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!!
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.