Sheldon High School Class of 2017 {Haley}


How do I even start to describe this girl? I've known Haley and her family for over 6 years now, and I can't believe she's a senior already! She has a zest for life, loves to laugh, is fiercely loyal, and has such a giving heart. Her senior year is going to be so fulfilling- in addition to her schoolwork, Haley will be busy with her involvement in lacrosse, National Honors Society, and a work study program with the school finance office. She will also be playing a big part in the Mr & Ms Irish Pageant as the head coordinator and contestant! Mr & Mrs Irish is Sheldon High's "Kid's Helping Kids" program that raises money for Children's Miracle Network, which helps provide medical equipment vital in care for premature babies (as well as sick children and infants)  to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Haley loves to serve, but she also loves to express her creativity through makeup, painting, and chalkboard lettering. Her talents also extend into the kitchen- she is a wonderful baker and a member of her school's cupcake club, whose profits all go to local charities. After graduation Haley plans to attend Brigham Young University, but for now she is focused on enjoying her last year of High School, as well as spending as much time as she can with her family and siblings, who are also her best friends. 
 

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Haley's senior session took place just outside of Eugene, Oregon- she wanted to shoot on her family's property, where she spent a lot of her growing-up years. It couldn't have been a more gorgeous evening! 

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Cliffside Prom Dress Senior Session {McCall}

Every once in a while all of the pieces fall perfectly into place for the making of something wonderful, and this session was exactly that! After we found out we were moving to Portland, Oregon, and I had to start turning down Summer sessions, I had been itching to pull together a personal project, to shoot for myself, and to push my creativity. As soon as I saw photos of McCall in her gorgeous beaded slate blue prom dress pop up on Facebook, I knew I needed to ask her to model for me. For anyone who knows McCall, there is no surprise that she graciously agreed to help out, even with a busy school schedule! 

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A beautiful dress needs a location to match, and up on top of Boise's Table Rock couldn't have been a better fit. The cool greens of the sagebrush were such a compliment to the overall feel of this session, and the cliffside views speak for themselves!

 Senior girl in blue beaded prom dress takes senior portraits on Table Rock.

As it the views weren't enough, the wind picked up toward sunset, allowing us to showcase the movement of the layers of tulle in McCall's dress (as well as that long thick hair every girl envies!). Obviously, she worked it and wore it beautifully! This evening convinced me that prom dress senior photos need to happen more often- plus, what girl doesn't want an excuse to wear their dress again?

 Portland Oregon senior photographer, McKenna Rachelle Photography, photographs senior girl in flowing prom dress.
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I kept telling McCall I wish dresses looked like this when I went to prom! I will always love my prom dress (pickups and all) and the memories associated with it, but seriously- that flowing tulle and intricately beaded gold bodice with the sheer back?? Stunning. 

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I couldn't wrap up this post without telling you a little bit more about this amazing multi-talented young woman. McCall will be graduating as Senior President of Centennial High's class of 2017, and in her high school career she has played two years of basketball, three years of women's lacrosse, and participated in one season of cheer. She is also involved in the National Honor Society, mock trial team, and student council. Even with all of that, she still manages to find some free time to read her favorite author, Agatha Christie. 

Her favorite memory of her time in high school so far was at a basketball game she was cheering at- Centennial's boys team defeated the best team in the state with a buzzer beater! Of course all of the students went crazy, storming the court to congratulate the team in that chaotic crazy excitement that we all remember from our high school days!

McCall, thank you again and again for spending this evening with me- you are such an inspiring soul to be around, and I know your senior year is going to be a blast!

 Portland Oregon photographer now booking Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 High school seniors.

Girl's Best Friend Senior Photos {Emily}

Emily and I met in downtown Boise, Idaho for a few photos at Freak Alley to start off her Senior photo session. For those of you in Oregon who are unfamiliar with Freak Alley, it is the largest outdoor mural gallery in the Northwest, constantly evolving and changing. To read more about the artists and the gallery, visit their page here

After a quick drive out to the foothills, the remainder of Emily's session was spent near Military Reserve Park with her sweet pooch who kept us on our toes with her never-ending energy. I loved seeing the relationship between the two- this dog seriously loves her human, and vice versa! 

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 Portland photographer takes High School senior portraits in the Fall at sunset. 

Golden Hour Senior Session {Rachel}

A girl after my own heart, Rachel has an interest in photography herself! She has quite a talent for product photography in particular, and I'm excited to see where she goes with it. No matter what she pursues, Rachel will no doubt be successful. Her love for learning and making a difference, coupled with a go-getter attitude is a recipe for success! I loved spending the evening with Rachel, laughing, and talking about her dreams for the future!

 Oregon senior photographer, McKenna Rachelle photography, photographs senior girl in open field

We ended up shooting on some property in Eagle, Idaho that belonged to friends of Rachel's family, and we couldn't have asked for a better day. There was a little bit of rain as we started our session, but it quickly cleared up, allowing that golden hour sunshine to flood into our photos! Rachel's floral dress, fresh sunflower bouquet, tall leather boots and floppy hat gave off an Anthropologie vibe as we shot in open fields and along the wooden fence lining one edge of the property. She did her own hair and makeup- can you believe it?! Let's just keep adding to the list of this girl's talents!

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Piercing light-blue eyes and a gorgeous smile- Rachel is a classic beauty with a zest for life. It was an honor to take her senior photos as she's getting ready to embark on her next adventure to Brigham Young University!

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Eagle High School Class of 2016 {Austin}

It's not too often that I get to photograph high school senior guys, so this was a fun change for me! Austin adds so much fun and personality to our family- it's always a party or some kind of adventure when he's around! We wanted to get some of the traditional senior portraits and showcase his involvement with the Eagle High Lacrosse team, but also left room for some more fun and goofy shots as well, adventure backpack and all. 

Austin has been very involved in many organizations during high school, including student council (serving as the ASB co-president during his senior year), National Honors Society, speech and debate, and many choir groups. After graduation, Austin will be attending a Summer semester at Brigham Young University, then heading to Germany in September for two years to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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 Senior lacrosse player graduates with the EHS class of 2016.
 Portland high school senior photographer photographs in Boise, Idaho
 Eagle High School lacrosse player takes senior photos with McKenna Rachelle Photography

Best Friends Photo Session {Erica & Carley}

Two sweet little preschoolers met in a ballet class, but only later would they confide in each other that they were envious of the other's tutu. After being placed into the same kindergarten class, Erica and Carley became inseparable- neither one knowing that this would truly become a lifelong friendship. All throughout elementary school (perhaps not by coincidence), they were lucky enough to be in all of the same classes. Life was filled with sleepovers every weekend, and coordinating halloween costumes!

Jump forward to middle school, where Carley was meant to attend a different school, but transferred just to stay with Erica. They remained inseparable, and began learning about depth in their friendship as they navigated the transition into young adulthood and kept one another afloat through trials and personal loss.

Heartbreak and devastation came at the end of eighth grade, when Erica had to break the news that her family would be moving from their California home to Idaho. They had always dreamed about attending high school and graduating together. But a bond like this one couldn't be broken- through all four years of high school, their friendship remained as strong as ever.  When asked why she considers Carley to be her best friend, Erica told me, "She has always been there for me, and still is, even though she lives hundreds of miles away. She is the one person that I can be my complete self with and who laughs at all my stupid jokes!" 

Carley surprised Erica by coming all the way out to Idaho for her graduation, so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a photo shoot, which was an absolute joy! These two girls are filled with so much light and laughter, and I have no doubt that their friendship will continue as they soon head off to separate colleges. Erica, I am so blessed to have the sweetest sister anyone could ever ask for, and I hope you experience many more wonderful friendships throughout this next adventure on which life is taking you!

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{Winter Inspiration} Cozy Photography Sessions in Winter

Can I start with a countdown to Christmas?  Ever since we had two days straight of non-stop fluffy snowfall here in Boise, I've been wayyy too excited (36 days by the way)!  As much as I love the gorgeous Fall colors, I'm not terribly sad to see them go... For some reason the beauty of Winter always takes me by surprise each year- how could I forget this?  We spent a little time exploring downtown this evening, and I got to thinking about some engagement sessions I did last year.  As cold as it can be, I can honestly say those were some of my absolute favorite sessions- it's a complete myth that Winter isn't an ideal time for photography!  This is the time of year where everyone is unabashedly affected by the general excitement leading up to the holidays, and eager to snuggle up together.  Plus, you get to wear your comfiest sweaters, flannels, scarves and boots!  It's also a great time of year to get creative in styling your shoot- think snowman building, tree farms, sledding, baking cookies, ice skating, sipping hot chocolate with your sweetheart... you know you want to ;) Check out the photos below for some style inspiration for your Winter photo session!  Please note that not all of these are my photos- I love finding inspiration from others! Links for credit are numbered underneath the photos.

We are also running a holiday special on all portrait sessions booked now through the end of the year! Check out our Facebook page for the details!

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Downtown Boise Autumn Senior Photography {Erica Class of 2015}

This girl! I am so lucky to have gotten to hang around Boise with my sweet sister-in-law and take her senior pictures. We wanted to get a lot of variety for her photos, so we took two days to go and explore different areas around Boise, Eagle, and Meridian. I'm loving how many fun and unique places there are to go shoot here. There is definitely something for everyone's style! We started near Veteran's Memorial Park for the more natural setting, taking advantage of the Fall colors, then went all over Downtown Boise the next day.  I love hearing my seniors talk with excitement about their plans for the future (forensic science for Erica- how cool is that?!), despite the stress and insane workload Senior year can bring. They're all going on to do amazing things!

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Boise High School Senior Photography {Parker Class of 2015}

I don't get to work with Senior guys that often, but it's a great change when I do! We scheduled Parker's session early in the morning to work around his super busy football schedule, and it was fun to start the day off shooting my first senior here in Boise. As we talked about his upcoming football games, I got to reminisce about all the chilly Autumn evenings I spent with friends at our high school games- it honestly doesn't seem that long ago! 

Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs High School Senior Football Player
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs High School Senior Football Player

Idaho Portrait Photography {Mianna}

I wish I had gotten to know Mianna sooner! We spent our last semester in our film class together and had some great adventures while learning a lot! Even getting up at 3am to photograph sunrise fog with the giant 4x5 view camera was fun with a friend :)