Photoshoot

Tara hams it up for the first part of the shoot at Laurelhurst Park
Tara hams it up for the first part of the shoot at Laurelhurst Park
Snowberries at the park
Snowberries at the park

Tara and I found a photographer with some great photo ideas for senior photos. We spent one Saturday at several locations, and ended up in a place so well-suited for photos that we stayed until there was almost no light at all. It was a super productive day and I am grateful for whatever photography luck gods were helping us out when we found Cambrae. I am dying to see her finished photos!

Snake mural. You can see T on the right side in the sun.
Snake mural. You can see T on the right side in the sun.

I brought my camera along and found limitless reasons to click the shutter. We started at Laurelhurst Park, a beautiful park in town that has hosted many key memories from our years in Portland, from an Easter egg hunt our first year here, to sledding the year it snowed two feet at Christmas. Then Cambrae suggested a stop at a huge mural of a black snake on a white building. Our favourite was the old burnt out building downtown that is covered in graffiti.

As the sun went down, we both tried to capture what we could of the setting,ย the fabulous clouds, and the many-coloured walls, and the senior.

Cambrae and Tara in the background.
Cambrae and Tara in the background.
A little senior sass! People comment about the "failed artist" and "the locals" on the wall. The words were merely what was there when we arrived, and not specifically chosen to mean anything in the photo, but it's still pretty funny. :)
A little senior sass! People comment about the “failed artist” and “the locals” on the wall. The words were merely what was there when we arrived, and not specifically chosen to mean anything in the photo, but it’s still pretty funny. ๐Ÿ™‚
I wandered around and entertained myself by taking photos of all the tremendously interesting stuff in the building.
I wandered around and entertained myself by taking photos of all the tremendously interesting stuff in the building.
He almost blends right in. Then when you see him, he's obvious.
He almost blends right in. Then when you see him, he’s obvious.
Sunset was especially good that night with those clouds.
Sunset was especially good that night with those clouds.
Reflections made everything more exciting.
Reflections made everything more exciting.
Iron bars provide stability for the walls till someone can raze the place.
Iron bars provide stability for the walls till someone can raze the place.
An artist did a little work while we were there.
Another artist did a little work while we were there.
T brought pointe shoes to make some shot more dynamic!
T brought pointe shoes to make some shots more dynamic!
The photographer and her subject.
The photographer and her subject.

8 thoughts on “Photoshoot

  1. Wow! I mean wow to the pointe shoes, the graffiti / street art, the reflections, the clouds through those windows, wow to the whole darn post. What a great idea to take the senior photos there.

    1. Isn’t it great?! I could have shot photos in that building from sunup to sundown. Yeah, the shoes were a great touch. I never would have thought of adding pointe shoes to just regular clothes, instead of getting into a leotard, but it works.

    1. Thank you! Yes, the photoshoot was so fun! We had only planned to be out that day for about 2 hours, but we played for nearly 4 hours and had to go home because it got dark. I loved those snowberries too, and I think the shot turned out pretty nice.

    1. I’m glad it shows, Bruce. Tara and I have an incredible relationship. We have tense times that last a few hours or maybe a day. For what I’ve heard about teens and their moms, I think we have lucked out. We do lots of different activities, too, which is fun. And we also try to hard to appreciate the other persons’ interests, even when it isn’t our own (I’m thinking hours of stupid YouTube videos….ha ha). I wish all my life relationships could be as healthy as this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Very creative. I probably never would consider this place as a local for a photo shoot but that’d be wrong. I especially fancy the photo taken thru the open roof from the inside. Glad these graffiti artists have a place to express themselves. The photo of the wall propped up and the reflections in the puddles is really cool too Crystal.

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