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!