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Updated: Jan 8, 2022

This session was such a blast! I've known Brooke for quite a while now so our sessions always have a really nice flow to them. Developing a continued relationship with your photographer can lead to the creation of some really fun work as you both grow more comfortable with each other. This is why it's so important to find a photographer that you enjoy spending time with!

Scroll down to see the images we created and keep reading to learn more about this session!

Brooke wanted a photo session for Christmas so her grandma contacted me to get a gift card for her to use. We were both so excited but because Brooke wanted an outdoor session and winter in Seattle is pretty chilly, we decided to postpone for a little while so she wouldn't freeze like a popsicle. When planning for a session on location, it's important to keep the weather in mind as it will heavily affect the wardrobe and overall mood of the imagery we create.

When you book your session, one of the first things we'll discuss is the location of your shoot. Brooke wanted something with more of an urban feel so we settled on downtown Bellevue. There were lots of fun textures and lighting displays to help us achieve a wide variety of images.

Before her session, I styled Brooke's hair and makeup. She wanted a natural looking makeup with defined eyes and perfect skin so I focused heavily on skin prep to ensure we had a great base to start with. From there I lightly shaped her eyebrows, used eyeshadow to even out and gain some definition of the eye shape, and applied single false lashes to flatter Brooke's face shape. I kept the foundation light and focused primarily on the small areas that needed correction (underneath the eyes, blemishes, etc) to make sure her skin still looked like skin and not like it was caked in makeup. I love creating natural looking makeups!

For Brooke's hair, we used a 3/4" tapered wand to create effortlessly bouncy curls. The wrapping technique used with wands creates a more natural looking curl so I use them often. We finished the look off with a healthy amount of hairspray to make sure it would stay put, and plenty of texturizing spray for an "I woke up like this" vibe.

Do you want to know more about what it's like to have your own personal photography session? Leave a comment below!

Tech Specs:

This session was shot on a Canon 5D Mkiii using my 70-200mm f2.8 lens for most shots. I used natural light and soft white/silver reflectors for fill. Images were color corrected in Lightroom and retouched using Photoshop and a Wacom Pro Tablet.

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Seattle portrait & dance photographer and makeup artist Dakota Elizabeth is a visual storyteller committed to quality imagery that withstands the tests of time.

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