Seattle portrait photographer

UPDATE: I still run a blog! by Victoria Lemos

Okay, let’s see. The last blog post I published was on May 14, 2018. It’s been nearly 5 whole months since I’ve published a blog post. Almost half a year. That is completely unacceptable!

Let me explain (not that anybody really cares, but I’m telling you because it’s so fun to scroll through my Archive sometimes and just read back on some of my previous posts).

Spring of this year was big for me. It was when I realized I had gotten accepted into law school. It’s funny how typing it out is really no big deal but the entire process behind what it actually entailed and what followed, is insane. I still don’t understand what has happened, but I’m in law school, I’m doing it, and it’s been happening since June. I opted for the Summer Start option and took Criminal Law during the summer so my Fall class load would be lighter. I thank myself every day now for making that choice.

I really don’t know if I should go into the details, maybe another time. For now, just know that law school has been a challenge since the very start, but as the weeks flew by I was able to figure out a booking schedule that worked for me. I have barely had time for anything outside of studying but actual shooting so my blog was abandoned and it’s been way too long.

Instead of driving myself insane uploading each and every session I’ve done since my May 14th blogged shoot, I will just pick up from where I currently stand and showcase one of my favorite shoots I’ve worked on in a while. Stay tuned for that in my next post!

Pioneer Square Portrait Session by Victoria Lemos

Not too long ago I worked with Ashlee, an aspiring singer who has just started a YouTube channel for her singing videos. She wanted photos for social media use and even opted to get her makeup done by my sister and fellow freelancer, Nicole (@nicioleandrea_mua on Instagram). 

I wanted to capture her personality, and Pioneer Square was the perfect location for bringing character to the images. We started shooting at a local coffee shop and then began walking through the streets and alleyways. The portraits came out beautiful, and I was pleased with her choice of outfits too. It was supposed to rain the entire day, but thankfully we shot during a window in between light showers. The gloom provided the most gorgeous, natural lighting. Nicole did a great job with her makeup too, which worked to enhance Ashlee's natural beauty. 

Here are a few of my favorite portraits! Check out Ashlee on her YouTube channel (Ashlee Tarro) and follow Nicole on Instagram @nicoleandrea_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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U-District Creative Portraits by Victoria Lemos

I'm so excited about this session - I can barely contain myself! My cousin was in town for a few days, so we planned to meet up & shoot. I've wanted to shoot Veronica for a while now - she has the edgiest style, perfect for city settings in Seattle. We met up at Cafe Allegro, a grundgy coffee lounge hidden in an alleyway in U-District. After catching up over our drinks (I had the spiciest chai tea I've ever had in my life - it ACTUALLY was spicy, what the heck?!), we took a few pictures in the alleyway and then walked across the street to UW campus. 

Usually, I'll always create mood boards for my creative sessions ahead of time. I always love styling my models depending on their looks, our chosen location, the setting, weather, etc. but this time I let Veronica show up with whatever she might've had on. I trust her style that much. As expected, she showed up in the coolest outfit ever; I couldn't have styled her any better myself. She had just found the leather jacket the day before at a nearby thrift shop & had her hair styled in the prettiest side braid. Her hat, glasses, & chunky boots served as perfect accessories for the entire look. 

Walking through UW campus & finding cool areas to shoot in wasn't hard at all & that's why I always love shooting there. The architecture is so photogenic & you can even find some pretty greenery every few feet or so. There's a great mixture of everything, which worked excellent for what we had in mind. 

While working on these images I noticed something amazing - not only am I refining my editing skills but my shots are looking more crisp, clean, & focused. I recently started experimenting with back button focus & it might just be the greatest thing I've ever decided to try. Not only that, but I finally bought a simple UV filter for my Sigma 50 lens so that definitely proved to be worth it. All in all, I couldn't be happier about this shoot. I'm so thankful Veronica & I were able to meet up & I'm glad she loves the images just as much as I do. 

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Pioneer Square High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

It's finally November which can only mean one thing - the beginning of slow season & time off to focus on other life-related things (LSAT - PLEASE PRAY FOR ME & relaxation during the holidays)! September/October was definitely my busiest set of months yet, and it's primarily due to all of my senior sessions that had to get done before high school yearbook deadlines. Audrey wrapped up my busy season in the best way possible by booking her shoot in downtown Seattle during a sunny weekend. 

We met up in Pioneer Square and immediately realized we had scheduled our shoot on GAME DAY. The Seahawks were playing here at home & the game had just ended. Thankfully they won, so the crowds of people we had to maneuver our way through were happy (for the most part) & we had (close to) no problems! Nothing I couldn't handle. 

All in all, Audrey and I had a great time shooting together. She was so sweet to work with & we were able to achieve a comfortable & seamless experience despite the crowds of football fans we encountered.

Thank you, Audrey, for being my last 2018 high school senior to work with! I'm so looking forward to next year & what's to come for Victoria Lemos Photography.

Congrats to the class of 2018!

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Washington Park Arboretum High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

This is my sixth blog post this month, and I think my most jam-packed month since my business began! I'm so blessed & thankful! I started out this year with a few fashion blogger session, senior sessions, and maternity/family here and there and now I'm shooting senior sessions more than ever before. I've loved every single one so far, and I'm not just saying that! As I type this, I'm looking forward to two more shoots scheduled for tomorrow! 

Blogging has been great because I've been able to use my Archive (button off to the right) and see how far I've come since last year & even the year before that. I'm happy I've stayed consistent with posting too because in a year I'll be able to look back on these sessions as well!

On Friday I had the most amazing time shooting with Lucy at the Washington Park Arboretum. Fall is definitely here, and I'm completely in love. I couldn't have been more excited about this location - I've shot here a few times during the summer season but only once in the fall so I was looking forward to capturing COLOR & we sure did. Lucy wore the cutest red dress that flowed beautifully with the background colors & foliage. We chose to shoot during golden hour as well so the sunlight was PERFECT. 

Congrats Lucy! And to all the high school seniors I've been so blessed to work with so far!

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Volunteer Park Conservatory High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Yesterday's session was the perfect way to kick off my weekend on such a high note. Although it was raining, Daniela and I had planned to try and shoot some portraits in the Volunteer Park Conservatory despite the recent rumors going around about how difficult it'd be. Apparently it has become such a popular shooting location that they're trying to crack down on photography. Fortunately, we were let off with a warning and were able to capture a few images before heading outside to finish the session off. The fall colors are in full swing! With the park being so empty, we were able to shoot so comfortably. The best part of it all was that the rain had stopped while we were outside and then 30 minutes after our session, complete downpour! 

Because I had nothing else planned all day I was able to get straight to work on the photos & once I began working on them, I couldn't stop! I'm so in love with the simplicity yet colorful vibrancy of these images. I received feedback from Daniela right after I sent her the gallery & she fell just as in love as I am! 

Congrats Daniela! 

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Nature Park High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

This session was a super quick one, but we managed to capture some pretty photos! Amane had contacted me last minute to see if I had any availability for a quick session and thankfully I did on Monday afternoon. Monday was the only day of sun for the week's forecast, so we booked it right away and decided to meet up at a local playground since it was going to be a quick session.

I've shot a few times at this park and am familiar with the beautiful green foliage so I knew it'd be perfect for what she was looking for. It's never packed with people either. I love how the images turned out and am glad we were able to make it happen. Congrats Amane! 

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Pioneer Square High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

This senior session was so much fun. Genesis knew she wanted a city look for her shots, so we discussed potential locations, and she automatically chose Pioneer Square. It's such a popular choice amongst seniors and understandably so. The cool alleyways, old brick buildings, and green vines make for the perfect edgy and urban senior session. She even let me know beforehand that she wanted a few creative shots incorporated as well when it came to editing. I love being creative with my editing and having fun so this definitely got me excited! I love when my clients are more than willing and wanting to be creative with me.

We shot at 9 am on a Sunday morning, which turned out to be perfect. Not only was the lighting bright but not harsh at all, the streets were nearly empty. We were so easily able to stop every five minutes of walking and pose in front of a building without anyone photobombing in the background. We started in Pioneer Square and then ended up in a car rental garage, which was the perfect end. Genesis changed outfits and wore a pretty pink sweater that went so well with the pretty morning colors in the city. This session was definitely a favorite of mine! Congrats Genesis! 

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