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!!

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Garret | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I love when family comes along a senior shoot.  It adds to the memories being made.  I also love when they plan to take a few shots.  Most families I talk with say they haven’t had professional pictures done in 20+ years, so it really means a lot to me that they have a few done with their child during such an important season of their life.

Garret wasn’t super excited for his senior session (truthfully, not many guys are), but I think I won him over by the end.  Here are his mom’s favorites:

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Steven | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

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:

 

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Jackson | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I’ve known Jackson since he was a little boy.  I played co-ed with his parents when I was younger, and his mom played ball for my dad even before that.  If you’ve ever been to the Dumas ballfields in the summertime, you’ve seen Jackson.  He loves football, but baseball is his thing.  He gets it honest.

Jackson was blessed with parents who have raised him and his brother at the ballfields.  The smell of a dirty leather glove, sweat rolling down your back, and a strawberry on your leg from that game winning slide into home.  Those late nights having to beat a team twice to win the tournament because you fell in the losers bracket earlier in the day.  Laying under the shade tree with your head on your bat bag waiting on the next game.  That’s Jackson.  That’s what he loves.

Jackson’s love for the game was passed down to him from one little high-spirited man who just so happened to be his grandpa.  I don’t remember a time seeing Mr. Dale that he wasn’t grinning.  He was the happiest man I’ve ever seen, and he was at the ballfields (along with his wife, Mrs. Ruth) anytime Jennifer, Mark or either of the boys played.  I can still remember walking up to the gate at the Dumas fields and seeing him grinning at my dad and I, and quickly catching up on how life was going before heading in to watch the games.  He wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Mr. Dale passed away 4 years ago.  From the stories I’ve heard, Jackson was his right-hand man, his shadow.  Jackson’s mama said that’s the first thought he had when planning his senior pictures- was to take some with his grandpa’s headstone.

Mr. Dale left a legacy that’s living on through his children and grandchildren.  Jackson is a perfect example, and carrying it on well.

Here are Jackson and his family’s favorites:

 

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Carson | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Carson, Dumas High School Class of 2018

Carson is my little red-headed firecracker.  She is so fun-loving.  Her brown sparkling eyes are almost as gorgeous as her hair.  We had a hot evening full of humidity and mosquitoes for her session, but she was a trooper!  I don’t remember hearing her complain about anything.

I love that her mama came along and got to be there during the session.  It’s so special for parents to see their ‘babies’ dressed up and get to enjoy making these memories with them.  So much changes after graduation, so these memories are priceless.

The chair you see in some of the images is a family heirloom that Page brought along.  I love when my seniors have special items they want to incorporate in their session, because it tells their story.

Here are Carson and her family’s favorites:

 

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Courtney | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

I’m not lying when I say that I could photograph Courtney all day long.  She has such strong yet soft features, and her eyes are just icing on the cake.  Those baby blues aren’t retouched at all!  They’re literally that blue in person.  She has some of the most beautiful eyes I’ve seen.

When Courtney walked in and I saw most of her outfits matched her hair, I think I heard angels singing LOL.  Not to mention Catie, my hair and makeup artist, knocked it out of the park with her smokey eye and the punch of color on her lips.  Everything just fell into place that evening for her Senior session and I really think Courtney could pursue a modeling career if she wanted to.

Here are Courtney and her family’s favorites from her session:

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Lindsey | Dumas, Arkansas Senior Photographer

Rain, rain and more rain!  We already had to reschedule Lindsey’s session once due to the rain, so since the chance was low for her new date we decided to stick with it.  We made it through that evening but we definitely had to roll with the punches!

We went to our first location and it began to sprinkle, so we moved 20 minutes down the road and shot there.  The rain began to fall at our location just as we finished.  Since it looked to be clear at the first spot we started, we headed back that way.

It was probably dry for 5 minutes lol! We had just enough time to get a few ‘dry’ shots beforehand, but once it started raining my assistant Erin covered my head with the reflector and we kept on shooting!

I’m in love with Lindsey’s outfits!  She did a fabulous job picking them out, even making her own flower crown.  My hair and makeup artist, Catie, topped it off with a gorgeous look that perfectly matched Lindsey’s personality.  Her boyfriend also tagged along so we done a few shots of them together, per his request!  How sweet is that??

I’m in love with these!

Here are Lindsey’s favorites:

 

Hair and makeup:  Catie Minton, Sam Austin’s Salon, Dumas, Arkansas

 

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