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!

 

 

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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

 

From Portland to Paris and Back Again | Portland Model Session

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!

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Sophie Skloss – Model Focuses on Herself for a Change

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!

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Sports Lifestyle Fitness Session | Jewan

Great models are like great actors; they completely transform in front of the lens. That’s what I just adored about working with Jewan, from Portland’s Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited modeling agency.  The moment I met him in downtown Portland, I was absolutely enchanted by his charm and his kindness.  But he truly blew me away when he turned on the “fierce” for my camera. This recent transfer from California is following his passion for building his fitness modeling resume, coming to our fitness fashion mecca to work with the likes of Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Under Armour and many more.

While we managed to capture some absolutely mesmerizing headshots, what I loved most was shooting his fitness photos. There’s nothing a photographer loves more than lying on the ground on the eastbank esplanade, with a model hurdling overhead while we both laugh our backsides off and draw a crowd at the same time. Better yet, how about when I challenged this incredibly talented athlete to strike ridiculously athletic yoga poses on a MOVING PIER! And yet he absolutely nailed it.   Jewan – thank you so much for an absolutely spectacular time … I truly hope we get to work together again soon!

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Jewan's Fitness Session