A Little #SeniorSunday Movie Magic

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!

 

 

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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

 

Eilise

It’s #SeniorSunday, and I just had to pull another beautiful session from my archives to share, since I was so remiss at sharing these during the heat of the #Classof2017 season.  Eilise’s photos – which we shot downtown and at the International Rose Gardens, resulted in just so much magical light and beauty – so much so that one of her photos is in the front running for being the cover of my new Keepsakes Guide.  So if you have a favorite from her session, please leave a comment and let me know which one you think should grace the cover of my biggest magazine that I distribute each year.

Class of 2018 – I’m already booking into June and July, so NOW is the time to contact me to get on the calendar. I am SO excited for the sun to come out and to start working with all of my beautiful models!

 

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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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#ManCrushMonday: Check out Ethan’s Downtown PDX Portfolio Session

His smile is to die for. His chiseled jawline slays me. His ability to transform in front of a camera is spectacular. I adored every moment working with Ethan when we met in downtown Portland to update his model portfolio for Bliss Talent Agency.  Ethan was so great not only at taking direction, but also suggesting different poses and settings. And his energy and enthusiasm is absolutely infectious.

I loved channeling some old-world charm with him when we shot at Portland’s historic Benson Hotel, then worked to find some great urban backdrops around the city.  He also popped in some of the most magical blue contact lenses that gave him an almost mystical look.

Whether he’s working on the set of a local TV show, or modeling for a new action sports catalog, I know you’ll be seeing Ethan all over the place! I count myself as so lucky to have worked with him!

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