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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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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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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And Away She Goes | West Linn Photographer

Kennedy signed up as one of my first models when I broke into senior photography.  She joined me nearly three years ago and helped me on countless projects, while I tried to figure out my style and my techniques. Today, I said goodbye to this gorgeous young lady as she gets ready to start her next adventure at Oregon State University. (And boy, did we manage to capture some beautiful shots in the five minutes we had together?) I’m going to miss her, and all of my beautiful Class of 2015 model reps.  Here’s to an amazing time in Beaver Nation, Ken. Love you bunches!

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