Sheila Jo | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

“Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the days, that we forget to make the days count.” -anonymous

 

Class of 2019, your time is near- you’re about to enter one of the most memorable years of your life.  Don’t wish it away.  Embrace every moment and make every memory that you can.

I have no doubt Sheila Jo will.

Sheila Jo – full of beauty, grace, and a quirkiness that just makes you happy whenever you’re in her presence.  I know she is about to have the time of her life ❤

McGehee High School Class of 2019

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Coffee Shops & College

With their  Senior year coming to an end, I decided to do one last shoot with my 2018 Model Team.  This was sort of like their ‘send off’ shoot, and a way for me to get in one last official good-bye.  These girls are scattering off all across the state in the fall, so I wanted them to be able to have pictures with their friends and also representing the college they will attend starting in August.

There’s no better place to gather right now than at the new coffee shop in town, Monticello Coffee Company.  This place is amazing.  Not only is the inside completely remodeled from what the former building used to be, but their hot/cold drink & food menu is top-notch.  There’s no need to drive all the way to Little Rock for one of those ‘big name’ coffee drinks when you can hop right over to Monticello and have one locally.  Seriously, if you haven’t tried them, you must….immediately.

SO- this group of amazing girls came glammed up with their future college t-shirt on and we had a blast.  They sipped on their homemade lemonade drinks and lounged all around the shop.  I loved hearing their excitement about all of the upcoming changes in their life.  If there’s ever been anyone prepared and ready for change, it’s these girls.  Of course, when I asked what they look forward to most after graduation, you can just about guess what they said…….

SENIOR TRIP!

I had so many amazing seniors last year that I was blessed to get to know and to photograph.  If I could share with them one piece of advice that they can carry throughout their life from here on out, it would be 100% to pray and to trust.  Whenever a difficult decision arrives and you don’t know what path to take, PRAY for God’s guidance.  He will always answer, in His perfect timing.  If/Whenever that outcome isn’t necessarily what you had hoped and prayed for, TRUST that God’s plan is perfect and things always work out in the end.

I love each and every one of ‘my seniors’, and I’ll miss seeing them around this fall.  I hope they always remember me and the fun we had at their sessions.  My ultimate goal with every senior is to make their session an experience they will never forget, and to give them 110% in everything I do.  I pray they felt that.

CLASS OF 2018, HERE’S TO AN AMAZING FUTURE!!

Garret | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I love when family comes along a senior shoot.  It adds to the memories being made.  I also love when they plan to take a few shots.  Most families I talk with say they haven’t had professional pictures done in 20+ years, so it really means a lot to me that they have a few done with their child during such an important season of their life.

Garret wasn’t super excited for his senior session (truthfully, not many guys are), but I think I won him over by the end.  Here are his mom’s favorites:

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Alden | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

“Nothing makes a young woman more beautiful,

than the belief that she is beautiful.”

-Sophia Loren

 

Alden only had one specific request when planning her senior session, and that was to include her cousin, Dane.

So that’s what we did.

After finishing some fun in the studio with beauty lighting and a fan gently blowing her loose curls around, we loaded up to do the outdoor portion of the session.  The first stop was to see Dane.  His grave was full of things he loved, specifically regarding duck hunting.  I know Alden’s mind was flooded with memories as we sat there.  I can’t imagine losing a good friend, who is also family, at such a young age.  I could see a mixture of emotions in her face in that short time- mostly sadness- but also a sense of proudness peeking through some smiles.  Proud that, although he physically isn’t here with us on this earth, she was able to show how much she loved and cared for him by including him in such a special time of her life, something she was documenting.  It was a humbling part of the session that I’m truly honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of.

Once we finished there, we headed to Arkansas City to continue.  Alden’s outfits were perfect, down to each accessory she picked to go with them.  She has the best girl-next-door look….the kind that when I had her smiling at me and had her look off, she would give a natural little shy laugh, and my camera shutter couldn’t keep up fast enough.

It was a beautiful evening for a beautiful girl and these are just a few of the many favorites from her session:

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Steven | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Steven had specific ideas in mind when it came to his senior session.  He knew exactly where he wanted them taken and how he wanted them to look.

We were rained out for his first scheduled date and had to reschedule.  Since he wanted them done at the trussel over on the levee outside of Watson, the least bit of rain made it a muddy mess, so we didn’t want to chance it.

The rescheduled evening was hot and humid, but the sunset made it worth it all.  I think we all came out needing a blood transfusion, as many mosquitoes as it was over at the trussel.  If you’ve ever been over there you know what I’m talking about lol.  I definitely had to edit them off of his skin, because they were everywhere!

I’m so thrilled with how the session turned out, and I think Steven and his parents were too.  Here are their favorites:

 

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Jalyn | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Y’all, this girl has a heart for the Lord.

When we were planning her session and discussing locations back in the spring, the first place she told me she had to go was to her church.

She is a member of First Baptist Church of Dumas.

So with her bible in tow, that’s where we went first!  She shared with me that her heart is in mission work, and although she’s young she’s already been on several mission trips!  She’s been to San Francisco, Highland North Carolina (for 4 years!), and Honduras.  Jalyn said that the most memorable was her trip to Honduras, because she was able to lead three teenagers to Christ.

Just, wow.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the chance to talk to someone about their salvation, but I have, and I can tell you from first hand experience that it is HARD.  To be Jalyn’s age and have the courage to speak to strangers about their faith, and end up walking them through the steps to get saved, that’s truly something to be proud of!

Jalyn isn’t sure of where she wants to attend college, but she knows that she wants to become a nurse practitioner.  She then wants to take those skills overseas and become an international missionary.

Until then, she continues to love being a Majorette for the Dumas Bobcats (and that’s what she’s most excited about her senior year!), participating in the FBC Youth Choir, OCC Student Relations and Youth Committee.

Since you know how amazing Jalyn is on the inside, I feel like I can finally show you just how gorgeous she is on the outside as well.

Here are Jalyn’s favorites:

‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.’  2 Corinthians 4:16

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Hunter | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

If I were to choose one word to describe Hunter, it would be social.  This guy doesn’t meet a stranger!  He truly has an amazing gift, because he can immediately make you feel like you’ve known him your entire life in one conversation.

Hunter and his mom came in for their preconsultation meeting about a month before his session.  I knew of them, but hadn’t ever met in person.  An hour passes quickly when you’re engulfed in good conversation!  I can definitely see where he gets his personality from!

Hunter shared with me about his love of government and graphic design.  He already has a small business where he does graphic design for his friends and family, and he does quite well!  He has been involved with many political organizations and events and aspires to one day take center stage on his own.  I truly, truly believe that I will see his name on a ballot of some kind in the future.  If he’s that good while a senior in high school, man oh man I can’t imagine the leaps and bounds he will take afterwards!

Graphic Design, Government, Tennis, and living life in the country- that’s who Hunter is.

Here are his favorites:

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