Paris – Tacoma Senior Portrait Photographer

I photographed Paris’ sister a few years ago for her senior portraits so when it was Paris’ turn, I was beyond thrilled. Their family is super sweet and I’m so grateful that they came back for both girls’ senior portraits!

We started at the Wright Park Conservatory and then popped down to Tacoma’s 6th Ave District. Paris wanted murals or graffiti and 6th Ave did not disappoint. One of my favorites is @rickylovespainting‘s “RAD” mural.

Congratulations on your graduation, Paris! I hope your final year in high school was both exciting and memorable. 💙

 

If you have a Senior Class of 2021 or are a senior graduating next year, don’t wait to get your portraits done this summer! September is the ideal time to book your session. Get them taken before school starts and you’ll have your pictures ready for yearbook and announcements. Email me today! hello@foxandwagon.com

 

 

 

 

Tate – Tacoma Senior Photographer

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Oh, 2020 Seniors. I’m so sorry your final year in school has been disrupted. You had so much excitement and positivity going into this year. You were planning your graduation and celebration parties. Senior prom was coming up and you just got the courage to ask your date. Maybe you got your first job to save some money for college or to move out. But now you’re finishing school from home, Facetiming your friends, making the best Tik Tok videos.

I can say I almost know how you feel. I was entering my senior year in 2001 when two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers and another into the Pentagon. You weren’t born yet. America entered a war that year and has lasted your entire life. It feels like we’re going to hell in a handbasket. The world might have always been this way, and maybe we’ve grown up and gained a little more perspective. I don’t know, I’m a Millenial. But I hope after all this is over and we’re able to be close to our friends and family, that we will have learned something. That we heal and become more compassionate and understanding and take care of each other. I hope for your sake and for the world’s sake.


This is Tate. We’re cousins, I think? (The generation tree confuses me a bit.) Tate has a beautiful spirit and a smile that can brighten any room he walks into no matter how big the room is. There’s a lot of serious in some of these photos, because of course. But when I pulled out the corny jokes, Tate humored me by laughing at them. I appreciate that.

We visited a few colorful spots of downtown Tacoma to match Tate’s colorful personality.

My hope for Tate and the Class of 2020:
Don’t let this pandemic squash your enthusiasm for life and the future. Before turning 18, you have already fought climate change and gun control, LGBTQ+ rights, brown and black people’s lives, and countless other causes. Stay strong, stay bold, but take rests when you need to. You ARE our future and have the power. I’ll be fighting with you the whole way.


 

 

 

What to Wear: A Session Clothing Guide – PNW Portrait Photographer

Okay, you’ve sent your photography inquiry. You’ve scheduled your session for 4 weeks out and double checked to made sure your spouse isn’t working that day. You’ve paid your deposit. You’ve checked the weather Almanac SEVERAL times. It’s been raining the past five years, but that’s okay, it was partly sunny in 1967. You’re standing in front of your closet and you STILL don’t know what to wear and your session is next week.

Not only do you have to pick out your own outfit, but your spouse hasn’t bought a new shirt since that one wedding how many summers ago and your kids’ clothes all have raspberry stains from eating all the berries off the plant in the backyard. (It was a fruitful year.)

Don’t worry! A quick (HAH!) trip to Target will provide you with coordinated outfits making you look (and feel) like rock stars.

 

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For a little nudge in the right direction, I’ve put together a few tips to help you choose your outfits. These work for families, engagements, and seniors.

 

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Decide on a palette of 3-4 colors to base your outfit on (including pants and dresses). You want a cohesive feel, but without being too matchy. You want your outfits to compliment each other. Please, no solid white shirts with khaki pants. Don’t even think about black polos with jeans. It’s outdated… like 2002. And try not to put all the males in plaid. It starts to look a like a Magic Eye.

 

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I always suggest that the women to choose outfits she feels confident and beautiful in and then have everyone’s outfit coordinate from there. It’s easier to start with one item or color and build from there.

 

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Long dresses flow elegantly in the wind and look amazing on every body type.

 

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Layer your clothing to add texture and dimension to your outfits. Include a belt or necklace or if its cooler out, don a scarf or sweater cardigan.

 

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First and foremost: be you. For example, I love earrings so I would wear big feather earrings and a few bracelets. Do you love hats? Bring one (but don’t wear it, yet). Does your family love boots? Wear them!

 

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Arrange your outfits ahead of time. Lay all of them out on a big bed in natural window light including accessories . Make sure all clothes are clean, pressed, and ready to go on hangers a few days before your session.

 

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Avoid: T-shirts with large graphics, neon colors, tube socks, overly formal clothes, and dirty shoes (unless they’re boots, in which that’s okay). I don’t recommend high heels either. We’re likely going to be outside walking or playing.

 

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Ladies: Pamper yourself by getting your hair styled and makeup done before the session. Makeup should be natural but slightly heavier than normal. I recommend hiring a Make Up Artist. I work with a few MUAs that also do basic hair (curls/waves). For make up and hairstylist recommendations, contact me!

 

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Men: Plan a haircut for a week or so before. Shave the night before or in the morning and put on aftershave to reduce redness and irritation. Cut and clean your fingernails.

 

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Large groups have a little bit of a challenge, but as long as you stick with the above tips, you’ll all look amazing!

 

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If you are needing ideas, I suggest looking at Pinterest to find inspiration. Find my Pinterest page @foxandwagon and click on Session Wardrobe Ideas. I’ve also created an outfit shopping list on Amazon so you can buy online right away.

 

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You can always text me with pictures of your outfits if you’re concerned!

 

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It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to decide what to wear for your portrait session. It does take a little bit of planning, but as long as you wear something that you feel good in, you’ll look good.

Still have no idea what to wear? I have a few pieces in my Client Closet available to rent!

Brady Wendlandt – Tacoma Senior Portrait Photographer

Most seniors get their senior photos taken for their moms, which I totally appreciate. Senior sessions document who they are right now as they head into their last year of school. It may not be important for the senior, but it definitely is for their parents. They’re not kids anymore! They’re officially adults. *cue tears*

Brady, his mom, and I met on Broadway in Tacoma in front of where he works, LeRoy Jewelers. (LOVE IT. My husband bought my vintage engagement ring at LeRoy!) It’s a far cry from most high school seniors’ first jobs (like mine, summer camp kitchen cleanup… ugh), but still gives the experience and responsibility of working in the real world. I’m glad he chose to start at this spot. Broadway offers so many interested photo opportunities – like two dudes doing parkour on the fountain. I thought it might be cool to ask them to jump through my shot while Brady stood as still as he could in the middle of the fountain. Everyone was totally down and the shot came out awesome! See for yourself below!

 

 

The best time to get senior photos taken is the summer or fall before graduation so if you’re hesitating, DON’T! It’s almost October which is one of my favorite months to shoot. Have your pics ready to hand to the yearbook staff and graduation announcements printed and ready to send out! E-mail me at hello@foxandwagon.com or send me message using my Contact page.

Want free graduation announcements? Refer your friends! For every friend who also books a session, you get 10 graduation announcement cards.*

*Terms: May not be combined with any other discount or offer. Does not apply to contracts already in process. A contract must be signed and a 25% deposit made. To qualify for free graduation announcements, your referral(s) must also sign a contract and make a 25% deposit within the 2018-2019 school year and no later than April 2019. Each referral you make qualifies you to receive ten (10) graduation announcements, a $25 value, designed by Fox & Wagon Photography as 5×7 FLAT CARDS. Upgrades or additional designs are extra.

Picking a location – PNW Photographer

UPDATED 5/28/20 to add more locations and additional photos to show favorite spots!


Locations can be a part of your portrait story, not just a pretty backdrop. I like to give you the option to choose where we have your portrait session for a few reasons:

  • You’re comfortable where you are and it shows in your photographs.
  • You recall and create meaningful memories with each person in your family in a space that you’ve been to before.
  • You know where things are, how to get there, and what to do!

But if you don’t have a preference on a location and you’d rather I decide or if you’re from out of town, I’ve compiled a brief list of locations around Tacoma with photos and descriptions to help you decide where you want to tell your story. Keep in mind that we are not limited to these locations! I’m willing and able to shoot anywhere! The only thing that may limit us is admission, fees or photography permits such as conservatories or private gardens.

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

Perfect in any season. The changing colors of autumn leaves by the pond make a beautiful backdrop. So many Tacoma families have fond memories of watching the ducks and walking the paths of Point Defiance Park. In the spring and summertime, the blooming roses and arches give an intimate feel. Even in the wintertime, the bare, twisty branches in the rose garden can offer a dark and mysterious vibe.

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Discovery Park, Seattle

While quite a trek from Tacoma, Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle is one of my favorite locations to shoot. It faces the west, giving us the much desired golden and blue hour dreamy feel. This park has it all: forest, beach, tall grass, buildings painted butter yellow, and even a lighthouse with a trail access. If you don’t mind walking, this is 534 acre park is a gorgeous choice.

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Chambers Bay Park & Beach, University Place

One of the most interesting parks near Tacoma is Chambers Bay. Formerly a sand and gravel quarry, the park’s large skeletal concrete structures separate the park from the golf course and line a trail leading to the bridge and a beach below.

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Swan Creek Park, Tacoma

Hidden where Pioneer Way and Waller Road meet in Tacoma, Swan Creek Park is a quiet little swimming hole surrounded by trees. You might want to bring a towel because shoes are bound to come off. There are trails and little bridges to explore as well.

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Wright Park, Tacoma (conservatory + fee)

Like Point Defiance, Wright Park is gorgeous in all seasons. The yellow leaves of the ginkgo tree brighten up the park even on the darkest days. The conservatory fee is only $25/30 minutes which is so worth paying (it’s for a good cause, too!) if you love plants and need an indoor location. The 27-acre arboretum has lots of beautiful spots to sit and enjoy being with your family.

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Downtown Tacoma/Urban/City

(Opera Alley, steps of UW, glass bridge & museum, former “Graffiti Garages”)

Tacoma’s downtown area is so unique and interesting. Urban sessions aren’t just for individuals. Documentary sessions or even Lifestyle sessions can take place in the city. If nature is not your thing, let’s explore the town!

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Home & Neighborhood

There’s no place like home. You know your family best and where they would feel most comfortable. I love just sitting on your front porch or hanging out in bed.

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Ft. Steilacoom Park, Lakewood

Fort Steilacoom Park has so much to offer with the old barns, winding trails through the trees, a lake view, and tall grass. I recently took a family there to watch the sun come up over Mt. Rainier and it was spectacular! The best times at this park are early mornings or late evenings.

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Wild Hearts Farm (+fee)

A local family designed their property specifically for photographers and clients. With options like tire swings and wooden swings, an old truck, a vintage trailer, gardens with ever changing flowers and a natural light, rain free dome, they’ve made endless possibilities.

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Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Stores, Libraries

Do you have a favorite restaurant? Have you ever wanted to document your every day life shopping at Target or Costco? It takes a little more planning and permission from the manager, but these sessions are often so much more relaxed and personal.

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Want to go on an adventure? There are places I’ve always wanted to take my sessions. Do you have ideas?

Ferries

Gig Harbor Gondola

Mountain Trails

Waterfalls

Carnivals/Fairs

Orchards

Central Washington/Columbia River/Vantage