Northwest University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

So I have a sister. I have two younger sisters actually. One of them graduated college the same time as me because she chose running start in high school, which carried her over to my graduating class. The cool thing about this is that we just celebrated with a conjoined grad party & I got to take her college grad portraits! 

It's funny; actually, my sister Nicole was my very first subject and model. I first began experimenting with photography in high school, and I remember us both getting creative during free time at home - we'd style her outfit for the shoot and take photos in the backyard. Back then I just wanted to practice for fun! I never thought I'd end up shooting portraits as a job. She modeled for me so many times that I got accustomed to knowing her "good angles" & was able to boss her around to the extreme to get the best shot. Because of this, I gained a set of skills that allowed me to venture onward, photographing other subjects, and eventually choosing to build portfolios that would display my portrait work for others to see.

We don't really shoot creatively like we used to (she won't let me boss her around anymore) but special occasions are the exception. For this shoot, we both knew white would be prettiest especially during late spring time. We drove to her campus in Kirkland and found gorgeous cherry blossom trees near the front parking lot. After about 10 minutes there, we drove 5 minutes away to Heritage Hall - one of my favorite locations because there is a lovely old white building used for weddings that is incredibly photogenic. 

Oh, and did I mention? Nicole will be pursuing a doctorate in psychology this coming fall, and I couldn't be more excited about it. A doctor in our family. Amazing. Congratulations Nicole!

I'm so happy Alyssa was able to join our shoot as well. She was there for moral support & extra laughs. Nicole & Alyssa actually met during their first week at NU and have remained best friends (even roommates) ever since!

I'm so happy Alyssa was able to join our shoot as well. She was there for moral support & extra laughs. Nicole & Alyssa actually met during their first week at NU and have remained best friends (even roommates) ever since!

Green Lake Park Maternity Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My favorite types of shoots are the ones that go smoothly, feel natural, and end too soon. This shoot was just so good. Larissa & Jeremy wanted to capture precious moments before their little one comes into the world in just two weeks! We discussed a few park options and decided to meet at Green Lake one weekday morning. The park was quite empty when we got there and the amount of sunlight was perfect. We met up at one of several parking lots and just took a stroll on the trail surrounding the lake, stopping every so often when we came across something beautiful. 

I'm so happy with the results; the images came out better than I could have expected. I'm even more happy though that Larissa was overwhelmingly satisfied with the final images. Hearing positive feedback from each client of mine is the ultimate goal & it always feels so good whenever I achieve that goal. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to use the talent He has given me for such goodness & joy. Nothing compares! 

Juanita Bay Park Family Portraits by Victoria Lemos

It's been about a month since I last blogged but I'm so excited to share what I've been up to! Last week I shot two families at Juanita Bay Park during golden hour. I don't shoot enough families (high school/college grads have been keeping me busy the most lately), so I was looking forward to this session and what I could capture. 

We met up at one of my favorite parks - Juanita Bay. It was surprisingly empty, and the lighting was perfect. The park is filled with green everywhere you look and even has a pretty boardwalk trail that's most popular with clients. I took a variety of shots for both families, and everyone cooperated as best they could (big families can get chaotic) which resulted in priceless captured memories. 

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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.