“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” – Margaret Mead

 

I met with these 2 sisters for their pre-session consultation and was reminded what it was like growing up with my own sisters. The picking on each other, the bickering and the undercurrent of love, all the things you see when sisters are together. These two girls were no different. They spent the whole consultation picking on each other and telling me all the faults of the other, but it was obvious they shared an affection for each other that only exists within the sibling relationship.

Grace and Liberty I had a blast working with you. Watching the two of you interact with each other was such fun. 🙂 

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It’s funny how when you watch a movie and see a location you get this preconceived idea of what it looks like in person. Earlier this year when I went to Chicago with my photo club, I wanted to see “The Bean”. I had seen it in several movies and so, of course, I had to see it in real life. From what I had seen in the movies, I expected “The Bean” to be in some plaza at the base of a tall building. I was surprised to find it in a city park and not right outside a skyscraper. Just goes to show you . . . . never believe what you see in the movies. 😉

Interestingly enough “The Bean” isn’t really a bean at all. It was inspired by liquid mercury and is officially titled “Cloud Gate”. The arch is 12 feet high, and I recommend walking under it and looking up. It’s quite the visual experience.

We were walking to Millennium Park when suddenly everyone around me stopped and started taking pictures of this fence. I couldn’t understand why at first . . . then I saw it. Can you see it? It was a very surreal visual moment.

On the left, you have my Bean selfie. 😉

This is what you see when you walk under The Bean and look up. Can you see me?

I had to take another selfie under the arch.

 

Taking my own advice from my Tips for Photographing Your Next Vacation blog post, I had to slow down and explore the area. While The Bean is the main exhibit of this part of the park, the skyline behind it is pretty fantastic too.

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My first impression of Gabi was the quite, seemingly shy lady who came to the pre-consultation. She talked about her art and wanting photo’s of herself with her drawing pad. At my prompting, she showed me the style of pictures she liked. I figured it would take me a bit of work to pull her out of her shyness during her photo session.

I was pleasantly surprised when during her session she opened up and this fun, spunky girl emerged. She would give me fun crazy poses and her boyfriend would do things behind the camera to get her smiling. Overall it was a fun afternoon with Gabi.

Gabi, I enjoyed working with you and loved seeing you open up and let your personality out. You are fun and spunky. I wish you all the best as you move into the next chapter of your life.

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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, perfect for a photo shoot. But in true Oregon fashion, it started raining 10 minutes before the session. Despite the rain, Portland did not disappoint as a backdrop for Destiny’s senior pictures.

I first met Destiny a few years ago while her mother and I were in grad school together. I enjoyed getting to know Destiny at our school functions and class events. In those couple years, I’ve watched her grow into a beautiful young woman with a lovely personality.

During her photo reveal Destiny paid me one of the best compliments. She said, “I never like pictures of myself, but I like these.” Destiny, thank you for letting me be a part of your senior year. I hope you always see yourself as beautiful as I do.

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I first met Gabi during her pre-consultation. I discovered during this meeting that she has the opportunity to graduate high school early. She struck me as not only smart but sweet and artistic as well.

Gabi wants to be a tattoo artist. As an artist, she felt tattoos would be a way to make a living while expressing her creativity. She did a job shadow at a tattoo parlor and while there watched a tattoo being done on a burn victim. This inspired her to help others through the art of tattoos.

Gabi also likes old rock music. When I asked her to clarify what she considered old, she said music from the 60s and 80s like the Beach Boys and Police. Sigh. I grew up with 80s music. It’s a sad day when the music from your childhood is considered “old”.

Gabi, I had an absolute blast taking your senior photos. You pose so naturally, have a beautiful unique style and were a dream to photograph. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your senior year. I wish you all the best as you move forward into the next adventure of life.

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