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!
For this #SeniorSunday, I HAD to feature one of my most student-driven sessions, inspired entirely by St. Mary’s Class of 2017 senior, Maggie and her love for vintage styling, classic movies, and lust for life. She and I collaborated for quite some time prior to her session, talking about locations, looks and moods, and she built a fantastic Pinterest vision board to help the whole concept come together.
We had the most spectacular time working throughout Portland and once, stopping traffic (and perhaps having the authorities a bit on alert) when we used a smoke grenade downtown for some of her photos. Maggie and I share a love of black and white movies and movie posters, so we leveraged a hotel BATHROOM – of all places – in order to get the mirror shots. We then moved outside and despite it being broad daylight, put some flashes to work to create a night-time, shadowy look. And then we just walked and let the city inspire us both!
I LOVE collaborating with my seniors and helping them craft a truly customized, one-of-a-kind shoot complete with special effects, if they want. If you’re still in the market for senior photos, contact me SOON! I have a few September dates left, and then we’re booking either mini sessions or into October …
Enjoy checking out the movie magic that was Maggie’s shoot!