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!
While so many of my senior sessions are thoroughly planned and involve multiple locations, not all sessions have to be so complicated! Often times, guys especially just want to get in and get some great shots to make mom happy. Mitch was actually someone who DID have a vision for his session, but shifting weather issues and schedules required us to reschedule multiple times. In the end, he opted to have me meet him at one of his favorite corners in Portland – a place that held special meaning to him. It only took us about 20 minutes – and one city block – to still get a wonderful range of shots for him and his family to enjoy for years.
I definitely DO offer mini sessions that don’t require a lot of advanced planning. Just a chance for us to work together for a little bit, laugh together a lot, and capture some awesome pics in the meantime. Since so many of my custom, multiple-location sessions already have booked up through the end of September, remember a mini session is always an option!
For those of you who want the full experience, please make sure to contact me ASAP, as dates are disappearing fast!
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?