Jordyn :: 2015 So-Cal Style from Saugus High

Posted on May 22, 2015

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I had an awesome fun day with Jordyn, her boyfriend and her mom!! She is the picture of so-cal style, and at 5’11” ….

well, she should totes be modeling!

 

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This 2015 senior from is a cheerleader at Saugus High School here in the Santa Clarita area. She was super easy to photograph because she is extremely comfy in front of the camera.

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Check her out in this a-mazing Free People dress…isn’t she stunning? And those gladiator boots? Wow!!

I just love her in these American Rag overalls – so laid back! I just love this girl’s style!

 

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Another great so-cal look for Jordyn, wearing this fab crochet top from free people.

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Jordyn’s session was shot in Santa Clarita at the Old Iron Horse Trail bridge on a super hot day. She held up stunningly, and so did her makeup, thanks to my good friend and glamour diva Jami Cox!

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KYLEE :: Abbott Kinney & Venice Beach

Posted on May 11, 2015

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Let me introduce you to Kylee…this girl is AWESOME! She’s finishing up her senior year at West Ranch High School in the Santa Clarita Valley and will be attending Chapman University in the Fall.

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Kylee loves a good cup of coffee and spending time at the beach. So, she had this amazing idea of going down to Abbott Kinney in Venice, CA, for her session. I couldn’t have chosen a better location to tell her story. It suited Kylee perfectly…artsy, eclectic, laid back…the picture-perfect Cali place for the quintessential Cali girl!

 

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Kylee’s sweatshirt may say “Royal Pain” but this girl was anything but a pain.  Her session was just pure magic. She’s laid back and SO EASY TO PHOTOGRAPH! She brought along loads of clothing choices that suited her personality. Mixed in with the great location…there was no way this shoot was going to end any way other than fabulous!!

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We finished Kylee’s session at the beach. In spite of the very chilly breeze, Kylee was a trooper and we had a blast! Doesn’t she look enchanting in this boho chic dress from Free People?

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Kylee’s session included a “plus one” so Kylee invited her mom to join in on a few shots, which I thought was super cool! Kylee and her mom were simply a dream to work with. Special thanks, as always to Jami Cox, for making Kylee look like a million bucks while keeping her real!

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Sara :: Hart High School, 2015 Senior Portraits

Posted on May 7, 2015

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I’m excited to finally show you shots from Sara’s portrait session. We met up last fall here in Santa Clarita! Special thanks goes out to my favorite glam goddess, Jami Cox. As always, she provided absolutely stunning hair and makeup!

Sara is absolutely beautiful, so it was easy for Jami to take that beauty to the next level, while still keeping her looking like her!!

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Sara attends Hart High School in the Santa Clarita Valley. She chose the Image Shoot and was able to work in some fabulous outfits. What do you think of this amazing steampunk inspired costume? She made it herself for a show choir number!

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Another fabulous look for Sara!! Those eyes were captivating!

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I loved working with Sara and her mom! She is an active student who loves anything Disney, ballet, and singing with the award winning Hart High School Show Choirs.  She’s a wonderful and creative young woman with an amazing sense of style. How about those Coach rain boots, aren’t they fabulous?

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Rustic Engagement Session | Ashtyn & Cody

Posted on Jan 28, 2015

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The only thing better than getting to shoot this adorable couple’s engagement session is getting to shoot their wedding in October!   I love working with them – they’re so laid back and in love…..we had a blast shooting these over at Paramount Ranch a couple of weeks ago…. LOVE how nice and green everything is right now!  SoCal really soaks up the rain when we finally get it – just wish it stayed around for summer.

These are just a handful of some of my faves – too many to share, but this gives you a taste!

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I’m super stoked about the weddings I have booked for 2015 — I don’t take on too many, since I try and leave my schedule open mostly for my Senior Portraits, but the ones I do accept… I love 😉  Can’t wait to capture Ashtyn and Cody’s amazing day…

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Almost Famous | Alexa’s Senior’s Ignite Winning Model Shoot

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

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I’m so excited that in 3 & 1/2 weeks, I’ll be in San Diego at the Senior’s Ignite Event!   I can’t wait to see all my friends…..it’s such a great time – and can’t wait to be a lead shooter again.  We have some seriously killer concept shoots this year!!!  I wish I could say what they are, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy…. Last year, for Devan’s winning model shoot  before the event, we did a “Vegas or Bust” Vintage theme — so in keeping with the travel theme (we even used the very same blue suitcase, circa 1970 – thanks to Jami Cox), I had the idea to do an early 70’s “Almost Famous” (the movie) theme. I absolutely LOVE that movie.  Like….I can’t even.  And I LOVE the early 70’s because, well, that’s when I was born…..so yeah. Seriously though…. Alexa KILLED this look and Jami —- CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE MAKEUP?!!!! omg I wanted to incorporate travel…so I thought we’d take the metrolink from SCV to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles – we could shoot ON the train and then at Union Station in all of it’s art deco awesomeness – and then head to Olvera Street for some fun.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t really do anything halfway… Now, this is NOT Alexa’s senior portrait session… these shots were meant to be more fashion, more editorial and more “in your face”.  I love trying out new things – and pushing boundaries a bit.   For wardrobe, everything was FreePeople, except the t-shirt at the end — that’s mine… I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use it in a shoot and this was perfect….I wanted to play upon the ridiculousness of it – and really play the theme up and go a little bit over the top with it.  I literally cannot wait to see all the amazing images and outfits San Diego will bring — Alexa is going to have SO much fun!! I think it’s safe to say that I looooooove this shoot.  Everything about it was just amazing  (until we got stuck in DTLA because the train back to SCV was cancelled – so sad.   In the end, we called for reinforcements and were rescued so it all worked out.) This style of shooting is my favorite.

Let me know what you think of these — I’m posting more than I normally would, just because I want to tell the STORY…. it’s meant to be more in-depth than my typical senior portrait work.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

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our story begins…..

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Tech specs: Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm 1.4, Sigma Art 1.4, Westcott IceLights, Adobe Lightroom {only, no photoshop on this}

Be sure and find me on instagram — and snapchat me at @purtywun — I’m always posting behind the scenes, sneak peeks and of course bits and pieces of everyday crazy life – Alexa even did a snapchat takeover on the day of this shoot – THAT was fun. I also recently started using Steller — which I LOVE!!!!  If you haven’t been on there yet, you should check it out — download from the app store.   And you can see Alexa’s story in the story I posted:

I’m finalizing my 2016 Team next week —- if you are interested in finding out more information, fill out the application online and I’ll email you with info. (no information will be public – only upon request) My 2016 SEENteam will have first dibs on session dates – I’m only offering a limited amount of them this year and once they are filled, that’s it — so even if you aren’t interested in being on the Team, you should contact me for session info ASAP to secure a spot. Summer will sell out by mid February. xo, Rinstagram

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Holiday Inspired Concept Photo Shoot | Renee Bowen Photographer

Posted on Dec 25, 2014

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I have needed to do a FUN shoot for some time now…..Jami and I both have been dying to do something JUST for us — just for fun and to push ourselves creatively.  I got super inspired while at the flower mart in downtown LA and decided to create a massive Christmas themed flower crown.  I put a model call out hoping I’d get a redhead to model for me – and I did :)  Emily is only 16… but she is very mature for her age and literally transformed in front of the camera!!  She was so awesome to work with – Jami and I are obsessed with her amazing hair and could she be more beautiful?!!  OMG!

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So – Emily is my “Spirit of Christmas Present” from the Christmas Carol …. a modern take on it.  She was such a trooper and dealt with 2+ hours of hair and makeup and then another hour and 1/2 of being wrapped in garland 😮

I shot these in my home studio – so NO natural light at all….wanted to step a little out of my box and do something more fashion/edgy/non-high school senior.  There’s a shot of my set-up in the collage of prep and bts shots below … I used 2 soft boxes and 2 ice lights and a reflector.

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I didn’t have time to create an actual tutorial for the crown for you guys this time but you can kind of follow along in the shots and see what I did.  I added more to it once it was on her head……

Here are the final shots ::

The first ones were darker — I wanted to create a moody/dark feel with these….

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(and yes, I added snow to some of these because I wanted to create that feel of the books and the movie….)

This is one of my faves:

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and then I wanted to get really bright and more fairy-like (because Emily is like….the perfect fairy!)

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and my absolute favorite:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on these…. which ones do you like best?

and if you want to follow the behind the scenes of these shoots, you can find me on Snapchat at purtywun — come join the insanity!  As always, I’d love to hear your feeback.

Thank you, Emily for modeling for me and thank you Jami for amazing hair and makeup, as usual!!!

Hope you all have a very

Merry Christmas!!!

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Matt :: 2015 #rbmodel Football Senior Portraits

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

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Really can’t say enough good things about this kid.  I mean, young man…..so weird when “kids” you’ve known for so long grow up {including your own!}

Matt is an all around amazing guy — everyone who knows him only has exceptional things to say about him and his family.  I’m so, so glad I was able to photograph him for his high school senior portraits!   Matt was actually a rep for me this year and we were able to shoot on two different occasions – once over the summer for these casual shots:

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and then again during football season so we could get some locker room/football senior portraits and field shots —  LOVE how these turned out:

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These were just so much fun!   Special thanks to Jami Cox for styling/makeup/lighting on these!

So, I’ve been inundated with 2016 Senior Rep questions as of late…… I am still working on the details for my model program for next year… it will be different than in year’s past….. and it will be super freakin cool.  I have some awesome stuff in the works — but not releasing any info or shoot dates just yet.  **If you want in, you need to be on my mailing list ——> CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.   You’ll get all the details before anyone else!!

AND I’m also booking SPRING 2015 for Class of 2015 — these will sell out because I’m not offering a ton.  EMAIL ME to find out more.

xo, R

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Small Biz Saturday | Sale

Posted on Nov 29, 2014

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I didn’t participate in Black Friday (didn’t even shop) but I really wanted to offer something for my amazing clients for Small Business Saturday.

This business is how I support my family.

When clients hire me to photograph their son or daughter for their Senior Portrait Experience, they are contributing to how I am able to keep food on the table, the lights in the house on, and clothes on their ever growing backs.  Small businesses are the backbone of this country… I am so incredibly proud to be a part of that!

SO, in appreciation, I am offering over 1/2 off any size canvas wrap from now till midnight, PST.     Any size, any print.  (some prices reflect almost 65% off)  

Canvases are my number one seller, with custom designed albums coming in at a close second — these are HOT items.

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Here’s how it works:

Click below to pay via paypal – scroll down until you see the size canvas you want; once you see it, click on the size and you will be prompted to pay via paypal.  Then:

CURRENT clients:  EMAIL ME regarding the photo you would like printed.  (we can also chat on the phone if that is easier!)  *note: no limit to how many current clients who have already placed orders with me can order.  If you have NOT placed an order, you can only pre-purchase this deal for ONE canvas.

FUTURE clients:  Yes, you can purchase this deal even if you haven’t shot with me yet.   You can pre-purchase the canvas now and apply it to your order later. *note: only one per future client

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Again, thank you guys so much for your continued support…..I truly appreciate you!

xo, R

 

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Chandler & Zachary :: Santa Clarita Barn Wedding {slideshow}

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

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Apparently the universe does NOT want me to get all the wedding pics from Chandler and Zach’s wedding online tonight… multiple computer crashes, etc.  😮

SO, here is a little somethin’ I put together in the interim with some of my fav shots …. tells the story quite well I think!  And TOMORROW morning.. those photos will be online, I swear!

xo, r

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