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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! 

Creative Collab. - Diana (@dianafedorov), Snohomish WA by Victoria Lemos

One reason I love photography and social media so much is because it has led me to meet people I would never have met. Diana and I had been Instagram friends for awhile and had talked multiple times about getting together for a group shoot. We tried making it happen more than once, but it never worked out until a few weeks back when we finally were able to meet.

Last minute we were able to get two girls (via Instagram) to meet with us in Snohomish and pose in front of our cameras for creative purposes. We just wanted to have fun. Diana is from the Snohomish area, and I've always wanted to explore that part of town more, so it worked perfectly. We met at a park and had so much fun bouncing ideas off of each other and shooting freely. Diana even brought along a reflector, a tool I don't usually use during my shoots at all. Using it during this session though made me realize how I seriously need to consider utilizing it more often! The light was perfect. Our models, Asher and Brittani, were so laid back and easy to work with too.

Diana has quickly become a fellow creative who I support and consider a friend. We definitely want to shoot more together, hopefully, this summer. Here are a few of my favorite captures from our group shoot. Check out Diana's work on Instagram @dianafedorov. 

Bothell Fashion Blog Portraits by Victoria Lemos

I still find it so amazing how great social media can be when used the right way & to its full potential. After my session with Nancy (see the last blog post), I connected with another local fashion blogger in the Seattle area & right away the three of us decided to meet up & work together. I love both of the girls' style tremendously & I also love getting to know young women like myself who run their own business or work in any way with social media & marketing. 

Mallori is the girl that Nancy introduced me to. We met up at Bothell Landing Park near downtown. Although it was actually raining the whole day, we didn't let it stop us at all. Prior to leaving the house, I prepared by bringing an umbrella; the girls did the same! It worked out perfectly; we shot a few cute outfits at the empty park & overall I am really happy with the images & happy that I was able to meet another girl boss. 

Check out Mallori at her blog: www.mallorischwab.com & check out more photos from this shoot at my Facebook page

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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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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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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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