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!
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!