Hunter is a ’21 senior from Star City, and is a member of my Street Team for this year. From what I’ve heard and seen from him- he’s pretty amazing. His parents have instilled a strong work ethic – something you don’t see as much of these days. He is a member of the Star City High School Band, and we have a fun session planned to include that once the field is finished at the high school.
When he’s not on the field practicing or at a game, you can find him with a rod and reel in his hand. This guy LOVES to fish, and he got to fish at his senior session…..how cool is that? He didn’t catch any, but he did get a few nibbles.
Oh, he has a pretty sweet truck too!
Take a look at Hunter & his mom’s favorites from his session:
Jennifer came to me all the way from Rison. She graduated early and plans to join the Army, where she plans to become a medic. This girl is DRIVEN! I wish I knew what I wanted like that when I was her age. I have no doubt she will accomplish everything she told me!
Let me also mention that she did her own make up, and it was flawless! She didn’t get a prom this year (like all the other high school students) due to the virus, and wanted to show off her gorgeous prom dress. That’s just what we did!
I’ve known Carson and his family for awhile now. His youngest brother is in the same class as my oldest son, and they’ve played baseball and soccer together.
To say this family is just a GOOD family is an understatement! Carson always has his ‘fans’ in the stands because they wouldn’t miss a minute of it. Carson is a leader on the field, always encouraging his teammates to do better, and always practicing what he preaches. He also loves to duck hunt, so what better location to do his senior session at than a hunting lodge?!
Cara and Justin, you’ve raised a great young man who’s going to know how to ‘do life’, because you’ve poured yourselves into him to teach him.
This sweet, squishy baby boy was born right before the world changed. Understandably, due to the uncertainty of everything that was going on, mama and daddy decided to put off newborn pictures until they felt safe (which is what I would have done as well!). The window of time that’s the best for a newborn session is within the first 12-14 days of course, but let me just tell you about this baby…..he was a DREAM! He was so calm and easy going! We did everything we had planned to do, and finally during the last set at the end he made a peep.
Mama’s with older newborns, this is for you: don’t EVER put off newborn portraits because you think your baby is too ‘old’ for them (outside of that 12-14 day window). That window of time is suggested because it’s when your precious baby can still bend and form easily into those ‘womb’ positions, and they’re still a little more sleepy that normal. This sweet baby boy is proof that they can still be done perfectly. Although at the time your baby may not seem super new and fresh to you at that 6-8 week mark, a year from now (or 10), THIS will be a newborn in your eyes ❤
Sometimes there are families that I get to meet with this business that reminds me of my own. The type of family who does most everything together. The kids are all pretty close in age and grow up together, sometimes even having birthday parties together. The kind of family that clears out a section of the bleachers when they come, because they all come to support and cheer on their kid. That’s my family (sorry for the people we sometimes run off because of that LOL), and that’s Jake’s family.
It would be tough to find a more genuine crew out there, and Jake is blessed. Farming is deep in their veins, and Jake even wrote a poem about it that we incorporated into one of his senior portraits. In this picture (that you’ll see below), he was wearing his grandpa’s belt, standing in their family field.
We hopped around to a few places during his session- their farm, a special place back in the woods near the bayou, the Gillett welcome sign & football field, and even his grandma’s yard. Speaking of his grandma’s yard- Jake wanted to do a few of those corny ‘senior pics’ that was hot in the 80’s and 90’s, so the ones you see with the tree are what we came up with. I must say though, his mom and I laughed because they weren’t THAT bad!! I wasn’t surprised at his request- this is coming from a guy who’s group of friends decided they all wanted to grow mullets, and brought the ‘business in the front/party in the back’ to 2019/2020! They’ve got guts, humor, and know how to make a memory!
Here are some favorites from Jake’s session. Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- families who come back to me over and over for portraits are giving me the highest honor I could ever achieve. There’s no award or trophy that can compare to a returning client, and for this family and every other family who returns to me, I am humbled and forever grateful!
If a season could ever be described as ‘yummy’, then fall would be it. Between the warm tones of red, orange and yellow on the trees, the crisp air, nighttime bonfires and football season, you can pretty much find something to love. OH, I apologize to the hunters….we can’t forget hunting season!!
Anyway, Emily took full advantage of all things fall, and picked out literally the perfect outfits to accompany the settings. BRB- currently dying at how gorgeous she is in these…
Gage is a senior at Dumas High School this year, and if there ever was a ‘good ol country boy’ around, he is it.
He wanted to include his dog (which is family & you can’t tell him any different!), his truck, and football. He’s pretty good with a guitar, so we had to work that in too! We also had to do our traditional picture at the Dumas Police Station since his grandpa has worked there for years. I say traditional, because we started this at his moms request with his older brother, Tristan.
I know you’ve heard talk before about people being a natural born athlete. Some people just don’t have to work hard at it. They can pick up any kind of ball or racket or glove, and after a quick lesson and a few throws, kicks or swings, they’ve got it. Christian is one of ‘those’.
He loves basketball, as you will see below, but surprisingly to me, he said soccer is one of his favorite sports to play. He has only been playing a few years, but he’s hoping to be able to play in college! Let me just say, also, that although he loves sports, his academics are his main focus. Christian plans to attend Harding University in the fall. He has some big plans for his future, and I must say, after meeting his mama, I can see where he gets his inspiration.
I can’t make you wait any longer to see these….
Here are Christian’s favorites:
Christian Tatum, Star City High School Class of ’20
If there ever was a contagious smile, this girl has it. Abbie can light up a room when she walks in. She can also pull off a perfect ‘serious’ look- which is harder than you think! She chose the perfect location just outside of Dermott for her session. Gorgeous barns, pecan trees, and a front porch full of southern charm….a photographers dream!
I photographed Abbies older brother, Griffin, a few years back when he was a senior, and (although guys don’t like to hear this lol!) he’s just as photogenic as she is. To me, it is the highest honor to have a family come back to you time after time for portraits. That tells and shows you that you’ve done something right ❤
SO without making you wait any longer, here are some of Abbie’s favorites from her session:
I love it in life when things come full circle. Unknowingly, this happened for me with Alex. She was chosen as a member of my 2020 Street Team, so when we met at her meeting to plan out her sessions, I found out just who she was!
Delta had a wonderful principal when I was in school by the name of Miles Lowe. His wife, Mrs. Peggy, was our school counselor. There wasn’t a basketball game that I remember going to that he wasn’t there. He was a great example of someone who loved their job and their school. He was stern, but he was also forgiving. Mrs. Peggy was wonderful as well and was always there to help. She always had a smile on her face! She suddenly passed not long after I graduated high school, and it was a loss we all felt. I often wondered how Mr. Lowe was doing since I haven’t seen him in several years.
At this meeting, I found out that Alex is his granddaughter! I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear this, and to be able to catch up with them on how he was doing now. Everything made sense once I found out, because Alex is a lot like them the more I get to know her. She was blessed with wonderful parents, but even more so with wonderful grandparents (on both sides!)
Alex chose to do our two season senior package, which included a full summer session and a full fall session. They were both so much fun!! Wait until you see her grandfathers car that makes an appearance in her fall session….just wow!
She probably gets tired of hearing this from me, but I always tell her how gorgeous her skin is. Those freckles!! Gosh, I pray she never wears anything to cover them up!