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THESE AREN'T YOUR MAMA'S SENIOR PICTURES

a photo collaboration with Seattle high schoolers & an inspiring team of Seattle creatives

Story by Mandee Rae July 13th, 2017

first, LETS TALK DREAMS.

Through out my entire high school career, I was an avid America's Next Top Model fan. I've probably seen just about every season. I was hooked on watching the process for the photoshoots and all the behind the scenes. Each shoot had 10 to 20 crew members with hair and makeup, wardrobe and stylists plus more.

In middle school and high school, I was dreaming about being a part of such a large photo production with other creatives. Having the right connections to hair and makeup, styling and locations seemed virtually impossible and unattainable.

Fast forward 5 years later and this is exactly what I've dreamed and created for my high school seniors in my photo program. Each year for the new upcoming graduating class, we put together a specialized stylized shoot for a limited amount of girls.

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Check our behind the scenes video created by jaimie johnson

I can't send enough thanks to this amazing professional photographer and videographer who volunteered her time to help me capture this day and also create and edit this video for me.


Thank you Jaimie Johnson at Ridgewood Films <3

https://vimeo.com/ridgewoodfilms

THESE AREN'T your MAma's SENIOR pictures

High school senior portraits have been a tradition for decades.

My siblings' senior pictures were all done in the same indoor studio against the same plain backdrop, dressed in all solid colors. Nothing that actually captured who my siblings were during that time.

Similarly to technology, the high school senior portrait tradition has evolved and changed over time. Each day, our world is becoming more and more visual. Every day people, companies are sharing, posting and creating creative photo content and this has changed our standards as a society.

That being said - high school senior portraits aren't just about the yearbook anymore.

Your senior portraits are meant to celebrate you and the four year journey you've conquered.

< Your senior portraits should capture your style, your personality and

who you are in this moment. >

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our team

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This shoot would never have been possible without the amazingly creative people involved.

I feel so fortunate to be able to work with such an incredible community of local creatives.


✘ CREDITS ✘

Photography | Mandee Rae | @mandeerae

Styling & Creative Direction | Ashley Dobson | @ashley.dobson

Wardrobe | Marlowe Boutique | @shopmarloweboutique

Hair and Makeup | Anne Timss | @mstimssmakeupartist

Hair and Makeup Assist. | LiSun Goh | @lisungoh

Location | My Little White House | @mylittlewhitehouse

Floral Design/Flowers | Evelyn | Flowers By Evelyn

Social Media (Facebook Live & IG Live) & Assistance | Jorden Jakobs | @jordenjakobs

Molly Moons Ice Cream | @mollymoonicecream

BTS Videographer (Video Coming Soon!) | Jaimie Johnson | @jaimiejphoto




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My Little white house

Our shoot location was in West Seattle at @mylittlewhitehouse

a completely surreal location built entirely by 22 year old Daniel Blagovich.

I can't send enough love and thanks to this family for allowing my team, and our models come onto their property and allowing us to shoot all day.


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MOLLY MOONS, ice cream shop

I about melted back in 2016 when I found out Molly Moons would be moving into my neighborhood, Redmond. When they opened, I was more than willing to stand in the lines that went around the corner just to get in and see this adorable new ice cream shop in our historical part of Redmond.

Molly Moons doesn't just have some of my all time favorite ice cream flavors, but they also share similar goals and missions in the local Seattle community. They are involved in creating a more positive community in young adults, and supporting public education by donating directly to local Seattle schools.

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be kind, be caring, be genuine

One of our requirements to be on our model team is to be a positive impact on your community. Our models are all from different schools, and didn't know each other. The idea is to encourage each and every model and bring everyone together as a whole.

We are respectful of others. We are kind and treat each other with compassion and equality.

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hair & makeup

In just about every editorial you see in a magazine or online has at least one hair and makeup artist if not more. Professional makeup artists are trained and specialized in the science behind the color and application of makeup on all skin types and colors. Getting the right makeup can be extremely difficult and frustrating for on-camera and different lighting situations.

Each and every artist I work with has trained and specialized for multiple years in the photo industry. Working together to provide a relaxing and fun hair and makeup experience for all our seniors while creating a natural and clean makeup application for each girl.


✘ Anne Timss | Lead Hair and Makeup Artist |

http://www.annetimss.com/

✘ LiSun Goh | Assist. Hair and Makeup Artist |

https://www.lisungoh.com/


I am so lucky to have long time commercial hair and makeup artist - Anne Timms on my team. She has an unbelievable, stellar reputation amongst all my clients and I feel so fortunate to know her as a person and professional. Huge thanks to her lovely and talented assistant LiSun for also attending the shoot and applying hair and makeup.

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STYLIST, ASHLEY DOBSON & MARLOWE BOUTIQUE

Styling is another must have for any large editorial shoot to give each model a cohesive look.

Being a stylist is another speciality creative job and I am so honored to have someone like Ashley Dobson on my team.

While I am busy shooting, Ashley is standing with racks of clothing provided by Marlowe Boutique, styling each model with clothes and accessories and giving everything a cohesive and finalized look before the girls come to me to be photographed. During group shots, she's watching and helping fix anything that might be out of place or needs to be fixed. She also brought handfuls of props, paints, easels. She's just quite the wonder woman of a lady.

✘✘ - There is no way I could have created such a cohesive, clean shoot without this woman.


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MARLOWE BOUTIQUE

I fell in love with Marlowe Boutique actually because of a past senior model - 2016 senior model, Rohini.

Just a few months ago - they did a collaborative shoot and the photos and clothes just made me drool. I'd been trying to find a boutique for this shoot and as soon as I saw her clothes I knew I wanted to reach out.

The owner, Tara, even while completely swamped with things to do for their new opening of their Bothell store - she met with me for coffee and was completely supportive and 100% on board with being a part of this shoot. She allowed Ashley and I to pull from her clothing to supply to our senior models. She was so kind to allow us to pull such a generous amount of clothes for this shoot, I seriously couldn't be more thankful.

I am so unbelievably excited for her store opening in Bothell, WA! Coming soon!

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ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR DREAMS, AND OTHERS.

The original name for our concept and mood board was dreamers.

You should never stop dreaming and you should never put down someone else's dream.

This shoot happened because others believed in my dream.


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tatum

In 9th grade, Tatum volunteered at a ranch that helped women in rough situations and that needed help. She also volunteered more recently at a horse camp giving lessons to kids and working with horses.

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Making a positive impact on someone's day is as easy as offering a simple compliment or even just smiling and waiting to hold a door open.

Kind small gestures like this can affect someone's overall day.

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MADISON

For outdoorsy lover involved in cross country and drama - this shoot may have been a little pink and bright for your usual style but I LOVE this matching set on you from Marlowe Boutique.

Each senior model receives their own individual portrait shoot a part from the stylized shoot. This way we get their personality, their specific style.

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AMY

This lady was one of my first applicants for this year's 2018 Senior Model Team. Her eagerness and excitement to be on the team was very apparent from the start. She volunteers her time at an art studio as well as being involved in a cheer team program called Sparkle which helps kids with special needs.

We couldn't help but pair up both girls in this adorable outfit from Marlowe Boutique.

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Amy and Paige are eating Molly Moon's seasonly Strawberry Thyme Sorbet Ice Cream && Scout Mint Ice Cream.

< FUN FACT: Scout Mint is made with Girl Scout's Thin Mints >

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MAKEDA

When Makeda applied I knew I had to have her on my team. She screams everything I believe in. She's a fashion student who wants to encourage and focus on body positivity for all body shapes.

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Our makeup and hair artist, Anne Timss took extra time to give Makeda the ultimate curl with her hair. I'm obsessed.

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PAIGE

I met Paige at an Instagram meet up just a few weeks ago. I approached her thinking she was a high school senior, although she just graduated.

A few weeks later - despite maybe having graduated, Paige showed interested in being involved and a part of the team. She has such a quick wit and infectious personality, she was a great last minute addition.

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Another fun fact:

The florist, Evelyn helped with the floral design for one of Macklemore's music videos for a wedding set.

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~ our team is booking senior portrait sessions now ~


We are now booking 2017 & 2018 portrait sessions.

August and September are filling up quickly!

http://www.mandeeraeseniors.com/


Just a reminder on the credits because seriously, they all deserve everything,

✘ CREDITS ✘

Photography | Mandee Rae | @mandeerae

Styling & Creative Direction | Ashley Dobson | @ashley.dobson

Wardrobe | Marlowe Boutique | @shopmarloweboutique

Hair and Makeup | Anne Timss | @mstimssmakeupartist

Hair and Makeup Assist. | LiSun Goh | @lisungoh

Location | My Little White House | @mylittlewhitehouse

Social Media (Facebook Live & IG Live) & Assistance | Jorden Jakobs | @jordenjakobs

Floral Design/Flowers | Evelyn | Flowers By Evelyn

Molly Moons Ice Cream | @mollymoonicecream

BTS Videographer (Video Coming Soon!) | Jaimie Johnson | @jaimiejphoto


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Footnote: Seattle Senior Portrait Photographer, Creative Collaborative Shoot with My Little White House, Anne Timss, Ashley Dobson, Molly Moons, LiSun
West Seattle, Seattle, WA, United States