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Kirkland Fashion Blog Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Spring is in full swing, and I am so excited to shoot more often. This winter was pretty harsh, plus I've been busy with law school applications and preparation. My first session back was with Anna, a past client turned friend. We decided to meet up in Kirkland on a sunny afternoon and shoot two different looks that she styled herself. I was so happy with what she put together, and I could tell effort was put into styling the outfits! The colors flowed so beautifully with the settings we worked with and the resulting images are amazing. They make me so excited for warmer weather and sun! She also brought along her two friends who were great to work with as well. We all had fun walking through Kirkland and finding pretty areas to shoot in. 

Here are a few of my favorite images of Anna. Find more under +Creative Portfolio > Portrait!

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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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Green Lake High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

The end of August is here, and that means fall is just around the corner - my favorite time of year. Fortunately, I was able to schedule a few end-of-summer high school senior sessions, and this one is my most recent! Sarah contacted me about getting her senior portraits taken and needed help deciding on the location. After listing a few personal recommendations, she decided on Green Lake Park in Seattle because of the childhood memories she made there before moving out of the city. Green Lake was a park she visited frequently, and she wanted a mixture of green and lake settings for her portraits. I couldn't be happier with her decision because Green Lake is one of my favorite parks to shoot at! I'm beyond excited with how the photos turned out & I'm happy Sarah likes them as well.

Also, these pictures were taken with my new Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. I've been eyeing this lens (and the Canon 50mm 1.2) for many months and finally decided to take the plunge! Maybe I'll post a review on it...

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Creative Collab. - Margo (@margodoesmakeup) & Dominique by Victoria Lemos

I finally got around to finishing up the images from my creative shoot with Margo and Dominique. This shoot was extremely fun. I had come across Margo and her makeup artistry on Instagram a few months back and had always kept her in mind for future creative work. Her younger cousin Dominique I had found on Instagram as well and she had done a few modeling gigs so I wanted us three to work together on something amazing. 

Once we had the time to schedule a shoot I collected inspiration on Pinterest (my go-to for all inspiration and photography tips), shared the images with both of them, and basically asked Margo to have fun with the makeup look! I trust her because she is so dang good! 

The day of our shoot it was raining but luckily our ideas called for a white backdrop using natural light so we were able to set up in an open garage while shielding ourselves from the rain. Before the shoot, I stopped by Albertsons and picked up a few fun props: Kit Kat, fun colored lollipops, bubble gum, and a vintage looking bottle of lemonade. 

Here are my favorite images from our shoot. I look forward to working with Margo again and I recommend her to anyone looking for professional makeup when it comes to any events or photo shoot needs!

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! 

City Rooftop w/ Rahima by Victoria Lemos

Wow. This shoot is probably my all-time favorite. Why? Because everything executed itself so smoothly... the shoot went fantastic because of the model, the editing process was quick and fun, and the final images made me so happy and proud because of how wonderful they turned out. 

Rahima and I went to high school together and I actually took both her prom and senior photos. Ever since then I've wanted to shoot with her creatively because I always thought she was gorgeous and so easy to work with in front of the camera. After awhile of us talking about potentially working together again, we finally made it happen this month (3 years later, but oh so worth it) and I could not have been more excited. We quickly bounced some ideas back and forth and decided to shoot in Seattle for a cool edgy styled shoot. The day we chose was set to be overcast but that's exactly what I wanted. One of the most important, yet underrated rules I've learned throughout my experience of being an outdoor/natural light photographer, is that overcast/gloomy weather produces the best lighting for portraits. I can't deny the magic of golden hour lighting of course, but for me, flat/neutral lighting helps contour the face so beautifully and smoothly. 

We shot on a now popular rooftop for my shoots as of late, and Rahima kept giving me pose after pose with pretty much no direction on my end. She was honestly such a natural. 

When I began to edit the images we shot, I was immediately blown away. The editing was just so easy for me because of the color palettes, composition, and lighting. Every component was just spot on.

I sent the photos to Rahima and she was equally in love and so excited. It makes me so happy to create with others and I'm so blessed to have something in life that I am so overwhelmingly passionate about. Suprisingly, Rahima actually doesn't model seriously at all but after this shoot, I encouraged her right away to go for it and she told me she felt inspired! Keep your eyes open, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see this girl on more than a few billboards one day. 

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!