Saturday, November 18th
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This is my little sister, Michaela. We haven’t done her portraits in a few years now, so my mom asked if I’d do them now that she’s 15, almost 16.
I’d have killed for an awesome big sister who was an amazing photographer as a teenager (heck, I’d LOVE to have ME as a sister. Period!). The teen years can be so tenuous and full of insecurities and self-doubt. I think we all struggle to some degree with that, but having a beautiful portrait of yourself goes a LONG way in seeing your own self-worth and building your confidence.
I photographed this same street just two weeks before for this high school senior session and it was completely green. I drive by this street nearly every day and love how gorgeous these trees look both green and as they change into bright red/orange. Just a few weeks later, and they have already dropped most of their leaves.
It was cold and the clouds were rolling in, but we lucked out downtown and captured some amazing sunlight streaming through the trees.
I always like to chase the light, so we jumped in my van and headed up toward the hills. I pulled off in a business park that had a little field behind it and it was magical! The light was magical – there was actually deer poop every where and it was pretty cold!
I wish I had a pull-back for the bottom two shots. There was a giant wild rose bush next to the parking lot with an old pallet laying on the ground next to it. It wasn’t actually very pretty to just look at this time of year, but the rose hips on it where a very beautiful shade of red. I asked my sister to tuck inside a little open area of the bush and, sure enough, it was awesome!
Michaela Jeanne, I love you to the moon and back! You are amazing, kind, smart and wonderful. Always remember how unique and beautiful you are.
I don’t get a chance to photograph high school seniors often, but when I do, I LOVE it! Especially, when the high school grad is as sweet and gorgeous as Talli.
I photographed Talli’s family a few years ago and I was so excited when she contacted me in early August about doing her senior portraits. We set a date and I kept my fingers crossed the blasted wildfire smoke would clear out of the valley by September for her session. It did finally clear out, but we were left with a very dreary, overcast day, and we even got sprinkled on a little. I’d planned for some awesome sunset shots, with a sun-drenched background, but we made the best of the cloudy day and her images came out amazing!
Talli started with professional hair and make up with Jayme of JLM Artistry, who is freakin’ fabulous, btw!
(I strongly recommend professional hair and make for every session. I have a list of amazing artist I can recommend for your session.)
We started her session in my studio, using my black v-flats, which I’ve kind of been obsessed with lately.
We then hit up a little side street and small park on our way toward downtown Medford. I drive by this area just about every day taking my kids to ballet and had always wanted to stop and photograph there. I’d wanted the glowy sun streaming through the trees, but they ended up turning out beautiful without it.
We then went under the I-5 overpass downtown where all the bums and transients like to hang out (not really, but they do pass through this area so I’m always on guard). I really like this little spot because it has gorgeous light anytime of day and there is an awesome foot bridge over Bear Creek.
We walked around a small area of our downtown. Our town isn’t really old enough to be really cool, and there’s not much in amazing architecture, but there is some fun textures, and, most importantly, pretty light.
These were some of the last images of our session and ended up being some of Talli’s favorites.
Talli, you are smart, sweet, kind, and beautiful inside and out. I truly LOVED getting to photograph your your high school senior portraits and I hope you love these forever!
Meet little Marianne, the most alert newborn I’ve ever worked with. She was one of the calmest babies I’ve photographed, but she faught sleep tooth and nail, even after serval nursing sessions.
She did conk out for the briefest time in this comfy little wire basket. I took advantage and tried to get some variation for their gallery without moving her. I knew once I took her out that she’d wake up again, but I was able to capture some of the sweetest images from just this one pose.
Marianne made the most hilarious facial expressions!
I wanted to do some unposed mommy shots and just had her cradle her sweet, new baby and talk to her. Our babies grow so fast that I love to just freeze this one little moment.
Marianne’s grandma was able to fly in from out of state and join us for her newborn session.
If I can, I love creating black and white images during a newborn session. I asked dad to bring a black shirt and used my black v-flats as well as a black blanket on the bean bag. These images tend to be some of my all time favorites as a photographer. They are classic and timeless!
I create a slideshow for every portrait client. Enjoy Marianne’s and make sure to have some Kleenex handy!