Annika | Downtown Dancing Session for West Linn Senior

I LOVE myself a non-traditional photo session, and with Annika we let light and lifestyle lead the way.  We knew we were going to incorporate dancing into her session, but as one of my models, she and I had talked enough that I knew she was open to ideas and spontaneity.  So rather than plan ahead and storyboard her session, like I often do with my clients, we picked a starting point and just let the light dictate our destination.  It’s obvious that we made the right choice, because hers was one of the most uniquely lit and environmental sessions I’ve ever shot.   And when we found the street closed sign, with a fair in the background, I knew we were just destined to create spectacular art.

As a shout out to dancers:  if you’ve ever heard of Jordan Matter, and you want to shoot something similar to his style, give me a shout. He’s one of my FAVORITE photographers of all time, and I would love the chance to work with you to show off your amazing dance skills!

 

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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!

 

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.

 

Grace on the Water | West Linn Senior Rower’s Session

For Grace, water is life.  As a devoted rower who also recently sealed her deal to row next year for Gonzaga (!), we had to do something unique for her senior session that represented the life she lived, ate and breathed.  Rowers, as you likely know, get in most of their practice at dawn. So it was only appropriate that we shot on her “field” at that hour as well.  So we were downtown before 6am to capture sunrise and the glowy stillness of the Willamette, and the glowy light that made Grace look as radiant in photos as she is in real life.

I truly love shooting photo sessions that are out of the traditional mold, and Grace’s session certainly fit the bill. I’m so glad she was part of my model squad last year, and loved the chance to get to know this amazing athlete and person.  I hope we get to see you in action on the water next year, Grace! Happy (almost) graduation!

Payton’s All-American Beauty Session

With the promise of sun back in this week’s forecast, I thought it seemed appropriate to share highlights from one of our warmest, sunniest sessions last season. All Payton wanted was sunflowers. Lots and lots of sunflowers.  So we found sunflowers for this blond beauty with the world’s greatest smile ! Seriously, we had such a phenomenal time working with Patyon, and loved how many people (okay, cute guys) stopped me to ask if she was a model.  How could I say anything other than YES, because – look at her!  Her playful spirit and joyful laugh just made the entire shoot a true delight. I loved having Payton on my team – and am so excited for her to take on her next adventure!  Hugs to you, gorgeous girl! XOXO