Maya | West Linn Class of 2018 Downtown Portland Session

The moment Maya sent me photos of her planned wardrobe for her senior pictures, I knew we were in for some fun.  Once she showed me the eggplant jumpsuit, my search was on for locations that would complement her look and allow her to shine.  Who knew that in addition to finding some fabulous locations, we’d be blessed with some of the most magical light I’d seen all year.  One of her photos – against the yellow wall with the crazy light reflections surrounding her – was responsible for helping me land a photo agency that now represents my commercial photography ventures. Needless to say, the planned styling and the amazing energy she brought to the shoot made for a series of photos that just leap off the page.

I also loved the unexpected gift of the man who passed through our shoot only to deliver Maya the single most gorgeous, huge hydrangea bloom I’d ever seen .. which she carried with her for the duration of the shoot.

Keep Portland Kind, right?

Thank you, Maya, for also keeping Portland so stunning!

 

 

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Those Eyes! | Zach’s West Linn Senior Session

Like most guys I know, Zach wanted to keep his session short and simple.  So even though we did hit a few different locations and he managed to get in a few quick wardrobe changes … We spent enough time and enough energy to make sure we had a great variety of photos for his family to enjoy, but not so much time that we tested Zach’s patience. He was so fantastic and willing to work with me – which made the process fun and painless for everyone!  I have to admit, with eyes and cheekbones like his, it was pretty hard to mess up his shots – he is definitely what they call in the industry, “camera friendly!”  Thanks so much, Zach, for letting me take your pics – and for making your folks happy with what we created!

 

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

     

She Just Blooms: West Linn Emily’s Senior Session

I know there’s a recurring theme to many of my posts, but it’s no coincidence that I’ve known Emily since she was a very little girl, because back in grade school, Emily and my daughter Alexis were friends, so I have had the pleasure of knowing Emily and her family for many years.   I took photos for her gorgeous sister, Hailey, a few years ago, and now it was time for Emily to be in front of my lens for the first time in nearly a decade.  It was hard for me at first to shake off the memories of the little girl I knew, but it was hard to escape the absolutely sweet and gorgeous young woman she’d become.

Given her favorite quote, it seemed only appropriate that we shot her photos around fields of beautiful blossoms. “Remember this: a flower does not think of comparing itself to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

As have you, Emily! Thank you for letting me help you capture this time of your life. It seemed like the perfect bookend to the funny, silly pics I have of you when you were a little girl.  And don’t worry – I won’t share those here!  🙂

Bethany’s Senior Session: Guest Post from Iconic Details Stylist Ashley Roda

When my seniors want a photo experience that is seriously elevated, I always suggest that they and their parents meet with my stylist and associate, Ashley Roda.  As the owner of Iconic Details, Ashley brings her sophisticated and timeless eye to helping seniors choose a wardrobe and accessories that turn the senior photos into beautiful works of art! I asked Ashley to explain her process, which she does below, by showcasing the collaborative work she did with West Linn Senior Bethany.  Read on! 

Hello Seniors,I had the pleasure of styling Bethany, one of the sparkling seniors photographed by Kelly Mooney.   Are you excited about working with Kelly but not sure what to wear for your shoot!?  Not to worry! We’ve got you! Kelly invites seniors to meet with me before their photo shoots to help them style various looks to wear & choose from.  To prep for our time together, I ask seniors:

  • To pull out your favorite looks: What are the outfits you love to wear the most? The ones that others say “That is so YOU!” when you wear them.
  • Do you have any sentimental items you want to include in the shoot? Jewelry or props (dance shoes, letterman jackets, family heirlooms, etc.).
  • Depending on how many locations, I ask you pull: 1 Casual-look, 1 Dressy-look and 2 that show off your personality.
  • During our time together: I come to your home, see what you’ve pulled and help you style each look to be a “Perfect 10.”

 

When we meet, I like to know:

  • Who you are: What have you enjoyed studying in school? Are you in any after school programs?  What do you plan to use these photos for? What do you have planned after you graduate? What do you want to share about yourself through these photos?
  • Tell me about your shoot with Kelly: Where are you going to shoot your pictures?  Indoors or out? We need to take this into consideration so we don’t have you in a swimsuit in a cafe or high heels in grass!

Styling Bethany was a pleasure.  She had a pile of her favorite clothes pulled out of her closet and layed out on her bed when I arrived.  Bethany shared with me she had two locations she planned to shoot at: Downtown Portland & The Rose Gardens.  As a petite dancer she wanted to make sure her legs would look super long, and wanted help pulling outfits together that would elongate her physique.  Bethany had her own amazing natural style, both edgy and artsy.  While she shared with me her favorite ways of pairing things, I helped her in picking the right patterns, accessories and completing each look.

Patterns can be tricky, if the pattern is too small, shiny or busy, details can be lost or give a dizzy effect on camera.  Bethany loved vibrant patterns so this was one of the the things I helped her with. Choosing larger bolder patterns vs. the smaller floral ones.

Accessories are an extension of your personality so with each look I asked Bethany how she felt when she wore the outfit and tried to match accessories that invoked the same emotions.

Completing each look we made sure she had:

  • Top & Bottom (or Dress)
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Flow: Meaning every item in the outfit looks like it goes together, nothing is clashing or screaming “Look at me!”

We styled a total of six looks for Bethany, taking pictures of each look so she would remember what went together and which accessories went with each outfit.   I also shared this album with Kelly so she could see what we had pulled together and see what had inspired us.

With the outfits we styled and the magic of Kelly’s photography, you will see Bethany’s photos show her edgy sophistication, artsy creativity, natural beauty and vibrant personality.

 

~ Wardrobe Stylist, Ashley Roda

Link to Bethany’s Pinterest Board: https://bit.ly/2rc0Gqt

 

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If you are interested in working with Ashley to help you prepare for your senior session, please contact me at kelly@kellymooneyphotography.com – and check out her website at http://www.IconicDetails.com.