When a high school senior tells me they want to shoot someplace unique or that they love downtown Portland, they are speaking right to my soft spot. I love this whole city of ours, and especially love discovering new spots to help bring out the best of each of my students. I adored Linda’s infectious energy and when she and I started talking and planning her wardrobe before her session, I about melted when I saw this awesome mango-and-black combination. I knew I’d seen a building downtown that had similar tones, but I was giddy when we pulled up and discovered what a perfect match it was for her look.
When we can combine great styling, the work of my talented makeup artist, and some innovative locations, that’s when the magic really happens. Add in the beauty of someone as wonderful as Linda, and we have the makings for just the most spectacular magazine-style lineup ever.
And a huge thanks to Linda who had the patience of a saint, running and jumping over and over again until we nailed this first shot. It was worth it, though, right?
Have you ever just had the stars align for you? When Kenzie told me that she dreamed one day to own a VW bus and that she just loved the whole boho look, I was a bit stymied. But I thought – let’s just see what social media can do. Sure enough, I posted a quick question on my facebook page, inquiring to anyone who might have a Bus for us to borrow and sure enough – MINUTES later, a complete stranger here in West Linn not only was offering up his vintage ride, he was sending me his GARAGE CODE so I could get in and grab his keys to borrow it for our shoot.
Fortunately we still had a few days, so I was able to prepare Kenzie’s mom for the surprise that awaited her. The look on her face when she came around the corner at our session location was priceless. It meant the world to me that I could surprise this beauty with her dream car, and that we had a whole stylized senior session waiting for her.
We started her shoot with a quick family session, which was absolutely priceless (cue their perfect dog, who also knew how to pose!) and then quickly moved to the vintage Bus to start her shoot.
Kenzie, it was my absolute honor to work with you and your wonderful family. I had the most spectacular time and hope to see you the day you buy your own classic VW. It’s only a matter of time!
Back when Dominic was in high school, his mom hired me to take his senior pictures – something I’ll never forget since he had the greatest chiseled jawline and best smile. I genuinely did see something in him that I thought was meant for the runway, and said as much to his family. Flash forward to today, and Dominic has secured representation from Q6 Model & Artist Management, has worked for some of the top sports brands in this market, and has even walked Paris Fashion Week for Givenchy.
I told Dominic not long ago that I really wanted to build my modeling portfolio, and he agreed to shoot with me again. We connected yesterday afternoon at my studio in Oregon City and before I knew it, four hours had passed! We had walked all around my fair little town, shot in a variety of locations, came back and shot in the studio, and totally lost track of time. He was so much fun to work with and we just bounced ideas off of each other. It didn’t hurt that he also has a fantastic sense of style, so he rocked an awesome range of fashionable looks in the process.
I’m ALWAYS looking for constructive criticism, and would love feedback here. What shots are your favorites? Least impressive? And what do you like or dislike about them – I’d love to hear from you!
And Dominic – thank you again so much for working with me. I certainly hope we do this again soon!
Professional models know that their job is to work as “human clotheshangers” – statuesque and graceful beings whose job is to show off designer’s clothes. So when it came time to ask this professional model what she wanted for her very own photo shoot, Sophia was a little at a loss at first. Fortunately after filling out my (yes, pretty extensive) Q&A, she finally started talking about what she loves – beautiful parks, water, and sunlight. Fortunately for us, the weather fully cooperated on the day of her session and we just soaked up so much beauty at our different locations.
I adored that Sophie brought her beautiful mother and sister along – and we all had the most delightful time playing around West Linn to get her senior photos. Needless to say, she can deliver some spectacularly gorgeous high-fashion looks, but I really adored it when we pulled out the soon-to-be senior’s playful side and got her totally laughing! It was also a very special treat when we were next to the river and the most darling little duckling started stalking our model … That baby duck didn’t want to leave Sophie’s side. Her mother mentioned that Sophie is an “animal whisperer.” I now can say, based on first-hand experience – that her mom is most definitely right.
Thank you, sweet Sophie, for bringing both the fierce and the funny, the savvy and the sassy … You were a delight!