Liliana {Monticello High School} | Dumas, AR Senior Photographer

Liliana (or Lily for short) contacted me a little while ago to set up her senior session before she finished her senior year at Monticello High School.  After asking what hobbies she had and what she would like for me to capture at her session, the first thing that popped out was “I love Crossfit!”.  I’ve always admired those who do Crossfit, (and secretly wished we had one around the Dumas area, because I would love to join) so when Lily said that, I got super excited because she already received permission for us to shoot inside their building at Monticello!

Lily is quiet and somewhat shy, but inside is a ferocity that, every now and then, seeps out and shows.  She kills it every time she enters that gym.  She’s not worried about a fast finish to fitness….she is enjoying the journey.  She doesn’t mind getting down to the nitty gritty and to drip sweat, but you would never guess that by seeing her all dolled up!

Lily, thank YOU for choosing ME to be your senior photographer!  I had a blast at your session and I’m so excited for your prints to arrive!

 

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Jack Elliott | Dumas, AR Newborn Photographer

Sent straight from heaven up above
Came an angel for me to love
To hold and rock and kiss good night
To wrap my arms around real tight

To cuddle and nurture and watch him play
To kiss his boo-boo’s all away
To keep him safe and warm and count all his toes
To hold the tissue for him when he blows his little nose

To laugh at his jokes, to clap as he sings
To tell him all the joy in my life that he brings
To clean up his play dough, to pull his legos apart
To pin up his drawings and tell him it’s art

To watch his first day of school on the bus all alone
To fight back the tears as I make my way back home
To applaud real loud when he’s in his first play
To help him with his homework at the end of his day

To adore and cherish and watch him grow
To guide and teach him all that I know
To see him through good times and help him through bad
To share in his happiness and cry when he’s sad

To hold him close and be by his side
To watch him through life as my heart fills with pride
To help him with decisions, the best that I can
To know that someday he’ll be a fine young man

-Anonymous

Jack Elliott, you are loved by more people than you know and even stronger than you can imagine!  Welcome to the world, sweet baby boy!

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Henry | Dumas, AR Newborn Photographer

I’m always a little anxious when it comes to newborn sessions.  A mom can take every precautionary step in the world to make sure their baby is ready for the session, but sometimes the baby is just fussy.  I can’t say that about Henry.

Henry came to the studio at 3 weeks old.  His mama had a c-section, and I completely and wholeheartedly understand the pain she felt those first few weeks, so I was a little surprised when she came in moving around as well as she was!  After speaking with Alicia a little bit, I could tell she had a gentle, easy spirit about her.  That easy-going personality seems to have passed down to Henry, because although he was awake, he let me pose him and wrap him however I wanted with very little fuss!

Henry has such a legacy being passed down to him from his grandpa, and I loved hearing about how courageous his grandpa was in Vietnam.  He earned a purple heart, and I love that Alicia wanted to include that in Henry’s portraits.

Alicia, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to share in you and Geoffrey’s special time with your precious new baby.  I pray these portraits become heirlooms that are passed down generation to generation.HW10 BW copyHW22 copyHW33 BW copyHW39 copyHW43 BW copyHW55 copyHW56 BW copyHW79 copyHW85 copyHW88 copyHW90 BW copyHW90 copyHW96 copy

Tanner Wilson, CCA C/O 2016 | Dumas, AR Photographer

This is so unreal to me.  My nephew, Tanner, is supposed to still be the little boy running around barefooted, covered head to toe in mud, making every move that his daddy made.  He isn’t supposed to be old enough graduate high school yet!

Tanner has always been a quiet boy.  He loves all things outdoors.  In the springtime when the skipjack are running at the Pendleton Dam, you will see him standing on the rocks, catching all he can to save for catfishing.  When they’re not running, you will see him with his river pole snagging alongside his dad.  Dove season comes, and Tanner always makes sure our family has a place to go on our yearly opening day hunt.  When deer/duck/turkey season rolls in, his guns are cleaned and his  clothes layed out, ready to head to the woods.  I can’t leave out his love for trapping that his daddy and papaw instilled in him.  That’s a dying art and it makes me proud to see Tanner carrying on the tradition.

Tanner is very good at many things, and I can’t forget to add his love of basketball and baseball to the list.  He’s played both at Cornerstone Christian Academy during the entire time he attended.

He is a gentle giant whom my boys both love, but I can’t leave out the most important piece of who Tanner is.  Tanner, above all, is a Christian.  Between his parents, our church (Victory Baptist) and his school (Cornerstone Christian Academy), Tanner has built a strong foundation with the Lord as his cornerstone.  Our entire family is so very thankful for that, because above all, his place in eternity is what matters the most.

Tanner Kole Wilson,  words can’t express how proud we are of you.  We will be there tonight taking 10,000 pictures and clapping the loudest in the stands as you receive your diploma.  We are excited to see what you do with your future.

P.S.  Mamaw Donnie would be so incredibly proud of you

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Autumn Langley, Monticello High School C/O 2016 | Dumas, AR Photographer

She loves to read.  She loves to carry her camera with her wherever she goes.  She has a vivacious personality that is contagious.  Autumn is one of those kind of girls who you can’t help but to like. I even get excited and my mood lifts when I’m around her!  She is amazing with makeup and is as photogenic as the day is long.  I’ll let her pictures speak for themselves, because this girl is seriously gorgeous!

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William Waldrup, MHS ’16 | Dumas, AR Photographer

When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass
I’m back in my helmet, cleats, and shoulder pads
Standing in the huddle, listening to the call
Fans going crazy for the boys of fall

They didn’t let just anybody in that club
Took every ounce of heart and sweat and blood
To get to wear those game-day jerseys down the hall
The kings of the school, man, we’re the boys of fall

In little towns like mine, that’s all they’ve got
Newspaper clippings fill the coffee shops
The old men will always think they know it all
Young girls will dream about the boys of fall

 

Well it’s turn to face the stars and stripes
It’s fighting back them butterflies
It’s call it in the air, alright
Yes sir, we want the ball
And it’s knocking heads and talking trash
It’s slinging mud and dirt and grass
It’s I got your number, I got your back
When your back’s against the wall
You mess with one man, you got us all
The boys of fall

 

The Boys of Fall- Kenny Chesney

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