Sonoma Redwoods

California beach photographer

June 5, 2024

A Memorable Senior Session in Sonoma: Celebrating a Sonoma State University Graduate

As a senior portrait photographer, there are moments that truly stand out, and my recent session in Sonoma was one of those unforgettable experiences. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Sara, an incredible senior from Sonoma State University, capturing memories in some of the most beautiful locations Northern California has to offer. Her mom found me through Instagram and loved my worked and reserved her session. We planned this session for months and then the weekend finally came.

Embracing the Majestic Redwoods

Our day began in the serene embrace of the redwood forests. We visited Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve. These towering giants provided a breathtaking backdrop, perfectly encapsulating the sense of growth and resilience that our graduate embodied. Among the soft, filtered light and the earthy scent of the woods, we captured moments of reflection and joy. The redwoods, with their timeless presence, symbolized the strength and wisdom gained throughout her academic journey.

Sonoma Redwoods

Senior grad session

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Grad session in Armstrong Reserve


Seaside Serenity at the Beach

Next, we made our way to the stunning Sonoma coastline. The beach offered a completely different, yet equally captivating setting. With the waves crashing in the background and the golden sand beneath our feet, the energy shifted to a more playful and relaxed vibe. The ocean breeze and the expansive horizon provided the perfect metaphor for the limitless possibilities that lie ahead for this bright graduate. Sara wanted to capture the memories with her dog. So, we did just that. Her sweet dog came along and was in a lot of the photos. Even got one by himself.

Sonoma Coast Stateline

Puppy Love

Capturing Campus Memories

Finally, we returned to where it all began: the beautiful campus of Sonoma State University. Walking through the familiar pathways and iconic landmarks, we revisited the place that had been her home for the past few years. The blend of architectural beauty and lush greenery on campus provided a picturesque scene for our final shots. It was a poignant reminder of the hard work, dedication, and countless memories made throughout her time at university. We met up with her sorority sisters and had some fun!


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Celebration Time

Future MD

Grad Class of 2024

A Journey to Remember

This session was more than just a series of photoshoots; it was a journey through the different chapters of an inspiring academic career. Each location held its own significance, together painting a comprehensive picture of a journey filled with growth, exploration, and achievement.

To the graduate, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration. Your spirit, enthusiasm, and grace shone through every shot, making this one of the most enjoyable and rewarding sessions I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I wish you all the success and happiness in your future endeavors. May your path be as vibrant and diverse as the landscapes we explored together.

For those interested in capturing their own senior memories, feel free to reach out! Let’s create a session that’s as unique and beautiful as your journey.

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