Senior Portraits: Michelle Taikeff

This past week, Tori, Allen, and I set out to for Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with Pioneer High School's Michelle Taikeff to take her senior portraits. In one word, we'd all describe this shoot as an adventure. From pulling in and out of sketchy turnouts with huge blind spots on Highway 9 to constantly yelling "car!" while we were trying to take photos in the middle of the road, this day had it all. Tori and I were even lucky enough to have a run-in with some treacherous stinging nettle. While my forearm just tingled for the rest of the day, I'd have to say Tori got the brunt of the pain, with her leg stinging and swelling.

And from all this? Absolutely stunning photos. Michelle was a fantastic model. In fact, you'd almost think she was a professional, and as a result, her senior portraits are truly beautiful. Supplemented by the gorgeous backdrops, each photo shines with natural grace. We already know: her friends and family are going to love them.

Click through the gallery below to see the full range of photos we shot and edited.

Written by Danika Lam