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Clare | {Bellarmine Prep High School-Class of 2017}

Tacoma Senior Photos0001Clare!  She’s a senior at Bellarmine Prep High School in the Class of 2017!Tacoma Senior Photos0002There are not many times that I can think of that I was a little nervous when it came to shooting a senior….but, I had a moment of a twinge of nervousness as I was getting ready to meet Clare!  Tacoma Senior Photos0003She doesn’t look intimidating, does she?  Well..that’s because she isn’t!  But, she is a very talented photographer who has been part of the Made To Create PNW community!  I met her a couple years back when she came to one of our retreats and have loved getting to know her as she continued to take classes from us and she comes to our coffee nights!  So…because I know she is also a talented young photographer, I got a little nervous that I wouldn’t meet her vision for her own senior photos!  But, we had so much fun and we had WAY TOO MANY gorgeous shots of her by the end of our time!Tacoma Senior Photos0004Clare wanted a mix of Tacoma…so we started urban down at the Glass Museum!Tacoma Senior Photos0005We had beautiful light…but, even if it had been overcast..her smiles lights up the room anyway!Tacoma Senior Photos0006Love those brown eyes!Tacoma Senior Photos0007Then we high tailed it to Chambers Bay to grab that lovely golden hour!Tacoma Senior Photos0008WOW!  Tacoma Senior Photos0009It’s fun to shoot other photographers!  Tacoma Senior Photos0010I will say that a few times I had to remind myself that I was working cause Clare and I get to talking about gear and shooting and we didn’t want to waste the light!Tacoma Senior Photos0011Cutie!Tacoma Senior Photos0012Don’t we live in the most beautiful place?Tacoma Senior Photos0013Sunny smiles!Tacoma Senior Photos0014Tacoma Senior Photos0015She has a little bit of mischief in her eyes, I think!  haha!Tacoma Senior Photos0016Last outfit…last rays of golden sun!Tacoma Senior Photos0017Gorgeous!Tacoma Senior Photos0018Tacoma Senior Photos0019This is one of my favorites..and I always giggle cause she never even questioned me when I said, “Ok, I want you to lay all the way down in the itchy grass …in a dress!”  Such a good sport!Tacoma Senior Photos0020Tacoma Senior Photos0021THANKS, Clare!  I have loved getting to know you and will be so sad if you go off to college and don’t come back to visit us!  Happy Senior Year!!!!!Tacoma Senior Photos0022

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Logan | {Sehome High School Senior-Class of 2017}

Tacoma Senior Photos0001This is Logan!  Logan is senior at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington and will be graduating with the Class of 2017 in just a couple of months!  Tacoma Senior Photos0002I love Bellingham!  It’s so beautiful and small town feeling!  It actually reminds me some of my hometown, Gig Harbor!  So, when Logan’s mom called and said it was time for his senior session..I was READY!Tacoma Senior Photos0003I was up there a bunch when my daughter was going to Western but hadn’t been in a while..so it was fun to visit again!  Tacoma Senior Photos0004On top of that…I am old friends with this guys parents…so it’s always a treat to get to somewhere beautiful, do what I love to-photograph a senior, and then get to have a fun dinner with my old friends!  Seems like a win win trip all the way around, don’t you think?Tacoma Senior Photos0005Logan is a little bit quiet and reserved…but, man, he knows how to work a camera!  Tacoma Senior Photos0006He’s been pretty active in high school and has ran cross country all four years and also competed in track and field….But, even though that was probably so fun…I haven’t met a senior that hasn’t been ready to be all done with high school!Tacoma Senior Photos0007We ventured into Fairhaven for his second outfit…I LOVE this bus..which when open is a great fish & chip’s place!  Tacoma Senior Photos0008Tacoma Senior Photos0009I shot his sister’s senior photos a couple of years ago and we hit some of the same locations which I think is perfect since they are spots that have sentimental value to the family..and lots of fun textures for me!
Tacoma Senior Photos0010So handsome!Tacoma Senior Photos0011Tacoma Senior Photos0012Tacoma Senior Photos0013We headed to go have dinner and Logan’s mom wanted to just take one fun shot in front of this ivy that has become pretty well known….Tacoma Senior Photos0014Tacoma Senior Photos0015but, of course…I can never just stop with just one photo…..Tacoma Senior Photos0016Logan is considering going into computer science in school…but, isn’t exactly sure what route will get him there….community college, Western, or maybe even a little adventure to Boise State!  He’s got some choices!Tacoma Senior Photos0017Especially when that light is glowing so warm!  I love this one!Tacoma Senior Photos0018Logan, Kris and Steve…it was so fun to see you all again!! What’s our excuse gonna be now that you are out of kids that are gonna be seniors?!  haha!  I wish  you luck in whatever you do next, Logan!Tacoma Senior Photos0019

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Courteney | {Pinnacle High School Senior-Class of 2017}

Tacoma Senior Photos0001How ironic that our next senior up is this gorgeous girl from Phoenix, Arizona!  Tacoma Senior Photos0002Courteney is a senior at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona with the Class of 2017…and I am proud to call her my niece!Tacoma Senior Photos0003I guess in technical terms…we are really not related at all, but, since her mom and I have been friends since we were 11 and her mom’s twin sister is married to my brother (ya…try and work that one out for second in your head)….it is just easier  to be Auntie to this pretty girl (and her brothers, too)Tacoma Senior Photos0004I love getting to fly down to Phoenix and do some shoots…and this week while I am in Gilbert with my brother and his family the weather is going to be pretty mild..in the 80’s.  But, when I was there to do Courteney’s photos…it was not mild at all…and at 8pm in the evening we were shooting in 104 degrees!  And, yet….look how gorgeous she still looks!!!Tacoma Senior Photos0005We split her session up a tad bit…the night before her real session date we were in a different part of Phoenix, so we did some there at the end of the evening….and then the next day we did her real session on the other side of Phoenix!Tacoma Senior Photos0006Look at her beautiful eyes!Tacoma Senior Photos0007Courteney is a fun energetic soul and loves to be social!Tacoma Senior Photos0008She also lettered in badminton in school and is actually REALLY good at it!  I was kinda bummed she wasn’t playing a game while I was there.Tacoma Senior Photos0009We ended her session at one of my favorite places that I have visited while I am there.  It’s a preserve that has a ton of beautiful cacti and rocks and red trails…if it wasn’t burning hot, I would go there and just hang out, it’s that beautiful!Tacoma Senior Photos0010So pretty!Tacoma Senior Photos0011Most seniors need a little bit of time to get used to having this big camera pointed at them and to get to know me…but, Courteney loves being in front of the camera..and she already knows me, so right off the bat we were getting so many great shots that it really was not working for me at all..just hanging out with my niece and having fun…and sweating my face off!Tacoma Senior Photos0012Tacoma Senior Photos0013Tacoma Senior Photos0014I love LOVE love Arizona’s light!  My brother and his wife keep trying to get me to move down there…and don’t think I am not tempted as the rain falls and falls and…falls…here.  But, as much as I love the light…my body doesn’t love the heat.  So, getting to go down and visit and shoot while I am there is me getting the best of both worlds!  I think I will be the perfect snowbird…except I am not going to retire there..I just want to fly down and work for a couple of weeks while the rain is falling here!  Sounds like perfection to me!Tacoma Senior Photos0015My sweet friend, Angela!  I forgot to warn her that she would be in some of the photos…but, then, I made her take some with her oldest son last year when I did his senior photos…so, she might have known…but, I still made her get in a few!  I love to see a mother daughter relationship!Tacoma Senior Photos0016As the last moments of sun warmed us…we started back to the car.Tacoma Senior Photos0017LOVE!!!!! Isn’t it just a sunny dream?Tacoma Senior Photos0018Tacoma Senior Photos0019Funny little tidbit…Courteney’s high school does a fun “challenge during the beginning of school…kind of like our Nerf Wars here in Tacoma.  They carry around squirt guns and you have teams and if you get shot you are eliminated!  The winner of the challenge gets a pretty hefty sum of money..so, this gets pretty serious!  The only way to stay safe is to wear pool floaties…you know, like on your arms or around your waist!  It’s a sight to see walking around where she lives to see all these kids fully dressed with a big penguin floatation around their waist or little ducky floats on their arms!  Their is a rule though that while you are doing your senior photos you are safe….so, luckily you don’t see floaties in all of these shots…cause other than when we were shooting I never saw Courteney without them!  Serious business!!!Tacoma Senior Photos0020Tacoma Senior Photos0021I can see so much of both of her parents in her…so beautiful!Tacoma Senior Photos0022Courteney!  I am so glad we were able to get these done..even in the heat and without you having to wear floaties!!!!  haha!  Have a great senior year and I just know you are going to do awesome things with your future!Tacoma Senior Photos0023

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