Katie is one of our friends from Women For Success, the charity group whose events quite often appear on the Life blog. The first time I photographed Katie she was in her paint clothes with a breathing mask on, and covered in black spray paint. It wasn’t exactly the type of moment that typically gets the photo shoot wheels of my mind turning. A few months later the Beauty Bar event came around, and I got to photograph all of the ladies dressed up. Katie’s photos from that day were a standout for me, and it was obvious to me she was very photogenic. Convincing someone they are photogenic is not always an easy thing. I began suggesting to her that we do a portrait session just for the fun of it, but my suggestions were usually met with Katie flashing her big smile and laughing like I had just told the funniest joke ever. I’m not exactly sure when the concept of a shoot went from pure giggles to a viable reality, but during the last WFS event I was bugging her about it again and something switched in her brain. Suddenly the Katie photo session was a go.
I’m glad I was persistent in making this shoot happen. I think Katie totally rocked sketchy NW industrial Portland. Katie’s makeup was done by Courtney Rogers, who was able to work with us when we needed to move the shoot up a couple of days earlier due to a foreboding Portland forecast. Love, love, love these photos!