Kenna’ Sparkles | West Linn Senior Photos

Kenna was one of my first Class of 2018 Model Team applicants, and was the first model in front of my lens when the season began.  By the time we rolled around to shooting her official senior session, I’d already logged a couple of thousand photos of her between a BFF shoot with Abby, our Dutch Bros. -themed photoshoot (in the rain), and a lifestyle/commercial photoshoot that we shot downtown.  I know this girl’s sparkly smile so well!  And I know how gorgeous she looks when she’s just very much herself.  So for her session, we kept things beautifully  natural, shooting around West Linn and Lake Oswego, until the sun went down.  I loved that her sweet boyfriend joined us for a few shots at the end – they couldn’t be cuter together if they tried!

Kenna, you’ve been such a delight to have on my team and I’ll miss your smiling face next year!

 

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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

     

Mary’s Mini Session | West Linn Senior Photos

I’ve been such a fan of Mary’s for so long!  She’s such a talented performer, and it’s been a delight to watch her on stage (did you SEE Spamalot? 🙂 and also get to know her in person.   For her senior photos, Mary wanted something simple, beautiful and natural – so we met at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego and took advantage of the beautiful foliage to create a backdrop for her very romantic style.  Proof yet again that gorgeous photos can be created in mere minutes, with the right planning. It doesn’t hurt that Mary also slays in the makeup department. Could her lips, eyebrows and highlights be more on point?  Beautiful!

Now for Something a Little Different | Ryann’s Utterly Unique Senior Session

I’ve mentioned in the past that I love shooting sessions that are different. Well, when Ryann and her mom told me they had access to an artistic, industrial building in downtown Portland with some unique architectural details, I had NO idea what I was in for.  When I walked in the building, I was a photographer in heaven.  Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe the different areas of this building: one room had cathedral-style windows and romantic light; another had a contemporary industrial-meets-vintage vibe.  Upstairs there was a vaulted, open ballroom with exposed beams and the most romantic light you’ve ever seen. And then there was the amazing black-and-white pop-art painted hallway.  Are you JOKING?  Take that, and add in the rusted out rowboat in the hay-filled median across the street … mix in a gorgeous model like Ryann … and I could have spent DAYS there! Ryann – a HUGE thanks again to you and your awesome mom for getting us access to this amazing space. You were a dream to work with and I’m obsessed with the art we created together!