I’m celebrating the time to finally share highlights from my Class of 2018 senior sessions – Last year was one of the busiest and most productive years of my life, and I had the chance to work with so many incredible students. I’ve worked with Matt’s family since his older sister was one of my Class of 2015 models, and this year a model rep, we had a chance to work together a few times, including on our Dutch Bros. shoot. When it was time for his session, he just knew he wanted an urban, colorful experience. I’d say we hit every mark – and that hair of his made the whole thing really pop. Matt, I’m SO glad you’ve been part of my crew this year … I adore you and your whole family!
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!
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
Last spring, I made one of the scariest and smartest decisions in my photo biz history, and I feel like it’s time the rest of the world can find out just how smart I was!
As a business owner, one of the biggest leaps one can make is to bring on an employee. I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough work (or let’s be real – enough income!) to support someone, but I knew I needed some help. Fortunately as fate would have it, Manasa found me. This former Oregon State photo student sent me an email asking if I was in the market for an intern. I had her in for an interview, and that was that. I instantly knew she would be SUCH a great asset to my company; her attitude, her hysterical humor, and her directness all were just what I thought I needed.
I was so right.
I have had the BEST time working with this amazing woman, and am so thrilled to have her on my team. She’s really my right-hand here, helping with everything from lighting on sessions, to client communications; she submits all of our senior photos to schools; she helps organize and streamline my big on-site corporate sessions (sometime with 40 or more headshot sessions all in a day!), and she is always happy to run any stupid errand that I need. (This week: “Could you find me some wooden planks and some blanket backgrounds for the product shoot we’re doing?”)
The next time I see you at a session, make sure to get to know Manasa (pronounced like “Monica”). I’m sure you’ll adore her as much as I do!
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!