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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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Juanita Bay Park/Kirkland High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

I had fun with this shoot because we were able to incorporate two distinct locations that were only three minutes away from each other. Nallely and I first met up at Juanita Bay Park for a few tall grass & boardwalk portraits and then met up at the Heritage Hall building in Kirkland. Surprisingly, the leaves are already changing colors! We spotted some red, orange, and yellow hues amongst the greens and were pleasantly surprised. Her red shirt worked so well with the faded red foliage. Congrats Nallely!

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Downtown Seattle High School Senior Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My second post in one day but I have a good reason for it! I'm trying to get as many completed sessions up for August before September begins in a few hours. I'm so happy with how amazing this summer was for me & my small business. I got to work with so many amazing people. I look back on this summer & realize I was able to not only branch my business more into shooting college grads, but I also had the time to shoot creatively, which is always good in order to keep a healthy balance. I'm looking forward to fall/winter and what these upcoming seasons have in store for me. 

This particular session was awesome. Linh lives in Kennewick but wanted to get her senior portraits taken in the heart of Seattle, downtown. She and her family drove 4 hours to meet me near Pike, and from there, we hit three different locations: a cool building rooftop, Pike Place market, and the Great Wheel waterfront. She also brought along a wide range of outfits to play with, which gave each setting we shot in, a distinct look. Linh was giving me more creative/fashion oriented poses & I loved working with her for that! The session was quite long but we created some good stuff & she was happy with the results. 

These images were shot with my new Sigma 50mm 1.4, which I am very much in love already & I'm so excited to use it even more for my upcoming shoots this fall. 

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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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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. 

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! 

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! 

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.