Hunter | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

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:

Elliot | Dumas, Arkansas Newborn Photographer

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 ❤

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Gage | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

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 love them all!  Here are favorites:

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Mack | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I’ve known Mack for awhile- I taught him in his early junior high years at CCA.  I had no doubt when he booked his session that he would have some cool ideas.  Mack is just like that.  He’s artistic and musically inclined like no other.  He can play just about any instrument he puts his hands on.  When he told me of his idea to put a piano in the woods, and that his dad was going to help us make that happen, I knew the stars were aligning for something amazing.  I feel like Mack’s style came through these pictures so incredibly well, and his vision came to life more so than we all imagined.  Take a look-

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Neida | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

-Audrey Hepburn

 

Neida is quiet, but definitely don’t count her out.  She has this determination about her- a drive- that makes her a quiet contender.  She didn’t talk a whole lot during our session, but her sisters and I made up for it.  They also helped me get some good laughs out of Neida, which made for some gorgeous images.  She’s such a sweet, sweet young woman, and I’m so thankful I got to shoot her senior session.

Here are her favorites:

 

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Jenna | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Jenna was so fun to work with!  When she smiles, her eyes just sparkle.  I told her that if she had a theme song to her session, it would be ‘Girls just want to have fun!’!
Check out her favorites!

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Shelby | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Blonde hair, blue eyes, and dimples.  Shelby can put a check mark by all 3.  She grew up close to the water, so we made sure to incorporate that in her session, since that’s just who she is.  I bet you’ll never guess where she plans to attend college next fall 🙂

Here are Shelby’s favorites

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Whitney + Hunter | Dumas, Arkansas Maternity Photographer

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”

-Anonymous

 

I’m not sure Whitney and Hunter will have many years ahead that will top this one.  They’ve both graduated college in the past few months, and to top it off, sweet baby Walker will be joining them in the next few weeks!  These are two of the best people you will ever meet, and they’re going to be amazing parents.

Oh, and I promise you, Walker will not know what the word ‘no’ means- his grandparents will make sure of that! haha!

Here are Whitney and Hunter’s session favorites

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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!!