Artist, Unleashed

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

 

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A Little Bit of Manasa In My Life

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!

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Downtown Portland Senior Session | Class of 2017

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?

 

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Sophie Skloss – Model Focuses on Herself for a Change

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!

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Sports Lifestyle Fitness Session | Jewan

Great models are like great actors; they completely transform in front of the lens. That’s what I just adored about working with Jewan, from Portland’s Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited modeling agency.  The moment I met him in downtown Portland, I was absolutely enchanted by his charm and his kindness.  But he truly blew me away when he turned on the “fierce” for my camera. This recent transfer from California is following his passion for building his fitness modeling resume, coming to our fitness fashion mecca to work with the likes of Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Under Armour and many more.

While we managed to capture some absolutely mesmerizing headshots, what I loved most was shooting his fitness photos. There’s nothing a photographer loves more than lying on the ground on the eastbank esplanade, with a model hurdling overhead while we both laugh our backsides off and draw a crowd at the same time. Better yet, how about when I challenged this incredibly talented athlete to strike ridiculously athletic yoga poses on a MOVING PIER! And yet he absolutely nailed it.   Jewan – thank you so much for an absolutely spectacular time … I truly hope we get to work together again soon!

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Jewan's Fitness Session