High School Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My first high school grad portrait session this season and it couldn't have started off anymore beautifully. Shayla knew she wanted her pictures to be taken at Juanita Bay Park and it is one of my favorite locations to shoot at. I haven't shot there since last summer with another high school senior client so I was excited to go back. The flourishing greens and the old wooden boardwalk were exactly as I remembered.

I love when my clients have fun with their sessions and bring along props too. Props always add something a bit more personalized to the session and the images turn out so much better! Shayla brought along two huge gold balloons that looked gorgeous with all of the surrounding greens and her crisp white dress.

Congrats Shayla!

UW Seattle Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Okay, so middle schoolers these days are way cooler than I remember. Alissandro captured this transitional milestone from middle school to high school and at no better location than the UW Seattle campus. Can't wait to see him studying here someday in the future!

I always love shooting at the UW Seattle campus because it's so huge, spacious, and the architecture is gorgeous. Every time I shoot here I find new little areas to shoot my subject in front of. I spotted a nice wooden bench on my walk to find Alissandro and made note of it so that we could take some portraits there. This was my first time working with a middle school graduate and I'm so happy with the results! The greens and browns go so nicely with his gray suit and leather brown shoes. Alissandro was so easy to work with and really knew his angles.

Congrats Alissandro!

Seattle Waterfront Prom Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Wow, wow, wow. I just love when my clients are absolute naturals in front of the camera. I especially love when I'm shooting a couple who share such natural chemistry as well. This prom session with Micaiah and her date were nothing short of breathtaking. We shot around 3 pm, which isn't the best for lighting, so I was prepared to have to work a little extra. The light ended up being so easy to work with though; the passing clouds helped a lot. 

We shot at the Seattle Great Wheel & walked along the waterfront. It was extremely packed, but somehow we were able to maneuver our way through the crowds and capture some stunning images. They have such a cute sense of humor as well; I couldn't help but shoot a few extras. 

Pioneer Square Fashion Blog Portraits by Victoria Lemos

This shoot consisted of two different outfit looks starting in Pioneer Square and then Green Lake Park. Crystal runs a blog by the name of The Crystal Avenue. She was taking a solo adventure trip to Seattle for Memorial Day weekend and contacted me a few days prior to see if I happened to have open availability for that weekend. I was so happy I did! We booked the session ASAP and met up on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. 

This was her first time here in Seattle so it was really great getting to talk with her about what she had plans to do and see while she was here. She's actually from San Jose, California, which was cool to know because I have family who lives up there that I visit every two years or so. In fact, I'll be taking a roadtrip with family down there in the next two weeks! Hopefully I'll be capturing some pretty landscape scenery during my stay. 

Suprisingly Pioneer Square wasn't too crowded but once we got to Green Lake, everyone was out cooling down in the water and taking walks through the park. It was a bit tricky practicing patience, trying not to get any people in the background of our shots, but I'm really excited about how they turned out and I'm so happy Crystal and I were able to work together! Check out her blog here

Seattle University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Another college grad portrait session and I'm not complaining. This was a few days ago during 78-degree weather in Seattle! Summer has arrived early it seems, so I'm trying to take advantage of the sun with no time to waste. 

I've worked with Anna more than a few times already so I was excited to see her again and shoot her grad portraits. We walked through the campus and found the prettiest backdrops to shoot in front of. Her dress and shoes were also a plus; they worked so well with the colors around us! I'm really happy with how these images turned out all around. Congrats Anna!

Seattle Pacific University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Yay for quick editing! Yesterday morning I had a college grad session at SPU with Aerielle and I just now sent them off. I already received feedback from her, and I'm so happy she loves them just as much as I do! 

Aerielle contacted me not even a week ago, and since I had availability Sunday morning, we were able to book her session with no time to waste. She's graduating from SPU in a few weeks, so we decided to shoot the portraits on campus. This was my first time on the campus, and it was beautiful! We mainly shot in a spacious courtyard filled with lots of green trees and cement steps. The weather in Seattle this week has been surprisingly sunny and even warm, so the lighting was perfect! 

Congrats, Aerielle! 

Seattle Bridal Portraits by Victoria Lemos

WOW. Where do I begin? 

I guess I should start by mentioning that the Volunteer Park Conservatory is one of my favorite locations in Seattle. It's the most beautiful greenhouse filled with flourishing greenery and white interior. I've shot there a few times before but always dreamed of shooting bridal/wedding portraits there one day. A few weeks ago I was able to do just that. Amy and I went to high school together, and we've been following each other on Instagram ever since. It was pretty cool when she reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I'd take her bridal photos. Of course, I was ecstatic and jumped on the idea! This was my first formal bridal session (I've shot one gorgeous, intimate wedding ceremony before) so I was really excited and immediately started to curate inspiration for poses and detail shots.

We met at the greenhouse first for formal bridal photos and then decided to take a walk through Pioneer Square for more casual shots. We had such a great time, and it was such a privilege for me to witness their love and capture this beautiful time in their life. 

Congrats Amy & Shinny! Wishing you a marriage filled with more laughter, smiles, and precious moments. 

Coffee Shop College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My third college grad portrait session; I'm honestly loving these all so much! Believe it or not, there is definitely a difference between shooting high school portraits and shooting college grad portraits. The excitement and feeling of accomplishment is there for both but unlike the poised and more uniform shots I aim for during high school senior shoots, college grads seem to desire a greater level of creativity for their shoots... maybe because they are finally done with school, and so they go into their shoot with a more carefree attitude! 

For this session, I shot with a UW graduate named Chengsu who knew she wanted portraits taken in a coffee shop somewhere in Seattle. Seattle coffee shops are my favorite to look for and discover. The interiors are always so unique, ranging from hipster to modern, and they're just cool spaces to be in to meet up with friends or catch up on homework/editing. We originially meant to meet up at Elm Coffee Roasters in Pioneer Square but didn't realize it closed at 5 pm (it was a Sunday, duh!). We then decided on Slate Coffee Roasters in U-District, and it was perfect! I've been there once before and shot portraits for Gold Magazine so I knew of the perfect spots for best lighting. Plus, it wasn't even too packed that day! 

I'm excited to share these simple yet cute and unique portraits and I look forward to shooting with more creative college grads & high school seniors! Congrats Chengsu!

College Grad Portraits at UW Seattle by Victoria Lemos

Last week I had my second college graduate portrait session, and I'm so excited about how it all turned out! Elizabeth reached out to me about shooting at the Seattle campus, and fortunately, we were both available for a Friday during the week of blooming cherry blossoms. Cherry Blossoms at UW Seattle are a must-see during their annual bloom; students, tourists, and Seattleites all show up at the Quad to view and take photos of them. They're absolutely beautiful, and we both thought it'd be great to take a few shots with them. When we met up, we realized how jam packed the Quad was just for the blossoms, so it was a bit tricky shooting portraits in the midst of the crowds, but we did our best. The rest of the shoot made up for it!

Elizabeth even brought along a close friend, which made the experience that much more fun for the three of us. She helped out with the props they both made for the shoot and was there for overall moral support (which is always nice). Campus was so packed that we even had a few encounters with cute dogs - one being a Husky! 

Congrats to Elizabeth on completing your undergraduate degree at UW Seattle!

Enter the Studio w/ Vivian & Amanda by Victoria Lemos

I'm currently typing this blog post up at nearly midnight on the last day of March, but I wanted to publish it before the next month begins because my goal is to actually stay on top of my blog posts and post more during each month!

This one is a bit overdue, but I've been so looking forward to putting it together! I've never shot indoor studio/natural light portraits before, but it's always been on my priority list. I've shot with studio light equipment, but honestly, it's not my favorite. I prefer natural sunlight, the way it falls so perfectly on the face, hitting all of the right angles and neither hitting too strong nor too light. It always seems to fall perfectly if you learn how to position your model right. Besides, when it comes to my business and what I offer, it's all natural/outdoors. I've shot indoors with backdrop equipment but always with natural light. 

Recently I had found a natural light photography studio on Instagram called Enter the Studio. It's owned by a photographer I follow who rents it out for others to use right in the heart of Pioneer Square, Seattle. I immediately fell in love when I took a look at the account and gazed at the beautifully lit interior. I so badly wanted to shoot there! So badly that I actually participated in an Instagram contest that the owner hosted but unfortunately did not win. Thankfully, the owner ran a special Spring Sale a few weeks after that contest, and I scored an hour in the studio for only $35! WHAT? I was ecstatic! Right away I began contacting models I had been meaning to shoot with and asking them if they might be available. 

Since I only had one hour in there, I wanted to utilize my time wisely and decided to shoot two girls back to back. It was my first time meeting Amanda in person and shooting her as well. Her cool attitude and gorgeous features made shooting her such a breeze. Although we were in a time crunch, she was so well prepared and down for anything I spontaneously thought of. She kept giving me killer pose after pose without any direction (I later found out that she's actually signed in L.A.)! 

I also got to shoot Vivian once again. She's always such a pleasure to be around, and I was excited to see her since it's been awhile. I think the last time I shot her was for prom... and that was a year ago! Needless to say, we had an amazing time shooting in the studio, and I was happy with how excited she got every time I gave her a sneak peek of the photos on the back of my camera. The portraits we took of her sitting in front of a simple peach-colored backdrop I'm particularly proud of... simple yet incredibly gorgeous.

The hour ended quickly, but by the time we had to leave I was too excited and happy with what we all had created to feel sad that we couldn't have more time. We used every minute that was available to us and had a fun time during it all. I couldn't have asked for a better experience considering it was my first time doing anything like this. 

We all parted ways except Amanda had on a third outfit that I thought would look cool out on the sidewalks. We parked close to each other coincidently, so we simply took a few steps down the block and found some cool spots to take photos. They ended up being some of my favorites of all time.