Wyatt is quiet, polite, and a bit shy. So it might surprise you to learn that he’s one of Oregon City High School’s football stars. In fact, Wyatt plays football and track at Oregon City High School. He also enjoys snowboarding. He loves’ working out and knows a lot about physical training and sports nutrition. When he’s not on the field competing, Wyatt likes to draw and paint and is also into photography. He loves going on spontaneous trips. And he dreams of going on a cruise and relaxing after making it through his high school career. Ironically, I first met Wyatt at the end of his junior year. His girlfriend, Scarlet, twisted his arm into taking portraits before going to Prom. But as it turns out, the three of us had a blast. And together we created some stunning images of the two of them in their formal dress and suit. After the prom portrait session, both Scarlet and Wyatt were excited about getting together again to create their high school senior pictures.
Sunset High School’s Reilly feels like an old friend. That’s probably because years ago I had the honor of creating her older sister’s senior portraits. And I’ve also photographed her little brother. It’s almost like I’ve become part of the family. And I feel so privileged to be able to capture these special moments in their lives. And to create beautiful canvasses and other artwork for the walls in their home. Like her sister, Reilly is outgoing and adventurous. She also loves to sing and draw and hopes to travel after graduation. Like many high school seniors, Reilly wanted to have her senior pictures taken outdoors. And she and her mom discovered the location on their own. Reilly lives in Cedar Hills, just down the road from Commonwealth Lake Park.
Hailey is a relative newcomer to Sam Barlow High School. Originally from Colorado, she’s only lived in Oregon for a short period of time. So when Hailey and her Dad called me about creating her high school senior portraits, they weren’t quite sure where to begin. They didn’t know the area well. And Hailey had no idea where she wanted to take her senior pictures. But I was quickly able to put them at ease. I provide a pre-session consultation for all of my high school senior portrait clients. And during that short phone call, I was able to help Hailey identify a wide range of location options for her senior portraits. But more than that, I learned about Hailey’s interests. And I helped her make her own decision that reflected Hailey’s unique personality.
I had the privilege of photographing Scarlet this past May, just before Oregon City High School’s Prom. The springtime flowers and cherry blossoms accented Scarlet’s beautiful red dress. This setting, along with a bit of creative lighting, resulted in stunning images of Scarlet and her boyfriend, Wyatt, to commemorate their senior prom. We had a ton of fun at their high school senior prom session! And by the end, both Scarlet and Wyatt were both excited to have their senior portraits taken with Brian Pasko Photography! Scarlet is truly beautiful, inside and out. She cares deeply about her family, especially her little sister Mia. And after high school, she hopes to travel and teach English in a third world country. Moreover, Scarlet is a ton a fun to be around. She describes herself as “outgoing, fun, energetic, bubbly, talkative, and picky.”
Cole is a championship track star at Sandy High School. He’s also a bit of country boy and has been riding ATV’s since he was 2-years old. He doesn’t live in Sandy, though. Cole and his family live out i Brightwood, Oregon, tucked away in a quiet little spot along the Sandy River. And that’s where Cole decided to take his senior pictures. So we spent a lot of time during his senior portrait session exploring his back yard and buildings around Cole’s home. Cole lives on a rural country road in a small community where everyone knows their neighbors. As a result, we were able to take some of Cole’s senior pictures using a fence and other features on his neighbor’s property. The area has plenty of ferns, trees, and other foliage. And we still had some fall colors, which gave us plenty of background options for Cole’s senior pictures.
Sophie is a high school senior and a cheerleader at Sherwood High School. But when asked what she likes to do, Sophie is more likely to talk about drawing, listening to music, or hanging out with friends. She describes herself as outgoing and adventurous. She loves to travel (which is high on her to do list after graduation and before heading off to college). And her favorite dish is sushi. Sophie really wanted her high school senior portraits taken in a rural area. She was especially looking for an open field in the background. So, after some searching and discussion, we settled on Powell Butte, a Portland Recreational Park, near Gresham, Oregon
Century High School senior, Kian, wants to go to college to become a computer programmer. He has big, fiery red hair and soft green eyes. And he’s more than a bit of a book worm. Every spare minute he has, you’ll find himself buried in a good book. When asked about his interests, Kian responds: “reading, reading, board games, reading, video games, and reading.” “I spend 90% of my free time reading,” he says. It’s no surprise that he enjoys quiet and solitude. He also enjoys forested areas with trees, particularly when there’s a nice breeze. So when it came time to decide on a location for Kian’s high school senior portraits, we decided to take his senior pictures at Rood Bridge Park.
Jessica is a special high school senior at Lake Oswego High School. She’s creative, artistic, and full of energy. She says she’s a bit shy around new people, but if you met her for the first time you sure wouldn’t know it! She enjoys reading and writing stories. And loves music, dance, choir, and acting. She cares deeply for the people around her likes hanging out with her friends. And she’s an adventurous soul too. Jessica had her heart set on taking her high school senior Portraits in the mountains or by a river. But not any old river, mind you. She was adamantly against having her senior portraits taken along some large, slow-moving river, like the Columbia or the Willamette. Instead, Jessica was after whitewater. She had just come back from a whitewater rafting trip with her family. So Jessica and her mom began scouting for the perfect location for her high school senior pictures.
Glencoe High School’s Trevor is an Eagle Scout and wants to be a nuclear scientist. He describes himself as a homebody who can be a bit shy, reserved, and melancholic at times. But he’s also funny, caring, and super smart! When Trevor’s not filling out his application to Oregon State University, he enjoy’s playing video games and watching TV with his family. He’s a big fan of the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and likes to follow national politics. When it comes to music, however, he can’t pick a favorite. All he can say is “heavy metal is definitely not for me!” When it came time to plan his senior portraits, Trevor was pretty easy going. He was willing to wear the dress pants and shirt that his mom picked out. And even his scouting uniform. As long as he could also wear his standard: jeans, a hoody, and his blue fedora.