Maddy | West Linn Class of 2018 Beach Photo Session

When Maddy told me she was all about hiking, life outdoors and a future in environmental studies, I had to see if she was open to a beach session.  I’m so thrilled that she was, so we arranged to meet out by our family beach house in Netarts, Oregon for her senior session last summer to create a series of truly magical shots. We started at Cape Meares lighthouse, and took advantage of the mystical fog that rolled to capture beautifully coastal, moody photos.  After her casual look, she slipped into this almost Edwardian-looking dress, and all I kept seeing in my mind were scenes from “Jane Eyre” and “Sense and Sensibility.”  I think her wind-whipped hair and the grey skies were just completed the effect.  Of course, the shoot wouldn’t have been complete without scaling a high dune to get shots with a view, which tested my stamina, and showed me just how amazingly athletic this beauty is as well.   I’m so excited for this fun and fabulous  young woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing since she was in first grade! (WOW!)  Sending huge hugs for your adventure next year, Maddy!  University of Montana is lucky to have you! XOXO



Mary’s Mini Session | West Linn Senior Photos

I’ve been such a fan of Mary’s for so long!  She’s such a talented performer, and it’s been a delight to watch her on stage (did you SEE Spamalot? 🙂 and also get to know her in person.   For her senior photos, Mary wanted something simple, beautiful and natural – so we met at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego and took advantage of the beautiful foliage to create a backdrop for her very romantic style.  Proof yet again that gorgeous photos can be created in mere minutes, with the right planning. It doesn’t hurt that Mary also slays in the makeup department. Could her lips, eyebrows and highlights be more on point?  Beautiful!

Grace on the Water | West Linn Senior Rower’s Session

For Grace, water is life.  As a devoted rower who also recently sealed her deal to row next year for Gonzaga (!), we had to do something unique for her senior session that represented the life she lived, ate and breathed.  Rowers, as you likely know, get in most of their practice at dawn. So it was only appropriate that we shot on her “field” at that hour as well.  So we were downtown before 6am to capture sunrise and the glowy stillness of the Willamette, and the glowy light that made Grace look as radiant in photos as she is in real life.

I truly love shooting photo sessions that are out of the traditional mold, and Grace’s session certainly fit the bill. I’m so glad she was part of my model squad last year, and loved the chance to get to know this amazing athlete and person.  I hope we get to see you in action on the water next year, Grace! Happy (almost) graduation!

A Little #SeniorSunday Movie Magic

For this #SeniorSunday, I HAD to feature one of my most student-driven sessions, inspired entirely by St. Mary’s Class of 2017 senior, Maggie and her love for vintage styling, classic movies, and lust for life.  She and I collaborated for quite some time prior to her session, talking about locations, looks and moods, and she built a fantastic Pinterest vision board to help the whole concept come together.

We had the most spectacular time working throughout Portland and once, stopping traffic (and perhaps having the authorities a bit on alert) when we used a smoke grenade downtown for some of her photos.   Maggie and I share a love of black and white movies and movie posters, so we leveraged a hotel BATHROOM – of all places – in order to get the mirror shots. We then moved outside and despite it being broad daylight, put some flashes to work to create a night-time, shadowy look.  And then we just walked and let the city inspire us both!

I LOVE collaborating with my seniors and helping them craft a truly customized, one-of-a-kind shoot complete with special effects, if they want. If you’re still in the market for senior photos, contact me SOON!  I have a few September dates left, and then we’re booking either mini sessions or into October …

Enjoy checking out the movie magic that was Maggie’s shoot! Beauty

Artist, Unleashed

As the countdown towards graduation begins, I can’t help but reflect on so many of the fantastic sessions I shot for the Class of 2017 – so many of which I’ve not had the chance to show off!

I adored so much about Kirsten’s session! First of all, she’s such a talented and amazing young woman who is now headed to California College of the Arts to earn her BFA in Animation … Second, she wanted to shoot downtown, including at a coffee shop – which just makes me ridiculously happy.  And third- I abso-freaking-loutley loved her hair. Could she BE more fierce?

I am so excited for all the incredible sessions already scheduled for the Class of 2018, but I am so grateful to the amazing students who invited me to be a part of their senior experience this past year. Don’t let the senioritis get to you too much, gang! Graduation will be here soon! XOXO