• 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.

Gabriella is unarguable beautiful, but even more so is her personality and her love for her family. From the moment I met Gabriella, I realize she is as special as her mama, Nora, who is also one CYW Photography’s makeup and hair artists. So, you know we all brought our A game for her senior portrait photo shoot! I mean who doesn’t love rocking out like a model for a day and all to the tunes of Beyoncé!

Now when you look at these pictures, you’re going to notice how incredibly gorgeous Gabriella (and Nora) is!  But what I wish I could show (and hopefully I do somewhat in the pictures!) is how genuine, down to earth and kind hearted she is! Gabriella wrote me after her shoot and said “It gave me a kind of confidence I didn’t know I needed until yesterday.” and with those words she made me realize that we all struggle at times with confidence, whether we admit it or not. It makes me so incredibly happy to know that she had a true CYW Senior Experience where we help lift others through the process of us getting to know her and her getting to know herself. I already knew that I loved Nora and so meeting Gabriella and seeing them together was icing on the cake because they are absolutely adorable together and it is an honor she trusted me amongst all other san francisco bay area photographers to capture her daughter’s senior pictures to treasure always. Here are just some of our favorites. Gabriella and Nora, you are awesome!
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Q: Do you think others perceive you the same way you perceive yourself?

A: Yes for the most part: A positive person that likes to go to sleep early! LOL

 

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Q:What was something that was unexpected in your Senior year?

A: Not as stressed as I thought I would be. I guess it comes from my attitude and the way I was raised to always “tell yourself everything will be okay”.

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Q: Do you have plans for a college major?

A: Yes, biology with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary science.

 

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Q: If you could chose a million $ in cash or a job you love, which would you chose?

A: A job I love because I know I can make the money if I love what I do.

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Q: What will you miss the most from your Senior year?

A: The people I grew up with in the same neighborhood since 6th Grade.

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Q: If you could have a date with anyone, living or past, who would it be and what would you do?

A: Brandon Lee or Keanue Reeves and we would take a hiking trip to Croatia!

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With a passion for the art of senior photography and a heart for capturing the beauty, charm and strength of individuals, it is my goal to provide parents with tangible memories that will last you 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 specializes in high school senior pictures and is located in Los Gatos, CA. All senior sessions are shot on location, mostly in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area surroundings, but I also shoot worldwide for various projects.  So, please follow me on Facebook where I often post about recent or upcoming photo shoots.  Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent photography and if you love Twitter you can find me there as well. You can also see where I get most of my 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 and 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.noraarechiga.com

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Send me to a beach anywhere, I’m a pretty happy gal! Having lived on the East Coast, NYC, relating to what Briana is now living through with the Eastern Winters, we both definitely can appreciate the “Winters” in California. At the end of 2015, when Briana Rapa was wrapping up her lead role as Belle with the International Tour of Beauty and The Beast, I had the pleasure of meeting her and we discussed how best to capture where she’s been and what’s ahead of her for some updated headshots and photos for her portfolio. We discussed everything from a couture shoot with some personally design pieces to a down to earth chilled photoshoot just around her hometown (Campbell). After listening and hashing out some ideas for how to capture the dynamic personality of this amazing actress and singer, I envisioned a shoot that blended her charm, California vibe with her vibrant perspective from traveling the world. We chose to shoot at various spots in Santa Cruz and at one point, while I was scouting locations, I couldn’t decide how we would fit in all the ideas and spots I had in mind for her fantastic portrait session! Lucky for me, she is a pro and was on point for it all. This session was like something out of a movie, right down to the film look on most of her shots. Below are some favorites from her shoot. This girl is not only amazingly talented but is one of the most down to earth and mindful persons I’ve worked with amongst talents.

Check out Briana on www.BrianaRapa.com// Instagram// and Facebook

I have limited spots left for working with creatives and designers for 2016 and would love to connect with you to see how I can help. If you are interested in booking a photoshoot like this, please reach out to me through my contact form for rates and information. Thank you and I can’t wait to hear your story!

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Christine of CYW Photography is a San-Francisco-Bay-Area based on-location portrait photographer. Her work has taken her to locations around the world – and she is always available for travel for destination assignments. Christine specializes in natural-light portraiture as well as on location commercial lifestyle imagery used for marketing and branding. Please reach out via the contact form for information and availability about working together.

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When I started CYW Photography, my heart for teens and my passion for art and fashion was a natural transition from my high fashion and commercial photography background in New York City to my current specialization in lifestyle senior portraits. Tangibly affecting the positive outlook teens have of themselves and reflecting that upon others is one of the proudest parts of my work. In addition, each year we give a group of teens an opportunity to join a very special type of Senior Model Program with us at CYW Photography. My decision to call it a team of “models” was not because I was looking for perfect, beautiful, magazine worthy teens for my team. Rather, these CYW models would be representatives of finding beauty from within (our slogan is “Not Just a Models, but a Role Model) and going forward, we want this to be even clearer with the name BEauty Within Team at CYW Photography. It’s a team based on the idea of taking daily actions to be a “role model” whether it be in their schools, among their peers and/or in their community. We all have it within us to be amazing leaders in life – kind, thoughtful and creative. Teens around the Bay Area are doing some pretty amazing things to make this world a better place. I know that for a fact because I meet them regularly amongst my clients. I guess you can say, energy begets energy.

Each year, after sorting through our applications and interviews with Juniors, I select a limited number of students from several schools throughout the Bay Area to be a part of the BEauty Within Team. We then discuss ideas on how we will benefit charitable causes, raise awareness and take change into our own hands. A team full of girls AND boys who want to give selflessly and grow in the process. In a culture literally choking on self-promotion and self-absorption, the BEauty Within Team will go a different route. It’s going to take a group who finally want to look outside of themselves, and bring real transformation to others. A program which will become a mindset that we carry with us for a lifetime. Applicants, please note that more details will be shared at the Team Info Nite to follow. Each invited applicant must attend the Team Info Nite with one parent on Monday, February 1st 7:00 PM in downtown Los Gatos (address TBA) and loaded with fun as well as facts.

This isn’t just for girls, fellas! We’ve had several boys apply to be a part of our team too! We love the vibe that the boys bring to the team and they have never complained about shooting with a group of pretty girls – LOL! All joking aside, we love the dynamic that is added to our team with the guys, so apply and be a part of it! One of my very favorite parts about our program is the relationships that are built all throughout the year. One of the unique qualities about this team is that you get to meet several other teens from schools all throughout the bay area that you would not have had the chance to meet otherwise. Many of our previous models keep in contact with each other and some lifelong friendships have been made because of our team!

The above video with our 2016 models was for a Spring Lookbook that became a key component for a charity event in honor of www.SundayFriends.org. If you are associated with a philanthropy or non-profit that speaks to you, we love to hear about it and if you’ve ever a wondered what it would be like to model or have dreamed of modeling and benefit others, this is your opportunity of a lifetime. In addition, as CYW model, you will receive exclusive VIP benefits, senior session discounts and special modeling opportunities to come with me on some amazing photo shoots, just for fun!

I invite all interested high school and college Juniors to APPLY HERE. You are welcome to invite friends to apply as well by sharing this LINK with them.interest in being a part of the first-ever BEauty Within Team at CYW Photography.

All applications are due by January 22, 2016 11:59 PM to be considered for our annual (role) model search.

I can’t wait to meet you!

XOXO,
Christine

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