Studio B Portraits in Issaquah near Bellevue Washington » Fashion Inspired Senior Pictures - Modern Family Photography

    I’m pretty sure this post doesn’t even need any commentary from me, but… it is a blog after all so I’ll give you a little something something 😉  This is Issaquah High School 2016 Senior Cole.  I photographed his gorgeous sister Meg a couple of years ago and let’s just say… same family does not equal the same type of photo shoot.  Boys are just different. (file that under the category of um… “obvious”)  What is fun for a girl and results in beautiful smiles is not going to give you the same natural smiles in a high school senior boy.  The fellas are not about “pretending” to have a good time…if they are having fun it shows, if they are not… believe me that will be crystal clear as well.  During our guy photo shoots, we joke and play a lot — in this case — Cole was demonstrating his superior planking skills 😉  Fun is as fun does, right?  I don’t care how we get to the party… I just want everyone to have a good time once we get there!

    Want to see more fellas, check out our GQ Portfolio of Senior Boys.




    Outdoor family portraits on Lake Sammamish of the Carrs
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    So… I don’t want to over-sell this, but — The Carr Family is the best family ever! (cue the fireworks,  rainbows and ticker tape parade) 😀 No seriously… this was such a fun shoot — and I’m even factoring in the part where I almost got flattened by their extremely enthusiastic puppy AND… Dad Chris playing a practical joke that literally left me speechless.

    So the backstory… I met the Carr’s at their beautiful Lake Sammamish home to photograph them for the cover of Above The Lake Magazine.  It’s a gorgeous day like only Seattle can deliver.  To my delight… everyone is not only ready for their close-up but so warm and inviting that I think to myself …gosh, it’s like we have been friends for years …or even better…I would totally like to be friends… similar to how we all feel every time we see Taylor Swift bring her favorite celeb BFF’s on stage during her concert and secretly wish it was us (Am I alone here? Don’t judge me 😀 ) Anyway – we’re mid way through the photo shoot and Dad Chris says to me: “Hey, do you remember photographing me in Los Angeles many years ago” — My mind races…I’m blank….how could I have forgotten this man? Admittedly — I’ve done like a b-gillion photo shoots… but this is a great guy. Maybe the birth of my three kiddos really did rob me of all of my good brain cells)  That stream of consciousness happens in a rapid-fire one-two punch but I’m determined to rally.  Over the course of the next hour… it’s a cat and mouse game of Chris walking me down memory lane… and me careening off into a semi truck of “I’ve got nothing-ness” (but all of that happens…just in my head) — He mentions the Santa Monica location, the companies he worked for… it’s all there, what is wrong with me??? And now as we close out the shoot — I’m forced to admit… I’m a terrible person that somehow managed to forget this amazing human being … to which he says with a huge grin “Just kidding, we’ve NEVER MET — my daughter told me that you worked down there and I thought I’d have some fun with you.”  –huh? what? — OH-MY-GOSH.  (Maybe I should have been a little salty… but nope, I’m not embarrassed to share with you that I felt the most overwhelming sense of relief to know that I’m NOT crazy, my memory is actually still relatively intact) AND then my next thought…um, I still want to be friends with the entire lovely family!!!  (Alright, maybe I’m a little crazy 😉 … but the Carr’s are awesome so be sure to check out the feature on them in the new Above The Lake. )

    Want to see more of our family shoots or get inspiration for your own?  Here’s a quick to our recent family blog posts and another one to our Family Portfolio.  If you are wanting to schedule a session for your own family session, CONTACT us for the remaining Fall dates.


    Beautiful senior pictures of Indian high school girl in flowers and sunshine

    “What is the best time of day to schedule senior pictures?”  We get that popular question often and usually our clients are asking about the best lighting conditions but in point of fact – we shoot through the entire day from 9 to early evening with beautiful results.  The real trick is “finding OR making” pretty light no matter what time of day it is.  The idea that it’s “golden hour” (that fleeting time where the sun is dropping in the sky before sunset) or you are not getting a great shot… just doesn’t have to be anyone’s reality.  For example, that angelic glow can be found (or made) any time of day with the right tools.  When you look above at 2016 Senior Mondi from Woodinville — it isn’t lucky or a great time of day that gave her the halo of heavenly light through her shining locks?… Nope, that’s our intern behind, her and to the right of the camera… creating that effect with lighting equipment. (We can’t take credit for her gorgeous make-up, hair and perfect everything else however… that was Sorella Salon and wonderful genes from her parents 😉 )  On a related note, if your wondering about the best time of day to photograph, leave weather behind for a second and ask yourself — what time of day do you feel your best?  Are you a morning person? Or  do you get pumping mid afternoon?  Consider this as you are scheduling time for your close-up

    The other REALLY common question we get about senior photo shoots is “What happens if it rains” or it’s overcast (welcome to Seattle, right?) — Honestly, that’s no problem either, check out this really cool behind the scenes article of how we handle that!


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    Class of 2016 Senior Brynne has such a sophisticated sense of style and a real talent for pulling together her signature look.  This International School Bellevue girl walked in and I was literally excited before we even starting clicking the camera.  We all were just in love with amazing hair… thick, above the shoulder, side swept bob?  YEP!  So chic. But it was her clever choice of both dress-y and casual clothing choices that has us thinking that there is a fashion editor job her future 😉  For this studio look, we adore how she paired her geometric black and white dress with not one, but two cardigan sweater options…the camel colored pairing is such a fresh take on wearing neutrals — love an unexpected twist.

    For more High School Seniors be sure to check out our Senior Portfolio here or to schedule your session, Contact Us.



    For many of our business clients, putting their best face forward includes personal branding with a variety of professional images tailored to specific social media, marketing, and distribution channels.  If you are thinking — um what? … that’s just fancy talk for “change it up and be thoughtful about when, where and why you do it.”  If you are anything like me (highly visual) I know you will appreciate a quick demonstration so… meet Mr. Lester.  I had the great pleasure of photographing this serial entrepreneur (and plying him with far too many of my own curiosities about his work, travels and experiences for which he was extremely gracious)  During his photo shoot we were focused on creating images that would communicate more than just the fact that “he’s the boss” — yes he’s a leader, but on any given day he’s also a trusted partner, collaborator and engaging speaker.  Clothing and expression are the single most important communicators of who you are photographically  so when you you need your personal brand to communicate “approachable”  (for example)… smiles, more casual clothing and relaxed body language are your ticket.  Speaking of casual business the options showcased here for men — no tie, open collars, subtle patterns. Perfection.

    Want to see more? Here is a link to our Headshot Portfolio and if you’d like to schedule a session, just contact us for availability.