{Brooke} Class of 2017 Britt Key Team Model, Fife High School

I don't often get to shoot around Olympia area, but I'm always so excited when I get a chance to be out that way. I grew up with family in Gray's Harbor and Olympia was often the meeting point or break stop along the way. It's safe to say Olympia has a special place in my heart. When Brooke decided to do her shoot out in Oly, I had two things on my mind: 1. I love Olympia! 2. Olympia Coffee Roasters... gimme. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when she wanted photos inside the coffee shop... yuuussss.

If you want a shoot with variety, look no further than Olympia. This is the perfect mix of trees, PNW beach, and small-town urban. I say "small town" because if you have been to downtown Olympia, you know it has that vibe. It's a very artsy feeling city that's a bit gritty, but I love it nonetheless.

Speaking of having a special place in my heart- enter Brooke. Brooke is on my class of 2017 Britt Key Team and I've had a little over a year to get to know this sweet & sassy girl. I love a girl with her own mind and opinions. From the beginning of her time in the Key Team, Brooke has been committed to attending every event she could and has been welcoming and chatty with new members. I can count on her to include those that are a little shy, to step up when others need help, and she makes a darn good shoot assistant!

Partially dark, we headed to our first location to the beach to meet the "rising sun" (read: clouds). The drizzle had us a bit worried for most of the shoot, but we were able to work with it, and even had a few fun umbrella shots. Peaceful and salty, the beach was a perfect place to start. I always love to begin a session in locations that are less busy, so my clients have a chance to relax and get comfortable at the beginning of a shoot without strangers watching. Once we finished at the beach, we headed downtown and then to Olympia Coffee Roasters. OCR kindly let us capture a few shots inside. It was a bit of an adventurous morning, but it was worth it! Thank you to Brooke for always going with the flow and picking such a cool location!   

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-Andrea

{Key Team} Lady Lumberjack Group Shoot

Being a true lover of the Pacific Northwest, I've had this idea in mind for quite a while. Group shoots are an opportunity for my Key Team reps to get together and not only have some photos taken, but to laugh and create friendships. We've all heard of a "lumberjack". Perhaps you have a brawny one with muscles spilling out of his shirt pinned to your "Hotties" Pinterest board. With this lumberjack craze we have going on in the Pacific Northwest, what about the ladies? What about these PNW beauties that wear flannel on the daily and secretly love watching rain trickle down a window pane, or the smell of cedar on a damp day? Queue inspiration for a honest Pacific Northwest themed shoot, and enter a bit of glam to jazz it up.

I think the girls were all a bit hesitant when they heard the idea. However, seeing it all come together was worth it. In late morning, the girls (yes, all 11 of them) crammed into my humble little house and spent the next few hours helping each other with their makeup, curling hair and eating Cheetos. It truly looked like a teenage girl's closet exploded on my entire first floor. With the last flicks of a cat eye, we were packed up and off to our destination. Great beads of rain rolled off of our windshields and I swallowed my apprehensions with the uncooperative weather. Typically shoots with inclement weather are rescheduled if it's bad, however, when you have this many girls to get on one schedule, we go rain or shine and grin and bear it. This, was a definite grin and bear it day. We had everything from palpable fog, to drizzle, to downpour, to golf ball sized snowflakes. Each of the girls took turns running out from the picnic shelter to the shoot spots, swapping umbrellas and coats as they went.

It was a "pass the baton" lineup of umbrella's and photos, and these girls rocked it. I am so impressed at the teamwork shown to help each other out and the willingness for some of the girls that haven't been in front of my camera to listen and pose away. That might sound silly, but being on the other side of the camera is intimidating. They encouraged each other with kind words and roared with laughter that likely amplified across the lake. I can't wait for our next shoot, and I can't wait for you to scroll down to witness these entertaining, moody, and dismal yet, beautiful photos.        

Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog. Feel free to wander around my site and if you'd like to set up a session, check out my "Invest" page for packages offered and my "About" page to inquire!

-Andrea