Reiko’s Senior Pictures

We took Reiko’s senior pictures at the surrounding areas of my studio, Greenlake, and then at Downtown Park of Bellevue.

Reiko is caring, fun-loving, responsible, and a great listener. She will spend her summer volunteering at the children’s hospital and… I also heard something about a fun excursion to Japan and Disneyworld Tokyo. Reiko has attended Japanese school for the last 12 years on Saturdays, so we decided that sporting a traditional Japanese uniform in Bellevue would really reflect her style. Reiko’s name means professional woman and she is planning to use her talents to help kids.

Farin’s Senior Photos

Farin is my forth senior model this year with six more scheduled during the rest of May! She brought her boyfriend with her to the session so he could join her in a few of the photos. Farin attends Mountlake Terrace HS and Zach attends Meadowdale HS. These guys met while playing volley ball. It was a super nice day outside and I took full advantage of the wind for some model-style looks.

Farin has a soft and very approachable presence about her. She plays basketball and is the treasurer of her Senior Class, just to name a couple of things. She has musical laugh with a very natural smile.

Meet Jacob

Jacob is 2009 senior from Lindbergh High School ready to graduate. He is headed to Southern Utah University to play football.

Senior Pictures at Discovery Park

Erin and I have been planning her session for a while now. She even found a great prom dress so we could do a “trash-the-dress” session. She was TOTALLY up for anything which made the session a lot of fun and quite adventurous. We spent about an hour around my studio in Greenlake and then moved to discovery park for some sunset photos on the beach.

Erin is very active within her community and spends some of her time using her knowledge of ASL to speak with the deaf and hearing impaired. She has also spent time in Chili doing missionary work. Erin is very kind hearted but is also tough when she needs to be. She and her mother are very close and good friends. I was impressed with her spirit of service and adventure.

Educational Weekend

I spent the past weekend at the OSP West conference in Seattle. Over the course of two days, I had the unique opportunity to lead three groups of photographers throughout Seattle and guide them in posing and working with three terrific senior models. Below are some of the images I took of our models, Nyema, Jesse, and Alicia. I also enjoyed listening to several inspiring photographers talk on subjects ranging from exploring light to destination photography. Many of them were at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Convention I went to in Vegas a couple of months ago.

Senior Portraits Model

Pictures High School Senior

Fun Senior Photos

If that wasn’t enough, I took advantage of a PPA Super Monday course in Olympia with Kari Blunk and Ben Leavitt learning the ropes of lighting and posing. Kari is a fantastic senior portrait photographer and just won “photographer of the year” at the Professional Photographers of Washington convention. Ben is a lighting and photoshop guru. I learned about these small one day PPA workshops from Angie at Click Chicks, a small group of female photographers down in Tacoma. I was able to carpool down to Olympia with Mark, a portrait and editorial photographer in Bellingham. During the workshop, I enjoyed a hands-on experience with outdoor lighting in bright daylight as well as portrait studio lighting, posing, and much more.

Professional Photographers

All in all, this has been an inspiring weekend and I have a lot of wonderful ideas to employ!