We had a gorgeous night of light at the marina taking Joe's senior portraits. I had a blast playing with composition and the light and Joe was easygoing and let me shoot away. It was so fun walking and talking with the whole family as we went. I loved hearing about the classes and leadership that Joe's involved in this year and know it's going to be a good one for him.
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Oh my goodness, I had the best time with Seerat taking her senior portraits. She's a smart, sparkly, beautiful girl and it was a treat to document this season for her. She had my creative juices flowing and I loved the variety we got. Seerat, I hope you have such a great senior year....
I had such a fun time with Robyn taking her senior portraits last week! She was so easygoing and great to be with. One of my favorite parts of taking portraits of seniors is trying some creative compositions and using the architecture available. Robyn was game for it all. What a gorgeous girl!
I had a great evening with Evan the other evening. He's just graduated high school and is looking forward to studying at the UW in the fall. First, though, he's doing some awesome trips. He just came back from Alaska with his dad and now is heading on a European cruise with his mom. That's a fantastic way to celebrate. Evan, good luck in the fall!
Chase told me when we met up that he'd forgotten we were doing his pictures that day until his dad reminded him that he'd better clean up and his mom was calling with clothes opinions. I laughed and told him no senior girl ever forgot she was having pictures done. His whole session was easygoing and fun. We talked as we walked the park and I loved hearing from him about what he was doing and interested in as he finishes his senior year. And I'm always super impressed with any people his age who know how to reciprocate and initiate conversation too. I think it's just who he is but being people smart will take you a long ways! Thanks, Chase, for such a great evening and for being so patient with me while I went on and on about the light!
I am pretty familiar with a lot of locations in the area after doing photography for the last several years. However, this was the first time I had heard of the LeMay Family Car Collection and I was totally game to try it out for Troy's senior pictures when his mom asked me about it. Troy is a car guy and I hope he had as much fun seeing the cars as we walked the property and museum as I did shooting him around them. What an awesome guy he is. Doing senior portraits can be a great time to talk as we walk around and this guy has a solid head on his shoulders and has a great heart as well.
A sunshiny garden and a gorgeous senior is a recipe for a happy time for me. I just loved visiting with Catie as we took her portraits. Weeks from graduating, she's excited about what's ahead and it looks like Washington State is going to be the lucky university that gets her. So beautiful and smart and with a heart that shines through in every shot. Catie, thank you for the opportunity to document this special time in your life! (And Annie and Melissa, thanks for letting me pull you into a sister and mom picture too!)
What a treat it was to take Alyssa's senior portraits! She has such a warm and fun personality. I loved that we captured her with Jasmine, her horse, at their home and then we headed off to get a few more portraits of her and some with her family. I loved every bit of it. Here are some favorites.....
Anna is a girl who loves books and opted to do her senior portraits at a cool bookstore. I think she was pretty smart to use that location because she collected quite a nice pile to purchase as we went along. Clearly, she is as beautiful as she is smart, with a gorgeous smile that lights up her whole face. I loved the opportunity to shoot some different angles and then we went for a little walk outside to finish off her portraits. Thank you, Anna!
Loved my time with Tristan taking senior pictures. When the rain came at the last minute, we had to change our plans from a local park to doing more of an urban shoot and I loved how it turned out. What a great heart Tristan has and his easygoing nature made it really fun for me to talk with him as we shot too!
I spent a fun evening in the gritty part of Tacoma with Noah and Brett last weekend. There's so much cool texture and neat lines and light in that area and the guys were easygoing and great to hang out with. The funny part was that Tricia, who is Brett's mom and Noah's stepmom, was texting pictures of the shoot to Noah's mom who was doing a "mock" photo shoot by some gritty walls with Noah's little sister and Brett's little brother. Good practice for them in another 10-13 years!
For the last couple years my daughter has been involved in the amazing school plays put on by our local elementary school. It was where I met Sarah, who inspired and instructed her singers to shine. Through the productions I met her husband and gorgeous daughters who are highly talented in theater (and a host of other things!) and who were helping behind the scenes to make the productions amazing. Sarah and Raelene have taken a couple of my classes and it's been so fun to get to know them better. I was delighted when Sarah asked if I would take Raelene's senior portraits.
Raelene is just stunning and shiny and engaging and warm. She was a delight to photograph at Ft. Steilacoom and just laughed when we showed up and the whole park was flooded with a track meet and parents who were jogging back and forth across fields. We found quiet areas and had so much fun talking and shooting. She is so natural and I told her she could do a modeling/ posing class for me (and teach me a thing or two!). She is so gorgeous but I feel like it's her heart that shines through so clearly.
Thank you for a FUN morning and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your senior year, Raelene!
I had a great time wandering around some of my favorite areas and some new spots in Tacoma on Saturday with Cole and his family. In a few months, Cole heads off to university in Colorado, so it was a great time to swing in some family pictures at the same time. On Mother’s Day weekend, I know that Tina was happy to have some pictures of their whole family together. Thanks for a fun morning!
I had the best time taking senior portraits of Dylan last week. I’ve done portraits with his whole-awesome-noisy-cool-hilarious family but it was fun to have time with just him on this day. I always see Dylan on worship bands at church, drumming his heart out, or caring for people. He has a strong heart for the Lord, a passion for worship, and loves really well. He’s about to finish high school, taking classes at church, and also learning job skills in construction. Solid guy. He told me when he was about seven, he and his dad were around a musician who saw little Dylan pounding and drumming on everything and he told his dad he should get him a set of drums. Man, is he good. We met up and he set up his awesome set in a parking garage and then just went for it. We were in a quieter area of Tacoma and every once in a while people would walk by and peek in to see where the awesome rhythm was coming from. I was in heaven, photographing him from all kinds of angles and loving listening to him. My adrenaline was pumping for sure. Then at the end, we took a walk around and got a few more portraits.
I am grateful that my sons are growing up in community with fine young men like him as examples in their lives.
Loved my time with this family the other night. We did a few family updates as they hadn’t had a family portrait since Chase grew up to be the tallest one. Then I walked their lovely property with Ellie who’s a senior and we took some portraits of her. What a beautiful girl, so smart and articulate and fun. I so enjoyed visiting with her as we went along. She just smiled at some of my ideas but went for it and the ones of her perched on the logs and then in the forest with the amazing light turned out to be my favorites. She looks like a gorgeous model….and you’d never know that we were trying to keep her away from the stinging nettles….anything to be just where the perfect light can be found!
I met up with Josh to do a mini session of senior pictures. Great guy and way easy going. His only request was to use his vehicle in some pictures so I was thrilled with being able to set up some shots using some fun angles, even laying on the greasy parking lot in the industrial yards to get a few shots (can’t help myself). His mom, Diane, laughed and said she realized why I had recently blogged about needed new jeans after wearing out the knees of my old ones, crawling around. I loved the fog, the chippy warehouse we used, the gritty feel to the old brick. It was fun to do something different than the usual and I appreciated Josh and his sweet mom who were all about letting me go for it. Hope you have a great rest of your senior year, Josh!
I had a great time walking around and taking senior portraits of James. I was asking about his family’s trip to Europe as London is at the top of my list of where I want to travel next. James is taking a hefty set of classes and it’s clear to me he’s a smart guy (anyone that’s willing to tackle calculus is smart in my books!) and he’s got some musical interest too. His sweet mom told me that she couldn’t have asked for a better son than him. I could tell that he’s a solid guy. Thanks for the opportunity!
We also took just a couple pictures with James’ little sister, Summer, who was irresistible in her pink coat. He’s a great brother.
Two things that made me especially happy during this session: good conversation and the hunt for leading lines in Tacoma. I really enjoyed visiting with James as we walked around. He’s involved with a lot in theater and dance and it was great to hear about his passion. Secondly, it was fun to walk around Tacoma and look for ways to use the architecture in different ways. James, thanks for having me take your senior portraits! Hope you have a great rest of your year!
There are smilers in this world and Rebekah is one of them. She’s the kind of girl that smiles from the inside out and her laugh draws people to her like bees to honey. I had a great time taking senior pictures with her and her little posse of sisters and mom and friends that kept her smiling. We did a little urban but a whole lot of fall as it’s her favorite season. Glad we got lots of pictures in the leaves before that crazy windstorm last night that took down most of the remaining leaves and a bunch of trees!
I met up with Izzy last week for a one person mini session for some senior pictures. What a precious girl, full of warmth and fun. She says she loves this season so a cool day which felt wet and mossy, with vibrant color seemed like a perfect backdrop. Her eyes were expressive and her smile so engaging. Izzy, I hope you have a wonderful senior year!