Brenna | Harker School Saratoga Silver Creek Senior Portraits

“Well, I go to school, dance then home and that’s about it.” That was Brenna’s answer to me about her Senior year, but I knew there was so much more to this soft spoken girl and she certainly didn’t disappoint.  I soon learned of her love of all things related to the Royal Ballet, her motivation to learn Russian in hopes to visit Russia and see the Bolshoi Ballet. I knew this was no ordinary girl. Brenna is lucky to have a mom like Carolyn took time to help Brenna prepare everything she needed. So, it was no surprise that on the day of Brenna’s session, they came prepared and you couldn’t help but feel the lovely bond between this mother and daughter. Watching them interact and the humor they share (I do love me some dry humor) was inspiring to me as a parent. This Spring date was certainly perfect along with one of the most amazing night skies I had seen and all for this graceful dancer to take her stage. From clicking of her heels to our giggles over “Taco Tuesday”, we had the best time capturing the beautiful person Brenna is inside and out. My hope is that Brenna will one day look back at her senior portraits and remember that she embodies her favorite quote, “Take your work seriously, but never yourself.”.   Oh, it was a hoot meeting Dad too! Brenna is the perfect blend of her amazing parents;  sharp, witty, funny, and a girl that doesn’t follow but leads by example.

Brenna, I’m so glad you carry with you the CYW Senior Portrait Experience which not only opened your eyes to seeing how much fun it can be in front of the camera but how absolutely amazing you are as a person. My wish for you and all my high school senior is that you remember this moment in which you step forward as an adult. Take with you this sense of pride and accomplishment to move yourself and meet your next goals!

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Q: What are your top 3 goals you set for yourself and 3 things you hope holds steady as time passes?

A: Top goals: 1) Live a minimalistic lifestyle, 2) Speak Russian and French and 3) Continue teaching ballet. 3 things I take pride in and will always; 1) My humor, 2) Love of learning and 3) My carefree personality.


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Q: What did you learn from your CYW Photography Senior Portrait Senior Experience?

A: I was much more comfortable at the shoot that I expected. It’s not so structured and tailored to me. I also learn that I have more clothes than I thought! LOL

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Q: If you could do anything over again in life, what would it be and how would you approach it now?

A: I would redo my Middle School years and this time, get my homework done instead of listening and being influenced by peers on what was “cool”. I learned the hard way that slacking on my school work doesn’t pay.

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Q: What’s something you naturally excel at and something you may struggle with?

A: I would say I excel at teaching and being observant. I struggle at times to maintain positive in hard situations.

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Q: What would constitute as a “perfect day” for you?

A: Watching a lot of ballet on YouTube, particularly the Royal Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet!

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Q: What was the last book you read and enjoyed?

A: “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

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Q: What is the best compliment you have received thus far?

A: Someone said to me in person that they would genuinely miss me when I’m in college.


With a passion for the art of personal senior portraits and a heart for capturing the beauty, charm and strength of individuals, I’ve made it my goal to provide families with tangible memories and an an exceptional experience that will last a lifetime.  Milestones are the perfect reason to seek out a professional photographer. Being able to capture and preserve this special milestone is priceless.  CYW Photography focuses on portraiture and lifestyle imagery and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. If  you are in the area or are planning on visiting, I’d love to hear from you and discuss of all the beautiful spots and ideas that best capture your story!  In addition, I also shoot worldwide for various projects.  Follow me on Facebook where I often post about recent or upcoming photo shoots.  Catch me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent photography projects and if you love Twitter you can find me there as well. You can also see where I get most of my style inspiration by following me on Pinterest.  Whatever your needs are for professional photography, I am confident in my ability to provide you with professional results paired with personal service to customized to your needs. Send me a message and let me know how I can help you.

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