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Kelly Mooney creates senior photos with style

Senior representatives and models Xandria Lewis and Kennedy Grant pose for Mooney.

For more than a decade, West Linn’s Kelly Mooney of Kelly Mooney Photography, has been taking portraits of families, individuals and business people. And as her own children entered high school, she expanded her services to include senior portraits. However, she wasn’t content to offer a conventional senior photo shoot session with traditional results. Mooney specializes in magazine style and iconic reproduction photography.

“Senior photos and graduation are a big deal,” she said. “This is a rite of passage that deserves to be celebrated.”

Like many photographers, Mooney offers customized photo shoot sessions at locations that are meaningful to the subject. Mooney goes a step further: she treats the session as a professional modeling photo shoot, complete with professional hair and makeup artists and wardrobe help.

“I wanted to do something really unique,” she said. “The inspiration came from a phone cover of the Little Mermaid — it all clicked from there.”

She found dresses at various shops and lined up friends Alison Mann to do hair; Kiera Bolden to do makeup; Molly Sweeney as stylist and Mary Tarbell to provide style therapy. She taught the models how to pose so they looked natural and felt good about modeling.

The result: As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

“Most all senior pictures look the same but not these,” Xandria Lewis said. “You build a relationship with Kelly. I can be more myself, more authentic and it shows in the pictures.” Lewis dressed up as Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan” for the photo shoot.

“Having your senior picture taken with your best friends is the best,” Kennedy Grant said. “You are able to feed off your friends making you laugh. You see a real difference in what Kelly produces.” Grant dressed as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” for the shoot.

Lewis and Grant are two of Mooney’s senior representatives, students who encourage others to book with Mooney. Mooney provides them with an app for their cell phones so they can easily share their photos and Mooney’s work.

Fellow representatives Cassie Whiteley-Ross dressed as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Kelly Schoenborn dress as Snow White.

Mooney’s work has been featured by a variety of media. During it’s Today in History week, “Today Show” producers asked viewers to send in iconic photo recreations.

The staff picked their favorites which included three submissions from Kelly Mooney Photography. Evoking You, a photography education and inspiration site featured a Kelly Mooney Photography senior session in March 2014.

Chic Critique Forum featured a Kelly Mooney Photography high school senior portrait as one of its Fan Favorites in May 2014. Mooney’s submission of “Girl with the Pearl Earring” won first place in DPreview.com’s “Rick Sammon’s One Light Portrait” challenge.

To learn more, visit kellymooneyphotography.com.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KELLY MOONEY PHOTOGRAPHY - The models for the Disney Princess shoot included from left Kennedy Grant as Belle from the Beauty and the Beast; Xandria Lewis as TInkerbell from Peter Pan; Cassie Whiteley-Ross as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Kelly Schoenborn as Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.




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