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!
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?
Professional models know that their job is to work as “human clotheshangers” – statuesque and graceful beings whose job is to show off designer’s clothes. So when it came time to ask this professional model what she wanted for her very own photo shoot, Sophia was a little at a loss at first. Fortunately after filling out my (yes, pretty extensive) Q&A, she finally started talking about what she loves – beautiful parks, water, and sunlight. Fortunately for us, the weather fully cooperated on the day of her session and we just soaked up so much beauty at our different locations.
I adored that Sophie brought her beautiful mother and sister along – and we all had the most delightful time playing around West Linn to get her senior photos. Needless to say, she can deliver some spectacularly gorgeous high-fashion looks, but I really adored it when we pulled out the soon-to-be senior’s playful side and got her totally laughing! It was also a very special treat when we were next to the river and the most darling little duckling started stalking our model … That baby duck didn’t want to leave Sophie’s side. Her mother mentioned that Sophie is an “animal whisperer.” I now can say, based on first-hand experience – that her mom is most definitely right.
Thank you, sweet Sophie, for bringing both the fierce and the funny, the savvy and the sassy … You were a delight!