I am so excited to showcase the Nicole’s gorgeous Senior Portraits photographed all over nooks and crannies of Downtown Fullerton. Nicole is one of my Foxy Models, so I have been blessed to photograph this beautiful, super smart and atheletically talented young woman on mulitple occasions. If you want to see her other shoots, you can click here, here and here. Because of that, Nicole was super comfortable in front of my camera and we had so much fun capturing her hip & happy senior pictures.
Nicole is a Class of 2016 Senior at Sonora High School. With a full academic plate of Interbaccaluarate classes and Varsity Track & Varsity Volleyball filling up much of her time after school, Nicole still finds time to tutor students with special needs and always does whatever it takes to make people smile and believe in themselves. She describles herself as being friends with lots of different people, and it’s probably because she is so dang nice & personable, that of course everyone wants to be her friend.
I loved this session we shot of Nicole. We started off in a fun brick area that had the most beautiful light. I fondly think of this light as yummy. Flattering, soft and highlights Nicole’s best features.
We then headed behind a Downtown Fullerton hair salon (there are lots of them here) and found a cool wall of green and interesting textures. On a side note, the BEST hair salon in Fullerton is Salon Lujon, where Nicole got her hair and makeup done by the fabulous Amanda.
For my photography students who are reading this, texture is always a great backdrop to pose your model in front of. It adds dimension to the shot.
I have always wanted to photograph someone on this wall. This particular day, it was somewhat cloudy and Nicole was worried that the light wasn’t good for photos. Actually cloudy light acts light a giant soft box and can create lovely portraits when used correctly. So this wall is usually in the harsh sun in the later half of the day, during the time I like to shoot, but on this cloudy day it was looking gorgeous and acted as a perfect backdrop for Nicole. I was seriously jumping up and down when I got these! Nicole’s adorable romper and floppy hat was the perfect outfit! It almost looks like she is in France.
Oh this wall, this wall! So much fun to shoot in front of! Nicole is super fashionable and can seriously be a super model, so I wanted to find the perfect spot for the graphic pattern of her skirt. Nicole you are insanely beautiful!
I think this trio would look amazing on the wall together. Don’t you agree?
And no session of senior portraits would be complete without the essential pretty nature spot with some backlight goodness. And of course Nicole is looking STUNNING!
This shot is on the cover of her album! Seriously, Nicole you are jaw droppingly beautiful.
Every year I try to challenge myself with learning something new and upping my game. So this year, I am conquering off-camera flash. I love OCF and so does Nicole! She looks especially beautiful. And so does her cute doggie.
So the look of these is a bit different than what I usually show my blog readers, but there is going to be a lot more of this look coming to you all in future posts.
Nicole is a super athlete. She is very proud of every patch she earned on that letterman jacket. And she should be! Nicole, you wow me with your crazy ambition to go to Harvard like your big bro, and your super talent for anything sporty is clear just by looking at you. You are going to rock your senior year and I pray you get to your dream school. As a Foxy Model, Nicole has some more fun shoots ahead too, so make sure to check back on the blog to see some of those awesome shots.
So my Foxy Models are officially Seniors! Woo hoo! To celebrate their first day of their Senior year, I thought it would be fun to do some fashionable senior pictures along my favorite spot in to photograph people in Fullerton. And it was a fun excuse to get my girls together and have some fun in front of my camera.
It has been so fun getting the opportunity to photograph my Foxy Models all over Fullerton these past six months. I have gotten to know the girls so well and it’s fun to see how they really shine in front of the camera.
For this shoot, I wanted the girls to wear what they would wear on the first day of school. I remember back in the day, I would carefully plan what I would wear for the entire first week of school and then I would chill out the rest of the school year wearing whatever was clean. First impressions are important. Now I see a lot of my students, (I teach 200 high schoolers the joys of photo), many of my girls are wearing super cute outfits on the first day. What I love about my Foxy Models, is that they are always dressed to impress and even with this senior shoot, I can totally see their personalities come across in what they chose to wear.
With all my senior portrait shoots, I always give my clients lots of direction in what the very best thing to wear is. I have made a 60 page What to Wear guide that gives my girls tips on what sort of styles look best for their figure and what colors look best with particular complexions. I also give my seniors access to my fabulous What to Wear page on Pinterest, that is chalk full of inspiration. So lets just say, when you book a shoot with me, you are prepared for amazingness.
Without further ado, here are my Foxy Models, Class of 2016, for their first day of school of their Senior Year!!! Woot, woot!
If you are ready to book your Senior Portrait shoot, please use the link below, email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 310-463-8177. I am presently all booked through September, but I have a few slots available in October & November. Let’s fill up my calendar with beautiful people!
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.”
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