senior pictures

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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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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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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High School Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My first high school grad portrait session this season and it couldn't have started off anymore beautifully. Shayla knew she wanted her pictures to be taken at Juanita Bay Park and it is one of my favorite locations to shoot at. I haven't shot there since last summer with another high school senior client so I was excited to go back. The flourishing greens and the old wooden boardwalk were exactly as I remembered.

I love when my clients have fun with their sessions and bring along props too. Props always add something a bit more personalized to the session and the images turn out so much better! Shayla brought along two huge gold balloons that looked gorgeous with all of the surrounding greens and her crisp white dress.

Congrats Shayla!

Seattle University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Another college grad portrait session and I'm not complaining. This was a few days ago during 78-degree weather in Seattle! Summer has arrived early it seems, so I'm trying to take advantage of the sun with no time to waste. 

I've worked with Anna more than a few times already so I was excited to see her again and shoot her grad portraits. We walked through the campus and found the prettiest backdrops to shoot in front of. Her dress and shoes were also a plus; they worked so well with the colors around us! I'm really happy with how these images turned out all around. Congrats Anna!

Seattle Pacific University College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

Yay for quick editing! Yesterday morning I had a college grad session at SPU with Aerielle and I just now sent them off. I already received feedback from her, and I'm so happy she loves them just as much as I do! 

Aerielle contacted me not even a week ago, and since I had availability Sunday morning, we were able to book her session with no time to waste. She's graduating from SPU in a few weeks, so we decided to shoot the portraits on campus. This was my first time on the campus, and it was beautiful! We mainly shot in a spacious courtyard filled with lots of green trees and cement steps. The weather in Seattle this week has been surprisingly sunny and even warm, so the lighting was perfect! 

Congrats, Aerielle! 

Coffee Shop College Grad Portraits by Victoria Lemos

My third college grad portrait session; I'm honestly loving these all so much! Believe it or not, there is definitely a difference between shooting high school portraits and shooting college grad portraits. The excitement and feeling of accomplishment is there for both but unlike the poised and more uniform shots I aim for during high school senior shoots, college grads seem to desire a greater level of creativity for their shoots... maybe because they are finally done with school, and so they go into their shoot with a more carefree attitude! 

For this session, I shot with a UW graduate named Chengsu who knew she wanted portraits taken in a coffee shop somewhere in Seattle. Seattle coffee shops are my favorite to look for and discover. The interiors are always so unique, ranging from hipster to modern, and they're just cool spaces to be in to meet up with friends or catch up on homework/editing. We originially meant to meet up at Elm Coffee Roasters in Pioneer Square but didn't realize it closed at 5 pm (it was a Sunday, duh!). We then decided on Slate Coffee Roasters in U-District, and it was perfect! I've been there once before and shot portraits for Gold Magazine so I knew of the perfect spots for best lighting. Plus, it wasn't even too packed that day! 

I'm excited to share these simple yet cute and unique portraits and I look forward to shooting with more creative college grads & high school seniors! Congrats Chengsu!