Bend Oregon senior portrait photographer, Holli True, photographs class of 2013 high school senior, Emily in downtown Bend and Drake Park.

Emily | Bend, Oregon Senior Portrait Photographer

2013 is going to be the year simplicity.  It seems that I have on this roll of simplifying everything in both my life and my business.  Looking back at the past few years, I have always felt like I haven’t had enough time to get things accomplished.  While I would spend countless hours on countless tasks, I had this overwhelming feeling that nothing was actually getting done.  While I was spending all of my hours working- I hadn’t left time for play,Click for more »

Holli True Workshops, focused on senior portrait photography and concept shoots, now registering for 2013 workshops

Registration Open | Holli True Photography Workshops

Oh my goodness! I am so excited that so many of you have already signed up for our upcoming 2013 Holli True Workshops! Planning is already happening in full-force, these workshops are going to be filled with gorgeous imagery, beautiful details, tons of inspiration, technique tips & tricks and so much more! You don’t want to miss out on the fun! Seats are filling in, but there is still time to get in on each of the workshops now! This two day workshopClick for more »

Holli True Photography Workshops |

Announcing: Holli True Workshops | Photography Focused Workshops

Holli True Workshops are centered around photography. This 2 day event is filled with hands-on learning & shooting, focusing on style, posing, body language, interaction, expression, lighting and so much more. I don’t believe in secrets, no questions are off limits, we will discuss everything involving photography! There are so many beautiful places to shoot in Oregon and I am so excited to share some of our favorite locations with you! This isn’t a free-forClick for more »

Class of 2014 Senior Model, Kalani, for Holli True, Oregon based high school senior photographer for the Young & Free in the White Shoot

Holli True Class of 2014 Senior Model Search | Oregon Senior Photographer

Girls of 2014 this post is for you! I am currently looking for an amazing team of high school Juniors who embody a Young & Free spirit, girls who love to live, love and laugh out loud. You must be motivated, outgoing and actively-involved in your high school. I will also need your commitment to helping me spread the word about our photography to your school and social media connections via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Only a limited number of girls areClick for more »

Happy Holli-Days | 5 days of giveaways for photographers | DAY 2

Let’s Chat About: Look Books | Holli True Photography

I recently posted a link in a group that I belong to on Facebook about our Client Look Books that we offer. The purpose of my post was to simply show people how I use MagCloud, but what transpired was tons of comments, messages and emails. It was completely unexpected, but also exciting to see photographers get so pumped about a new product they could also offer for their clients. So, if you had questions about my Look Books, this post is for you. This past year I haveClick for more »

Class of 2013 high school senior, Sydney, photographed by Holli True Photography in Bend, Oregon.

Sydney | Class of 2013

This past senior season was, without question, the busiest we have ever been.  It was a little chaotic and crazy at times, but I absolutely loved every single last second of it!  Sometimes it takes getting uncomfortable to get comfortable and when that happens, you open the door for growth and self-realization, which is exactly what happened for me.  I learned that I had boxed myself in to believing I should only photograph seniors at one time of day: evening.  So,Click for more »

Happy Holli-Days | 5 Days of Giveaways Dec. 16-20, 2013

Introducing True Elements: Business Essentials

In 2011 I released my first book, Field Notes.  What started out as a Workshop companion quickly turned into a guide, walking through all of the areas of my senior business.  While I am very proud of Field Notes, I knew I wanted to dig deeper and really dissect each topic.  Something that included everything that was in Field Notes, but more. And so, an idea was born. True Elements. A complete breakdown of all of the key areas that make up a Senior PhotographyClick for more »

Holli True, Oregon senior portrait photographer, photographing class of 2013 senior, Nicole.

Dare to dream a little dream…

It all began with a camera and a dream. A dream to be an artist, creating beauty with my very hands and my trusty little Canon, a gift from my amazing hubby.  I knew what I wanted, but I had no idea how to get there.  I didn’t know the first thing about starting a business, let alone maintaining one.  And while I was in love with photography, I only had experience with film, not digital.  But there I was, determined to become a professional photographer, noClick for more »

Bend Oregon Senior Portrait Photographer photographing Class of 2013 high school senior, Jasmine in Drake Park and Downtown Bend.

Jasmine | Class of 2013 | Bend Oregon Senior Photographer

It has been silent around here.  Which is kinda funny, because while it appears that I have gone into hiding, it couldn’t be further from truth- I have been living.  Outside the walls of my office and the world of social media.  I have been in state of hear and now and it has been glorious.  While my kiddos were off school for two weeks and my mother visited from Arizona and the holiday hustle and bustle was in full swing, I was present and enjoying every lastClick for more »

field notes by holli true, photography workshop in a book for high school senior photographers

Looking Ahead…

It has been quite a year. I know, I know, everyone is posting their year in review, reflecting on all of the awesomeness that was 2012. While I could do that and likely will next week, this post is not about looking back, it’s about looking ahead- into 2013. We have been kinda quiet here on the blog and on our social media outlets lately. Part of that is due to the much needed break that I forced myself to take, but if any of you know me, typically when I get quietClick for more »

Oregon high school senior portrait photographer Holli True photographs class of 2013 senior Cassidi in downtown Bend and Drake Park.

Cassidi | Class of 2013 | Bend Senior Portrait Photographer

Today I poured my heart out on the Marlli Blog.  It felt amazing, to just put it all out there.  To speak from the caverns of my mind and voice my hopes and dreams for everyone to see.  It’s a vulnerable place, but it’s the place I want to be.  For those of you who don’t know what Marlli is, it is a blog I share with Marissa Lynn, a fellow photographer and amazing friend.  Despite both of us being photographers, Marlli is NOT a photography blog.  Click for more »

Boudoir is not a dirty word…

Some of you out there may not like what I am about to say.  And that is kinda scary for me.  But this has been on my mind and on my heart for a few days now and I can’t seem to shake it.  I am not looking to ruffle feathers or create a debate, I am simply stating my opinion in a place where I feel safe, My Blog.  Rather than post this on Facebook, where you might feel you were “forced” to see what I am about to post, my blog is a place that you haveClick for more »

High School Senior Portrait Photographer Holli True photographs Summit Class of 2013 graduate Lyndsey in Bend Oregon at sunset in a field.

Lyndsey | Class of 2013 | Bend Oregon Senior Photographer

I had no idea what to expect as I drove out to meet Lyndsey for her senior session. My directions were to drive out until the road ends and turn onto the gravel road, she would be there waiting for me. It isn’t very often that I have a client who takes scouting the location for a shoot into her own hands, but Lyndsey did. And can I just say, she chose a killer spot! A reservoir, a graffiti-filled abandoned building and wide open fields served as backdrops to ourClick for more »

High School Senior Portrait Photographer Holli True photographs Class of 2013 senior Lindsey in Downtown Bend Oregon and Drake Park.

Lindsey | Class of 2013 | Bend Senior Portrait Photographer

I hope you all had an amazing Holiday weekend and that you are surviving the food-induced coma that so many of us suffer from this time of year! ;) If you are anything like me, you probably over-indulged a bit. I, for one, don’t feel the slightest bit guilty about it! This is my favorite time of year and what better way to celebrate it than with good food, friends & family and loads of laughter & games. We had quite the weekend packed with festivities inClick for more »

High School Senior Portrait Photographer Holli True photographs Sam, Class of 2013 Senior Girl from Salem Oregon in Brownsville.

Sam | Class of 2013 | Salem Oregon Senior Portrait Photographer

Black Friday came early, we currently have a killer deal going on at The Bookstore! Get your hands on a digital copy of Field Notes & Body Language before it’s too late. We will be pulling the digital copies soon and won’t be offering them again, this could be your last chance to get it in this format! The sale is happening now through Sunday, November 25th. I am so excited to share Sam’s senior session today! In early fall, we traveled to one of myClick for more »