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Wednesday
Aug162017

Fall senior photo deadlines are sooner than you think (Clackamas senior photographer)

I’m definitely a summer person. I love being outside, going for evening walks and swimming any chance I can get. So I hate to think about back-to-school just as much as the next person. But alas, the time has come for Clackamas area high school seniors and their parents to start thinking about one right of passage: it’s time to book senior portraits.

Many high schools’ yearbook due dates are in fall, and there are many steps you’ll need to take: schedule an photo session, prepare for said photo session by planning outfits/haircuts, etc., choose a non-rainy day, have a great experience during the photo session, wait while your photographer edits your photos, choose one for the yearbook, and then provide it to the school staff in whatever format they need it.

This all takes time, and rushing the process isn’t in your best interest. I recommend booking a photo session soon.

Here are some of local, North Clackamas and Clackamas County due dates for your reference. However, please refer to official information from your school and please read all specifications carefully. Please note that senior ads, quotes and all other senior year/yearbook needs are handled completely separately. It is your responsibility to make sure your photos is submitted before the deadline.

Whoa, I'm not usually all business like this. If you have any questions about how to make the process as painless as possible, feel free to email or comment below. 

Class of 2018 senior photo deadlines:

Here’s a short video of some recent senior photo sessions. I had a blast with each student! If you’d like to schedule a photo session with me, please email jessiekirkphotography@gmail.com 

 

Saturday
Sep172016

Gladstone High School Senior Photographer | Cody

I had such a good with Cody and his mom during his senior photo session a few weeks back. We met at Gladstone High School, and then I jumped in their Jeep and we were on our way. We explored all the nooks and alleyways of Gladstone and Oregon City. Cody was a great sport! We scrambled down a pretty steep hillside to get some photos down by the Clackmas River, and the photos were definitely worth it. 

Cody is an outdoorsman, a swimmer and honestly one of the kindest young men I've ever met. I'm so excited to see where the next few years take him. 

For unique senior photos that capture your style and personality, email me at jessiekirkphotography@gmail.com

 

Tuesday
Aug232016

Kickstarting an album with Lucia Fasano (Portland band photographer)

I get a real kick out of hanging out with creative types, and Lucia Fasano is just about as creative as one can get. She’s a singer/songwriter, comedienne, cartoonist, actress, photographer and the list goes on. I met her through The Doubleclicks, the funny nerd folk duo I have been honored to photograph several times.

Lucia needed photos that reflected her quirky yet sincere style to promote her Kickstarter campaign. The crowdsourced funds would help release her album of mandolin-infused music. The songs range from soulful and serious to hopeful and cute, so she needed a lot of range out of the photos.   

We met at Council Crest Park, (the highest point in Portland) not for the sweeping views of the city, but for the huge radio tower, which we thought would be a good backdrop for an album called “Radio Silence.”

Thanks to her immense talent, the Kickstarter campaign got funded in less than 12 hours, and now the album is on its way to the masses. If you want to get a copy, there’s still time in the campaign to snag one.

And if you’re a creative type interested in fun photos to capture your style and personality, send me an email and let’s start planning something fun!


 

Tuesday
Jun072016

It's OK to make Dad cry (Portland children's photographer)

My husband will tell you that my goal for the past few Father's Days has been to make him cry, and he's not exactly wrong. I like to create cute photo opportunities for my kids and I've been known to interview them about how much they love their dad. So you see that my real goal is to make my husband feel loved and appreciated, and tears are just the icing on the cake. 

I just wish I could bottle up our kids' absolute adoration for their dad so that we'll remember it even when they're teenagers rebelling against us. 

With Father's Day coming up, I thought I'd share this video I created for him last year (editing late at night after he was in bed). While I've been shooting still photos for many years, I'm newer to videography. The thing I like is how video allows me to remember little details about my kiddos -- like their sweet voices and the way they misprounce words. My babies are growing up way too fast!

If you need a good gift idea for great dad in your life, photos always hit the spot. Here's my Pinterest board full of fun photo gifts to get your creative ideas flowing! 





Tuesday
Oct272015

Cute costume shoot featured in Metro Parent magazine (Portland child photographer) 

The awesome folks at Metro Parent magazine reached out to me again to take part in a fun photo shoot. You'll remember my son was featured on their cover a few months back, and it was a fantastic experience all around. 

The idea for this shoot was to take items that parents are likely to have around the house and create costume ideas. I loved the idea because I love Halloween and dressing up, and I am also a huge fan of anything that takes the stress out of a holiday. 

I found a beautiful natural light studio we could rent in Southeast Portland and the whole team from Metro Parent showed up to wrangle kids, outfits, the freight elevator and my reflector. It was so nice to partner with them and have so many extra hands on the set. I felt especially pampered this time around because as a longtime journalist, this was one of the first time I didn't have to write the feature that accompanied the photos. I didn't even write captions! (Great job on both accounts, Denise!) Click here to read the article

The feature turned out lovely and I am left feeling super grateful for the chance to work with this wonderful group. Scroll below to check out some super cute kiddos! 

Happy Halloween!