Erika is a free spirit, a wild one and has a personality that just draws people in. I had so much fun photographing Erika’s Senior Portraits all over Fullerton! She about to graduate from Sonora High School, as a Class of 2014 graduate. With a bright future ahead of her, this girl is going to go far.
One of the things that I was most impressed by Erika is where she decided to study after high school. Most high school seniors are off to traditional four year universities or maybe do the junior college route, but not this girl. She had a dream, a vision to do something different and to be different than everyone else. When she was sitting in her AP English class at Sonora High School, she was surrounded by over achievers like herself and she realized that all of her peers were going to be her competition to get into the UCs. Erika is not scared of risk and also thought it was too safe to do what was normal, so she looked outside the box and now Erika is going to be attending the prestigious Franklin University SWITZERLAND!!!! How cool is she?!
Erika, you really have great style. You are going to fit right in on those European streets.
I love how Erika can give the camera such a dramatic stare. Fierce!
For something a little softer, we headed to one of my favorite nature spots.
Erika, you are beautiful! I had so much fun getting to know you on our big day. You are such a unique young lady. Bold, confident and totally fun! I couldn’t be more excited for your college plans. I pray that you travel your heart out, fall in love with traveling and enjoy every second. Girl, you have a BIG future ahead of you. Lots of love…Amber
With graduation around the corner and Senioritis in full effect, Senior portrait season is in high gear. With only 20 something days till my Seniors throw their caps into the sky, opportunities to capture this special time in their life is about to slip through their fingers. So if you haven’t booked your senior portrait shoot, now is the time! You can use the link at the bottom of this post to book your session.
Kelli is a graduating senior at Sunny Hills High School and Class of 2014 grad. She is gorgeous, smart and has a heart of gold. With aspirations to serve the poor and stand up for human rights of the marginalized, Kelli has big dreams! Having served as an active member in National Charity League, Kelli is not shy of helping others and serving wherever she is needed. She also has lots of school spirit and is involved in her student cabinet at Sonora High School. So from ASB to to cooking meals for the homeless, this girl is a busy lady.
Kelli, you have a beautiful smile. Simply gorgeous.
Another really cool thing about Kelli, is that she has been dancing for over 10 years. Dancing takes up most of her time and she loves it!
We then headed down to a pretty spot covered in yellow mustard flowers…my favorite place to shoot! And Kelli looked gorgeous! Oh those eyes!
I love how everything is in bloom right now! So very pretty. And Kelli, you are GORGEOUS!
It was time for an outfit change. With all my shoots, my girls typically have 3-5 outfits, so we can get all sorts of fun looks.
Kelli, I am so excited for your future and all that awaits you. I am sure you are going to pick the perfect university that well suited for you and what you want to study. It was so awesome meeting you and getting to spend an afternoon with you. I really hope that you keep dancing, serving the marginalized and standing up for what is right. You are inspiring!!!
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.
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.
We thought it would be fun to have some fun with a beach ball and Mackenzie was just darling!
Oh stop it! Love you!
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.
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!
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.
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?!
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.
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!
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?!
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!
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.
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.
This is my all time favorite shot from our big day.
Oh hello red wall!
We then headed to one of my favorite spots in Fullerton to take some nature shots with a softer edge.
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!
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.
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