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.
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…
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:
Arshaan is so clever and witty. He’s crazy talented and can play the drums like no other! He was blessed to get his dream car last year, and she even has her own instagram page! She likes taking selfies 😉
I had the pleasure of taking his sisters senior portraits several years back, so it’s always an honor when parent’s come back as a repeat client! I’m thankful I get the opportunity to serve them again!
This young lady has a heart the size of Texas. She’s on on UP’s Senior Model Team, so we met at a meeting back in the spring. I knew then she was something special. Meekness and humbleness is hard to come by in teenagers, and she exhibited both from the start.
Fast forward to the summertime, and we were raising money by selling raffle tickets for my little boy’s all-star team to attend their state tournament. Do you know that Emily was one of the first to inbox me, letting me know she wanted to buy $20 in tickets? This hard working teenager wanted to donate $20 of HER money to a little ball team. That spoke to my heart SO much, and showed me just what kind of parents she had (for instilling such morals in their daughter), along with backing up those initial thoughts I had when meeting her this past spring. She has such a sweet spirit.
I think we captured the sparkle that Emily radiates (along with gorgeous fall colors and a the killer wardrobe she put together!), and I’m so glad I get to work with her again this spring. Here are her favorites:
This girl. She has that ‘model’ look, and that southern hometown girl charm. I told her she’s my little Kendall Jenner- to me she favors her a lot! We had so much fun trekking all around Desha county for Mallory’s senior session. Although everyone agrees that we love them ALL, these are her best of the best!
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.
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:
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.