Photographing Steven’s Senior Pictures was cool on so many levels….it’s hard to know where to begin. The Issaquah High School Senior is the 4th Senior in his family that I have had the pleasure to photograph (yes, he is one of six siblings) and this kid delivered a “first ever” moment for me. Let’s begin with a little backstory — growing up, I was very close with my Grandmother Sylvia. She and I spent so much time together…playing Gin Rummy, watching All My Children and eating way too much Dominos pizza (you know the good stuff) So when Steven told me that he brought not one, but two Mustangs that he restored as a project with his Grandpa… I just knew we had to create something really special. We had a great sunny day to shoot and I just love the way everything turned out.
I’m not mad at black…. and here’s why. Doesn’t matter if your style is casual or dressy, boho or city chic — the simplicity of the statement always brings the focus right to your face. Issaquah High School Senior Claire is such a beautiful example of what I’m talking about here…. YES we are loving her Free People dress, but we only noticed it AFTER we caught her gorgeous smile, sparkly eyes and shining locks! (Shout out to styling partner Sorella Salon for her pretty camera ready hair & make-up)
We love this look on Lakeside High School Senior Loren. A button down shirt paired with denim jeans is a timeless classic but it’s the contemporary pattern that makes his style really pop with originality. We did this set in the studio and then headed outside with his friend Nick for a little street-side buddy bonding (and yes… these boys were totally the most interesting thing in everyone’s day…welcome to shooting in a small town – haha!) His Mom Joyce was also at the shoot — you know acting as his “stylist” — we all just had such a great time (because really… that is what it’s all about!) Oh and here’s a another favorite that we posted to our Instagram.
Issaquah High School’s Claire has a style that is reminiscent of a bygone era but it’s her modern twist that makes her look so fresh. This senior’s red lip, soft curls and blouse definitely have us thinking Marilyn but her clever pairing of a denim jacket, suede booty and geometric skirt are totally 2016. L-O-V-E! If you are looking for more senior girl inspiration… we’ve been slightly Pinterest obsessed this season so be sure to check out our Pinterest Board for Senior Girls.
Mind blown! For all of us that revel in the creative process — you know how amazing it feels to see the beautiful results of collaborating with talented people. We shot this 425 Magazine Cover and “On the Run” feature for the September Fashion Issue on the most beautiful Summer day and it was one of those experiences that remind me why I just love my job. As you can see from the behind the scenes snaps… it really does take a village to pull one of these shoots together. To quote my Mom — “it takes a lot of work to be a natural beauty” 😉 The thing that was so special about this shoot (other than it’s obvious awesome-ness) — was that we got to photograph in our hometown of Issaquah (XXX Restaurant, the Train Depot, and the Highlands vista were such perfect backdrops for this Thelma & Louise inspired shoot)
Shout out to @TCMmodels Hannah & Anastasia and the entire @SorellaSalon team. Thank you @425Magazine …just love working together.