know and spend so much time one on one with each of my clients. I sit with them and chat during their hair and makeup session finding out all of the amazing things they have planned for the future. Rarely do I get the opportunity to spend so much time with my clients.
Sometimes when I am photographing a high school senior a different personality emerges with each costume change. It is so interesting to watch the process from behind my camera.
This Sherwood high school senior photo session at Happy Valley Park and ended it in Portland. This particular high school senior started out our session as the goofy, sometime clumsy girl next store. Always ready to laugh and smile sheepishly around turn while I took for photos. Some how by the end of the day she had morphed into a fashion model right before me eyes. I loved every moment of your session Audrey and all of the personalities that emerged.
Digital, digital, digital....I get this question all of the time as a Happy Valley photographer. Why can't I just have all of my digital files? I have to admit I thought about it when I first started my business and I do offer packages that are a mixture of both digital files and prints. It is upon delivering the final wall art, prints, or albums that truly makes me my thrilled with my job. Knowing that I am giving my customers something they will truly treasure and I love seeing their face when they see the final product. I just can not get that with a digital file.
Let me ask you this...when was the last time you took out that old CD Rom or flashdrive and looked at your family, wedding, or high school senior photos? Did you have the best of intentions of creating an album or ordering prints when you received them? I know I always did. Oh wait, does your current computer even have a CD Rom drive? Or what about your old computer...has it ever crashed and burned taking your treasured photos with it? The forms of digital delivery have changed so much over the years. But then there is print.
Print products are forever. Tangible. Hanging on the wall to make you to smile. Reminding you of that special moment or significant time in your life, your child's life, or a treasured loved one. I love curling up on the couch with my kiddos with a cup of tea, and thumbing through our family session photo albums. They delight in seeing themselves and us in the photos. I know the family heirlooms that I have created will be around for generations to come and it means a lot to me that my girls will be able to share them with their families one day.
The bond between brother and sister is a sweet one to watch as there is no stronger bond than the bond between siblings. Siblings are so often our first best friends...and to our parents dismay often our first enemies too occasionally. LOL! We grow up with them and most likely spend more time with them then with anyone else. They know us better than anyone else.
I love when I have the opportunity to see first hand the closeness of that bond. It is just another reason why I love my job as a Happy Valley photographer so much. I get to capture these connections, creating beautiful photographs to be displayed in album layouts, or on a wall display for you and your kids appreciate for years to come.
I love fall family portraits. The colors of autumn, the warm clothing starting to come out, the smell of the fresh air with just that little bit of chill in it and there are a lot of really great parks right here in Happy Valley and SE Portland that are simply perfect for family photographs.
I also love watching those little moments unfold between all or some members of the family when they do not think I am paying attention. Those moments, when you have relaxed and let down your guard, those are the moments that make my job so special.
What are some of your favorite photographs? Do they have that genuine smile? Is it the memory you had while creating it? Does it make you feel something?
I like my clients to leave with something that makes them smile that they can display in their home. Whether that be an album, several prints, or a canvas enlargement.
This Clackamas High School Senior knew exactly what she wanted for her Senior photos right down to the little details. She has a great sense of style which must run in the family because her Mom looked perfectly put together too. She even chose the perfect eye make up to bring out her gorgeous eyes.
We choose two locations for this photoshoot, one dreamy and romantic and the other a field of sunshine. Both reflect her bubbly and glamorous personality perfectly!
I love my job so much! It is so much fun to get to know my Seniors and help them truly shine in their photographs.
I love chatting with them during our hair and makeup session and learning what makes them laugh and their plans for the future. It truly makes a difference in my photographs that they trust me and know they look amazing.
It's Senior Portrait time and I am loving it! One of the most common questions I get asked is what should I wear?
First of all, I like to suggest bringing at least 3 complete outfits and by complete I mean shoes, hats, sunglasses, jewelry, etc. It's okay to bring a lot. We can always scale back. All of the details matter.
Make sure all of your clothing is pressed and hanging. Do not bunch it all up in your backpack. We don't want to remember your wrinkles forever. Lol.
This year I am offering professional make up with all of my sessions. It really makes a difference to have a professional that knows what kind of make up looks the best on camera applying it for you. My talented make up artist, Kelli Thomsen, was just featured in Oregon Bride. How exciting! She really knows how to do it all. Whether you like a glam look or something more natural, we've got you covered.
I love to spend my time chatting with you while you are getting your makeup done. Getting to know my clients really helps you feel relaxed and comfortable with me. If you are comfortable and confident you will really shine in your photographs. That's what I want. I want you to be pampered, confident, and to feel really beautiful. Your photos will be fantastic!
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