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!

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. 

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!

Lemmy | Senior Portraits | St. Joseph High School Senior | Class of 2018

Although I have lived in San Luis Obispo for many years, it wasn’t until I became a photographer that I started to venture out into our community to scout out interesting locations for High School senior locations. San Luis Obispo County people, you MUST get out and see our area’s beautiful surroundings! Lemmy and his family hadn’t visited our location before. Now, they have a new place to visit and enjoy.

Lemmy, have a great Senior year and let me know which university you choose!

Charon & Jason | First Wedding Anniversary | Special Events photographer | Renoda Campbell Photography

Charon & Jason were married in Hawaii one year ago. It was their goal to celebrate their first year anniversary at a California beach town. They decided to visit Pismo Beach and explore all that this beautiful town offers! Charon was an amazing researcher and found me on Google. SEO (search engine optimization) works! I had so much fun on this shoot. The love between the two was amazing. I felt like I was part of a novel being the historian to this wonderful love story. We laughed so much! They were so comfortable in front of the camera and so can you! If you are celebrating a special event in the San Luis Obispo county area, let me help you capture those special memories and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Sabrina | Class of 2017 | Arroyo Grande High School | Senior portraits photographer |

Sabrina was special. We didn't know each other at all before we met on the beach. We got to know each other briefly. She talked about her interest in Veterinary medicine, horses, and which universities she wanted to attend...and then BAM! She was on! She was an amazing model. She didn't need much direction and was willing to climb on rocks or whatever was needed to get the shot. And thank you LOW TIDE!!! Although we still got wet, it was minimal. I could tell from her dedication, being a great listener and having a great personality, she will be an awesome Vet! Have a GREAT senior year!

 

Jose | Class of 2017 | Senior Portraits | San Luis Obispo senior portraits photographer

Jose | Class of 2017

New Tech High School

Every Senior portrait that I take, I have hope for our future. We have smart, funny young people who want to make a difference. I am excited to see Jose go to college and see how he will flourish. He says he wants to study on the Pacific Northwest. Will he go to Oregon, which he wants? go to Washington state or stay in California?

It was fun having Jose bring his baseball mitt to the session to include in his senior portraits. He has played baseball for at least his high school years and probably as a elementary/middle school guy. He says he will not continue baseball through college (we’ll see Mr. Catcher!), but you could tell his love for baseball. They way he held the mitt, I could tell his respect for the game and all that it represents.

Best of luck Jose. Have a great senior year. Let me know which university you choose.

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!

Percy | SLOHS Class of 2017

When I photograph guys, I already know it is hit or miss whether they care to be photographed or not. It’s their mom’s who encourage their sons to do the images. Why is that when taking photos with Renoda Campbell Photography is so much fun?? Percy knew he had to have the photos taken, and I am so honored that he chose me.

I talk a lot during the session as usual. Percy told me that he wants to become a pilot. We had a great conversation on the lengths of the runways at the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Santa Maria airports. I am a life-long learner, so enjoyed hearing his excitement as he talked about aviation in between photos.

Best of luck Percy and I look forward to seeing your success.

 

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!

Student Academic Services EOP Service Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

It is an honor every year to photograph the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) Service Awards. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house after these first generation, low-income graduating students offer their stories of adversity, strength and determination. They offer hope to the other students who are still trying to be successful at Cal Poly. The validate the difficult work that the staff do--working with these students to make sure that they are successful. The administration, faculty, staff and the students are present to cheer on each other and offer love and support as they leave for the workplace. Each graduating senior receives a gold EOP graduation stole that the students wear with pride. As one of the Advisors for these students, I was also fortunate enough to offer their graduation stoles to wear at commencement as seen in the last photo. Congratulations Seniors!

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Location: Advanced Technology Lab

Sponsor: EOP Program 

Sponsor: Student Academic Services Department  

 

Emily, Alpha Chi Omega | Renoda Campbell Photography Senior photographer | Cal Poly

I have known the beautiful Emily since her second year at Cal Poly. She is an amazing leader, has a vivacious personality and is a loyal friend.

 She has already received a GREAT job offer after college in the field that she wants!

We met while I was advisor for Sorority/Fraternity Life  at Cal Poly and she served on the Panhellenic Board. Serving as Panhellenic Advisor was one of my favorite positions at Cal Poly. I had the opportunity to work with young women who worked on improving their leadership and communication skills as well as collaborating with the male fraternities and multicultural greek organizations. It wasn’t easy all of the time, but she managed with grace and calmness. She took all of her positions to the highest degree of professionalism and fun.

Best of luck and love to Emily in all of her future endeavors, congratulations on your graduation and please keep in touch! <3

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega National Offices

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega, San Luis Obispo

President’s Diversity Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly President’s Diversity Awards acknowledges faculty, staff, individual students, student clubs and staff/faculty organizations at Cal Poly who are attempting to make the university a more diverse and inclusive environment.

It was a packed house at the Kennedy Library Atrium to celebrate those individuals. Individuals came from all over our large campus to celebrate. There were over 80 applications of well-earned Cal Poly members seeking acknowledgement this year. This was the largest number of submissions in its history. I feel honored to attend. I was fortunate enough to be recognized as the Outstanding staff member in 2015.

Everyone who received an award were surprised and honored. Congratulations awardees.

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Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sponsors: Kennedy Library

Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusivity

 

Renoda Campbell Photography, San Luis Obispo Events photographer, Cal Poly, Presidents Diversity Awards 2016, #rcpslo, #calpolyproud

Malcolm | Renoda Campbell Photography Portrait photographer | Cal Poly

I serve many college “kids” in my current line of work… approximately 500 of them. Malcolm is one student at Cal Poly that I am so proud to call one of "my kids".

Malcolm and I always get into really in depth conversations about politics...you name it! For the Fall 2016 semester, he has been chosen to represent California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as a Panetta Congressional Intern

I remember when he said he wanted to apply for this internship. Only one student per California State University institution is chosen for this amazing opportunity. I remember Interview #1; he had such confidence in his answers and if he didn’t get the internship, he KNEW he did his best. He then was asked back for Interview #2 with the institute board members. I could see that he was nervous, but he was ready.

His charming and charismatic demeanor as well as his interest in governmental issues won them over! When he mentioned to me that he was chosen as the recipient, I was ELATED, and wanted to take photos of him.

Side note: He is stared at quite a bit on campus if you don’t know him. Does he resemble a young Barack Obama to you?

Congratulations Malcolm! I look forward to hearing your amazing stories upon your return.

Location: Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

 

Pride Prom | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

I have been the San Luis Obispo Special Events photographer for the Cal Poly’s Pride Prom since its inception in 2007. I truly enjoy working with the students to create such a fun event. The music is en pointe and I am also dancing in my photo spot while the students are dancing! The students and staff plan this event for up to six months to create a great theme, secure vendors and make/buy the perfect outfits!

The theme this year was “video characters”. Look at the fun items at the prop table that guests could use to enhance their photos. There were Pac Man characters, rainbow boas, and very large sunglasses props to choose. The four prom court members received jeweled Xbox controllers.

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Department: The Pride Center 

Jasmine | San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits | Cal Poly

Renoda Campbell Photography, San Luis Obispo Senior photographer, Senior photography, #rcpslo #calpoly

Jasmine is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g woman. She will be finishing up her Bachelor of Science degree from the Cal Poly College of Architecture & Environmental Design with a major in Construction Management with two minors in City and Regional Planning and Real Property Development. That’s impressive to say!

I knew she would be a star at Cal Poly! We met on her first day of visiting Cal Poly. We have maintained a mentor/mentee/surrogate mom relationship ever since we first spoke to each other. I was truly honored when she asked if I would be her Senior portraits photographer. I knew she would have many great poses and that we would both have fun; I was right.

The key for my senior photography work is to make my client feel at ease. When you already know the client, the feeling of being “comfortable” is a faster process than when you don’t know the photographer.

Thank you Jasmine, and best of luck to you.

Cal Poly Service Awards 2016

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Whenever I think of doing "service", I think of volunteering for a charitable organization. How about you?  Well, It was a great day celebrating a different type of service.  The Cal Poly Staff, Faculty and Administrators were honored for their 10 to 45 yrs of service to the university. Although they are paid, these honorees go above and beyond to serve the students and the California State University values. Congratulations to the honorees. It was a fun event! I do a lot of volunteer work at Cal Poly myself. I would like to know in the comments what type of service you will do (paid or non-paid) within the next six months.

Photographer: Renoda Campbell Photography

Catering: University Catering, Cal Poly

Decorations: Cal Poly Service Awards Committee

Location: Chumash Auditorium, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

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!