Sydney - Capitol Hill - TCM Models

Sydney is such a sweetheart and a fantastic model + human. This was our second time working together. Her good energy, warmth and beautiful smile make her a pleasure to work with. I had this idea to accentuate Sydney’s super cool afro with some flowers and incorporate my love of plants in the session as well :)

Sydney just started streaming on Twitch and we chatted about that and her nursing schooling and more while sipping our delicious bubble tea at Atulea, a lovely new tea shop near my apartment.

The owners of Atulea are SOOO sweet and really care about their customers and the quality of beverages they offer. They remember my boyfriend and I by name which to me is a big deal! Their interior design skills are on point. I was silly and didn’t get enough good photos to include, but trust me, the drinks and environment are so great :)

It was so nice to do some new creative work, can’t wait to do some more!


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Amelia - Model - Long Beach, California

Amelia is basically a real life Disney princess, AM I RIGHT? She is English & Egyptian and has the loveliest English accent.

We spent a fun evening in Long Beach, California shooting around the waterfront and the lighthouse beach park. It was a gorgeous late Spring evening at golden hour. I really wanted to highlight her beautiful skin and get a nice added glow to sparkle in the sunshine. I liked the juxtaposition of the harsher sun light mixed with the warmth of golden hour by the beach. I also wanted to add in some 1960s Italian screen siren vibes with the wardrobe.

She and her boyfriend drove down from LA and I’m so grateful that they did so we could work together finally! We had been meaning to shoot together when she lived in Seattle but it worked out shooting her in her new home area. Thanks so much for being such a fun model & a total sweetheart, Amelia!


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Natalie - Model Portraits - Capitol Hill, Seattle

I had such a fun time taking portraits with the beautiful Natalie. I used two cameras, comparing the Sony A7R II and my trusty Canon 5D Mark II (both with 50mm lenses). For the first time in YEARS, I used a new type camera! I'm still on the fence with Switching to Sony from Canon. I really like the Sony's lowlight and focusing capabilities but it lacks the depth and image color I've gotten used to (and prefer) with Canon. The Sony is much lighter because it's a mirrorless camera so that's a big advantage it has. I think I need to get used to the Sony's setting a lot more because I mostly used it on Auto which I NEVER do.

I'm beyond obsessed with Natalie's gorgeous red hair! We shot in a super cool old brick apartment area I found over the summer near my place on Capitol Hill. It reminded me of England or Ireland! We went with a first look that had vintage meets Clueless vibes with my black beret, the plaid skirt and Natalie's amazingly cozy furry white coat. The second look we returned to my apartment and did some close-ups with a sprig of berries and some cute shits with my "Christmas tree" (that's really a plant with mini lights on it LOL!). Lovin' the winter/holiday vibes.

xox Haley