Monique Serra Photography
I live in Eugene, Oregon, which is just a few short hours away from the incredibly well known and highly photographed “Smith Rock” in Bend, OR. However, I had never been there! I kept seeing photos flooding my feeds, and I knew I needed a reason to go there and shoot! I was scouring instagram for a model I could reach out to, when I stumbled across Riley’s page. A gorgeous red head with such an incredible style and beautiful energy! I figured it was a long shot, considering her huge following, but I decided to send her a message anyway. I was so unbelievably excited and honored when she responded back with a cheerful, “YES!” to being my model!
The concept was simple: Beautiful location, gorgeous dress, and a beautiful, confident young woman. I bought a dress from Lulus.com, reached out to Kaelin for hair and makeup, and that was it! No big styled shoot with a ton of people involved, just us, on a cold afternoon, in awe of the nature surrounding us. It was more perfect than I could’ve even hoped for! I’ve been waiting to share this shoot, and I’m so excited to be able to get these images out in the world! If you ever get the opportunity to visit Smith Rock, it’s a must! As Riley said, “It looks like we’re in the Disney movie Cars!”
Makeup & Hair: @kaelinmcdowellmakeup