So for the past year — okay, let’s be honest — the past three years, I have been dreaming about doing glamour portraits of women.
I have done senior portraits for six years, and I LOVE them. Beyond my family, high school seniors are my life, considering I spend most of every day with them. But in my heart of hearts, I have dreamed of photographing adult women. I love being able to get any woman in front of my camera and give her the opportunity to feel and look amazing!
How we perceive ourselves in our mind is often not the way other people see us. Okay, let’s rephrase that “we” to “I.” I often see myself as not so pretty, skinny-fat and just plain blah ever since having my twins. But how others see me is very different, at least from what friends have told me. So I want to give women the opportunity to see themselves as the fabulous versions we all love them as … Foxy & Fabulous!
Marie is a super good friend of mine. We met in Fullerton, in North Orange County, and now we’ve known each other for about a year. I simply love her. She is a strong, very smart and gorgeous woman. I admire many things about her and I am honored to call Marie my friend. And I was even more excited when I got the opportunity to photograph her and practice some skills I have been working on. And it was so fun to work alongside my friend Cheryl as I got these amazing shots.
I love how Marie can give a fierce glance toward the camera and then deliver a super bright smile.
And the raised eyebrow! Love it.
Look at this headshot! Marie, you are beautiful.
It was time for an outfit change and I simply love the blue on Marie. Doesn’t she look stunning?!
I love the poses, attitude and personality that comes through in this photo shoot. So very fun.
So ladies if you thinking of doing a Foxy at 30, 40 or whatever, give me a call and we can get started on making you look and feel like a Fox. And remember, every session comes with professional hair and makeup with my fabulous stylist team at Salon Lujon!
I am so excited about this Beauty out of Ashes session with my Class of 2015 Foxy Senior Models. When I saw the black skeletons of what used to be a lush forest, I was overwhelmed with the urge to photograph someone in this eerie space. I had never seen anything like it. I wanted to bring some beauty, a ray of hope, to this space of emptiness. I wanted to create something beautiful. And I wanted to create something different than what I normally do, which is typically photos of high school seniors in bright and colorful spaces. So this session is not my typical hip and happy senior portraits, but are beautiful in a different way.
After creating the images, they felt really reminiscent of the title sequence of Pretty Little Liars. Since I had the girls all wear white dresses for this mysterious location, they almost look angelic. When I envisioned this shoot, I knew that I was going to process them black and white, so it was imperative that the girls wear white, so that really stood out against the bleak background.
What inspired this session is one day I was hiking with my kids along the trails that are near my house, a place I typically shoot at. I heard that there was a fire near this location, but was shocked to see that it was in a space I knew so well. This spot is one of my go to locations for my senior sessions, so it was heart breaking to see a place that was once so beautiful to be devastated by a fire. Despite the pain, I knew I had to make art here!
Immediately after returning home from my hike, I reached out to my Class of 2015 Foxy Senior Models and asked if they were down for a spontaneous photo shoot. So the next day, myself and some of the girls from Foxy Model team all met up and took some pretty pictures. We had a blast!
I also wanted to explain my title, Beauty out of Ashes. This saying is from a beautiful bible text, Isaiah 61:1-3. Out of the ashes, will come beauty. God uses our trials, our hurts and our pain to draw closer to Him. I pray that I can speak truth into the lives of youth, so they may know true joy and experience the splendor of God.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captivesand release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
One of the hardest things about having your senior portraits taken is figuring out what to wear. This is probably my most frequented question that I get from my clients. I actually have an entire 45 page magazine that details What to Wear for my high school seniors, so they can feel totally confident in how they look and feel in front of the camera. So when it comes to your senior portraits, it’s imperative that the clothes you wear flatter your figure and highlight your personal style. I look back on my senior pictures, and I love how I can see my 90’s hippy self.
For the photos in this post, I partnered with Stitch & Feather and worked with the most amazing stylist named Bry. She has a special talent of envisioning from head to toe, what should be worn with what, and even what sorts of outfits would look best according to your figure. I seriously want her to dress me for my entire wardrobe. I recommend all my future high school senior clients to go to Fullerton’s Stitch & Feather and get the perfect photo ready outfit. Ask to work with Bry, and you will be set!
Keep in mind, this is the second installment of images highlighting our special shoot with Stitch & Feather, so make sure to also check out Part One of the series.
I really love this open shoulder peasant romper that Ashley is wearing. So gorgeous. It’s flirty, just like her. And the spring colors are perfect for So Cal and really pop against our backdrop of green.
These shots are so fun too. Emily is look adorable in this kimono ensemble, but made more daytime with the funky boho hat. And Alex’s legs could go for days, so the white dress that she was wearing looked amazing on her!
How much do we all love this shot! Soo fun! The glasses that Victoria is wearing are so 60’s, but without looking explicitly vintage. I think I have to pick me up a pair.
Oh to be young again. Ashely, you are killing me in this romper! Adorable!!!! And Nicole’s romper is equally amazing. I love the flared arms.
I really love the whole look of the tide dyed inspired dress that Kelsy is wearing. So cute right?! And the sweet girlish pattern accompanied by a long sweater vest on Victoria is gorgeous!
I love the layers of this outfit. Every detail is perfect.
You girls are beautiful. So Foxy!
Thanks so much to my team of Foxy Models for waking up early and strutting your stuff for the camera. I love my makeup artist, Amanda at Salon Lujon, who always does the best job making my girls look especially beautiful. Always amazing to work with. And of course, a huge thanks to Stitch & Feather, for dressing my girls and giving them a super model experience. Bry, you are awesome and oh so talented.
If you are not sure what to wear to your senior portrait session, then you should stop by Downtown Fullerton’s awesome boutique called Stitch & Feather. With super cute clothes that are perfect for the free spirited and bohemian girl, Stitch & Feather has a plethora of adorable outfit choices for your senior portrait session. Fullerton has lots of great boutiques, but when Stitch & Feather moved into town, it was a game changer. Everyone always refers to them as a light or as a breath of fresh air in the neighborhood. They definitely set a new standard of awesome boutiques in Fullerton!
The weekend of the epic music festival called Coachella, my Foxy Models and I worked with a team of stylists at Stitch & Feather to come up with our own versions of what we would of worn if we were going to Cochella. All the outfits, from head to toe, are using clothes from Stitch & Feather’s Fullerton store. They also have a store in Huntington Beach, so there is chance you can also find some of the care free styles there as well.
My Foxy Models rocked the shoot! They had a blast getting all dolled up by the wonderful Amanda from Salon Lujon. Girls, you were troopers to get up at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning! And Amanda, you killed it…the girls looked flawless.
And a special thanks to Bry & Candi from Stitch & Feather who really made this all happen. We had to do our shoot before store hours, so it was awesome that Candi set the whole thing up. And Bry was such an amazing stylist!!! Seriously, I want her to dress me for the rest of my life.
So onto the photos…enjoy the beauty!
Our first model is the gorgeous Nicole, from Sonora High School. Isn’t her necklace just amazing! This is a total statement piece. When you layer jewelry with beautiful clothes, it equals a win for a great outfit for your senior portrait shoot.
I think I am in love with these pants. Nicole is totally ready for her next summer concert.
Our second Foxy Senior Model is Alex, also from Sonora High School. Alex is looking especially gorgeous in this darling ensemble. So cute!
From Alex’s shoes to the darling bando, she is perfectly styled.
Ashley, a Foxy Model from Troy High School, totally brought her joy into the shoot. Ashley, you look radiant!
I love how Ashley’s accessories totally match the colors found within the dress. LOVE!
Victoria, is a Foxy Model from Troy High School and she looks like she just stepped out of a bus heading to a summer concert.
I love how casual this outfit is, that you can dress it up to go out on a date or even wear to school.
Emily, a Foxy Model from Sonora High School, is just perfect in her coral necklace and kimono. This would the perfect sort of outfit for a senior portrait shoot.
Emily, you are stunning!
Our last Foxy Model, to participate in this Stitch & Feather shoot is Kelsy, from Los Alamitos High School. I just love this entire look! Soo cute!!!
Kelsy, you are radiant and your smile just beams. And you wear this open shoulder peasant top so well.
Thanks for an awesome shoot girls. So if you in the Fullerton area, take a moment to check out Stitch & Feather. You won’t be disappointed. It’s my new favorite store for sure! And if you ask for Bry; she will style you perfectly for your next portrait shoot.
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