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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!