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…….
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!!
Dee came to me with several ideas in mind to capture during her senior session. First of all, she wanted to incorporate her mom, who she lost to cancer a few years ago.
Her mama taught me in 7th grade, and she was so much fun. She was a little ball of energy and kept us laughing, not to mention she was an excellent teacher. Christy was one of those that you knew you could go to if you had any kind of problem and she would listen to you and help you figure things out. I haven’t met a person yet that didn’t have anything but good things to say about her, and I can tell that Dee is walking in her footsteps.
Second, she wanted to incorporate one of her good friends that passed in a car wreck right around the time she lost her mom. Dane had a contagious smile, and although I didn’t personally know him, I know he touched this community just by hearing the stories his friends and family share of him.
Last but definitely not least, Dee wanted to incorporate the family business and do a generation portrait with her Dad and Grandfather. Mizell Heating and Air began in the building behind them in their portrait, and has gown to service a huge portion of the state of Arkansas and surrounding states. Although they may no longer operate from this building, the values and work ethic of this company hasn’t changed.
We worked together to bring these ideas to life for Dee, and I couldn’t be more proud of her portraits. I pray that she can look at these for years to come and proudly smile at the lives she’s touched and at the people who helped grow her into the beautiful young woman she is today.
Mary Rebekah has the beauty and the brains.
She has an infectious personality….the kind that you can’t help but to be in a good mood when you’re around her! She is in the running for Valedictorian of her class and is a dedicated member of the MHS dance team.
I want to be Mary Rebekah when I grow up.
LOL. Seriously though, she is so determined and focused. I know she will do big things after graduation, and I can’t wait to see!
Here are her favorites:
I can officially mark it off my bucket list to photograph a President, because I now have.
Back in January of this year Jack, and his fellow members of the McGehee High School Beta Club, attended the Arkansas state Beta Convention. He ran for the position of President and had to come up with an overall theme that included his speech and a skit.
If you’ve ever been to Beta Convention, you know the speech is very important and opens the door to the crowd remembering just WHO you are. It gives thousands of teens from across the state of Arkansas a chance to meet you without ever saying hi, and you have the ultimate task to make your mark on these peers in minutes. After the speech comes the closer. This is where Jack’s friends come into play. They put together a 30 second choreographed skit that tied in the theme of Jack’s speech and made a final imprint on the crowds minds.
Jack’s theme was Prince Charming, and his skit was set to Disney characters and music. It was amazing!
Jack won the position of President for the Arkansas State Beta Club, and the skit team won third place for their performance! They attended the National Convention in Orlando, Florida this summer, and although they came up short on the Presidency, the skit team placed 2nd overall! They got to finish with a trip to Disney World. Talk about memories being made!
Jack, I hope your Senior year is as amazing as this summer has been (and I have a feeling it will be!)
Here are Jack’s favorites from his senior session: