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.

Megan – Vintage Cameras, High School Senior Portraits

During my consultation with Megan, I discovered her love of photography and got to see her fabulous collections of vintage cameras. What fun it was to include her cameras in her senior session at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. ADSC_2678 logoADSC_2724 LogoADSC_2937 Logo011 adjustmentI had fun with this image. Three of Megan in one photo!
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Madison – Class of 2014 – Senior Photography

Madison was visiting from North Carolina. My third out of state senior this year. She picked two locations for her shoot. Madison loves cupcakes and Casey’s Cupcakes adorable!!! Perfect venue with fun pink decor and chandeliers. A huge thank you to Casey’s Cupcakes for letting us shoot there.

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Madison wore the perfect dress for Casey’s Cupcakes. ADSC_7968 Logo FacebookADSC_8032 LogoADSC_8015 LogoADSC_8025 Logo FacebookI love shooting through a window.ADSC_7982 LogoThe other venue was the Mission in San Juan Capistrano as Madison’s Mother wanted a historical venue.024 Logo022 LogoADSC_7835 LogoADSC_7820 Logo FacebookADSC_7848 logo facebookADSC_7866 LogoADSC_7945 Facebook LogoADSC_7912 Facebook Logo

Mississippi Girl in So. Cal – High School Senior Photography


Recently, I had a senior on vacation from the great state of Mississippi, Madison, she wanted a truly unique senior session (that would be different from any of her classmates). I picked the The Lab/Anti Mall in Costa Mesa, California for an urban shoot because the vibe is very artsy and has a hipster feel to it. Madison really got in to the spirit of our shoot; the outfit she put together for the trailer was very boho chic!  

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Kayla – Urban Girl, High School Senior Photography

Kayla knew what she wanted an urban shoot for her senior session…she is a city girl at heart.  What better place then downtown Los Angeles to reflect her personality and her love for city life!  We started our shoot at the famous Disney Concert Hall Center with its great stainless steel curves and reflections.  Kayla had great clothes, shoes and jewelry for her shoot and each outfit had its own meaning, as they had been worn throughout Kayla’s senior year (for instance her black dress & blue shoes she wore to homecoming).  We were putting time in the bottle with these beautiful photographs as we captured everlasting visual memories of her special year.008 LogoMy photos from Kayla are being featured on Senior Style Guide which is honor as they receive hundreds submission every week. Very excited.

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