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!
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?
Have you ever just had the stars align for you? When Kenzie told me that she dreamed one day to own a VW bus and that she just loved the whole boho look, I was a bit stymied. But I thought – let’s just see what social media can do. Sure enough, I posted a quick question on my facebook page, inquiring to anyone who might have a Bus for us to borrow and sure enough – MINUTES later, a complete stranger here in West Linn not only was offering up his vintage ride, he was sending me his GARAGE CODE so I could get in and grab his keys to borrow it for our shoot.
Fortunately we still had a few days, so I was able to prepare Kenzie’s mom for the surprise that awaited her. The look on her face when she came around the corner at our session location was priceless. It meant the world to me that I could surprise this beauty with her dream car, and that we had a whole stylized senior session waiting for her.
We started her shoot with a quick family session, which was absolutely priceless (cue their perfect dog, who also knew how to pose!) and then quickly moved to the vintage Bus to start her shoot.
Kenzie, it was my absolute honor to work with you and your wonderful family. I had the most spectacular time and hope to see you the day you buy your own classic VW. It’s only a matter of time!