Meet Olivia, 2018 Senior at Kentlake High School! This beautiful young lady picked Downtown Tacoma for her Senior Photos and with her fun and laid back style, I think it was the perfect location to fit her personality! The first thing I noticed about Olivia was her infectious laugh and smile. When she smiles, her eyes light up and you can’t help but have a great time with her! She is so genuine and so real, what a blessing it was to work with and get to know her.

Outside of school, Olivia loves to swim, sing in the choir, and hang out with her friends. She is thinking about attending Western Washington University after graduation and wants to pursue a degree in psychology where she hopes to work with people suffering with mental illness. Way to go, Girl! Olivia, thank you so much for coming out and working with me for you Senior Photos, it was such a pleasure! Enjoy looking at some of her beautiful photos!

Hair and Makeup: Joy Richardson

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Did you know, did you know! If you are a Tammy D Senior did you know that you have several wardrobe pieces to pick from for your session? We are excited to announce that we have some gorgeous dresses for you to help customize your session and create a unique style that is all your own! We hand picked different pieces that would work well in the locations that our Seniors select the most and I think you will agree, they look amazing! Read through all the descriptions and our suggestions for the best locations below and make sure you ask for one of these beautiful pieces for your upcoming session!

Check out Chiara’s gold, sequined dress. This dress sways and moves and looks just beautiful in photos. The sequins add a gorgeous pop during golden light sessions and the gold color looks beautiful with most skin tones. This dress looks amazing in both urban and country shoots so if you are looking for a show-stopper, Chiara’s dress is the one for you!

We love this fun, flirty, navy blue dress that Hayley has on! With the halter top and full, tulle skirt, this dress will add lots of fun and style to your session. We love the way this dress looks on urban back drops and was purchased with that in mind. This dress rocks the shot during industrial, urban sessions and makes a great choice if you are considering downtown Tacoma or Georgetown for your photos!

Ohhh.. we love this one! Chiara is modeling this gorgeous white dress with gold embroidery on the bodice. And check out this fun, flowy skirt! We call this dress, “the Marilyn”, because of its classic look and skirt that will definitely blow your socks off! This dress is universal and great for either urban or country sessions. Can you see this dress with tall grass and soft golden light behind it? Yes please!

Light blue is such a popular color and we couldn’t pass up this dress with its full mermaid style skirt and gorgeous rhinestone bodice. The flow and movement of this skirt is great during walking, swaying or twirling shots- just perfect for Ashlyn’s dance style! This dress will make you feel and look like a princess on the day of your session and looks so good with Hayley’s red hair, right?

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This blush pink dress that Sydney is modeling is one word: Gorgeous! This classic style dress with full skirt and sequins on the bodice is perfect for soft light, country style sessions. The dramatic low-back is stunning and has been a Top Favorite of our seniors so far. If you want fields of grass, flowers or trees for your session, Sydney’s dress would be a perfect match!

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Last week I had the opportunity to work with several local photographers for a fun, dance stylized shoot. Dancers have such a special place in my heart. My mom was a dancer and put me in my first ballet class at 4 years old and I was hooked with my first plie. I was put in my first competition when I was 4 and took home 1st place with my Siamese kitten routine from Lady and the Tramp. I won a 10lb Hershey Bar that day and I think my mom may still have some of that chocolate frozen in her freezer! Seriously!

I continued to pour my heart and soul into my dance all throughout my high school and college years. I still remember when I used to bundle up in the winter and go dance out in the back yard (since our home was too small for me to practice indoors) and choreograph different pieces so I could enter solos in competitions that I went to. My jazz shoes would be filled with mud from the mucky weather, but I didn’t care. Any day I got to dance was a good day- it was my sanctuary, my home base.

The story that I was remembered for the most in my high school was that I tried out for my high school dance team with a broken foot. My high school dance team was a nationally recognized team and I knew since I was in middle school that I wanted to be a part of that team. Disaster struck my 8th grade year when my parents divorced and I had to go live with my dad for awhile- outside the district of the high school that I so wanted to be a part of. Halfway through my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to go back and live with my mom right at the time tryouts were happening for the dance squad. I worked so hard that week, went to every practice and came home each night and worked even more. The night before try-outs, I was practicing in my room when I fell and with a loud “crack”, knew I had broken something. At 3 o’clock in the morning, it was confirmed in the emergency room and they sent me home with a boot and crutches. 4 hours later, I was up and asking my mom to take me to try-outs. She knew that there was no reasoning with me and we jumped in the car and headed out. When I walked into the gym, my coach just looked at me and shook her head. “Well”, she said, “guess you are going to try out in a chair!” Sure enough that is exactly what I did, and with 100’s of pairs of eyes staring at me in the middle of the gym, I tried out sitting in a chair and earned a varsity spot on my dance team. It was a pivotal moment in my life and helped shape me into the person I am today.

So, enough about me….For this shoot, we had the dancers represent two different “themes”. We had Ashlyn dress in classical attire and Jen represented a more “black swan” theme. Both of them did amazing and it was so much fun to work with them. It is always a pleasure when talented artists all come together for these shoots. Between the 7 photographers and 3 dancers that were represented, I learned so much and had such a great time. Enjoy looking at the photos and have a great day!

Hair and Makeup by: Yoana Clark Makeup

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