• 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.

Meet Allison, a Class of 2016 senior at Saint Francis High School. Her passion as a gymnast at an early age has carried her through high school and today, she is not only a school varsity gymnast, but is also a coach at the gym she calls her second family. I’ve met my fair share of dancers and gymnast in my time and I can share that there is always one common thread I see in all of them, passion. Both are very demanding sports and the resilience I see in these athletes is something I deeply admire. Along with that gorgeous head of curls, Miss Allison!

To top it all off, I love the maturity and groundedness they often have in everything they do. So, when Allison and her mom, Kari contacted me and said they appreciate my organization and planning in creating THE senior portrait experience, I am honored and humbled that in a world where we are often rush through our experiences, there are still families who wish to continue providing the best for their children and understanding this final stage in their childhood are just too precious to simply check off the list as the many to-dos for the current senior in high school. I mean, how else are you ever gonna remember those many goofy facial expressions, sense of silliness and kinder animal spirit?!

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Q: What will you miss most about Senior year?

A: Friends and having a car to go out with friends.

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Q: What scares you the most about next year after high school?

A: Making new friends and finding my place amongst a new environment.

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A: Sleeping in, having breakfast at Aldo’s in Santa Cruz and going to the beach, which is right there.

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Q: Favorite movie that you best relate to and your favorite line from it?

A: “Stick It”. I love the whole movie, but if I had to pick just one line it would be, ” If you like falling on your back or face, then gymnastics is for you!”. (LOL)

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With a passion for the art of senior photography and a heart for capturing the personality, charm and strength of individuals, it is my goal to provide parents with tangible memories of one of the most precious moments in life…the final stage in the journey of raising your child from birth to high school graduation.  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 Northern California. All senior sessions are shot on location, mostly in the beautiful Bay Area surroundings, but I also travel worldwide for various projects.  So, please follow me on Facebook where I often post about recent or upcoming sessions.  You can also see where I get most of my inspiration by following me on Pinterest. Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent sessions and if you love Twitter find me there, I may occasionally tweet something really special!  Whether you are looking to celebrate the moving on of your high school senior with a senior portrait photographer or anything in-between, I am confident in my ability to provide you with tangible memories that will last you a lifetime. So, when you’re ready, shoot me message and let me know how I can help you.

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In the spirit of giving and the holidays, we would love to hear which is your favorite. Please leave a comment below which of the images you like best from Allison’s session and we will gift that as a print to her family!🎁🎁🎁🎁

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Meet Lauren!  I love getting to know this natural leader and all around amazing person. She is a senior this year at Valley Christian High School  and a real go-getter. Despite her busy schedule of being on the Varsity Cheerleading Team, Dance Arts and Associated Student Body, she knew she wanted to have portraits she and her family will treasure long after graduation and boy did we capture her spirit! It’s such a joy knowing this busy and successful girl and I was tickled pink when she asked for something “different”, something unique to who she is because that’s exactly what CYW Photography is all about. We want to celebrate the joy, quirkiness and everything that makes you, well YOU. Capsulate that with professional hair & makeup by Skin by Gina, a well planned photo shoot with your vision in mind plus custom guided wardrobe planning and bam!  Just take a look for yourself.

A little back story to our day….Lauren just wrapped up a busy homecoming week literally the evening before our shoot. Know that she would be pampered on her big day with us make her feel confident and looking her very best for the shoot  – we had such an amazing time!  Lauren is such a sweet, gorgeous girl and was flat out model material in front of the camera.  We got so many amazing shots as you can see!  She asked for something a bit different than what I’ve shown and that’s just what we delivered with her fashion inspired photo shoot. Thank you so much Lauren and Lisette (Mom) for a wonderful afternoon.  I had so much fun doing this for you!

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Q: What excites you the most about your Senior Year?

A: I’m super excited to see what God has in store for me especially where I will go to college!

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Q: What will you miss most from Senior year?

A: I will really miss all my “last”; last Homecoming, last Fall Ball, last football game, last dance shows. (insert sad face)

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Q: Fondest memories thus far in your Senior Year?

A: I’ve loved cheering for football games and at rallies and being apart of ASB (associated student body) has been so much fun! I’ve also loved getting to know more people in my class, and enjoying our last couple months together.

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Q: If you could have a date with anyone anywhere, who and where would it be?

A: I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with Zac Efron ever since High School Musical first came out, so definitely would love to go on a date with him in Florida, my favorite state!

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Q: Any advice to the other classman?

A: The biggest piece of advice I’d give to any high schooler is to not take everything so seriously! (Excluding your studies. of course) Don’t let the small stuff get to you and just live up every moment because they fly by!

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Q: If you had to live on one food alone, what would it be?

A: I could live off of Goldfish if I had to!

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With a passion for the art of senior photography and a heart for capturing the personality, charm and strength of individuals, it is my goal to provide parents with tangible memories of one of the most precious moments in life…the final stage in the journey of raising your child from birth to high school graduation.  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 Northern California. All senior sessions are shot on location, mostly in the beautiful Bay Area surroundings, but I also travel worldwide for various projects.  So, please follow me on Facebook where I often post about recent or upcoming sessions.  You can also see where I get most of my inspiration by following me on Pinterest. Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent sessions and if you love Twitter find me there, I may occasionally tweet something really special!  Whether you are looking to celebrate the moving on of your high school senior with a senior portrait photographer or anything in-between, I am confident in my ability to provide you with tangible memories that will last you a lifetime. So, when you’re ready, shoot me message and let me know how I can help you.

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Maddy is a 2016 senior at Valley Christian High School who loves school activities & anything music involved, family and hanging out with friends.  I am so excited to share some of her amazing images with you as she is not only gorgeous but is also gifted vocally.  Maddy just has this natural star quality about her and it was a blast working with her. Her amazing positive attitude paired with her to-die-for blonde (I mean really blonde) hair and gorgeous blue eyes is every producers’ dream.

If you have a session with me coming up and would like a fun “urban scene” like this, please let me know, I’ve got lots of places in mind!

Maddy, I had so much fun with you!  You are on your way to some amazing things.  Good luck to you in your last year of high school and may you be blessed in all that you set out to do in this life.

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Q: What advice do you have for others headed for their senior year?

A: Work hard (strive to meet your goals) but take time for yourself and have fun.

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Q: What’s something others may not know by just having met you?

A: I’ve learn to live with dyslexia and delt with being severly bullied. Although we each have our own challenges, I believe it also fuels our strength and helps us excel in other areas in life. For example, I love my gift in music/theater and work hard at being a vocal performer.
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Q: What one of your favorite moments in your senior year?

A: Mentoring the Freshman class by helping them balance school and personal life has been really rewarding for me.

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Q: How do you define beauty?

A: Personality before looks. Personality is what makes a person really sparkle! (I couldn’t agree more Miss Maddy!)

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A: Oh gosh…I twirl my hair A LOT and crack my knuckles!

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A: Belmont University
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With a passion for the art of senior photography and a heart for capturing the personality, charm and strength of individuals, it is my goal to provide parents with tangible memories of one of the most precious moments in life…the final stage in the journey of raising your child from birth to high school graduation.  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 travel worldwide for various projects.  So, please follow me on Facebook where I often post about recent or upcoming sessions.  You can also see where I get most of my inspiration by following me on Pinterest. Find me on Instagram where you can see sneak peeks of my most recent sessions and if you love Twitter find me there, I may occasionally tweet something really special!  I am also on Google+ showcasing most of my work.  Whether you are looking to celebrate the moving on of your high school senior with a senior portrait photographer or anything in-between, I am confident in my ability to provide you with tangible memories that will last you a lifetime.

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