City Streets w/ KiOriandra / by Victoria Lemos

A few weeks backs I shot with this cool chick in Pioneer Square. We had briefly met on Instagram and I loved her look so we decided to shoot in Seattle and create some fun images. She was definitely easy to work with and I was so happy to hear how awesome I made her feel in front of the camera!

She emphasized how comfortable she felt and that made me reflect on a tip I've always held with high value: as the photographer, you want to make sure you are vocally expressing positive feedback and direction to your model because this makes an impact on his/her performance. I've had extensive practice utilizing this tip and it never fails to be true! If the model isn't receiving consistent positive affirmation, she isn't going to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and if she isn't comfortable in front of the camera, she isn't going to model great, which will result in tacky, amateur, bad photos. So this tip has definitely been one of the many that I always keep at the forefront of my photographic mind whenever I'm shooting portraits. It has worked wonders!

Prior to shooting we actually had the chance to sit down and eat together at Sprout (one of my favorite lunch spots in Seattle) and we discussed our interests and busy lives while eating deliciously made salad bowls. KiOriandra is a fellow creative and is in the process of beginning a YouTube channel and blog related to lifestyle. You can find her on Instagram @kioriandra and look out for what is to come! 

Here are a few of my favorite images we captured. I played around with the editing and had so much fun with the colors. Her hair is even more gorgeous in person!