California Dreamin’

Over the years, I’ve had many high school seniors reach out to me from all over the country. They wanted to come to California to get photos that would stand out from their fellow classmate’ senior portraits. Here are a few of my favorite “Destination Southern California” sessions:

Robyn from Idaho dreamed of a beach shoot. I picked the beautiful Laguna Beach (known as the American Rivera) for our location, on the beach and downtown.High School Girl in White DressGirl relaxing at the beachTeenager in pink Sara from Kansas also wanted the Pacific Coast for her backdrop. South Laguna has a lovely secluded beach and Sara was thrilled with the location I picked.Teen girl at the beachTeen walking on the beachBeautiful smileSome seniors do not pick the beach for their portraits. Madison from Mississippi wanted a more Bohemian/Urban vibe for her photos.  What immediately came to my mind was the LAB “anti-mall” in Costa Mesa; It has some great backdrops that were perfect for Madison. Boho TeenBoho Teen GirlUrban Teen Girl Another Madison from a different state (North Carolina) has a passion for cupcakes and wanted to have them represented in her photos. After some scouting around, I thought that Casey’s Cupcakes at the Irvine Spectrum had the right recipe for success.  The store is visually beautiful with chandeliers and a girly pink palette – a perfect location for Madison’s portraits!  CupcakescupcakesCute Teen

One of the mothers wrote this review talking about their experience: “Kathryn is incredible! We had her take beach photos of our daughter for her senior year when we were visiting from Kansas. Her experience definitely shows – she knew exactly where and how to photograph our daughter to get the absolute best images…I am so thankful to have found her! Now we have gorgeous photos! Additionally, I want to mention Kathryn’s expert customer service and timeliness. She is a consummate professional. I highly recommend her!”

If you plan to visit Southern California, please let me plan the perfect photo session for you while you are here; you won’t regret it.

Sara – Class of 2017 High School Senior

Sara lives in Kansas and had heard about me from her California cousin. We had multiple phone calls to plan out her senior session during her visit to Southern California. Sara wanted to be photographed at the beach. I described to Sara some of the backdrops we would have besides the beach and ocean, a gorgeous home, weathered wooden stairs, rocks, etc…. here are the results….002When Sara saw her images she wrote me, “I love them all” Your work is fantastic!!! “You do magical work and I am beyond blessed to have found you”. Which made me extremely happy. 001004091 8x12 4x6007012The above image is my personal favorite!!! It is so dreamy and Sara’s Mother just ordered a 20×24 Gallery wrap of this image!!!010159 Logo

Tracy – High School Senior – Laguna Beach

When I met with Tracy, I learned that she had a love for writing and skateboarding & she wanted me to photograph her in Laguna Beach. After seeing Tracy’s skateboard, I wanted to incorporate that in the shoot. I suggested besides the beach we shoot in the urban area of Laguna. We did the beach and the village in Laguna Beach. It was a beautiful day and we captured images that Tracy and her family loved.017Tracy collage #1020Earlier in the shoot, I saw that Tracy had these cool aviator glasses and I had to use them.

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Brooke Class of 2016 – High School Senior Photography

First, I love the name Brooke. I met Brooke in her family at their Huntington Beach home to plan out Brooke’s session. Brooke knew she wanted flower hair wreaths for the shoot. She even made one of them. One fine summer day in August, we met in Laguna Beach. Here are the results:
001The above image is so dreamy. 039007The above image is a perfect structure to frame Brooke. The image below had great rocks and I backed out most of the color. It is my favorite image from the shoot. 005006116010Brooke’s Mother, Brother and Boyfriend were at the shoot. In the above image, Brooke is looking at her boyfriend. 009012131This was the last image of the shoot.

Jenny Class of 2015 Senior Photography – Urban and Beach

Jenny was my fifth referral from one of my clients. It is so wonderful to get referrals. I do reward my client’s by giving complimentary sessions and wall portraits, too! It was such a gorgeous spring day during Jenny’s session. We started out in downtown Laguna and then went to South Laguna. An urban/beach session for a California girl. 114 Photoshop Logo004 Logo003I loved Jenny’s wardrobe. 006ADSC_3154 LogoADSC_3296 Logo 12x8ADSC_3285 LogoJenny Collage for blog rotated photobacks-ashbury-portrait-06Downtown Laguna is filled with great backdrops. 007033 Logo B&W Reflection in color PhotoshopADSC_3059 Logo128 logo014015