• CYW Photography specializes in custom senior photography // San Jose, Surrounding Bay Area & Worldwide // Portrait, Editorial &l Lifestyle Photographer

    Senior portraits aren’t just something to check off the long list of senior year essentials – they are a right of passage. The experience should revolve around who you are, how you dream of being photographed and how you want to be remembered 10, 30 or even 50 years from now.

    Choosing CYW Photography is choosing that experience. One that encourages you to celebrate every aspect of your individuality and the amazing person everyone who loves you knows you to be. It's having your ideal session crafted to you and your style and where you are taken care of from makeup to wardrobe. It’s choosing a boutique style portrait experience that offers specialty products and personalized customer service as well as choosing a photographer that pours her heart into every detail to make your senior portraits a treasure for years to come.

    This is a time you will long for as life moves forward. Let's make the most of now, before you step into the next stage, because in the near future, all of this is only going to be memories of the experiences you chose. I wish for you to remember beautifully your CONFIDENCE, your FAITH and the SPIRIT that make you hopelessly you.

    Click to view my senior portfolio and read what's included in this once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait experience.

From the moment I met Jacque, her mom and grandmother, I was smitten with this family of beautiful strong women. The combination of Jacque’s natural ease in front of the camera combined with her experience of performing lead to a very natural flow combining her love of fashion and her passion in dance. It was such a privilege to work with this talented young lady and I’m so happy that despite her and her family’s super busy schedules, they found time and energy to plan for personal portraits that they will treasure long after her graduation.  Jacque and her family knew they wanted to take time to capture this amazing turning point in her life because the investment we make today is the joy we carry long after precious moments pass.  See for yourself Jacque’s killer sense of style and her graceful movements.

Are you a fashionista yourself or maybe you’re needing a bit of guidance for a wardrobe you will adore? We put the fun into senior portraits at CYW Photography as your wardrobe consultation is included with your senior session! Shopping services are even available should you wish for more personal guidance. Contact me and let me know how I can help you and we’ll send you our beautiful Senior Guide magazine detailing why the CYW Senior Portrait Experience is one of the most sought after in the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area!

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Q: What something other might not know about you from just seeing you?

A: That I’m Black, Latin, Irish, English, Dutch, Welch, Native American with a smidgen of Jewish blood.

 

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Q: What kind of music do you listen to most?

A: Hip hop, R&B, Soundcloud. Anything Weekend as I just went to his concert.

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Q: What are you most proud of in yourself?

A: I’m proud of my dance, good genes and intelligence.

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Q: What was your experience like working with CYW Photography?

A: I’ve been photographed many times before, growing up with dance, and even been photographed by friends who are aspiring photographers. However, I was really blown away by how much fun and professional the shoot was with Christine and the results speak for themselves! I’m so glad I did this with CYW Photography. Now I have these professional portraits I can be proud of and share for a lifetime.Palo Alto Castellja School Senior Portraits CYW Photography 6

Q: If money was no object, “I would…”?

A: I would travel the world in a yacht and help refugees.

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Q: What’s something that makes you bust out laughing?

A: My dance ED, Mark Foehringer. He’s hilarious! For example:

“Cover your mouth when you yawn! You know like when you’re in church!” yells Mark

Dancer says, “but I don’t go to church!”

Mark snaps back, “Well, there’s the problem!”

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Q: What 3 words would you best friend use to describe you?

A: Loyal, kind, generous and fun! Wait, that’s 4 😛

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Q:When you grow up, what do you wish most?

A: I hope to dance professionally in a company; on stage, in music videos and other fun venues.

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San Francisco Bay Area Senior Portraits CYW San Jose 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. Such 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 and Snapchat (cyw_photography) 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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I had the pleasure of knowing Madison for over a year before we captured her senior portraits. It’s such a joy to watch her grow in just the year we’ve known each other and to capture the fun and upbeat personality of this cheer captain with enough school spirit to make anyone smile. Madison and mom had been excitedly planning her beach side photo shoot for a while and a unexpected wet Winter lead a fantastic day at the Santa Cruz beaches! Although we were weary of the gusty winds and possible rain forecasted for the day, it turned out mother nature smiled upon us because as it was raining back in San Jose where we came from, we had a dreaming day at the beach!

Are you dreaming of a senior portrait session that’s styled to your liking and designed with your personality and style in mind? Seeing yourself as how those who love you see you, that’s priceless. It doesn’t hurt either to have a dedicated makeup and hair artist that will keep you looking flawless for anything but generic pics (leave those behind in the yearbook). Contact us and find out why this is one of the most sought after Senior year experiences and one of the most valuable gifts families can invest for themselves.

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Q: How do you define “beauty”?

A: I feel you’re most beautiful when you are being yourself – feeling happy with who you are.

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Q: If budget and time was not issue, where would you travel to first?

A: Jamaica because when I was little I used to sing a song in I heard from a commercial, ” I’m going to Jamaica”.

 

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Q: What was your experience like working with CYW Photography?

A: I learned to be comfortable in front of the camera. I was initially more timid than I thought but with help I learned to ease into it.
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Q: What influenced your choice of college (UC San Diego)?

A: I looked for one that had a good sense of community, education and dance program. Madison tried out and got into their cheer team!

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Q: What do hope your portraits will hold for you?

A: That they reflect my fun and free spirit.

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Q: What is your fondest birthday memory?

A: For my 16th birthday, I had dinner with a big group of friends and then a sleepover at a hotel!

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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. Such 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 and Snapchat (cyw_photography) 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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“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.

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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.

Please leave some love in Comments below. We love to hear which are your favorites!

Makeup & Hair: www.skinbygina.com

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