It's that time of year! The time when you realize that your baby is now a Senior in high school, and it's time to have Senior Portraits taken. In most cases, Yearbook photos are due in the fall, so now is a great time to book your session.
There are several things to consider when booking a Senior Portrait session.
We'll address some of these other concerns later, but today, I'll give you some suggestions on a few really great places for Senior Portraits, and what makes them so good!
These locations are all in or near Oregon City, and are not necessarily in order of greatness! If you know of another great location, please let me know in the comments!
1. Hillendale Park
Hillendale Park, located off Clairmont St. in Oregon City, is one of my top 3 favorite locations for Senior Portraits! There are wooded areas, streams, bridges, lots of benches, and a grassy field. If you'd like a duck to co-star in your Senior Portrait, Hillendale Park has those too! The Senior Portraits below were all taken at Hillendale Park.
2. Clackamas Community College
My newest favorite location for photos, is Clackamas Community College, located in Oregon City. The grounds are beautifully maintained and you'll find all kinds of fun architecture, artwork, trees, flowers, benches and more. The Sculpture Garden features some crazy stuff, including a couch (although it's not a very comfortable one)!
3. Singer Creek Park
Singer Creek Park can be found off of Linn Ave, in Oregon City. There is a beautiful meadow, surrounded by trees and a walking path. All of the following photos were taken at Singer Creek Park, although not all of them are Senior Portraits. You can see why I love this park! In the spring, it is lush and green and in the fall, it is absolutely glorious. Also... there are apple trees!
4. Molalla River State Park
Molalla River State Park oddly enough, is located in Canby, not Molalla. I just love this beautiful park! It's a great choice for Senior Portraits because of the different types of scenery. There are wooden fences that are great for sitting on, grassy fields, lots of trees, and ... the river. The following photos were from a family portrait session I did there.
5. Rivercrest Park
Rivercrest Park in Oregon City is a convenient location with lots of trees and grass to work with. It can be a bit of a challenge, because there are many houses surrounding the park, and several parking lots. However, you can see by these photos, that although it may be challenging, it's not impossible!
6. Wait Park
Wait Park is a gorgeous little park in the center of Canby, Oregon. I have done an engagement session there (photos below) and just loved it. There are plenty of trees, bushes, flowers, benches and the gazebo to work with, so there are lots of options. This park is also surrounded by houses and parking, but it's really worth the extra effort!
Do you have a favorite park location, or a spot you think would be great for Senior Portraits? Leave your suggestions or any questions you might have regarding Senior Portraits in the comments!
I've been doing commercial photography for a couple of property management companies. Below is an apartment that I photographed, and then virtually staged.
Nothing in this room is real. It's all digital.
Again- totally digital furniture and accessories.
Unique SE Portland home with a modern-retro feel. The owner had the home professionally staged. This home sold and closed last month at $357,000.
I just love this open kitchen with the stone and metal.
Living room with fireplace and sliding door to multi-level back yard.
Here's another view of the kitchen.
I really need a stager to just come in and stage my own home.
Back yard with water feature and multiple levels. Climb those steps, to the second level where there are
some raised garden beds, then on to the top where you find a large deck.
This deck actually overlooks the house, which is the opposite of most decks that overlook the back yard!
The owner was there when I took these photos. He said he and his 2 brothers grew up in this house. It is 738 sq ft. 2 bedrooms. I assume the boys had to play outside a lot to keep mom from losing her sanity.....
Listed for $239,900 and has a sale pending on it.
This large, custom home sits across from a beautiful community park. The home is listed at $475,000. and has an accepted offer on it. I loved shooting this home. The owner went to school for interior design, and you can tell.
Fun fact about this home: Every single square inch of the home has been sheetrocked and painted. There are cubbies in bedrooms and unexpected places. It would be the BEST place to play a game of Hide-and-Seek or Sardines!
Big things come in small packages, and this home is definitely larger than it appears.
I love the opportunities I have to collect decorating ideas!
Cozy, but spacious living room.
Upstairs bedroom, with 2 finished spaces within it. Each space has it's own carpeting, lights and outlets. The one on the left is large enough for a mattress and desk, (see the photo following this one) the room on the right is perfect for a reading nook, and has a window that looks into the room on the left.
This basement bedroom comes with built-ins and large cubby holes. The walk in closet also has built-ins and additional cubbies.
2nd Living and Kitchen downstairs
Supposedly this home is under 3,000 sq ft, but it feels much larger than that!
Sometimes, even professional photography can't improve the look of a home. However, for somebody with a vision, this is going to be a great home! Originally listed at $160,000...this home is now off the market and probably being refurbished before going back up for sale again.
Real Estate Photography isn't all fun and games. Sometimes it's a little scary. This home had old, rotting food in the bedroom closets, and floors that were rotten all the way through.
Fun fact about this garage/family room: You can't see it in the photo, but apparently it became somewhat of a message board for the neighborhood. There are names, phone numbers and message written in several places.