Let's talk about Sami. She's entering her senior year of high school and will be graduating with the class of 2017. She has plans to go to college and become a nurse--this girl has it all, beauty and brains! High school graduation is a pretty significant time in life; it really marks the start of adulthood and feeling empowered to make major life choices on our own. What better way to help commemorate this season than with some creative photographs?

This was a FUN shoot. Sami's not only got fantastic style but she's a budding and talented photographer herself and truly understands how to move in front of the camera. Can you say, dream client?!

This was my first session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland and I must say this place is a hidden gem. I cannot wait to shoot here more often. Even post-blooming season, this garden is lush, dreamy, and full of magical afternoon sunlight. I'd highly recommend it to other photographers searching for new session locations.

We wrapped up our session at the Eastbank Esplanade adjacent the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on a well-known dock that juts out into the Willamette River. The dock affords some pretty awesome views of Downtown Portland and the South Waterfront, not to mention several nearby bridges. This is a perfectly Portland-esque location to get in some cityscape.

Congrats, Sami! Best of luck as you embark on a new adventure.