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.

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

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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Brittany – Class of 2014, Senior Photography

 

This senior session was very dear to me as the senior is my niece Brittany. She was visiting me from Oregon, and we planned out every detail of the shoot together. I took Brittany shopping for the clothes, shoes and jewelry to wear for her shoot (her early graduation gift). The turquoise dress, polka dotted dress and top with the blue flowers, I picked out. Brittany loved them. It does help that I do photograph so many senior sessions, and I keep up on what seniors like to wear. I confess to subscribing to Seventeen and Vogue Teen magazine. Love those sources for inspiration on all things teen!

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The day of the shoot, we went to Blow Angels for hair and make-up. I gave Brittany the total pampering treatment. I wanted her to feel like a model getting ready for her photo shoot.

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For the venue, we decided to do the shoot at my sister’s home. Her property is amazing with great backdrops. I put my sister and Brittany’s Dad (my brother) to work during the shoot. Holding lights and reflectors. It was very much a family affair (this is what I normally do in my senior sessions include the parents).

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Brittany, her parents and I were very happy with the wonderful images that day.

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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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