Amber Fox Photographer » Stylish Portraits for Hip & Happy High School Seniors & Families in Orange County & Los Angeles, CA

While at the AMP workshop with the amazing Amanda Mae, I had the opportunity to photograph Mackenzie along the streets of San Francisco. And the next day, I was blessed again to photograph the darling and beautiful Mackenzie poolside.

One of the things I learned from working alongside Amanda was her incredible styling skills. It was so much fun to see Mackenzie transform from one outfit to another and how she accessorized everything amazingly. I loved everything about the vintage swim style that Mackenzie wore and OMG, she played up the part oh so well.

Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Another thing that I learned from this shoot was how to photograph in the middle of the afternoon. I typically do my shoots during “golden hour,” when the light is low in the sky and typically flattering to my models. But this poolside shoot was in the middle of the day with full sun. If you look in Mackenzie’s lenses you can see how we were able to successfully get this shot…with the use of a really big diffuser. Otherwise known as a scrim, this bad boy softens the light, while not blocking it entirely, allowing for perfect illumination of Mackenzie’s beauty. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
We thought it would be fun to have some fun with a beach ball and Mackenzie was just darling!
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Oh stop it! Love you!
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
I think this is my favorite shot from this series. But I really do love ALL the photos I took that day, so it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
Mackenzie, you are simply wonderful. You are the sort of model that photographers dream about. You are naturally beautiful and you are so graceful with your movements before the camera. I love your style and everything you brought to the shoot. But most of all, you are such a sweet heart and a joy to be around. I wish you the best at Occidental College and I pray that you have the best college experience a girl can have. Welcome to the sunshine state!
Amber Fox Photographer, Mackenzie
   
  • Blair Van Bussel - April 22, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, Amber! Such beautiful photos, and such an awesome opportunity! Stoked for you!!!

Last weekend I had the privilege of shooting alongside the fabulous and incredible Amanda Mae at her super fun workshop called Amplified. It’s been years since I have attended a photography workshop that was all about shooting and oh my goodness it was so refreshing. Amanda and I go way back and I have really enjoyed watching her business grow and take a stronghold over the Washington area and I was so excited when she decided to have a workshop all about Senior Portraits. And who doesn’t need an excuse to play in San Francisco?! Having never taken a vacation away from my boys, it was due time for me to play with my camera and learn from the best!

I learned a TON watching Amanda shoot. From how she directed her model to the enthusiasm she brought to the stage, I loved every second of watching her. As a photographer, who has been doing this for awhile, it’s like a breath of fresh air when I see someone who is so good at what they do, photograph the same model but with a different method. I can’t wait for my next Senior Portrait shoot to apply all that I have learned.

Mackenzie is a Senior in Washington at Meadowdale High School and was Amanda’s 2014 Model Winner and came all the way down to Cali to model for us! Mackenzie is freaking awesome! This girl not only knows how to model, but she is also a star athlete as a basketball player and is so smart that she is heading to Occidental College in the Fall. I really enjoyed getting to know her and she really is a jewel.

San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
We just happened to walk past this Vespa and it was practically screaming for Mackenzie to hop on. Doesn’t this look like it belongs in a magazine?!
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
One of my favorite things about San Francisco is the fun street cars and pops of color that are everywhere. And with Mackenzie’s beautiful smile, it’s perfection. 
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
One of the things that I loved working with Amanda was how she was able to bring an elevated style to everything. She really taught me how to push my clients and see the full potential of every shot. Amanda actually set this shot up and I really love all the geometry of the scene that I had to take a snap and once I turned it black and white, BOOM, it’s amazing!
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
The next day, we had another shoot of the darling Mackenzie, along with two more models who will be featured in future blog posts. Our setting was amazing, a gorgeous home, beautiful light and great clothes. Amanda really did a great job styling Mackenzie, because every outfit was incredible and so well accessorized. Isn’t this outfit just perfection?!
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
San Francisco Senior Portraits, Amber Fox Photographer, Class of 2014, www.amberfoxphoto.com
Thanks Amanda for letting me peek into your shooting style for a full weekend. You have been a great teacher, mentor and friend. You are seriously going to bring my Senior Portraits to the next level. And Mackenzie, you are amazing! I really enjoyed getting to know you and I loved photographing you all weekend long. You are gorgeous, both inside and out. Seriously, you’re stunning!
   
  • Jeff Whetstone - April 18, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Amber these are so fantastic! You’ve always been such an inspiration and an amazing photographer, but I can see how you’ve learned from Amanda and stepped up your game with these images. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

  • […] at the AMP workshop with the amazing Amanda Mae, I had the opportunity to photograph Mackenzie along the streets of San Francisco. And the next day, I was blessed again to photograph the darling […]

I was SO excited to photograph Chad, an about to be graduate from Fullerton High School. If you have been following me for awhile you probably noticed that I traditionally don’t photograph guys. So when I booked this shoot, I was elated that I had the challenge of photographing a subject that I wasn’t used to working with. I have taught photography for 13 years and have taught how to pose guys that entire time, but even still, I was a little nervous. Oh my goodness, I nailed it! And I had SO MUCH FUN doing it!

Chad was like a breath of fresh air. Confident, easy going and a natural in front of the camera…he was the perfect model. After getting to know Chad a bit, I knew he didn’t want flowers and rolling green hills to be his location for his Senior Portraits. Also after hearing all about his outfit choices, I knew that urban backdrops would be the perfect place to do our shoot, so the back alleys in Fullerton were the perfect spot to start out shoot.

Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
I drive past this wall of ivy all the time and never noticed how it would be an awesome backdrop for a handsome subject. With a camera in hand, I had new eyes and BOOM, it served as a great background for Chad to stand in front of.
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
This is my all time favorite shot from our big day. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
Oh hello red wall!
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
We then headed to one of my favorite spots in Fullerton to take some nature shots with a softer edge. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
I have always dreamed of doing a James Dean sort of look and I was so excited when Chad busted out this leather jacket. Work it Chad!
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
Amber Fox Photographer, Chad Oltmans, Fullerton Senior Portraits, Class of 2014
Chad, thank you so much for trusting me with taking your Senior Portraits. I am so excited for your future endeavors and I pray that you choose the right college for your future studies. You have so many great things before you, so really enjoy ALL of it and remember how blessed and loved you are by your awesome parents.
   
  • Deb Negrete - April 12, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Great job Amber! I knew you’d be perfect for this shoot. Awesome pictures of such a handsome young man!

Kendall is a graduating senior from Sonora High School and is seriously the sweetest girl ever! I had so much fun photographing her in the hills of Fullerton. From her beautiful eyes to her long curly hair, Kendall is GORGEOUS!

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When Kendall told me about her outfits and that she wanted to wear cowboy boots, I knew the perfect sort of location would be a woodsy place. And I knew just the spot. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Kendall Rubeshaw, Class of 2014, Orange County Senior Portraits 4
I am so happy with all the recent rains in So Cal, as that means lots and lots of green! Yay!
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I practically jumped up and down when we came upon these stairs. And Kendall knew just how to work these fun spots. 
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Oh my goodness, Kendall you are insanely pretty. 
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Um, wow! I love this color on Kendall, don’t you?!
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I dared Kendall to try on this fun hat I brought along on our shoot. I am glad she trusted me, because this ended up being one of her favorite shots. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Kendall Rubeshaw, Class of 2014, Orange County Senior Portraits 8
Work it girl! 
Amber Fox Photographer, Kendall Rubeshaw, Class of 2014, Orange County Senior Portraits 7
As captain of her varsity volleyball team and a top notch student, she was practically a shoe in for Grand Canyon University. Good luck girl! I see a bright future ahead of you. 
Amber Fox Photographer, Kendall Rubeshaw, Class of 2014, Orange County Senior Portraits 9
   

One of the things that I love about photographing high school seniors, is to be able to have the opportunity to make young woman feel beautiful. Caitie is such a pretty girl, so she got lots and lots of compliments on the day of our photo shoot. Caitie is the Senior Class President at Rosary High School and one of Foxy Senior Models, so this girl is used to be in front of people and knows how to put on the charm. I have loved getting to know her through the past year and have been privileged to photograph her three times now, so we of course had a  blast on our shoot that was just her.

We started our shoot in Uptown Whittier, which is a place I used to shoot at all the time. My own photo students are photographing portraits right now, so I wanted to shoot in the area that my students are taking pictures, so they could see how I utilize the same locations and I discover light and natural frames in their hometown. Plus, this gave Caitie a super unique and fun look to her Senior Portraits, since I typically don’t shoot there.

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I just loved the light in this little grassy knoll between two buildings. And Caitie, you look STUNNING! 
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Time for an outfit change and oh my goodness, I love that shirt!
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We then headed up to the hills overlooking Los Angles and got some fun shots with Caitie’s beach cruiser. So cute!
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This has to be my favorite image from the shoot, as it is SO FUN! I just love the cow girl look.
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Caitie, you have the most beautiful smile!
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And we ended our shoot with some pretty golden light as the sun dipped behind the hills. Caitie, you are so sweet, kind and beautiful. I wish the best for you, as you end out your Senior year at Rosary. I have really enjoyed getting to know you this year and I am so excited that got to do this beautiful photo shoot together. Yeah!
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