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:
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
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.