Trying New Things

In-Home Portrait Session by Victoria Lemos

In-home sessions have always been on my photography bucket list. There's something so sweet & special about capturing people in the space they call home. It's been a more popular setting for couple photography lately because the couple finds themselves to be most comfortable so the images come out to be very intimate, personable, and magical. 

I'm so happy Jennifer had requested an in-home session for casual portraits in her apartment. Although these were solo portraits, the lighting and personable aspects of the images we captured were just as beautiful. Her living room area was flooded with the best lighting coming in from large windows so no additional lighting equipment was needed. All I used was my Canon 6D, my Sigma 50mm 1.4, and my Canon 35mm 1.4 for a wider angle to capture more in a smaller space.

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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 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. 

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. 

College Grad Portraits in Pioneer Square by Victoria Lemos

The rain has been nonstop here in Seattle, even more than usual for this time of year, but a few days ago the sun decided to come out from hiding just in time for my scheduled portrait session with Rhea, a soon-to-be college graduate from UW! She had found me on Instagram not too long ago and reached out about possible portraits taken in Pioneer Square that she could use for grad announcements and invitations. This was my first time shooting a college grad (besides family), and it went fantastic! Pioneer Square is always a favorite for me, and we were blessed with beautiful overcast sunlight so the shoot could not have gone any better. 

The weather might finally be looking up here in the next few weeks, which means business will be running at full speed, booking family shoots, fashion bloggers/content creators, high school seniors, and hopefully more college grads. I am so excited for what's to come this year, and I look forward to working with my amazing clients! 

Creative Collab. - Aygin (www.beautycornerxo.com) by Victoria Lemos

Awhile back Aygin contacted me about shooting some fashion portraits for her fashion & beauty blog. She was envisioning something with a more edgy/city vibe and had actually noticed the rooftop I shot at for my last collaboration with Anna! She really liked the rooftop setting and I thought it'd be perfect for the outfit she wanted to shoot. 

This was my first time shooting a fashion blogger and I definitely don't want it to be the last! It was so much fun not only taking portraits of her gorgeous self but also close-ups of the different outfit components she wanted to showcase. Check out a few of my favorite shots below and browse her beautiful website at www.beautycornerxo.com

If you're a fashion blogger or blogger of any kind and are interested in a specific set of images for your website and social media, please contact me so we can create! 

Professional Portraits: Joyce by Victoria Lemos

One of my favorite locations to shoot at (but least visited) would have to be UW Seattle campus. I attend the Bothell branch campus mainly for the size and commute but I can't deny the fact that the main campus is absolutely gorgeous! Every time I walk through, I'm fascinated by the timeless architecture and the vastness of all the lecture halls and libraries. It's definitely an underrated shooting location for sure. 

Usually, spring/summer time is the best time to shoot in locations such as this one but I was still excited when Joyce contacted me about taking some professional photos of her for her website. She's a professional flutist who lives in San Francisco and she graduated from UW a few years back, so this location was already familiar to her. 

Here are a few of the shots we created. Joyce did so well in that 37-degree winter weather! I have no clue how she was able to keep herself from running indoors. Thanks to her we got some good shots so I guess the cold was worth it! 

Green Lake in the Fall by Victoria Lemos

These photos were taken during the first week of October. It took me awhile to post process because of how busy school started to become, but I finally finalized the images and thought I'd share. 

Green Lake Park in Seattle is such a beautiful location. I've only been a few times, which is surprising because I've lived in the Seattle area for 95% of my life. It's definitely a great spot to hang out for a few hours and get away from the chaos of the city. The park itself is huge, filled with beautiful park bench lake views, tall whimsical trees, and people of all ages rollerblading, biking, and walking along the trails. 

This fall I didn't have as much time to explore beautiful transforming Washington nature as I wanted to (capturing fall colors is something I look forward to every year when it comes to photography) but I was able to stop by the park and these are a few of my favorite captures. The post processing is a bit different in terms of style but I like the Polaroid feel. It was also a day dedicated to testing out my new wide angle lens: the Canon 16-35mm. 2.8. This lens has been a top priority of mine for a good year now and I'm so happy to finally have it be a part of my growing collection. It's definitely a lens I plan on taking with me on adventures for breathtaking landscape views. 

These next set of photos were processed with more natural tones and realistic colors of green and blue. 

Beto & Mebe Co. by Victoria Lemos

Finally, I can reveal what's been secret for about a month now! Earlier this summer I was asked to take headshots for a couple who have decided to start a business together offering makeup & hair services. Beto does hair, Mebe does makeup, and combined, they create stunning, classy, yet edgy looks for a variety of different events. 

This shoot was definitely something new for me. I was familiar with headshot work and have even used my paper backdrop a few times but this was something I was excited for because I was working with a hair & makeup team for the very first time. I specialize in outdoor, natural light portrait photography so I was thankful for an overcast afternoon on the day we decided to shoot. The sun was hidden behind clouds which provided a beautiful even lighting situation for these portraits. All in all, I used my Canon 85mm 1.2 lens, a simple silver stool, my Savage Universal seamless paper backdrop, a stand for the backdrop, and a light diffuser to diffuse any harsh sunlight that managed to peak through the clouds (which thankfully, wasn't often). 

Beto & Mebe were awesome to work with that day and made the entire shoot a really enjoyable time. The shoot was pretty much a Beto & Mebe Co grand opening as well, with snacks, balloons, pizza, and lots of music. Here is a photo recap of that day. Make sure to check out their new website at www.betoandmebeco.com and check out more headshot images under +Campaigns > Beto & Mebe Co 2016. 

Couple Session: Ariana & Alec by Victoria Lemos

A few weeks back I had the best time photographing portraits of my longtime best friend Ariana and her boyfriend Alec. Alec had contacted me asking if we could set something up because he had wanted to do something special for Ariana (they've been dating for more than 2 years!). Of course I jumped on this cute idea and we started brainstorming locations and styling right away. This was also my first official couple shoot so I was very excited going into all of this. 

Our first location was a beautiful lush greenhouse located in Seattle. It was probably close to 80 degrees in there but we worked through it! This photo is one of my favorites because it focuses in on the outfits and details. We decided on neutral tones to avoid clashing with the pop of green and colors from the flowers. 

Another room in the greenhouse showcased vibrant colors, which looked beautiful as the backdrop for this photo. 

Another room in the greenhouse showcased vibrant colors, which looked beautiful as the backdrop for this photo. 

Our second location was Bellevue Botanical Gardens. So much lush green here as well! I thought this pose was the cutest ever... Ariana had seen it online so she brought a hat just to recreate it. We also thought a pretty light pink dress and dark denim would look perfect for these bright and sunny portraits. 

Another shot showcasing the details of their outfits. 

Cute kisses. The day we scheduled the shoot couldn't have been any better in terms of weather and sun exposure. 

Out final location was a local baseball field. Alec played all throughout high school and has since been drafted so they both wanted to capture their interest and involvement with the sport. 

I'm so happy I was able to capture these beautiful moments of my best friend who I have known since 6TH GRADE! The photos turned out amazing and I'm looking forward to shooting even more couples. The interaction and chemistry is just so lovely.