CHAY BIGGER PHOTO: Blog http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog en-us (C) CHAY BIGGER PHOTO chaybigger@gmail.com (CHAY BIGGER PHOTO) Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:09:00 GMT Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:09:00 GMT http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/img/s1/v22/u293261165-o29423111-50.jpg CHAY BIGGER PHOTO: Blog http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog 120 80 Class of 2019 Senior Model Call! http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/3/class-of-2019-senior-model-call Putting this little flyer out there looking for Class of 2019 Senior Model Reps...this is the first year I'm offering this and I have lots of exciting plans for my models!

Applications are being accepted until May 1st, and are found under the 'Info' tab in my website header.  If you're currently a local high school junior, and will be graduating next year in the Class of 2019 - you could be my next Top Model!

Chosen models will receive a FREE group photoshoot including styling by fashion expert Terri Acuna, the awesome owner of Revolve Consignment in Issaquah, and amazing professional hair and makeup services by super talented artist, Deborah Lobe.

One of the main perks for being chosen?  You can very easily earn your individual Senior Session for FREE :)

Can't wait to hear from you!  Be sure to ask questions if you have any, or pass this info on to someone you know that might be interested too...

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Mt. Si Engagement Photoshoot http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/3/mt-si-engagement-photoshoot A huge shout out to Meghan and Danny...who graciously answered my model call for an engagement styled shoot.  I was looking for an outdoors PNW vibe, and landed on Mt. Si as the location for our shoot. 

What an amazing couple, and such a blessing to work with from minute one.

Once on location, I told them I was looking to capture images showing real connection and emotion...I'd say they nailed it!!

Fabulous Hair and Makeup provided by Deborah Lobe.

To see more of this insanely great-looking couple, check out the Couples section of my site! 

* fun fact #1 - They're actually married

* fun fact #2 - Meghan is a Ms. World pageant winner

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Seattle and Bellevue Professional Headshots http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/3/bellevue-professional-headshots Meet the lovely and gracious Vanna Novak!

I was thrilled she wanted to work with me for her new headshots, and we decided to meet up downtown Bellevue to give an urban vibe to her shoot.  The location and weather couldn't have been better for some beautiful new natural light images.

Based in Seattle, Vanna is President and Owner of Speak to Persuadeand has been in the business as a professional speaker, trainer and consultant for over  20 years. Her background includes having served as a director of employee relations, university adjunct faculty member, twice elected Board of Director for the National Speakers Association, two-time gubernatorial appointee in Washington State, and a featured guest on both radio and television.  Vanna is also a founder of the Executive Development Institute, an organization that offers leadership development programs for Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic professionals.

Be sure to check out her impressive credentials further by visiting her sites!

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Sleeklens STRIKE A POSE PORTRAIT WORKFLOW Review http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/3/sleeklens-strike-a-pose-portrait-workflow-review I'll let you in on a secret - I'm a bona fide Lightroom preset JUNKIE! 

I've purchased more presets than you could shake a proverbial stick at, before finally stumbling on a couple brands that have actually worked for me.  I've also tried making presets, but invariably I seem to like someone else's work better...as they say, the grass is always greener... 

My comfort zone in editing is using a favorite preset as a base (getting me into the general ballpark of a finished image right away), and then adjusting with my own personal tweaks.

Frustrating fact: my tastes are eclectic and I always want the latest new look or style in editing. 

When I see someone selling new presets, I'm just hopeful enough to fall for the idea that this particular set will indeed be the onethat will magically give me a look I can see myself committing too.  Yep, I'm pretty much a photography-preset-seller's dream customer.

So, when I was recently approached by Sleeklens to review their STRIKE A POSE PORTRAIT WORKFLOW set, my instantaneous reply was 'Gimmie, gimmie!'

 

General Thoughts on Presets:

 

In theory, the idea of creating and selling presets is great, but in practicality, I can count on one hand how many times I've run across a true 'one click' preset that works for me (keep reading though, because I actually found one in this set!). 

Something that's not talked about much, is the fact that the brand of your camera will really affect how a preset will look since manufacturers have different secret sauces for handling color and skin tones. I'm a Nikon shooter but I've played around with Canon files, and there is a difference in the raw images in these portrait-critical aspects.  I prefer to see preset sellers showing edited examples from multiple camera types (Nikon, Cannon, etc.), and as a saavy shopper (a.k.a. 'been burned too many times before'), this has actually become a prerequisite before spending a dime.  Apart from companies, many independent photographers now see the gravy-train earning potential in marketing to other photographers, and make and sell presets if they have a unique, consistent, and popular style.  Even though I may love their work, I'll steer clear if I see that they shoot with Canon exclusively and haven't made it a point to show results on Nikon files.  

The Information Age has created a very communal feel in most areas of life.  If you've been in the photography business for any length of time, I'm sure you've heard the popular catch phrase, 'community over competition'?  People are no longer satisfied with simply viewing your pretty images.  They want to know every aspect of exactly how you got there.  Sharing information, tips, and tricks is KEY in getting followers on any kind of social media platform.  The more transparent you are and willing to 'help the other fellow get ahead', the more you're going to grow in popularity and turn that exposure into revenue potential #cashola #payday #showmethemoney!

I follow one popular photographer that is using this simple formula to earn a nice steady extra income to supplement her paid work: 

1.  Shoot with beautiful models (sex does indeed sell and anyone with an ounce of marketing skills will showcase beautiful females at every opportunity!)

2.  Share behind the scenes informational YouTube videos detailing every aspect of the shoot (gear, location, thought processes, etc.)

3.  Show edited images from the shoot using presets that she sells...'included in the links below', of course!  

Vendors that are providing social media platforms for customers to share their own work using the presets, as well as instructional videos on how to  edit with the presets is something I look for when purchasing.  (And when I say instructional videos, I mean people talking and walking you through the thought process...not sped up wordless edits set to music that I would never listen to and makes me not finish the video.)

 

 

What You Get with STRIKE A POSE PORTRAIT WORKFLOW:

 

The set entails 69 presets, and 62 brushes...yes, 62...along with some recipe helps. 

 

The presets are clearly marked in sections and include:

25 All-In-One presets

15 Base presets

6 Exposure presets

6 Color Correct presets

9 Tone / Tint presets

5 Polish presets 

4 Vignette presets

 

Plenty of educational tutorials on how to use the presets are provided. (all links at bottom of review)

 

All-In-Ones:

 

If you're a photographer that likes to play around with different effects, then you'll love the variety of the All-In-One looks.  For the person that's a little more set on a certain style, these probably won't be for you.  Keep in mind, that even though it says 'all in one', you'll likely need additional tweaking to get the image edited to your tastes.  Out of the 25 presets in this category, I really liked 'Duo' in particular, and had almost a 100% success rate with it truly being a one-click preset. 

 

(Hover over all images in this reveiw to get more information)

 

Example 1:  All-In-One Duo

Sleeklens Portrait Preset ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow All-In-One preset Duo at 100% (no other edits)

Example 2:  All-In-One Portrait - Golden

Sleeklens Portrait Presets ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow All-In-One preset Portrait-Golden at 88% (no other edits)

Example 3:  All-In-One Golden Shadow

Sleeklens Portrait Preset ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow All-In-One preset Golden Shadow at 100% (no other edits)

 

I would have liked to see an option to activate Lens Correction (or have it built into the presets), and had to remind myself to check that before editing each image.  The amount of presets is cumbersome to scroll through, and even more so the brushes...although on the flip side, there is literally a brush for any, and every, aspect of portrait retouch you could ever want!  It's a very comprehensive set.

*Sleeklens, I found a couple spelling mistakes...the Tone / Tint preset 'Summer Ten' I'm pretty sure is supposed to be 'Summer Tan', one of the brushes is labeled as 'Skin - Skin tone & Smoth' instead of Smooth, and the 'Burne' brush should be 'Burn'

 

Results Using the Stackable Edits:

 

While the majority of the All-In-One presets are great for quickly getting a highly stylized Instagram filter look, I personally prefer a more subtle approach of gradually building up a look by stacking presets and then tweaking to personal taste.  The 6 areas of Sleeklens presets to work in would be Base, Exposure, Color Correction, Tone / Tint, and then finishing off with Polish (affecting sharpness and contrast), and Vignette.

 

Example 1:

Sleeklens Portrait Presets ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow edited with: Base - Greyscale Matte, Exposure Brighten, Exposure Less Hightlight, and Polish High Contrast

Lightroom Screenshot:

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Example 2:

Sleeklens Portrait Presets ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow edited with: Base Auto Tone {Color}, Exposure Brighten, Color Correct Fix Greens, Color Correct Reduce Yellows, Tone / Tint Warm Up + multiple brushes adjustments...

 

Working With the Brushes:

 

The amount of brushes you get in this set is astounding, and alone make the $31 price tag worth it in my opinion! 

Included are:

Burn Brush

Dodge Brush

10 Color Brushes

24 Face Brushes

4 Haze Brushes

8 Light Brushes

9 Portrait Brushes

3 Skin Brushes

Sunshine Light Brush

Vignette Soft Brush

 

The workflow gets a little bogged down with all the scrolling you have do, but I could see where over time you'd figure out your favorite brushes and simply remove the rest from your Lightroom folder.  I found that about half of the brushes I played with could be used straight, and the other half might require little adjustments.  I particularly liked the Enhance Eye brushes that are based on eye color - clever!

 

Before Brushes

Sleeklens Portrait Presets ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow All-In-One Portrait - Golden preset at 88% opacity with no brushes used

After Brushes

Sleeklens Portrait Presets ReviewSleeklens Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow All-In-One Portrait - Golden at 88% opacity using Skin Softening brush, and Enhance Brown Eyes brush

 

Final Thoughts:

 

I enjoyed playing around with the Sleeklens STRIKE A POSE PORTRAIT WORKFLOW set, and I think it's a great option for someone who's new to editing and is looking for a logical system to 'cut their teeth on' so to speak. 

A set like this could help you learn the thought process behind editing as you play around with the different presets.  The price is amazing for what you get, and Sleeklens has provided all the tools necessary to completely cover portrait editing.

If you're a more seasoned editor, and have developed your own style, it probably won't be for you...although you may be interested in the brushes collection.  Again, for $31 the brushes alone are a good deal in my opinion.

 

Check out the Sleeklens website, the STRIKE A POSE PORTRAIT WORKFLOW set, and YouTube tutorials for yourself!

 

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Model Call - Engagement Shoots http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/2/model-call---engagement-shoots I'm looking for cute 20-something's couples to model for engagement shoot portfolio building.  Free photoshoot and images in exchange for your time!  Sharing appreciated...DM me on IG, or Facebook, or use the website contact form if you're interested.

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Sunbreak and Senior Photography Location Scouting http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/2/sunbreak-and-location-scouting-in-the-pnw Last weekend gave us a long awaited sun break and we took full advantage! My trusty assistant and I headed out into the wide world to do some location scouting and get some much needed Vitamin D. 

Dan got my D700 for Christmas, along with some cool bells and whistles (like a brand new 50mm 1.4 lens), so she was anxious to finally get out for some hands on practice. 

Unlike me, portraiture isn't her jam, so while she focused on old architecture and nature, I focused on her!  She even let me talk her into putting her gear down for a few shots...what a sweetie :)

I had such a blast with the senior sessions last year and can't wait to get the Class of 2019 in front of my camera!! 

This locale would be amazing for a senior boy, or an edgy senior girl!

 

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Behind the Scenes from Hannah and Ryan's Wedding http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/2/behind-the-scenes-from-hannah-and-ryans-wedding I'm finally getting around to posting these behind the scenes shots taken by the fabulous Ariella, of Ariella Noelle Photography, who was my awesome second shooter at Hannah's wedding.  I'm sooooo excited to be working with Miss Ari again this summer as her second shooter for a few weddings - Yay!!!

I love looking at candids like this showing photogs at work.  In the moment, your focus is everywhere EXCEPT yourself...you have no idea what you look like. 

Those facial expressions though!!  Hahaha...laser beam focus baby :P

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Office Update and Jarvis Standing Desk Review http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2018/1/office-update I'm so thankful for the work that came my way in 2017! 

Because of it, I was finally able to update my workspace and add some things that will help me to work more ergonomically...like my new Fully standing desk, which I LOVE!!  I had been doing my research for months and based on their wicked good ratings, settled on the Jarvis by Fully.

The Jarvis is customizable with a variety of configurations and materials options, even reclaimed wood.  In the end, I went with an extended range black frame (I'm a tall drink of water!), and the bamboo 60" x 30" rectangular top with the programmable memory option.  I love the adjustable presets which allow me to easily and quickly modify my desk's height to my most comfortable settings.  The rising and lowering action is SMOOOOTH.  I'm intentional about treating my things nicely (especially when they're an investment), and unlike some other desks I researched, my Jarvis is stable and steady no matter what position it's in...for how I use it.  I will say that due to the nature of the frame, if you're hard on your furniture, you probably won't be happy with a standing desk. 

After watching a few Youtube videos I also went with the standard size Topo Mat, and I'm glad I did!  It was an impulse buy, but I love how I'm able to use it to stretch my legs while I'm using the desk in standing mode.  It even has a raised ball area in the middle that's great for giving your feet a quick massage :).  With all the hours I spend in front of my monitor, this desk will help my back so much, and all the stretching is an added bonus.

One final bit of input - this desk was SUPER easy to assemble and hubby had it up and ready in about 30 minutes!

Here are a couple quick snaps...don't judge on the messy cables!  Cable management is on the seemingly never-ending 'To Do' list.

Jarvis by Fully 60" x 30" Rectangular top

Bamboo top

Here's that Topo mat...

Fully Standard Topo Mat in blackI put camera on to give an idea of scale Standing on the back ridge helps you stretch your calves Foot Massage! :)

Organization was next on my wish list and I spent months trying to find the perfect bookshelves for my small space.  Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Overstock, you name it, I googled it - but no luck.  Finally, I tried an unfinished furniture store in Issaquah and found a couple pieces that fit.  The owner, Frank, was a pleasure to work with and so helpful.  I have one more piece to order in the future...a new filing cabinet to match the second bookcase.  In the end, I'm happy I was able to support a local business :)

Like my rock salt lamp? I'll be getting the filing cabinet to match this piece...can't recommend Frank enough!

Finally, a few little special touches to really make the space mine.  Have you seen Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Home / Office decor line called Hearth and Hand?  It's exclusive to Target and it's stylish and QUALITY!  

Candle by Hearth and Hand With Magnolia I've got a thing about decorative doorstops Usually I don't like gold, but all the gold accents in my office started because of this piece I bought last year :) A nod to my Southern roots...pineapples are a symbol of hospitality Organizational basket by Hearth and Hand With Magnolia I've only had shears up to now, but it makes editing impossible when it's too bright. Should've bought these darker panels a long time ago! Gold tone accents from Target Boxes to hide things away - more Hearth and Hand With Magnolia

Hearth and Hand with Magnolia

Small gold toned accent table from Tuesday Morning

Original artwork by baby daughter - Love it!!

I can't tell you how much I love this space now, and how much I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings!

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Realty Headshots | Bellevue, WA Head Shot Photographer near Seattle, WA - Kippie's Session http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/12/headshot-session-for-kippie Kippie Pasowicz needed some fresh headshots for her Windermere real estate business.  What a straight-shooting, personable, and capable women she is!  I enjoyed getting to know more about her and her passion for what she does.

If you need a real estate agent that will work for YOU, you really should check her out.

(Hair and Makeup by Deborah Lobe)

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Woodinville Family Photography with Mesaros' http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/mesaros-family I'm so glad I had time to fit this quick little mini shoot in for the Mesaros family on Black Friday...infinitely more fun than shopping with the hordes at the mall :P

I did Chase's senior pics this past summer, but now he's rocking some cool blond hair to show spirit for his football team, the AMAZING Woodinville Falcons.  They just won their big game this past weekend and will be playing in the state finals next weekend - Go Falcons!! 

What a wonderful family, and such troopers to brave the drizzly PNW day!  So thankful to have had my trusty assistant on hand to hold the umbrella over me..

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Professional Headshots Bellevue - Kim's Session http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/kims-new-headshots Kim works for Boeing and needed some new headshots for work and social media.  She's also a HUGE Seahawks fan and wanted one just for fun showing her team spirit :)

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Bellevue Senior Photography session with Alyssa http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/class-of-2018---alyssa Alyssa's senior shoot - hair and makeup by Deborah Lobe.

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Senior Photography Bellevue - Grace at Bellevue Botanical Gardens http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/class-of-2018---grace What can I say?  These pictures speak for themselves...Grace's senior session was magical!  

The day was a gorgeous last hurrah of Fall sunshine and warm temperatures - Bellevue Botanical Gardens was crawling with other photographers and their clients. 

Grace lives up to her name and has such an elegant beauty in her images.

Upon graduation, her plans are finish up her AA at Bellevue College before heading off to a four year university.

 

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Redmond Family Photography at Tolt McDonald Park \ Burghart Family http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/burghart-family Check out this good looking family! 

My friend Amanda wanted one great image of their family of nine to get made into a canvas to hang in their home.  She did an AMAZING job of coordinating everyone's outfits didn't she? 

With four young ones, I knew we had to keep things quick and simple.  They did a great job staying in the moment. 

I love this family!! :)

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Modern Headshots | Bellevue, WA - Melissa's Session http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/melissa Look at how amazing Melissa's headshot session turned out...oh my word! 

The camera LOVED this gal!  What a classic beauty.

Her outfit choices were to die for...we simply had to do a pull back for those incredibly stylish high-waisted pants she had on :)

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Tacoma Senior Photography - Cameron at Fireman's Park http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/11/class-of-2018---cameron Cameron's shoot was down in T-town's Fireman's Park area.  Lots of little nooks and crannies of character there, and I was glad for another opportunity to explore it.

Cameron loves music and football.  He played on both his junior high and high school teams, but unfortunately had a knee injury which took him out of the sport competitively.  His love of sports will be carried on in another way though, as he plans on studying Sports Medicine after graduation.

I couldn't help but include a pic of his super adorable nephew who joined us for the shoot - what a cutie! :)

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Bellevue Senior Photographer - Chase Downtown Bellevue http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/10/class-of-2018---chase Chase was such a sweet guy to work with!  We went for the urban vibe with his shoot in one of my favorite shooting spots downtown Bellevue.  

Chase plays JV/Varsity with the currently undefeated Woodinville Falcons football team as a wide receiver/corner back.  He is also an encyclopedia of football facts, statistics, and who’s who in football.  

Currently football is in the forefront since he has meetings, practices, workouts or games Monday - Saturday.  Another benefit from football is having a great physique.  Yes, he’s proud of his guns (and rightly so!!).  

Chase also sings with the high school chamber choir, and has a love for all things Frank Sinatra.  Since 5th Grade Chase has shown a love for history, and he plans to study history to become either a junior high/high school teacher.  He attributes his love for history from when he began reading a series in the 2nd grade called Story of the World (excellent series...we used it ourselves!), and he has benefited from being inspired from each of his history teachers.  

As far as college, his first choice is University of Montana, and possibly Central Washington University.  

Fun facts about Chase's shoot:

#1 He totally got photobombed by a gorgeous blonde

#2  I left my camera bag with my 85mm lens outside and completely forgot about it - eeek!  I'm too dependent on my trusty assistant to help me keep things together obviously!! :P

Congrats Chase - it was a pleasure to work with you and you're sure to go far!!

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Seattle Senior Photography - Russ at Kerry Park http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/10/class-of-2018---russ Anyone who knows me well knows I've been DYING to get a face with freckles in front of my lens.  I LOVE freckles!!  I was so excited when we pulled up to Kerry Park and met Russ and his sister.  The setting was gorgeous, the light coorperative, the skyline view of Seattle matchless, and the freckles...sublime!

We actually had to reschedule our shoot due to all the smoke and haze we had in September, but the wait was worth it.  I'm so thankful to Russ's mom for introducing me to this location.  Honestly, when she mentioned it and I looked it up online...I was less than thrilled.  Remember the tiny park on Parks and Recreation?  This is Seattle's version of that.  I took a look at the pictures online and thought to myself, what am I going to shoot that's not skyline related??  Well, I've been schooled.  The neighborhood adjacent to the park is AMAZING - full of gorgeous old homes and mature tree-lined sidewalks...the kind you remember at your grandmother's house.  Suffice it say, this is a new big-time favorite location!

Russ's mom and sister got in on the fun and I'm so very pleased with the results.

By the way, Russ is graduating from Interlake this year and plays soccer :)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, one of my favorite shoots to date!

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Bellevue Senior Portraits - Adrian at the Gardens http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/10/class-of-2018---adrian I've been getting a bit behind on my blogging...finally Adrian's shoot is going up.  One of his images is now on my website opening page, just look at those gorgeous green eyes!

We met up with Adrian at the botanical gardens in Bellevue, where I quickly learned of his passion for soccer.  He's varsity lettered in soccer all three years at Issaquah High, and will be one of the senior directive players this upcoming season for his team.  He currently plays for three different soccer teams and is getting ready to attend the Far West Regional League soccer tournaments as well as the National League play for his age.  So...there's lots of travel in his near future!

Adrian is in the Running Start program at Bellevue College and will graduate his senior year with an Associate Degree - impressive!  His other interests outside of school all involve the great outdoors:  snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and outdoor photography.

Plans for college include attending somewhere that will allow him to still enjoy all of his outdoor activities, as well as obtain the degree he desires.  Potential majors are Marine Biology and Oceanography.  Doesn't California sound like a good fit for all of this?  He plans to play soccer in college, and is aiming for Southern California Division I or II.

Adrian was great to work with, has a winning personality, and...fantastic hair!  My assistant and I both think he could go far as a BBC period drama actor.  Can't you just see him as the next Mr. Darcy in 10 years?!

Congratulations on all of your achievements and future plans Adrian - well done!

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Redmond Senior Photography - Jackson at Lake Sammamish http://www.chaybiggerphoto.com/blog/2017/10/class-of-2018---jackson We were at Idylwood Park a couple weeks back with this handsome guy!  Meet Jackson, a senior this year at Bishop Blanchet in Seattle.  It was raining cats and dogs literally right up to the time of the shoot, but thankfully it stopped just in time for us to start.

One of my first questions was, 'do you play sports'. Turns out, he's very into weight lifting...just look at those guns for goodness sakes!

Jackson enjoys fitness and exercise in general and can often be found working out with friends after school.  He even took the initiative to start a weight lifting club at school.  

Another notable high school experience has been volunteering at the Emergency Men's Shelter on the eastside, where he helps to serve meals.

College goals include studying Business or Computer Science.

Congrats Jackson, and to the Class of 2018!!

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