Matthew | Class of 2018 Oregon City Senior Session

I’m celebrating the time to finally share highlights from my Class of 2018 senior sessions – Last year was one of the busiest and most productive years of my life, and I had the chance to work with so many incredible students.  I’ve worked with Matt’s family since his older sister was one of my Class of 2015 models, and this year a model rep, we had a chance to work together a few times, including on our Dutch Bros. shoot. When it was time for his session, he just knew he wanted an urban, colorful experience. I’d say we hit every mark – and that hair of his made the whole thing really pop.  Matt, I’m SO glad you’ve been part of my crew this year … I adore you and your whole family!


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


Mitch’s Mini Shoot = Fantastic Senior Pics, Fast!

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!



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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Class of 2018 – Let’s Do This!

My Class of 2017 models still have another half year of school ahead of them (sorry gang!), but believe it or not it’s already time for the Class of 2018 to start thinking about all those amazing milestones awaiting them during their senior year.  And that includes senior photos!

I’m THRILLED to announce that I’m opening up applications for my Class of 2018, and actually started working with some of these amazing students today! So that gives me a fantastic excuse to introduce Maya – my first (non family!) model for next year!  If you see Maya rocking her darling jeans and tank top look, please know that it was all of about 39 degrees out when we took these pics. But she made it look not only easy, but even a little comfortable outside!  I just loved every moment of working with her and cannot WAIT for all the fun events and sessions we’ll be sharing together this next coming year.

Class of 2018: if you’re interested in being a Kelly Mooney Photography model, or you’d like to consider booking your senior session for this spring or summer, drop me a line at ASAP.  I’m already booking for July and August, and the dates are going to fill up fast.

And Maya – you were a rock star today. THANK YOU for spending part of your holiday break with me!

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