Seattle Senior Portraits at Christianson’s Nursery

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Client Work | No Comments

As many locals know, March in the Northwest is one of the worst times of year to rely on the weather for photography. Sometimes you may luck out with a dry day – but almost nothing is in bloom. This is why I have turned to amazing locations such as Christianson’s Nursery for reliable and beautiful locations in the middle of winter!

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley by Photographer Michelle Moore

I love working with Christianson’s because they are so friendly, and allow photography on site if your crew is small and you stay out of the way of shoppers. It’s the perfect place for a Senior Portrait or headshot session. There are so many beautiful places to take photos – and many covered greenhouses in case of rain. I always call and chat with Stephanie – their point of contact for all things photography related. Make sure you call ahead and let them know you are coming – or to chat about photography rates and permits for bigger productions. I have done projects of all sizes here, and Stephanie is a joy to work with!

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley by Photographer Michelle Moore

As with any private location – treat it with respect and always ask permission. This will ensure that many people for years to come can enjoy the same location as you did.

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley by Photographer Michelle Moore

For Kylie’s senior portrait session we started just outside the Vinery at Christiansons Nursery. It appears to be a new venue they are finishing up – and it has such a cool antique look with the white washed siding and big pane windows. The day was overcast and a bit windy – which lent itself to the perfect mood for this flow-y dress and Kylie’s long hair.

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley by Photographer Michelle Moore

Next up, Kylie changed into an adorable floral maxi dress and we headed to the main greenhouse. I love the bird cages, and cooing doves. The light is always beautiful on the backside where the big white doors open. Check back throughout the year because the plants are always different every time I’m here.

Senior Portraits in a greenhouse at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley.

Such a cute look with Vans! The door at the end of the greenhouse is great – because it opens and closes, and is an excellent place to pose and the doors make a great prop. Even though the greenhouse wasn’t at it’s full capacity of flowers the day we were here, the green alone was a nice touch in the background.

Senior Photos in a Greenhouse with Seattle photographer Michelle Moore

It was starting to warm up, so we headed back outside for Kylie’s next outfit. Behind all the outdoor trees is a beautiful red barn. This spot played perfectly with the olive green jumpsuit and cream colored Dr. Martens! This is definitely my favorite outfit from our photoshoot.

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery red barn in Skagit Valley
Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery red barn in Skagit Valley
Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery red barn in Skagit Valley

I loved how easy it was to throw Kylie’s hair up into a high-pony for this look. It gave her some sass that was perfectly suited to her personality and outfit!

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery in Skagit Valley Washington

Oh and let’s not forget about all the animals here! There are plenty of chickens (sometimes you will see them wandering around the property), a cat, and these cute goats and Alpaca! They are so adorable – and totally un-amused by Kylie’s antics. I swear they actually posed just like that for this photo!

Senior Portraits at Christiansons Nursery with goats

For Kylie’s last outfit, we went into the greenhouse just off the side where all the big pots are – and adjacent to the indoor plant section. The sun had just started to come out and was peeking through the glass ceiling. It was the most beautiful (natural) hair light I could have asked for!

Senior Portraits Inside a greenhouse by Michelle Moore photography

Honestly – there are so many other spots we didn’t use on this particular day, that I think we could have photographed 10 outfits all in unique spots around the property. The ideas are endless, and since the plants are always changing you will definitely be treated to unique backdrops each and every time you visit. I will never get tired of this beautiful nursery!

Senior Portraits Inside a greenhouse by Michelle Moore photography

Photography, Michelle Moore

Location, Christianson’s Nursery (with permission)

Makeup & Hair, Ryann Brady

Class of 2019 model, Kylie Thornton

And who can resist a stop for ice cream at Snow Goose – and one bonus outfit? We certainly could not help ourselves! We hopped out of the car for a few quick photos in the parking lot and then treated ourselves to three heaping scoops of ice cream

Snow Good Product Market Skagit Valley Senior Portrait Photoshoot

Seriously though, sometimes you just luck out with the overcast light and it gives you the perfect glow. Kylie’s eyes are just so striking in this next image!

Senior Portraits at Skagit Valley Product market by Seattle Photographer Michelle Moore

Equipment used,
Canon 1Dx
Canon 50mm 1.2L

Skagit Valley Senior Portrait Photographer

That’s a wrap! Want to book your own Senior Portrait photoshoot with Michelle? Please be sure to send us an email to studio@michellemoore.com for pricing, availability and up-coming travel dates

Snow Goose Produce market photoshoot in Skagit Valley