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

 

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 kelly@kellymooneyphotography.com 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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Downtown Portland Senior Session | Class of 2017

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?

 

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#Throwback Thursday – Class of 2017 Style

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!

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Sophie Thornton

I’ve been so remiss in posting of late, and just have so many photos that are begging to be seen … Beautiful Sophie and I shot these dance pics MONTHS ago, but they still just make me smile every time I see them … Though I don’t have a graceful bone in my body, I absolutely adore working with dancers and capturing the beauty in their movements. This gorgeous girl really knows how to turn on a show when in the spotlight – I can’t wait to see what she does with her spectacular talent next!

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