city portrait session

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! 

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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Kirkland Fashion Blog Portraits by Victoria Lemos

I'm trying to branch out more into the blogger world when it comes to my photography services so I took to Instagram (as always!) and searched, searched, searched, until I came across this cool girl who I thought would be perfect to collaborate with. I loved her trendy style & she seemed like such a nice person. After a few messages back & forth, Nancy & I decided to meet up in Kirkland & take pictures! These we had planned to be a mixture of blogger/fashion portraits & more creative portraits as well. 

I had such a fun time. We got some amazing images & I've been practicing more with back button focus, which has been a complete game changer for me! The focus on all of these images is tack sharp (a lot I had to trash because I'm still getting the hang of lower aperture - I usually shoot at 2.8 or 2.5 but for these, I went all the way down to 1.6 on my Sigma 50 Art!). 

All in all, we had an amazing time. The images are by far some of my favorites ever, the outfits she styled were perfect, & it was great meeting & befriending another fellow local creative. Take a sneak peek at some of my favorite images from the shoot here & make sure to check Nancy out over at her blog

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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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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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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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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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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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UW Seattle Campus Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Another portrait session with Jennifer & this time we shot on the UW campus. I love this location because every time I'm here, I find new areas to shoot in. So much variety! This time we walked through the campus & looked for beautiful architecture and greenery that would complement her outfit looks. 

Jennifer has become a very regular client of mine for the past few months & we are planning on working together more until the end of October. I'm so thankful for the connections I've made through my photography. Social media serves as a huge help; I don't know what I would do without Facebook, Instagram, and my website, but I also know that it's because of my unique talent that people want to work with me and will continue to do so. 

I've been photographing for around six years now, and it's taken me a very long time to get to where I am today. Comparison always has (and sometimes continues) to be something that I struggle with as a content creator because photography is common; even more so in Seattle & online. I always remind myself though that people appreciate my work for a reason. It's entirely created by me only, and no one else has taken a specific image or can take the image exactly as I do. 

I love what I do, and I'm even more in love that I'm able to connect with others & build relationships with people that I'd never been able to meet if it weren't for my photography. I thank God for this gift & I plan on learning more, growing more, and shooting way more until I no longer can. 

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Seattle Pike Place Market Portrait Session by Victoria Lemos

For this particular session, Jennifer wanted casual portraits, so we decided to walk through Pike on a weekday morning. I wasn't expecting the streets to be so empty so I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to shoot in the more familiar/iconic spots with no horrible distractions. Jennifer brought along a few outfits to play with and I'm so happy she decided on more neutral colors. The red serves as just the right amount of pop, especially with the city backdrop. Here are a few of our favorite images!

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