Jennifer | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Jennifer came to me all the way from Rison. She graduated early and plans to join the Army, where she plans to become a medic. This girl is DRIVEN! I wish I knew what I wanted like that when I was her age. I have no doubt she will accomplish everything she told me!

Let me also mention that she did her own make up, and it was flawless! She didn’t get a prom this year (like all the other high school students) due to the virus, and wanted to show off her gorgeous prom dress. That’s just what we did!

Here are Jennifer’s favorites from her session:



Jake T. | Class of 2020 | DeWitt, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Sometimes there are families that I get to meet with this business that reminds me of my own.  The type of family who does most everything together.  The kids are all pretty close in age and grow up together, sometimes even having birthday parties together.  The kind of family that clears out a section of the bleachers when they come, because they all come to support and cheer on their kid.  That’s my family (sorry for the people we sometimes run off because of that LOL), and that’s Jake’s family.

It would be tough to find a more genuine crew out there, and Jake is blessed.  Farming is deep in their veins, and Jake even wrote a poem about it that we incorporated into one of his senior portraits.  In this picture (that you’ll see below), he was wearing his grandpa’s belt, standing in their family field.

We hopped around to a few places during his session- their farm, a special place back in the woods near the bayou, the Gillett welcome sign & football field, and even his grandma’s yard.  Speaking of his grandma’s yard- Jake wanted to do a few of those corny ‘senior pics’ that was hot in the 80’s and 90’s, so the ones you see with the tree are what we came up with.  I must say though, his mom and I laughed because they weren’t THAT bad!!  I wasn’t surprised at his request- this is coming from a guy who’s group of friends decided they all wanted to grow mullets, and brought the ‘business in the front/party in the back’ to 2019/2020!  They’ve got guts, humor, and know how to make a memory!

Here are some favorites from Jake’s session.  Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- families who come back to me over and over for portraits are giving me the highest honor I could ever achieve.  There’s no award or trophy that can compare to a returning client, and for this family and every other family who returns to me, I am humbled and forever grateful!

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Emily | McGehee, Arkansas Senior Photographer

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…

Emily, McGehee High School Class of ’20

 

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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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Maddie | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Maddie & her mom were SO much fun!  We talked and laughed pretty much the entire session.  It was pretty neat to hear that she knew my Aunt Carolyn (the one who mentored me as a photographer- she’s a professional photographer herself!) and that she had done pictures for her before!  It’s a small world, for sure!

Maddie had SO many gorgeous shots, and although it was almost painful (lol!!), she was able to narrow it down to these absolute favorites:

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Emily | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

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:

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Jack | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I’ve been sharing a little bit here and there on the Facebook page, but I’m ready to spill the beans with all of the favorites from Jack’s session!

He’s a senior at DeWitt High School, and is a pretty awesome football player.  When you grow up in a farm family, and it’s in your blood, you can’t help but to incorporate that in your senior pictures as well.

Jack’s mom, Julie, did a wonderful job scouting locations around Gillett.  I won’t share with you the length’s she went to to make sure things were perfect, but we got a pretty good laugh out of scrolling through her camera roll 🙂

I love every single one.

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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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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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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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