Christopher | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School Portrait Photographer

Christopher is not one who enjoys photos so I had to work FAST. My smallest package session time is for 30 minutes. Many of the high school males refer this timeframe. I had my locations pretty much scoped out and was prepared to give him a lot of direction. I was wrong! Christopher changed poses of facial expressions every four clicks! This was more fun than I thought! We stayed within a 1 block radius to complete our session. I believe a photographer needs this “speed session” every now and then. It keeps your mind sharp. Thank you Chris for being my “emergency test”.

Dylan | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School Portrait Photographer

OMG! I had a blast with Dylan! I expected him to be a great senior portrait model, but he exceeded my expectations. 

Dylan was calm, cool and collected for his session. I gave him very little direction and these amazing photos came to light. I asked him if he had modeled in the past, and he hadn’t. Okay #modelingagency, sign him! 

Some of the things we talked about were his goals after high school. One of his goals is to work with animals. He has the temperament and positivity that animals will trust quickly.

Best of luck with your senior year!

Michael | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School  Portrait Photographer

Unlike most high school seniors who want you to photograph them with their cars, Michael wanted to take photos in front of a private jet. Can you say “high aspirations”! :) Yes, he plans on becoming a pilot. He even plans on attending  a university that specializes in flying or being a pilot. 

The world is truly at his feet. Congratulations Michael! I hope to have you fly me to London someday! :). Thank you to ACI Jet Center for allowing us to shoot around your beautiful property| #flyinghigh, #pilotlife, #leavingonajetplane, #pilot, #renodacampbellphoto @acijet

William | Class of 2019 | SLO High School | High School Senior Photographer

I was so honored to work with Wil and his family for his Senior session. He was so easy going. Having the session at the beach made it the perfect backdrop. Wil aspires to be a professional baseball player...I can see it! With his determination, positive attitude and athleticism. 

Best of luck this year Wil.  Let me know which university you choose! :) 

Alex | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior Photographer

Alex was a great Senior. He has aspirations to become a mechanical engineer and after college, work in the Automobile industry. I wouldn’t be surprised if he invents and patents a new engine part or something. He also requested to be photographed with this awesome black Ford Mustang convertible. I gladly said yes.

Best of luck with Senior year Alex.

Andrew | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior Photographer

The session starts out by not finding each other in our local park. Andrew was the FIRST client that arrived at the venue BEFORE I did!…and I’m prompt! The park that I chose is a beautiful park with lots of green grass, a large lake, dog park, and aggressive ducks near the lake wanting to be fed.

Andrew was a true joy. His choice of fun, cool and retro outfits matched his personality. Seeing the true beauty in each of my clients in their own way, energizes me at every session. He needed very little direction and showed off some of his own poses towards the end of the session.

He plans on attending university in CA after High School and studying engineering. After college, Andrew aspires to become a Special Effects engineer. Having worked in Television and Film, I believe he will enjoy his chosen career. I look forward to him earning  his first Academy Award!

Best of luck with Senior year Andrew and please let me know which university you decide. 

Matthew | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior photographer

Matthew and I went on an adventure for his senior portraits. We decided to shoot at the Pismo Beach Pier, which is under construction!

We actually went around the construction and found great locations where he could be photographed. We found lots of pillars (wood and metal) to give us different textures in the images.

In speaking with Matthew, he wants to go to university to study engineering. We are so fortunate in San Luis Obispo that our local university is in the Top 3 for Engineering and Architecture. Since he loves San Luis Obispo and Engineering, his dream school is our local university, Cal Poly (www.calpoly.edu)

Best of luck with Senior year Matthew. Let me know which college you choose. (wink, wink).

Luca | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior photographer

“His name is Luca…” Does anyone know of this song by the singer, Suzanne Vega? When I initially saw this high school senior’s name, I started humming the song. Sad song, but uses a cool name.

I had a fun time with Luca. He was very specific on the area where he wanted to be photographed, so I took on the challenge. We came to an agreement and I think the images came out great!

I was excited to hear what Luca wanted to do post-graduation. He plans on being a politician. This is a really tough job, but we need strong young leaders right now. I am confident that he will succeed. He is currently an officer in Youth and Government (just like one of my previous seniors, Eva).

Y & G gives high school students an introduction to legislation (researching, writing bills and implementation among other parts of the political process).

Best of luck with Senior year Luca. Let me know which college you choose.

Michael | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior Photographer

I am proud to say that I photographed the last three Moore sons for their high school senior portraits!  

Michael plans to study Business with a Sports Management concentration. He will do well in this field due to his love of sports (and making money!) .  His brothers and he played Varsity basketball at the high school and he and one other brother played Varsity football.

I had a feeling that Michael wasn’t too interested in having his portraits taken, but he did very well during his session and I tried to make it as painless as possible for him.

Michael, let me know which university you choose! Have a great senior year! I may see you again to photograph YOU at a basketball game!

Eva | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior Photographer

Eva and my daughter were high school participants of Youth & Government. I loved hearing young adults learning about and wanting to get involved in the political process. 

I had a BLAST with Eva! She totally rocked it. The location she chose had fun geometric shapes and so did her clothing! She had a vision and it worked out well.

I love it when students have some idea about what they want to study at university.  Eva wants to study the Humanities. I do see law in her future as well. Okay, enough of my future predictions. Eva, have a great Senior year and let know which Liberal Arts college you choose.

Maya | High School Senior Portrait Photographer | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018

As a photographer, you never know if a high school senior is going to have a great look in front of the camera. I am always pleasantly surprised when these seniors SLAY their sessions. I have been so fortunate that each one does an amazing job!

Maya is no exception. She came dressed in a Free People "esque" dress and was amazing! So great, that I felt inspired to blog her pictures in black and white to make an even greater statement! I also loved her freckles, so kept them in each image.

Maya is regal and confident. She knows what she wants to do for her career…and she will be one of the individuals improving our society and our world.

She is my 3rd or 4th student that aspires to be a doctor! This means lots of schooling, and very challenging classes. The San Luis Obispo Class of 2018 has really impressed me so far, and school has just started!

Best of luck during your senior year Maya and please let me know which college you choose!

Lukas | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018

Lukas!!!!! I had such a great time with Lukas. As a mom, I appreciate courteous and communicative people. Lukas is one of those individuals.  During our session, we inadvertently blocked walkways and he greeted almost every person before he moved out of the way.

Lukas plans to study Pre-Med and will go out into the world to help his community. He is good at Math and Science, but also has the proper communication skills to work in the Pre-Med profession. I cannot stress the importance of bedside manner when one wants to possibly become a doctor. By the way he treated the general public during the session, he will be a great physician.

Best of luck Lukas. Let me know which university you choose and best of luck with your noble career.

Britney | Senior Photography | SLOHS | Class of 2018

As soon as I walked onto the Avila Pier, I noticed Britney and her parents looking over the side of the pier. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales that evening.  It is my goal to arrive at least 15 minutes early to every session. It was a very bright evening, so I was excited to have two photo assistants (aka parents) and kept them busy working while watching their beautiful and confident daughter have her photos taken. Britney was the perfect model! She smiled on cue and could “smize” (smile with her eyes) whenever I needed her to.

I enjoy taking the time to speak with every senior during the session. In speaking with Britney, her goal is to attend university and become a CPA. I was so impressed with her goals and aspirations. I see her getting involved in the college accounting clubs as well as other business clubs. I know she will be very successful in all that she chooses to do.

Britney, wishing you the best of luck in your senior year and let me know which university you choose!

Shane | Senior Portraits | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018

As a former Academic Advisor and now photographer, I enjoy speaking with High School Seniors about their future. Although my clients fill out a brief questionnaire before the photo session, it is always a goal of mine to speak with High School seniors at the beginning of the session to get to know them a little better, to find out some information about me and to feel comfortable in front of a camera. Shane was great!

1.     He has very high expectations of himself and his next steps in life.

2.     He had the GQ look down!

3.     He felt comfortable doing whatever crazy requests I had for him.

Best of luck with your Senior year and let me know which college (of the many you will apply) you choose!

Riley | Senior Portraits | SLOHS | Class of 2018

One of the reasons that I love photographing seniors is their excitement about the next chapter of their lives. Riley is no exception. This aspiring actor will do extremely well in Hollywood.  He has the personality, looks, charisma and eagerness to learn everything about the business.

He is also a Varsity Water Polo player, can you see those blonde highlights!

Riley, have a great Senior year and please let me know which university you select!

Dakota | High School Senior | Righetti High School | High School senior photographer

Dakota was my final senior session for the Class of 2017 Season.  As a former Academic Advisor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I always enjoy speaking with students about their future plans. Dakota is interested in studying Sports Management which  is such an exciting major! As one of the Varsity basketball players on the Righetti High School team, he understands what an athlete must endure to be successful.  Studying sports management will teach him how to work with athletes, negotiating salaries and he’ll need a little psychology in his background as well. I believe he has the potential to take it to the next level.

I also believe he has a modeling career in his future !

Eddie | Class of 2017 | Senior Portraits | Renoda Campbell Photography

Eddie | Class of 2017

New Tech High School

We all have friends or family members who have children. It's not until those children grow up when you say to  yourself, "Oh my goodness!! You've grown up so fast!" This was the case with Eddie. I have known his family since he was eight (8). He has grown into a great young man. It will be fun to see which colleges he chooses in the Pacific Northwest...yes, mom, he's leaving California! Best of luck with your senior year and with college applications. I look forward to hearing which schools you choose!

Emma | SLOHS Class of 2017

Why are taking Senior portraits so rewarding for Renoda Campbell Photography?...because I see hope for our future, I see the seniors becoming true role models for their other classmates, and I see their physical and mental growth. It's really interesting hear from them how they envision what their next chapters will look like.

I know I say this often, but Emma was so much fun to photograph! It was a little breezy, but manageable. She was ready to work! Her facial expressions and movements were en pointe! I tend to talk a lot during my sessions. I believe this helps my seniors feel more relaxed. Emma mentioned that she wants to be a doctor. That will take a lot of perseverance, academic strength and compassion. From our conversations, I see Emma being a successful doctor. Best of luck Emma and I look forward to hearing which schools you are admitted and which one you choose!

Parents of High School Seniors...Join Snapchat

San Luis Obispo Senior photographer

I know my High School Senior students reading this are probably screaming,”Nooooooooo!!!!!!”, but hear me out. It’s amazing how quickly teens gravitate to new social media. Facebook began in 2004. What used to be the most popular social media platform for teens has lost its title. The newest social media app that teens prefer is Snapchat. Snapchat was established in 2014. Since 2015,  Snapchat has become the social media app of choice to High School students. So, why should YOU join Snapchat? Here are four reasons why I think parents should join:

1.    It only records 10 seconds at a time

Snapchat is a casual way to share your experiences or thoughts for 10 seconds per segment in “real time” video. If you use the “My Story” option located in the upper left corner, this will combine all of your 10 second segments into one Story. It is fun to view all of the experiences you explored and shared in 24 hours!

2.   Be yourself

People who view your Snap story want you to be yourself. The more authentic you are, the more people appreciate what you have to say and share. My daughters told me that my Snap stories are enjoyable because it shows how funny I am. I thought I was “cool”, but they made me realize that is not me. I accept being funny during my snaps.

3.    You determine who can view your chats

You choose to make your Snapchat private or public. You also determine (unlike Facebook) WHO should see your chats. If you only want your immediate family to see it, you can pick specifically who is able to watch it and who isn't.

4.    It’s only available for 24 hours

If you are embarrassed by what you said or did, the videos are only viewable for 24 hours. You also have the option to go into your story and delete it.

If your High School Senior should book his/her Senior portraits with Renoda Campbell Photography, he/she will have the option to create a “Snapchat Takeover” so that friends and family can see the fun we had during their session using my account.

I hope this blog gave you insight on this fun and new social media app. My Snapchat code (aka my name on the app) is renodac. You can also take a photo of the above picture on your phone and when you open the Snapchat app, go to the Add Friends section. The app will open up your images and the photo will scan directly into your account.

Feel free to take a look at mine and follow me. Happy chatting!

 

Your High School Junior is becoming a Senior

You are probably thinking, “Where did the time go? My baby is going to be a Senior!”

Well Congratulations! What an exciting time for all of you. I experienced my youngest child becoming a senior two years ago. As you consider scholarship applications, colleges, and graduations, take a step back for a second. Here are three (3) steps to help you prepare for your child becoming a high school senior:

1.     Listen to your child

Talk to them. They will be leaving you sooner than you think. What are they passionate about? Have you had the chance to speak with them about their majors for college, enlisting in the military or going to work full-time if that is their choice? Do they have any concerns with friends, family, college, or moving away? Listening to them could create the open communication that will be valuable in future years.

2.     Create special experiences with your child and you

Take them to coffee, lunch, dinner, or hiking one or two times per month. Alternate the events and let them choose the locations as long as the experiences vary. Your child will remember these memories when they are on their college campus, while at work or in a military bunk.

3.     Visit college campuses with your child

It is important not only for them to research their college choices, but if its in the same state, visit the campuses. You and your child will have a better experience visiting the college by buying a memento from the college, talking with current students and soaking in the college experience.

Enjoy this time with your child. They will appreciate the connections and will treasure the closeness.