I was so excited for the opportunity to photograph a real-life Rodeo Princess. I’ve seen them in parades and in photos at the fair. Now here was one in my studio. 🙂 As it turns out Alexis is a second-generation rodeo princess. Because her mom was a rodeo princess she grew up around them and looked up to them. She told me she enjoys being a rodeo princess because she can be for other little girls what her role models were for her growing up. With a beautiful smile and a sweet, shy nature Alexis will make a great role model for aspiring rodeo princesses everywhere.

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

 

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

rodeo princess photo, wilsonville studio, senior portrait

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    Love your website, Teresa. And your work is excellent. It’s very apparent that you have a solid report with your subjects and that is key to your success.ReplyCancel

Several weeks before Christmas my sister contacted me asking me to connect her with a friend of mine who has his own recording studio. Her husband is a musician and she wanted to gift him a day in the studio recording music for his birthday (which happens to be Christmas day . . . poor guy).

I contacted my friend Carl, of Carl Dudley and Friends and soon the gift was scheduled. I drove out to the studio to introduce my sister and her family to my friend. I’d only planned to stay for a couple hours to take a few pictures. I ended up staying the whole day.

Even though I’m not musical, it was fun to watch others work out of their passion for music. Everyone got to record a song whether they were singing or playing an instrument.

But by far, my favorite part of the day was when the whole family gathered around the microphone to lay down some extra vocal tracks on one of the songs.

I watched my sister and her family; all smiles as they “whoop whooped” into the mic. I teared up (and nearly started crying) as I realized this is the stuff memories are made from. It’s moments like these that bring families together and gives them stories to tell years later. I’m so glad I stayed and was able to document it for them.

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music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

music studio photos, dayton oregon, family portrait

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“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. 🙂 

You can see Grace’s individual photos HERE and Liberty’s individual photos HERE.

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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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