Emily is a high school senior at Lake Oswego High School who loves listening to music, drawing, painting and writing. She also performs in theater. And boasts about the fact that she was once in four separate countries in a single week (the United States, Canada, England, and France).

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Emily aptly describes herself as imaginative, creative, sensitive, and independent. She’s a serious high school student, but also looking forward to planning a road trip with her best friends soon after she graduates!

Lake Oswego High School senior portrait of girl on stairs at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Lake Oswego High School senior portrait of girl on stairs at the Manor House of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Emily is tall (as in taller than me tall!) with pale skin, strawberry blond hair and beautiful green eyes. As a result, she wanted high school senior pictures that would complement those features, especially her eyes and that could be used as headshots for acting and college applications.

Lake Oswego High School senior portrait of girl in gardens at Lewis and Clark College in Portland with blowing hair.
High School Senior Portrait of strawberry blong girl with green eyes on path at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Soon after they contacted me about Emily’s high school senior portraits. I provided Emily and her mom with a phone consultation to help them style her senior pictures and plan the logistics of her portrait session.

High school portrait of Lake Oswego girl in black dress against stone wall.
High School senior portrait of Lake OSwego girl in garden at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

We had some detailed conversations about clothing choices, which was followed by Emily and her mom went digging through Emily’s closet and sending me photos of outfits they were considering for Emily’s senior pictures. We worked together to develop a set of outfits that would complement Emily, her personality, and her “original” wardrobe style.

Black and white portrait of Lake Oswego High School senior girl against stone wall with ferns,
Portrait of Lake Oswego High School girl in purple shirt and jeans leaning against wall at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

We also considered several different locations for Emily’s high school senior pictures. But ultimately we settled on the campus of Lewis and Clark College where Emily’s mom works. Lewis and Clark College is a private school that generally prohibits portrait sessions on campus. But thanks to Emily’s mom we were able to get special permission to photograph Emily in and around Lewis and Clark’s beautiful gardens and reflection pool.

High school senior portrait of Lake Oswego girl in black dress on stone patio.
Acting headshot portrait of high school senior girl from Lake Oswego

Emily’s original high school senior portrait session was scheduled during a heat wave, where there temperatures in Portland reached over 100 degrees! Nobody wanted to put on makeup and be photographed in that weather, so we postponed her portrait session for a few weeks.

Lake Oswego Hgh School senior girl leaning against wall and looking at gardens at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
Portrait of high school senior girl twirling strawberry blond hair.

When it was finally time for Emily’s high school senior pictures, we started at the top of the Lewis and Clark Campus. We photographed her on the patio of the Manor House and along the stone pathways that meander throughout he campus. Then we worked our way down the hill into the beautifully manicured gardens at Lewis and Clark.

Headshot portrait of high school senior girl from Lake Oswego with purple shirt and strawberry blond hair.
Portrait of a Lake Oswego high school girl with strawberry blond hair on steps at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

And we took full advantage of the reflecting pool. The stone walls surrounding the pool that are covered with moss and ferns provided an incredible background that complemented Emily’s eyes and the outfits she had chosen for her high school senior portrait session.

Artistic black and white portrait of high school senior girl in reflection pool.
High School senior portrait of Lake Oswgo girl in blue shirt sitting by reflection pool at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

We finished the evening by taking a family portrait of Emily, an only child, with her Mom and Dad who accompanied her for her high school senior portrait shoot. The family portrait is now displayed beautifully on the living room wall in her parent’s home. And many of the other images you see here have been printed and hung throughout their home.

Family portrait of Lake Oswego high school senior and her parents at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Are you looking to create high school senior pictures of your son or daughter that you can turn into amazing pieces of art for your home? Do you wish you had a beautiful family portrait like the one above to hang on your living room wall? I can help you create amazing high school senior pictures and plan the perfect portrait session for your family! Contact Brian Pasko Photography to learn more!