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!

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! :) 

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!

Tyler | Headshot Photography | San Luis Obispo, CA

As a portrait photographer, I always enjoy photographing clients who are excited with the outcome of their images. Tyler has always been that way, vivacious, strategic when posing, enjoys life and can’t wait until her online gallery is up!

Tyler is an actress who updates her headshot images bi-annually. I enjoy when she visits San Luis Obispo to hear about the fun things she is up to. During the storytelling process, I enjoy living in the moment with my clients, being that "butterfly" on the wall.

Tyler enjoy your Southern California summer, audition frequently, and let me know when you’ve scored that TV pilot or film! If there are any casting directors reading this, consider Tyler for a possible part in your project.

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How photographing auto mechanic shops made me a stronger event photographer. | San Luis Obispo Lifestyle Photography | Renoda Campbell Photography

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“Photography is storytelling with visual images. “ – Renoda Campbell

Photographers show the reality in the human experience. As a Special Events photographer, I know that when I enter the event space, it will show the best representation for that event (e.g. wedding reception, awards presentation, trade show). This special event has been planned for many months usually with extreme care and detail. The host wants the photographer to capture images that were planned and created for the present and future generations to enjoy.

I believe that photographing an auto mechanic business can be more challenging to photographing a special event. There are many details to be photographed, employees to highlight and locations to showcase. More often than not, auto work is NOT pretty. It is grimy, dirty, and messy. One must be very creative in expressing positivity, good customer service and great work that this company can do for you, the customer.

When given this type of photography assignment, I look for the colorful, geometric patterns, texture of the object, and  leading lines to make a creative image. Instead of photographing invitations, lace or up lights; I photograph auto signs, dirty hands and broken engines in fluorescent lighting.

I love what I do. It could be portraying beauty or everyday life, but ensuring that the overall story is in tact. I love the challenge to find humanity in what I photograph and adding an artistic quality to my images.

Monza family | Christmas Eve | San Luis Obispo Lifestyle Photographer

Do you love ritual? I do.  Especially the pomp and circumstance of our family’s traditions, like Christmas. As most families, we have 6 ginormous bins of Christmas items that come out every year. Some of those items include, multicolored lights for the house and trees, to our personalized stockings, artificial trees to be placed throughout the house except in the front window, where my husband gets a live tree every year. We have ornaments from my husband and my first year together 30 years ago, our Christmas Story Leg lamp, singing rap character toys, to ornaments from my two daughters from elementary school to current times. But...the most important ritual is spending time with family.  Now that my daughters live far away from us, it's an honor to  have them want to spend time with us during this time of year and not feel obligated.

One of our family traditions is to have hot dogs/tofu dogs on Christmas Eve. I am not a cook, so this worked out fine for me. Since I have three vegetarian/vegans during this time of year, that meal has now evolved to a more popular veggie patties/hamburger meal. Another tradition is to take family photos with our sweet dog to commemorate this special time of year. This year was no exception.

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Wishing you peace.

Warden family | San Luis Obispo, CA | Family photographer

Photographing families is really fun. It offers me a challenge that I enjoy. I like being that silent individual watching the family dynamic of the different generations: grandparents, parents, children and even pets. 

The Warden family was so welcoming. It was great having the grandmother visit from Montana to be with her daughter’s family in San Luis Obispo, CA. I knew the older children because they went through school with my children. The tween twin sons were very honest with me at the beginning of the session. One of them told me that I had 30 minutes to photograph them and that was IT! This was a challenge that I was ready to take on.

The sun was setting FAST, so I had to think quickly about poses, offering motivation, etc. I decided to try new camera maneuvers for this session. BIG Mistake! It caused too much thinking on my part and getting the ideas correct with so little light.  DING! 30 minutes are up and I lost the twins at minute 35, but was able to continue photographing the other family members for another 10-15 minutes. It didn’t matter; the Wardens were ON THEIR GAME! The poses were en pointe, great smiles, and it was refreshing to watch the fun interactions among the family members. 

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

Black Student Union “Decades” Fashion Show | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Black Student Union team worked very hard to make their May 2016 fashion show a success. The theme was “Decades”. There was a combination of music videos and fashion for every era: African cultural attire, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and current/future fashion. As a San Luis Obispo Events photographer, it was a lot of fun to watch and photograph.

Urban Optics EyeWear donated frames for the various eras.

Once the fashion show ended, there was a performance by BSU dancers and students socialized, asked questions about the fashions and looked at the clothing up close.

All enjoyed the activities and the delicious desserts from SeaBreeze Cupcakes.

 

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Sponsor: Connections for Academic Success

Sponsor: MultiCultural Center 

Sponsor: Urban Optics

Desserts: SeaBreeze Cupcakes

 

#I Am Cal Poly | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

I was so proud of Q, C and J for working on this campaign. This campaign has really helped bring diversity to the forefront on this campus. It was great seeing so many excited faculty, staff and students attend and take pride in what was displayed.

The testimonials were thoughtful and all guests appreciative. I also look forward to being one of the first who receives the book!

Congratulations to all who participated.

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert Kennedy Library

MultiCultural Center

 

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

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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.

Multicultural Sorority Family Portraits | Greek Life Sisterhood Group Photos | San Luis Obispo | Cal Poly

Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc. is an amazing social greek multicultural organization on the Cal Poly campus. Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority Inc. started in 1998, which in the scheme of sorority life, is later than the traditional organizations, and continues to blossom every year on many campuses.

Due to their size, usually between 8-25 members, every member really does know every sister and relies on each and every one of them when they need support or to challenge someone when needed. Each woman usually holds more than one office, but they do it efficiently and effectively.

I enjoyed being that “observer” photographing these women as they enjoy their sisterhood. This is one of the reasons that I enjoy being a portrait photographer in San Luis Obispo, CA . I am a member of a sorority as well and believe in the principles that were established when the various organizations were founded. These photos reflect the organization's members love and appreciation for one another, creating that "family" and sense of community on the Cal Poly campus. The images consist of showing “line sisters”, big and little sisters, “grandmothers” with her younger members, and showing their sorority hand symbol with pride.

The philanthropy and community service projects revolve around the California Head Start Program. Teaching the younger generations to enjoy and appreciate education and to make sure that they receive and WANT one, is crucial to the organization’s mission. If you’d like to find out more about Lambda Sigma Gamma (LSG) on Cal Poly's campus, take a look at the link.

Location: Cal Poly Leaning Pine Arboretum 

 

Christopher Senior Photos | San Luis Obispo Senior Photography | Class of 2016

 I work with student athletes occasionally, but Christopher was different from the rest.

Christopher is one of THE busiest persons that I know. Although he was busy everyday, he managed to stop what he was doing to say hello and give me a hug. He juggled two businesses as well as serving as starting quarterback for the Cal Poly Football team while maintaining full-time student status.

I could tell he lives, sleeps and breathes football. He worked his way up the ranks to become quarterback and #1 in many university records. All of his hard work paid off. The day after this photo shoot, he signed on as a free-agent for the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t know what that means, but it’s a big deal for him, Cal Poly football and Dallas fans.

This photo shoot was so meaningful because his love for football and his university shined through. He was closing one chapter of his football career with the hopes of starting another chapter with the NFL...which he accomplished. Best of luck Christopher! Make all of us proud!

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

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.