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”.
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!
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
It's High School Senior session time!!!!! Yay!!!! I LOVE photographing Seniors! Their enthusiasm for the new chapter in their in their lives is so exciting!
Samantha is no exception. She knows what she wants to do in life and is ready to begin her journey, after Senior year, of course. I was fortunate enough to photograph her sister, Hanna two years ago as well. Both women are driven, like helping others and interested in the Medical profession. Hanna is currently studying Nursing and Samantha plans to do the same!
I admire people who choose the medical field. I think of them as detectives figuring out what is going on in our human bodies!
Samantha, let me know when you get into the Seattle U Nursing program. With your ambition, and determination you will go far! :)
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!
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!
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 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 !
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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
Maya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in May 2016. As long as I have known her, she has always been a very active participant in Sports. She served as Cheerleading Captain for 4 years at her local high school, and on the competitive travel teams since fourth grade. She knew when she was 15 that she would be involved in helping people to stay fit. She felt honored to attend her top college choice, San Diego State University.
When she moved to San Diego for school, she never looked back. Her dorm view overlooked the swimming pool and baseball field. Athletic Training was her goal. She told me that she would work with those teams someday. Her dorm room view was the positive reinforcement that she needed.
She joined a sorority Alpha Chi Omega. I knew that would be the niche that she needed to be successful at her university. After being a new member for one year, she became President of her organization (as a Sophomore), and then Vice-President of Recruitment (as a Junior). I knew this experience for her would be memorable and life-changing.
If you are wondering why I know so much about this young lady, Maya is my daughter. I have enjoyed watching her grow as a beautiful and responsible adult. Congratulations Maya. I look forward to seeing what you will do with your life. You have so much promise ahead of you.
I love you!
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