I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE.
I believe that portraits and senior photos should be a beautiful expression of who you are. Whether you are 16 or 40, you are unique and your photos should be too! No more are the days of stiff posing, awkward studio shots, and looking exactly the same as everyone else. Say hello to adventurous sessions that represent exactly who you are!
Do you love hiking and being out in nature? Let’s go to a forest or explore a mountain or some amazing waterfalls! More of a city-dweller? Let’s explore the urban landscape together and create some edgy shots that feel exactly like you. I live for adventure and for making my portraits feel like they tell a story.
I want my portraits to feel real, vibrant, colorful, honest, and earthy.
Above all, I want you to LOVE the experience of working with me. I want you to walk away feeling more beautiful or handsome than you ever have in your life. And I want you to feel as if you just made a new friend in the process.
Keep reading for some great session tips and how to book with me!
HOW TO PICK A LOCATION
We all have places that make us feel relaxed and at peace, or places that hold special memories and meaning. Choose a place for your photos that feels like YOU. I’m always happy to suggest ideas based off what you have in mind!
In case you need any ideas for locations around the Salem or Portland area, feel free to consider this list of my favorite spots!
In Salem: Minto-Brown Park, Bush Park, Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park, West Salem walking bridge, Deepwood Estates, Woodmansee Park, Capital Park, Salem Golf Club, Willamette Valley Vineyards, downtown Salem
In Portland: Hoyt Arboretum, Forest Park, Cathedral Park, George Rogers Park, The Pearl District, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Tryon Creek State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Laurelhurst Park, The rose garden in Washington Park, Lewis and Clark College Campus, Jenkins Estate, Cooper Mountain
Outside of Salem/Portland: Memorial Park in Wilsonville, Vanderbeck Valley Farm outside Silverton, Silverton Park, Silverfalls State Park, Abiqua Falls, Scotts Mills, Jesse Settlemeir House in Woodburn, Roads End in Lincoln City, Timberline on Mt. Hood, White River Recreation Area on Mt. Hood, Trillium Lake, Women’s Forum in the Gorge, Latourell Falls, Government Cove in the Gorge, Cape Disappointment, Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, Hug Point, Cape Kiwanda, Smith Rock State Park, Devil’s Lake in Bend, Painted Hills, Detroit Lake, Crater Lake, Proxy Falls, Toketee Falls, Terwilliger Hot Springs
WHAT TO WEAR FOR PORTRAITS
The most important thing is that you wear your favorite clothes that make you feel the most confident and comfortable! Make sure that everything fits you really well, and remember that baggy or super tight clothing can make you look bigger than you actually are. If you feel self conscious about a certain part of your body, don’t wear clothes that show it off! For example, if you don’t love your arms, don’t wear a sleeveless dress. Also, take the location into consideration and bring shoes and clothes that are cute but also practical. If you are wearing stilettos and a super tight dress in a forest, it’s going to look out of place. There are definitely outfits that look more at home in a city, and others that look like they fit better in nature!
In terms of colors, I prefer photographing people in neutral colors and solids because I want the focus on you, not on your clothes! It’s a good idea to avoid really bright, fluorescent colors because the light can bounce off the clothing and into the shadows of your face, adding a weird color cast to the image! When in doubt, stick to richer, deeper tones or neutrals. Deep reds, burnt oranges, mustards, soft or darker blues, and olive greens always look good. Just avoid the really really bright shades. One other thing to consider is that some tight, high-contrast patterns can create something called a “moire effect” where a weird color or third pattern emerges. This mostly happens with shirts that have tiny, close together, contrasting stripes – so definitely avoid those too! Layering also looks good, especially with pieces that are structured and have good texture, like leather or denim jackets.
HOW TO BOOK
Want to book your portrait session? That’s awesome! Just email me! Then, I’ll set up a phone call so I can get to know you a bit! I’ll send you my pricing guide and you can choose from my three different portrait collections. To book, I’ll send you an email with a link to pay the deposit. After that, we’ll start planning locations and I’ll help answer any questions you might have about outfits, etc. On the day of the shoot, we’ll meet up at the first location and start shooting right away so you can warm up in the first 10 minutes or so. Everyone takes a little time to feel comfortable in front of a camera, so don’t worry if you are a little nervous at first! We’ll wander around the location to get a lot of variety in backgrounds and poses, and you’ll be free to change your outfit anytime you want. Some places don’t have public restrooms, so you might have to bring a sheet to hide behind, or change in your car.
After the session, I’ll upload the photos and get rid of anything awkward, out of focus, or a duplicate, and then I will edit the rest and put them in a private online gallery and send them to you as proofs. This can take up to one week. Once you receive the gallery in your email you will able to look through all the photos and choose your favorites. Each of my collections has a specific number of final images, so depending on which one you get you’ll be able to choose 40, 60 or 80 of the edited images. Once you finish selecting your favorites and email me, it will take just a day or two to send you a second online gallery where you can download them directly or order any prints you might want!
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