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Devan – 2014 Model Winner | Santa Clarita Senior Portraits



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I managed to blog a few of my favorites from this year’s Senior’s Ignite experience, but I wanted to dedicate an entire post to Devan…. she was such a trooper and SO amazing for all the photographers at the event.  SO many photographers mentioned how wonderful she was to work with – how EASY it is to photograph her because she is just GORGEOUS, but also a super sweet girl who is willing to go the extra mile to get that awesome shot!

I wish I could sum it up for you all, but it’s hard to find the words to really explain how truly amazing the entire experience was….. from photographing these incredible models from all over the country in a ghost town in the desert, to the lovely Westin Lake Las Vegas that was our home for a week, to all the awesome photographers I had the chance to meet and connect with as an Event Leader and Official Shooter… just too hard to put it all in words!!

Devan posted the sweetest note after the event and I wanted to share her thoughts on her entire Senior Portrait experience with me and Senior’s Ignite:

I am so happy I had Renee take my Senior pictures.  She was able to capture my personality perfectly, from the hair to the makeup to the location.   Renee worked with me on all of the outfit choices, from head to toe!  She even hand made some accessories for me to wear!  Renee made me feel comfortable and relaxed during our session, and we had a ton of fun!  From the moment Renee and  makeup artist Jami arrived to start my makeup, the laughter began!  The day was perfect!  Renee made my Senior pictures something I will cherish for years to come.
As a Senior Model rep, I also had the amazing experience of being chosen a 2014 Seniors Ignite National Model winner!  I traveled with Renee and Jami to Las Vegas to shoot with various photographers from all over the country!  I met so many awesome people and made lifelong friends with the other model winners.  Without Renee’s talent and vision, I would not have had that experience.  It was something I will never forget and I will be forever thankful to Renee!
Love that girl….  but seriously, she was a trooper –  this was the very last shot I took of her at the event – and I made her get in the pool!  LOL  she was awesome
I decided after learning that we would be shooting at the ghost town, that I would make a burlap, tattered dress for her to wear for the concept portion of the event.  That’s what is soooo cool about this entire thing – we get to create and experiment and PLAY.  That’s what I love most about shooting High School Seniors and being a Senior Portrait Photographer – the fun!!!   I was also lucky to have the incredible talents of Hope Shoemaker from Sam Villa, Las Vegas for hair styling and I brought Jami Cox with me to the event so she could share her makeup awesomeness with everyone at SI!
These are some of my favorites from that portion:  (feel free to pin)

Gah…. I just loved this – we both had so much fun!!   Then we headed back to the Westin and we decided we would get some different looks for her portfolio – something more fashion/more glam:

Could she be any more beautiful?  omg

So sad it’s all over for this year!!!  BUT I’m super excited that I will be at next year’s event in San Diego as a lead shooter again, and also as a Senior’s Ignite Mastermind!   I hope I get another winner – would be the third year in a row!!  *crosses fingers*

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If you want a shot at coming with me, you need to get on my calendar for a session & shoot it before October 1st, 2014.  

Email me if you want in on Santa Clarita Senior Portraits or Los Angeles Senior Portaits (summer will book up quickly)

Thanks again, Devan, I am so proud of you and so happy to have shared this experience with you and your Mom!!!

xo, R


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