Senior Portraits: Maggie

Maggie | Churchill High School | 2018 Senior

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Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Country and Comfortable

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Shout out to all the girls who grew up playing in dirt, who ran outside barefoot, and who weren't afraid to be one of the boys."

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Going on long drives, cooking, doing crafty things, working with kids and volunteering.

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Smiley, goofy, wild, fun, honest, caring, empathetic, silly, likes taking care of others, crazy

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ I want to be a NICU nurse or a pediatric physical therapist. Lots of college and then a family

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Meeting my best friend

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Drive a big truck

* Have a family

* Own Cows

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Senior Portraits: Alyssa

Alyssa | Churchill High School | 2018 Senior

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Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Sporty and County

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Eat, Sleep, Soccer

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Sporty, Outgoing, Happy, Helpful, Responsible, Dorky, Chill, Low Key, Country, Friendly

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Go to college and get my teaching degree

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Tutoring in math

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Go to Paris

* Go to DisneyWorld

* Go on a road trip to see all 50 states

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Senior Portraits: Tori

Tori | Cottage Grove High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Earthy

Q~ What is your favorite quote or saying?

A~ "I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now."

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Being outdoors, hiking, and swimming

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Athletic, studious, outdoorsy, genuine, honest, corky, competitive, serious, loving, and determined

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend college and major in Science

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Going to state for swimming

Name 3 things on your bucket list:

*Touch every continent
*Go sky diving
*Fly a plane

Carlene: Dryice

Beautiful model and dry ice makes for a fun photo shoot. We started out with making a cardboard box around her to keep the dry ice from going away from her. Than places shallow cups of dry ice around her than added hot water to make the beautiful fog effect. This worked great. (Please remember that when using dry ice to make sure you are in a well ventilated area). Thank you Carlene for always being up for fun, different photo shoots. I can't wait for the next one we plan.

This is my favorite picture.

Senior Portraits: Tristan

Tristan | Springfield High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ As casual as possible

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "A man must choose a path which will let his abilities function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his desires. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires)." - Hunter S. Thompson

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Swimming and Computers

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Determined, dedicated, passionate, comedic, happy, strong, intelligent, handsome, reluctant, insert synonyms for good

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend college and be on their swim team

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ That one time Chaz stuck his finger down his throat and everyone was astounded

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Ride a velociraptor

* Go England

* Make people happy

Tristan I wish you the best of luck at college. I know you will do great. You will be missed on the swim team but will meet some great swim friends in college too.

Senior Portraits: Beth

Beth | Thurston High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Natural

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean."

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Spending time with my cat and singing

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Balanced, achiever, practical, active, consistent, interesting, quirky, genuine, open minded, sensible

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend Eastern Oregon University

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Choir

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Skydiving

* Go to Hawaii

* Become a nurse

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Beth I wish you the best of luck at college. I know you will do great. You are a beautiful person inside and out.

Senior Portraits: Iris

Iris | South Eugene High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Depends on my mood: preppy, hippie, trendy, boyish, athletic, girly

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "You can't have a rainbow without a little rain." 

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Running, fitness, being outdoors, hiking, sports, drawing, painting, and baking.

Q~ Do you play sports if so what sports?

A~ Soccer, and volleyball

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend college, possibly the UofO, and then begin my career and life

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ My class field trip (IOP) to the Umpqua River where we camped and went rafting

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Pet real wolves

* Ride an elephant

* Swim with Dolphins

Iris is a beautiful, smart, young lady. What a small town I actually went to High School with her mom and met her dad while I was in college. 

I wish you the best of luck in the future. I know you will do great things. 

Senior Portraits: Grayson

Grayson | Cottage Grove High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ My life is motocross and dirt bikes. I am always wearing moto related stuff.

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "I's risk the fall just to know how it feels to fly". 

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ I enjoy spending time with family, and throwing my leg over my bike every chance I get. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and anything in the outdoors. 

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Happy, funny, witty, determined, focused, childish, shy, smart, kind, and confident.

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ I plan on getting my foot in the door with a HVAC company and entering an apprenticeship program. From there after 4 years of training and school I will become a journeyman HVAC technician. 

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ My favorite memory did not happen in High School. It was actually getting my dad on a dirt bike at age 44. We are out every chance we get doing the thing we love together. The memories him and I have made in these past 4 years are gold and I wouldn't trade them for anything. 

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Ride all the sand dunes in the United States

* Travel

* Swim with sharks

Grayson is a fun, smart, handsome young man. I have known Grayson for at least 10 years now. I can't believe he is graduating High School this year. 

I wish you the best of luck in the future. I know you will do great things. 

Senior Portraits: Tristan

Tristan | Willamette High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Mostly moderate but I do like the preppy style too

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "If you can't make it look good, at least make it look good ." ~Bill Gates

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Building computers

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Strong, independent, easy going, observant, shy, creative, cautious, adaptable, considerate, frank

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend College

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Trying to fit all my friends in one spot to eat lunch day after day Freshman year 

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Get a straight razor shave

* Win the lottery

* Go spear fishing

Senior Portraits: Sam

Sam | Churchill High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ Typical 17 year old guy. Some people call me preppy but I wouldn't say that's always true I just dress on the cleaner side of casual.

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Don't you know that only fools are satisfied." ~Billy Joel

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Eating food (aka swimmer and waterpolo player), School, Sports, Reading, Sleeping, Traveling

Q~ One thing you love to do?

A~ Sports (waterpolo, swimming, tennis)

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Hungry, tired, smart, sleepy, funny, annoying, skinny, confident

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Attend University with many years of school

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ Waterpolo game against Sheldon 2015, and tennis team trips to Bend

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Be a neurosurgeon

* Break the record record for children nuggets eaten in 2 mins (40)

* Travel to each continent

Senior Portraits: Amber

Amber | North Eugene High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ I would describe my style as laid back but trendy

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don't rent them out to tomorrow." ~Jerry Spinelli

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Working and hanging out with friends

Q~ One thing you love to do?

A~ Reading

Q~ 10 words to describe myself

A~ Funny, Outgoing, Loud, Unique, Indecisive, Generous, Hard working, Smart, Laid back, Fun

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ Travel and go to college

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ My favorite high school memory so far was going to state for cheer

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Travel the world

* Go skydiving

* Build my own house

Amber is a funny, out going young lady. We had lots of laughs during her photo session, and over pizza. She worked very hard in High School that now her Senior year she only has  1 class left to take for graduation. 

 I wish you the best of luck in the future. I know you will do great things. Always go after your dreams.

Senior Portraits: Erika

Erika | Springfield High School | 2017 Senior

Q~ How would you describe your style?

A~ I would describe my style as trendy.

Q~ What is your favorite qoute or saying?

A~ "Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away." ~Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Q~ What are your hobbies?

A~ Piano, singing, and dancing

Q~ Do you play sports if so what sports?

A~ Swimming

Q~ What are you plans after High school?

A~ I plan to go to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, or any of the other BYU schools.

Q~ What is your favorite High School memory so far?

A~ My favorite high school memory so far was when I did the ropes course at Spencer's Butte and climbed about 50 feet in the air.

Name 3 things on your bucket list: 

* Travel around Europe

* Graduate college and have a good job

* Get married and have a wonderful family

Erika is a fun, smart, friendly young lady. She works very hard to achieve her goals. She is a very busy young lady. Between piano lessons, swim club, volunteering at the school, National Honors Society, but she is always there for her friends and family. 

 I wish you the best of luck in the future. I know you will do great things. 

Tips to look good in wedding pictures:

With wedding season in full swing I want to share a few tips with you to look great in the pictures. We all want to look good in wedding pictures whether you are a guest, a family member, a bridesmaid, or the bride. Being a wedding photographer I would like to share some great tips for you to look fantastic in all the photos. 

1. Your eyes is the main focus to most images so you want to make sure you smile with your eyes.

2. Laughter is one of the best ways to avoid the fake smile. Even if it is a forced laugh eventually the others in your group will start laugh with you and you will love the picture. 

3. Posture is a key element in looking great. Standing up straight and lifting your head forward will help avoid double chin (which nobody likes). 

4. When looking for a dress for attending a wedding or you are a bridesmaid or the bride a lot of the dresses are strapless. If you are like me you may be a little self conscious about your arms. You will want to keep them a little ways out from your body to make them look slimmer. When you keep them pushed up against your body it can actually make them look bigger. Try to relax and be yourself. People will notice the fun, laughter and smile, and not your arms.

5. Guys you want to make sure the outfit you pick out whether it be a suit, tux, or casual pants and shirt that it fits perfect. If it doesn't fit great than you will feel self conscious and mess with it all day and that will show in the pictures.

6.  Remember to have fun. If you are the bride make sure you and the groom go somewhere quiet and away from everyone for your portraits. This will give you and your groom time together. That is when you will get very natural fun pictures. 

Beautiful image of the bride and bridesmaids. They are having fun and they look great.

Prom : 2016

It is High School Prom season. For the next few weekends you will see lots of beautiful young ladies and handsome young men dressed up for an exciting, memorable time.

My son Chaz and his girlfriend Maeghan are both Sophomore's at Springfield High. I know most Proms are for Junior and Seniors, but my sons friends are older and he really wanted to go with Maeghan while the whole group is together. I am glad they worked it out and was able to all be together for a very exciting night.

This great group of kids are all swimmers. So they normally see each other soaking wet, no makeup, hair messed up but they don't care. So tonight was a special night for the girls and guys to get all dressed up and glamorous. They have spent hours getting ready between picking out the perfect dress or tux/suit, getting their hair done, picking up flowers for their dates, picking the perfect restaurant and planning a great place to hang out after Prom. 

Owen Rose Garden in Eugene was the perfect place for pictures before they went to dinner at The Vintage. There was lots of other kids there getting pictures taken of them all dressed up. We were able to get some great images of them. Prom this year was at UO Ford Alumni Center.

I am so happy my son has a such great group of friends. Thank you for letting me be part of your day and capturing beautiful images for you to remember years down the road.

Chaz and Maeghan are so cute together.

Chaz and Maeghan are so cute together.

I am so happy my son has such wonderful friends.

I am so happy my son has such wonderful friends.

Chaz and his best friend Shane. Shane graduates this year and is headed off to college. Chaz is going to miss seeing him everyday.

Chaz and his best friend Shane. Shane graduates this year and is headed off to college. Chaz is going to miss seeing him everyday.

Shane and Joelle are such a cute couple.

Shane and Joelle are such a cute couple.

Such a beautiful group of young ladies.

Such a beautiful group of young ladies.

Chaz and Maeghan saw this man with this cute dog and asked if they could take a picture with his dog. I love this picture.

Chaz and Maeghan saw this man with this cute dog and asked if they could take a picture with his dog. I love this picture.

I can't believe how grown up and handsome my little boy has become.

I can't believe how grown up and handsome my little boy has become.

Senior Portraits: Ashley

Ashley is a senior at Willamette High School. She was so friendly, and fun to shoot! Ashley plays tennis. She is going to Oregon in the Fall and majoring in Family and Human services with a focus on education! Thank you Ashley for allowing me to be the one to capture your senior portrait experience!

I love this picture with Ashley and her friends.

I love this picture with Ashley and her friends.

Senior Portraits : Breanna

Breanna is a very sweet young lady. She wanted something different for her Senior pictures. She wanted to have snow pictures. So we scouted the best location, and decided on Odell Lake Resort

Breanna is involved in a lot of different activities from theatre to volunteering with Special Olympics to her love of zombies. She is one of the most outgoing, nicest person I know. She is always there for her friends and family. 

Theatre is a big part of Breanna's life for the past 14 years. She does the face makeup for the Childrens Storybook Theatre in Cottage Grove. After High School she plans on going to beauty school with an emphases on special effects makeup. She also wants to become a party planner. I wish you the best of luck in the future. I know you will do great things. 

Waterpolo: Players vs Parents

My son Chaz is a competitive swimmer year round and also plays water polo. He gets 1 week off from both sports at Spring Break. Chaz is a Sophmore at Springfield High school. He swims on the HS team and also for the club team WSC. Chaz plays waterpolo for his HS and for ECWP. It is always the family saying that all he does is eat, sleep, and swim. And that is so true. 

Chaz and his team mates train all year to do their best. They get up at 5am so they can be at the pool for 5:30am practice then go to school then do it again after school. They work so hard to accomplish their goals as far as making the times they want and or winning the game. Come game time/meets our kids are excited. We as parents sit in the stands and watch nervously, but excited. Sometimes we yell for them to swim faster or get the ball all cause we get a little to excited and want them to win. We forget how hard they are working and doing their best at least I do sometimes. 

Waterpolo is one of the most physically and mentally intensense sports I can think of. It is a combination of soccer and football but much harder. You can not touch the bottom but are expected to jump out of the water. You have no protection as far as gear like you do other contact sports. The players try to wear the smallest speedo possible that way the other team has nothing to grab onto to too hold you under the water or keep you from making a play. Waterpolo is a very physical sport and you must be in great shape. 

Last month during the last week of HS water polo the coaches did a fun night of players vs parents. About 14 parents joined in on the fun. Luckily the parents got to stand on the bottom and didn't have much in the way of rules. The first few part of the game us parents were like wait how do we egg beater again lol. Most of us gave up on that and just stood on the bottom. We did try to catch and throw with one hand though. It was so hard to get up and throw the ball when you have the other team trying to take the ball from you, pushing you down in the water all while you are just trying to breath. After the game some of us parents were talking about how much harder it was than it looked and we understand why they are always hungry and tired. I have a new appreciation for people who play water polo. It takes a lot of dedication. Come next Fall during HS water polo season while sitting in the stands I will try to remember how hard they are trying and that whether they win or lose I know how hard it is. I do look forward to another player vs parent game even though I know us parents don't stand a chance even with more parents in the water than players. 

Senior Portraits : Mya

I have know Mya for a few years now through swim team. I was excited when her mom asked me to do her Senior portraits. Mya was also a model for me for a fun project a few months ago. Mya plans to swim in college. She wants to major in human physiology and become a physical therapist or an athletic trainer. Her favorite part about high school is all the new people she got to meet and the friends she's made the past four years.

Favorite thing to do is draw, swim and play the piano