• 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.

Kamera, like many teen girls dream of modeling, but can you blame her with those gorgeous eyes and Belizean golden skin? When she asked if I could put together an urban photo shoot for her, it was my pleasure and boy, did we have fun with it! When I saw her  city/trendy, bohemian, and edgy style of dressing, I knew the perfect location to compliment this beauty’s outgoing personality and style. I’m just in love with the colors and textures in her photos which worked so well to highlight her edge city chic style.

Are you a city girl at heart too or maybe you love the blend of both a natural and urban background? Whatever your wishes are, I’m here listen and design for you exactly what you are looking for. Maybe even before you even know it yourself 🙂 You can see just what I mean here.

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Q: If your best friend had to describe you in 3 words.

A: Hilarious, fashionable, and outgoing

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Q: Favorite music?

A: I like all types of music! My top 3 songs are Chandelier-Piano version by Sia, Stole the show by Kygo and You and Me-Flume remix by Disclosure

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Q: Favorite joke?

A: Hydrogen and oxygen walk into a bar and gold walks in and they say AU get out of here 😛 (I’m so using this one!)

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Q: If money and time was no object….

A: I would travel the world!

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Q: If you had to define your style, what would it be?

A: I’m very city/trendy, bohemian, and edgy. 

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**  Please vote and let us know which photo is your favorite and we’ll gift that as a present to Kamera!  **

 

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This goes out to all of the 2015 Seniors I was so fortunate to know and photograph. YOU DID IT! I am so proud of each and every single one of these young people and am such a better person for experiencing this amazing time in their lives with them and their family! I know deep down inside they will go on being the amazing people that they already are and I can’t wait to see all that they’ll create, inspire, and work toward in achieving their life goals. This group will change lives, dream big, and I hope they don’t ever forget where they came from. I am so so honored to know them and love them all to pieces. And to the upcoming classes, I like to share some thoughts from all the seniors I’ve learned from and from my years since I was a senior in school.

Most people like to be good at what they do. In the so-called real world this need is a powerful force. But high school students rarely benefit from it, because they’re given a fake thing to do. When I was in high school, I let myself believe that my job was to be a high school student. And so I let my need to be good at what I did be satisfied by merely doing well in school.

If you’d asked me in high school what the difference was between high school kids and adults, I’d have said it was that adults had to earn a living. In reality, it’s that adults take responsibility for themselves. Making a living is only a small part of it. Far more important is to take intellectual responsibility for oneself.

If I had to go through high school again, I’d treat it like a day job. I don’t mean that I’d slack in school. Working at something as a day job doesn’t mean doing it badly. It means not being defined by it. I mean I wouldn’t think of myself as a high school student, just as a musician with a day job as a waiter doesn’t think of herself as a waiter.  And when I wasn’t working at my day job I’d start trying to do real work.

When I ask my juniors and seniors what they regret most about high school, they nearly all say the same thing: that they wasted so much time. If you’re wondering what you’re doing now that you’ll regret most later, that’s probably it.

Some people say this is inevitable– that high school students aren’t capable of getting anything done yet. But I don’t think this is true. And the proof is that you’re often bored. You probably weren’t bored when you were eight. When you’re eight it’s called “playing” instead of “hanging out,” but it’s the same thing. And when I was eight, I was rarely bored. Give me a back yard and a few other kids and I could play all day. The sense of boredom now is simply your yearning to do more, perhaps to do better. I say continue “playing” because when you do what you love with the intent and purpose making this world a better place, you are capable of making dreams reality and their’s nothing boring in that.

Congratulations Class of 2015! Get ready to shine Class of 2016!

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I met this amazing young woman at the Los Gatos High School Mother & Daughter brunch this year, a tradition which I proudly support since it was started with another CYW senior I worked with a few years back. Let me sat, all the senior class students in student council are A-mazing. They handle not only their full share of school work, jobs and after school programs but also coordinate fundraisers, events and even the student talent show, which is no small task! Taking notes on how to properly multi-task was just one of the many things I learned from Elizabeth.  She also reminds me of the unconditional love our children have for us as parents. I know I’ve said it many times, but I am so so fortunate to get the uplifting experience of working with young girls such as Elizabeth that makes it effortless to capture their beauty which emanates from within.  As a self-described feminist, Elizabeth doesn’t shy from being strong, successful and independent and helps others see this in themselves as well. Things are bound to change in the world and with women like Elizabeth, I know they are going to change for the better. Thank you, Elizabeth, for being an inspiration to us all!

If you want o see more on how I add my own personal and professional focus on creative self-expression, making it interesting and at times, pretty darn beautiful, see here for senior portraits that speak of your true spirit.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?

A: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -A.A. Milne of Winnie the Pooh

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Q: What’s something people would never guest from just meeting you?

A: I’m secretly a nerd, but I guess not any more now LOL! I adore video games and am an Japanese anime freak. Okay, so I’m kinda obsessed with all things Japan related right now and hope to study abroad in a UC Davis food program in Japan. I would love the opportunity to study their quality and use of food for healing and nourishment so as to be help implement healthier food programs for children in schools here.

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Q: What are a couple of things from your bucket list?

A: 1) Spending Christmas in Switzerland. I imagine it would be the ultimate winter wonderland! and  2) Attend the Kentucky Dachshund Derby. It’s for real folks!

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Vote below for your favorite picture from Elizabeth’s session so we can gift that to her for her graduation present!

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