Seattle MUA

Northwest University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Wow, I'm a bit sad typing this blog post because the person I shot photos of became such close friends with my sister and our family as a whole. I'm so thankful though that Alyssa chose me to capture this special milestone. It's definitely an accomplishment, and although she's on her way back home to California, she has a lot to look forward to (including graduate school)! 

For her graduate pictures, Alyssa wanted the Seattle city skyline incorporated somehow, so we chose the perfect boardwalk near Alki Beach, and the results are amazing! We shot during weekday morning hours, so the area was practically empty. I'm so happy with how they turned out. The red dress she styled herself in turned out to be the perfect pop of color too. 

Congrats Alyssa! You will be missed, but we are proud of your accomplishments! You go girl. 

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Creative Collab. - Nicole Andrea MUA by Victoria Lemos

This blog post is being published way overdue, but I need to get it up before the month ends! A few weeks ago I worked with my cousin and sister to create these fun portraits using a backdrop and natural light in my driveway. My sister loves doing makeup and recently went freelance, so she is now booking appointments for makeup sessions. We thought it'd be great for us to work together, so we had our cousin over, Nicole did her makeup, and then we took photos!

For the styling, we wanted something chic yet simple. I used a white backdrop and played with my edits in Lightroom to create a more vintage look. I absolutely love how all of the photos turned out!

Check out Nicole here for more of her work! 

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Discovery Park Winter Family Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Yay! I'm finally back! I took a much-needed break from booking sessions because I'm steadily preparing for graduate school. My goal has been to pursue a law degree at Seattle U Law. For a few months straight I was studying diligently for the law school admission test (LSAT) which took all of my time. I mean that literally too. I dropped everything to focus 200% on studying for this test that I really hope I did well on this second time around. The test was last weekend, so now I can finally breathe! I'm excited to jump back into my business & am ready for this Winter season & New Year.

I actually was really looking forward to the test, not only to get it over with but because I had a family session scheduled the day after. Anna had contacted me early last month and wanted to plan a small family session to gift her mom professional photos for Christmas. They were open to location suggestions & automatically I thought of Discovery Park. It's been on my list of locations for so long. I've only visited once & had never shot there before, so I thought this could be perfect. It was! 

We met near the lighthouse midday on Sunday, and the session went so smoothly. The lighting, their neutral outfit coordination, their sweet, laughter-filled family dynamic. It was so easy to work with them & the shots prove it to be true! I immediately fell in love with the images & cannot wait for them to see the results. 

Thank you, Anna & family. The shoot served as the perfect start to the Winter season & I look forward to working with more lovely families into the New Year. 

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Seattle Rose Garden High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

I might've recently shot at the most beautiful location I've ever shot portraits at since I began my business. I've always been familiar with the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, I even visited a few times throughout my childhood, but I never knew how beautiful the rose garden nearby was. I've seen photos of it online before and always had it bookmarked at the back of mind as a potential location, but it wasn't until this past weekend that I finally shot there. My client, Alexa, had chosen the location herself. We scheduled to meet there Sunday morning, and I got there a bit earlier to scope the area since it was my first time there. I was immediately so pleasantly surprised. The garden is very spacious and filled with all different kinds of roses; every color you could think of. 

Once Alexa arrived, we went over the different outfits she brought with her and discussed how we could incorporate specific areas of the garden for individual looks. We started shooting right away, and after a few minutes, I was already incredibly in love with the photos we were creating. I'm so happy Alexa chose this location so I could familiarize myself with it and create portraits with beautiful roses before fall grabs hold of nature here in the PNW. I will definitely be shooting here more often. Congrats Alexa!

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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!

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 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!