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Entries in Portland senior photography (2)

Friday
Nov012013

Getting over regret, my first giveaway and the lovely Elizabeth (Rex Putnam High School senior photographer)

 

Last year about this time, I was photographing a client who needed headshots for her company’s website at a local park. The client was running a few minutes late and as I sat there waiting, I noticed a high school-aged girl whose parents were taking her pictures with a camera phone.

My Facebook homies know where I’m going with this.

I was intrigued. Not only was the girl really beautiful, she also appeared to be a dancer because she was perching herself on rocks while striking ballet-style poses. After a minute or two, I realized they were taking her senior photos for the yearbook.

I felt a strong urge to go over and offer to take her photos. I truly believe that everyone should have photos they can be proud of, especially for the yearbook. But I hesitated. I wondered if it would be insulting to the family if I walked up and offered my services, or if they would think I was being weird or salesy. Not only did I have my own client who would be coming along any moment, but scheduling that photo shoot was the first time I’d been away from my 3-week-old son, and I wasn’t sure I was emotionally ready to extend the amount of time I was away from him.

And that was it. My client showed up before I worked up the nerve to talk to the family.

I regretted it because I could have helped them out, but I didn’t.

A year passed, and one day I heard that yearbook photo deadlines were coming around again. I remembered that day, and was struck with a need to make up for that time that I should have, but didn’t.

So I did my very first giveaway, and I offered a complimentary senior session to a deserving student via my Facebook page. I was absolutely blown away at how positive and kind everyone was. I had a great response, and my choice was made pretty simple when three separate people nominated the same person.

That’s how I got to know Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is a super hardworking student who has really turned her life around. She went from getting in trouble at her old school in North Portland, to really excelling and taking honors classes at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie. She’s even set to graduate a year early. She works almost full time and has big plans for her future that could include going to beauty school.

We did her senior portrait session at the always-stunning Cathedral Park, which is right in her old neighborhood and is a meaningful place to her. She said she always loved the bridge and really wanted a photo of herself in front of it.

We had a great session and I learned that in addition to being hard-working, Elizabeth is also a very sweet and kind-hearted person with a killer smile. I really enjoyed getting to know her. Elizabeth, I wish you success and happiness as you finish your last year of school, and who knows, maybe we’ll work together someday when you’re a hair and make up artist!

 

If you want high school senior portraits that reflect your personality and style, drop me a line!

Thursday
Aug012013

Old enough to remember when (Portland senior photographer)

I’m old enough to say, “I remember when you were little” to the young people in my life who seem to be growing up at alarming rates.  I try to avoid saying that — mostly because no one ever has a comeback to that comment — but I sure have been thinking it lately. Whether it’s my nephews (who turned all tall and strong and mature overnight) or in this case, my darling cousins, these kids just keep growing up on me. And they are both seriously gorgeous if you ask me!

I photographed Mariah and Xuxa a while back, and it was really wonderful to spend some quality time with both of them. There’s really only so much you can learn about a person at twice-a-year family get-togethers, so I appreciated the chance to have some time with just the three of us. They are both becoming such interesting, independent and fun ladies.