Pioneer High School

Senior Portraits: Cameron Juarez

The only way to describe this senior portrait session is super relaxed and chill. Cameron Juarez from Pioneer High School was such a cool guy to work with and it seemed almost impossible to get a bad picture of him. He had a great smile and a cooperative attitude, and we were able to get a ton of good shots of him in no time at all.

To start off the shoot, Allen and Tori showed up at Almaden Lake Park in San Jose to scope out a variety of good locations before Cameron actually arrived. When he did, the team got to work and made some magic happen.

If you take a look at the gallery of photos from this shoot, you'll notice how we really took advantage of the subtle golden glow that dusk provided us with. It was about 7:30 in the afternoon and the sun was about to set, allowing for some gorgeous reflections off the water and great colors in the backdrop. When we usually have a problem with the sun's erratic behavior and blinding light, this time, our only problem with the sun was when it went down. Such is the benefit of late afternoon photo shoots.

All in all, it was a fun time. Cameron was able to open up to the camera, and it was like he was modeling for a magazine. His mom was one of the nicest people and seemed really excited about receiving the finished product. Take a look at what's in store for them below!

Written by Danika Lam

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

Senior Portraits: Michael Youssef

Pioneer High School's Michael Youssef had his senior portrait photo shoot early this morning at Alum Rock Park in San Jose. On location were Allen, Tori, and myself. Without the need for much exploration, we easily found several spots for good photos, nice backdrops and all. Michael himself, while not a professional model, seemed perfectly comfortable in front of the camera and Allen had no trouble getting some really great shots. Overall, it was a very mellow shoot, as even the sun was cooperating with us, hiding behind the clouds. And the results were spectacular, as you can see in the gallery below.

Above: A few behind the scenes photos I took while on the shoot
Below: A gallery of some of the best shots of Michael, professionally edited

Written by Danika Lam