This is Sydney! I am so pleased to know this girl!! She is willing to let go and have fun with me and my camera, and I can have so much fun with that! We happen to have similar tastes in stuff like rusty barbed wire and rocks & wood textures. She is very easy to photograph. And our story of making her senior pictures was also the making of a very fun day for me. As a bonus, afterward, Sammamish felt even more like home :) We started at Gene Juarez in Redmond with Carson on Sydney's curly locks, and Phoebe with make up (more of Phoebe's work at Kelli Brooks Beauty). Sydney is a very natural girl as far as daily style, and we maintained that natural easy look:
Now out and about to get used to the camera, hmmmm, what it's like to be my model for the day? We just hang out, and click-click-click:
With Mum! Nancy's hair by Whitney, make up also by Phoebe at Gene Juarez :) Bravo, Nancy! My two brave models :)
We try to shoot at spots that are special to our families. Sammamish folks may recognize this area near Big Rock Park. It turns out both Sydney and I have a thang for the rusty metal like the barbed wire below this fence. I've always wanted to photograph here!
A small hike to make a family photo at the Big Rock of the Park! We are joined by Dad, Mark, and brother Zach - oh - and Pepper!
Sunset approach-eth, let's go to the sunshine fields :)
Sydney's next dress is a souvenir from her family's trip to Italy... yep, Italy... I love seeing the world through my clients' fashions ;) More of this dress at the end...
Sydney is a decision maker, she knows what she likes and she goes for it. As far as academics, she is in the Running Start program so she attends Bellevue College instead of Eastlake High School but she stays connected to high school friends through the Eastlake High School Band. She is looking to major in linguistics at a university next year. And - she is passionate about rowing. Syd rows through the Sammamish Rowing Association, she tried it for the first time in 7th grade, she is talking with college coaches, and she brought rowing to her family - her Dad now rows with the SRA too! Here we are at Lake Sammamish:
We wanted to incorporate Sydney's passion for Band in her photos - but everyday pictures with cymbals weren't enough for us, you know, everyone has cymbals photos already, right? Well, they would have been unique any way we used them, but we went for glam backdrop :) Bling bling!
See below for Sydney's video. And - How did Sammamish feel more homey after this shoot? You know how you feel like you're at "home" when you recognize people as you walk through the grocery store or stop to chat on a sidewalk? Well, my volunteer assistants on this day were my daughter Joy, and our neighbor, Roza. Would you believe Sydney already knew them BOTH! Sydney and her friend Casey regularly helped out in Joy's 1st grade class when they were in 5th grade - and both Sydney & Joy remember each other from 7 years ago! Joy turned around and volunteered in the same first grade class when she was in 5th grade, and brought friends with her - so Sydney and her friend Casey were inspirations :) Syd's brother had his 5th grade class with Roza, and the girls remember each other from that time. Sydney's mom, Nancy, also knows both our assistants because she worked at their elementary school. To find that our group was - surprise!- made up of acquaintances made our little town seemed a little smaller and more like home to me after this shoot :) Sydney, I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures throughout the rest of your senior year and on into college, I had so much fun with you!!!