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Sam's Senior Year

March 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Sam_Morford-4 copySam_Morford-4 copy It's almost graduation season and as we wind up our 2022 senior portrait sessions, Sam's family reached out to us. And we are so glad they did!

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After a wardrobe consult and a haircut was agreed upon, Sam's family threw out a few ideas of what his session was going to look like. Fortunately, we have some pretty incredible scenic places along the Oregon Coast and in this case, inland just a little bit...

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The park provided a beautiful backdrop for this edgy senior session and were pretty excited for the results! With his family and girlfriend standing by, we shared quite a few laughs, including when the keys got locked in... but that's for another blog story! We loved working with Sam and his family and although we've tried to tell Sam he should consider modeling in his future, we're content that he was able to be on the other side of our camera. 

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To see the BTS video from this session, head over to our TT: SimplyDesignStudios

Capturing the Plains Cree Spirit

March 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Capturing the Canadian Plains Cree Spirit

This is Jaylene. 

After photographing her senior portraits several years ago, I was beyond excited when her mom requested our services once more when gifting Jaylene a very special type of portrait session. This time, we were asked to photograph her beautiful daughter in capturing her Canadian Plain Cree spirit. This was something we talked about during Jaylene's senior portrait session many years ago but decided to hold off on the idea... until recently. 

We brought Jaylene and her mom to one of our most versatile and favorite spots along the Central Oregon Coast. Immediately upon arrival, the sky opened up just enough for the sun to peek out with warming rays that danced along the creek, leaving a golden glow that seem to wrap around her. 

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The sun quickly disappeared under the PNW fog which provided the perfect covering for our next scenic area. As we set up our gear in the mossy greenery that covered a small forest, Jaylene's mom shared the story of her daughter's regalia, how and where it was made, detailing the intricate beadwork and the beautiful jewelry that accompanied the pieces with the feathers and fur that completed it all. 
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We completely fell in love with the regal feel of this particular session when featuring Jaylene in her exquisite regalia. 

As the temperature dropped during the sunset, we were able to capture a few more portraits in a more traditional regalia. 

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From Ashes to Portraits

September 01, 2016  •  1 Comment

It's not hard to fall in love with my clients over and over again... and this time is no exception, but this particular senior has won my heart.

I was contacted by Jasmyn several weeks prior to her senior portraits where she continued to arrange her session in Newport all the way from Nebraska. The weather was windy for her weekend arrival but nothing we couldn't take on. And then something very unexpected happened. One motel went up in flames and the one next to it caught fire as well. Four souls were lost that day and over 50 victims displaced... 

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My youngest son and I spent the day in the temporary shelter with the Red Cross and the fire victims. We met their families and got to know several of those who came to Newport to visit and were left to find their way home as vehicles were destroyed and personal belongings went up in flames. We helped where we could but at the end of the day, you couldn't help but feel overwhelmed at all the loss and yet thankful for those who made it. I found myself needing a moment to mentally prepare for for Jasmyn's senior session so we pushed it off for just a few extra minutes. 

We both arrived at the studio at the same time and in my apology for pushing our session back a little, I blurted out... what a day! 

Without hesitation, she replied that she doubts it could be worse than her's and her mom's day.

My heart sank when she responded to my question about where she was staying. Yes, this beautiful senior and her mom were at the motel where the fire was. And after a day of being with the fire victims, our paths didn't cross once.

When we arrived at the beach, she expressed her disappointment about not being able to wear a pair of shoes she wanted as the bottom of her feet were burned from running on the ash as she went back for her clothes for her senior portraits. And she expressed just how much her portraits meant to her.

Needless to say, my heart was heavy in so many ways and we worked hard to give Jasmyn the best senior portrait experience ever. 

Jasmyn, you're a rockstar and we are honored to have captured this very important moment in your life!

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Picture Perfect Proposal

August 15, 2016  •  2 Comments

"Sharon, a man named Cole is going to contact you. He has an awesome idea for a proposal... you're gonna want to take that call!"

-Danielle, Coast Event Rentals



In hindsight, awesome is an understatement. 

From our very first conversation, this man was scheming and planning the perfect proposal for his lovely girlfriend. Over the next few days, I was sent design ideas, music lists, and everything needed to wow his soon-to-be fiancé. From the secret access onto the decorated beach to the little cozy champagne nook, There was no detail forgotten and the perfect proposal went flawlessly.

I've been doing portraits now for a while and though I genuinely enjoy each of my sessions, few of them have taken my breath away quite like this one.

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