2016 Bainbridge Island High School Senior, Cora, loves fashion, style and anything purple! Her natural and simple style is what motivated us to include some time at the beach but her hipster side took us straight to the bunker. Yoga and workouts keep her dancer's body in shape even if she does love Ben & Jerry's Phish Phood! Texting, movies and hanging with friends are just part of her senior high plans. Cora hopes to study nursing in college so I'm sure her senior year will be filled with visits to colleges and  . . . dare I say . . . more testing. That's TESTING not texting! Good Luck, Cora! Your calm and sweet personality will make you a great caregiver and be a valuable asset in anything you choose to do.

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I had a great time with you, Cora. Thanks for being so much fun!


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I've met a lot of new people since moving to the PNW. I tell people I'm a professional photographer and they often ask what I photograph. I say my favorite thing to photograph is seniors. Many of them think I mean senior citizens - over the age of 65. Uh, no. In the photography world when we say seniors -- it's HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. Not Senior Citizens. So, there's my "SENIOR MOMENT". Explaining to people the two very distinct types of "SENIORS". Ha! Many look at me like I just grew another head when I try to explain that when a child is graduating from high school he/she is a "senior" and their parents like to have a nice portrait of them before they leave the nest, and often, it's their last time to get a family portrait when the family is all still together every day.  

As a portrait artist, I always want to please my client but in the case of the "Senior" I really have two clients. 1) The Senior and 2) their parents. It's a tough time for both. The Senior is actually becoming an adult and leaving to go to school or work full time. It's their time to shine in that little window in between the ease of childhood and the reality of adulthood. They don't know it yet but they never had it so good. Right? Most of them are really feeling it. They can't wait to get out there and put themselves into the thick of it. Show the world who they are. They LOVE having beautiful, fun pictures of themselves.  The Parents - well, that's a different story. Most of us are starting to whine a bit to our friends and spouse (especially if they're the first to leave us). It's so hard to let them go. We can't stop thinking about how they were just little yesterday. How did this happen?! So when people ask me "do you really like taking pictures of senior high school students"? I don't have to even think about it. I absolutely do. Because I know that my photographs make them feel empowered and ready to take on the world they so much want to enter AND these same photographs will give comfort to their parents as they watch this person they've created and nurtured go out into that world. They won't be at the breakfast table every morning anymore. There won't be anyone to wait up for at night. But it's comforting to walk by a portrait that captures the the essence of who your child is and smile because they are a good person and are out there doing the best they can and trying to take a bite out of the world. I want you to look at these images and give yourself a pat on the back!  You did good! I want you to feel they're close, even when they may be far away at school. I also know you want your child to feel the very best about themselves and, let's face it, good portraits will do just that! They have fun and get some amazing images of themselves! 

Once upon a time when I was questioning my decision to focus more on senior portraits, I had an email from a mother who told me what a difference I had made in her daughter's life. Her daughter had never felt like she was pretty or special, no matter what her mother told her. She had an older sister who was always in the limelight and she just let her take it all in and stayed in the shadows.  She had an undiagnosed disease for years that had her growth and she had been way behind her peers until that year. She had a senior session with me. We had so much fun! She changed clothes, we braided her hair, we went to cool locations and played fashion model and acted silly and serious and in-between. The same thing I do with all my seniors. BUT it meant so much more to her. It always means the world to me. I would be honored to create something wonderful for you and your senior this year. 

Please join me at an Open House at Ericksen & Wallace Way, April 25th, 10-5pm. Come and visit, ask all the questions you may have about senior portraits, have refreshments, look at beautiful portraits and book your 2016 senior portrait session that day to receive $75 off your session fee. Let's create something beautiful for you!

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February 26, 2013

Almost 17 years ago I was introduced to someone whom I now consider one of my dearest friends. 16 years ago today, she became a mom to this beautiful little person, Cassidy. She was named after a Grateful Dead song but we just love her all the more for it! Ha! We have been so blessed to know them all and to get to watch Cassidy grow up. From a tiny baby, to a watchful toddler (we called her "the Stealth" because she moved so quietly through the house while wreaking havoc), to a gorgeous, athletic, sweet, girl, who can totally hold her own with two crazy brothers, and now, a strong and independent young woman, Cassidy will undoubtedly fulfill her destiny with style and grace. AND A GORGEOUS SMILE! I've always felt a special little connection with this tiny girl and I hope we get to watch the next 16 years, Cass! We love you! Happy Birthday!

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Happy Sweet 16, Little One! XXOO

Sonya Middleton says:

Those are the sweetest eyes I've ever seen. Love you and love my girl! Thank you

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I love when a plan comes together. Every portrait session starts with a great plan. Hannah came in for her planning session with a lot of options but as we talked about her life and her senior year, it became clear that a few things were just her favorite, most comfortable things. Things she wore all the time. And same with the things she likes to do - basketball, basketball and . . .basketball. She is THE girl next door. Hannah is the oldest of 8 children. Her parents homeschool and she plays basketball for the Noah Jaguars. She is a competitive, driven athlete and you can see the determination in her face even when we are just practicing a few moves!  After the wind beat on us at the river, we had part of this session at the family home which is a big part of her life and not only does it hold them all, there's a gym and a full size basketball court too!

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Thank you for sharing your home with me. It was really fun!


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This baby continues to amaze! He just gets better and better. One year old now. Still has the most chill personality. Stoic. Very deliberate in his curiosity. So sweet. Taking a few steps but still prone to taking a header if you don't watch him closely! Loves books and his face lights up and he cheers when his mom sings the OSU Cowboys fight song! Pistols Firing! Alex, you were sooo funny with your cake! The green icing literally made him shudder when he tasted it but he just kept eating it anyway and shakin' it off. He finally just dumped the whole thing over and started at the bottom. Hilarious. I never tire of just watching him.  I think he remembers me too! (haha, probably not but always hoping!) Alex, we were so happy for your mom and dad when they got married and so hoped they would have a little one but in my wildest dreams and imagination, I couldn't have come up with one as perfect as you are to make their family complete. That was truly Divine. :)

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Happy Birthday Alex! I so hope to share another with you! You ARE truly ONE-derful!




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