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!