• 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.

Happy New Year!!!

2015 was an amazing year!  This past December CYW Photography photographed a record number of seniors and one who came to us as far as Spain! Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is real…I mean not only doing what I love but living with a purpose!  I am constantly blown away at the depth of understanding my clients have for what I do and why. I guess it should come as much of surprise from one mother to another – we all want the best experience for our children. For that I am eternally grateful for the continued support and referrals. I am proud to have created a flourishing business that stems from the principle and understanding that society is not always kind and fair in influencing our teens, but we can all chose, as a community, to help our children and their peers realize that their natural beauty, strength and self-esteem stems not from media but within themselves. It harks back to that old saying, “It take village to raise a child” and I couldn’t be more in agreement of that especially with a daughter of my own.

After having my daughter, I had to make a difficult choice as to whether I wanted to re-enter into professional photography (I’m a woman with many interest) in what seem to be a very saturated industry. I knew it had to have real meaning for me and when I saw how I might be able to bring in the world some positive perspection on self image, I knew this is what I want to contribute. By creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience which brings together, photography, pro hair and makeup and a sincere desire to know who my clients are, each individual session we’ve painstakingly plan intrinsically creates a natural revelation that one’s beauty stems first from within. This is the purpose I was always meant to lead – impacting the lives of others by changing the way they view themselves and in turn, those around them. Each time I work with my clients, I see the fruits from each session and I’m proud my work has stayed true to my values as a mom, a woman and a forward thinking entrepreneur.  However, without my clients, whom many have turned into friends, I also could not have grown and received the encouragement to discover and push beyond the boundaries of what I thought was possible.

Keeping in principle, I am taking my 2017 CYW Model Team in the direction it was meant to be. Our slogan has always been “Not just a model, but a role model!” (it’s on our shirts) for that very reason, but because I have been guilty of incorporating recipes for what some in my industry consider success, I have shelfed portions of my original intention in helping teens (soon to be Seniors) share with others how they can make a difference, 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 than the majority of senior representative programs out there. It’s going to take a group who finally want to look outside of themselves, and bring real transformation to others. While more details will be forthcoming, I invite all interested high school Juniors to apply between January 8, 2016 and January 25, 2016. This is to be our first ever CYW BEauty Within Team. Here’s to a year ahead unlike any other and a look back at a beautiful 2015.

UPDATE:  Sessions are completely booked for January!  I have two sessions remaining in February and March.  Please Contact Me before you forget to reserve a spot. Especially you, Class of 2016!

Join our VIP List and get an early invite to apply for our 2017 Beauty Within Model Team and information on what it’s all about!

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Getting to know this beautiful girl, Victoria and her mother was a delightful surprise I will forever be grateful for. It is always an honor when a family chooses to work with CYW Photography for our expertise and personal service in respecting that each child and family is beautifully unique in themselves. With Victoria and Glenda that was even more so the case as they came to us all the way from Fresno, California (CYW Photography is based in the South Bay Area). However, despite the distance between us, like most Seniors I’ve had the honor of knowing, she blew me away with her consciousness and deep seeded love to make a difference in this world. Admittedly, one of the favorite aspects of my job and is the gift of seeing such young minds open like Spring buds to the possibilities that lie ahead of them. Much of my inspiration for each shoot is not only seeing who they are now but the potential and dreams of what they will become. That excitement, wonderment and even a bit of angst of what’s to come after school, after the last goodbyes to childhood friends, after leaving the only home they known…. This is the spirit which I love capturing is each and every Senior.

Victoria’s hope was to capture the Fall colors and lucky for us this year yield some of the most colorful colors I’ve seen in years (that’s saying a lot for California!).  Victoria’s outfits also lend perfectly to the creation of  her bright and vivid photo shoot. Add in her sweet and beautiful smile along with her amazing mother and it was a recipe for a perfect senior session. Here are just a few of our favorites!
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Q: What makes you utterly gitty?

A: Riding roller coasters!

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

A: Sarcastic, outgoing, and kind (:

 

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Q: What are you most proud of in yourself?

A: I’m proud of being organized with school work and having a good GPA.

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Q: Top 2 favorite hangout spots?

A: My home and the library.

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Q: If time and money was no object, what would you first do?

A: Travel the world!

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Q: What inspires you, gives you hope and keeps you going no matter what?

A: My mom

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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 sessions.  Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent sessions 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 you 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.

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Oh my goodness, I have been so eager to share this beautiful senior session with all of you! Bailey is such a beautiful human being.  Her spirit is incredibly sweet and she is so kind.  She loves her family with all of her heart and her inner light completely and totally shines through.  Bailey is the second daughter of the Moore family that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing and just like their mama, they are each radiant and a natural in front of the camera.

When I met with Bailey, you could feel her light completely coming through and her excitement in planning her session was beyond fun. I mean who gets to wear two true vintage dresses on their photo shoot? One of which was her actual grandmother’s prom dress – gaaah!  Bailey is no ordinary girl, having battled cancer and survived at a young age.  So, I took her love for all things Disney and redefined a modern princess who holds her own, stands for what she believes and served it up Vanity Fair style!

Makeup & Hair by the amazing talent of Gina at Skin by Gina. We love to hear what you have in mind for senior portraits that reflect the beauty of who you are inside and out! Don’t let the generic school photo define this amazing time in your life. Imagine looking back on one of the most precious moments in your life. Do you wish to see what you simply look like or remember exactly how you felt and dreamt long after life has rushed forward? If you chose the latter, I love to hear your story!
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A: I want Physics to make sense to me! (hahaha me too!)

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Q: What are some of your fondest memories thus far in your Senior year?

A: Time spent with my boyfriend of over a year and our trip to Disneyland together!!

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Q: If you could redo one thing in your childhood, what would it be?

A: Tea Parties with my grandparents. When granny couldn’t make it, granddad would. They always made it a point to do this with me throughout my 3 years of battling Leukemia.

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Q: If you had a crystal ball that can tell you anything about your future, what would it be?

A: Who will I marry??

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Q: What do you value most in friendship?

A: Loyalty and ability to cook. LOL

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Q: What’s something you hope to hold onto about yourself?

A:  My enthusiasm and ability to be a dreamer and see the good in everything and everyone.

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.  Miles stones are the prefect excuse to seek out a professional photographer. Being able to capture and preserve this special milestone is priceless.  CYW Photography specializes in high school seniors and is located in Los Gatos, CA. All senior sessions are shot on location, mostly in the beautiful 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 sessions.  Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent sessions 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 you 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.

Tis the season to be jolly and we love to hear which of Bailey’s photos are your favorite. Leave us a comment below and we’ll gift that to her family for the holidays. Thank you for spreading some cheer and we wish you a very joyous holiday!

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