Jane Austen Meets Emma

I’m inspired by Jane Austen books and movies more than words can say. I have always loved reading her romantic tales, and have dreamed for years to create a session that channels her mood and sensibility. When I found out that Class of 2017 senior Emma was herself a Jane Austen fan, I could barely wait for her shoot.
Emma was such an absolutely magnificent model, who delivered on her theme with grace and stunning beauty.  I could go on and on about this wonderful young woman (and her amazing family) but in all honesty, there are just too many gorgeous photos to share. So let’s get to them …
I’d love to know if there’s a Class of 2018 senior who dreams of bringing their favorite literature to life in their session! Email me – kelly@kellymooneyphotography.com
XOXO EMMA – Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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Eilise

It’s #SeniorSunday, and I just had to pull another beautiful session from my archives to share, since I was so remiss at sharing these during the heat of the #Classof2017 season.  Eilise’s photos – which we shot downtown and at the International Rose Gardens, resulted in just so much magical light and beauty – so much so that one of her photos is in the front running for being the cover of my new Keepsakes Guide.  So if you have a favorite from her session, please leave a comment and let me know which one you think should grace the cover of my biggest magazine that I distribute each year.

Class of 2018 – I’m already booking into June and July, so NOW is the time to contact me to get on the calendar. I am SO excited for the sun to come out and to start working with all of my beautiful models!

 

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A Little Bit of Manasa In My Life

Last spring, I made one of the scariest and smartest decisions in my photo biz history, and I feel like it’s time the rest of the world can find out just how smart I was!

As a business owner, one of the biggest leaps one can make is to bring on an employee. I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough work (or let’s be real – enough income!) to support someone, but I knew I needed some help. Fortunately as fate would have it, Manasa found me.  This former Oregon State photo student sent me an email asking if I was in the market for an intern. I had her in for an interview, and that was that.  I instantly knew she would be SUCH a great asset to my company; her attitude, her hysterical humor, and her directness all were just what I thought  I needed.

I was so right.

I have had the BEST time working with this amazing woman, and am so thrilled to have her on my team.  She’s really my right-hand here, helping with everything from lighting on sessions, to client communications; she submits all of our senior photos to schools; she helps organize and streamline my big on-site corporate sessions (sometime with 40 or more headshot sessions all in a day!), and she is always happy to run any stupid errand that I need. (This week:  “Could you find me some wooden planks and some blanket backgrounds for the product shoot we’re doing?”)

The next time I see you at a session, make sure to get to know Manasa (pronounced like “Monica”).   I’m sure you’ll adore her as much as I do!

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Class of 2018 – Let’s Do This!

My Class of 2017 models still have another half year of school ahead of them (sorry gang!), but believe it or not it’s already time for the Class of 2018 to start thinking about all those amazing milestones awaiting them during their senior year.  And that includes senior photos!

I’m THRILLED to announce that I’m opening up applications for my Class of 2018, and actually started working with some of these amazing students today! So that gives me a fantastic excuse to introduce Maya – my first (non family!) model for next year!  If you see Maya rocking her darling jeans and tank top look, please know that it was all of about 39 degrees out when we took these pics. But she made it look not only easy, but even a little comfortable outside!  I just loved every moment of working with her and cannot WAIT for all the fun events and sessions we’ll be sharing together this next coming year.

Class of 2018: if you’re interested in being a Kelly Mooney Photography model, or you’d like to consider booking your senior session for this spring or summer, drop me a line at kelly@kellymooneyphotography.com ASAP.  I’m already booking for July and August, and the dates are going to fill up fast.

And Maya – you were a rock star today. THANK YOU for spending part of your holiday break with me!

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Downtown Portland Senior Session | Class of 2017

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?

 

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