As a former teacher, Senior Photo Sessions are still some of my favorite experiences. My heart breaks for seniors and their families that don’t get all the traditional events leading up to their graduation from High School. If you are a senior or the family member of a senior who’s been impacted by COVID-19, please fill out this inquiry form so I can give back in some way to you and your family. This is such an important part of your life, and I want to give you good memories to look back on later.
Graduation, Scholarship Ceremony, Graduation Parties, Prom, Senior Night, and Sporting Events. These were all events that looked completely different or were non-existent this year. A special family photo session can still galvanize this special season. Seniors can wear their cap and gown with the family. We can also take updated headshots for their freshman year which are great if considering rushing a fraternity or sorority.
View all my Senior Galleries here.
Senior Photo Sessions for Seniors 2021
If you have an upcoming senior, please get on my calendar ASAP. The best time to schedule senior portraits is July- September. September fills up super fast, and there’s only a short window for the changing aspen leaves. If that’s the type of shoot you’ve envisioned, I’d get on my September calendar as soon as possible.
These pictures will stay with you for a lifetime. Your kids will look at these one day, and I take special consideration to capture my clients in a way that they’ll be proud to show these off now and in the future.
My Experience As a Senior
I’ve been seeing this trend going around Facebook of people posting their senior portraits. Well here’s mine! I’m going to tell you a little bit about my experience and struggles when I was a senior.
When I took my senior pictures, it is still one of my favorite memories of my senior year. I used the same studio photographer that all my friends were using. We drove two hours to this guy’s studio (All About Faces) and carefully chose three outfits to be photographed in. The photographer made me feel at ease and took their time to not rush the process which I so appreciated.
Senior Photos Have Power
Ya’ll! High school can be rough. I know! I had a pretty great high school experience minus one stupid ex-boyfriend. We all had at least one bad relationship, right? I was just coming off a hard break up, and that relationship had really made my confidence suffer.
I remember that shoot as a turning point in my life. I left the shoot itself with some much gained confidence. When I had my image delivery meeting (now I know it as in person sales meetings) but I saw myself as the person I wanted to be. I remember thinking, wow, is that me?!
Pictures have power, I’m telling you! Photography is a tool to help empower you and boost your confidence.
Back in my day, you gave all your friends wallets of your senior pictures. Maybe it was because it was before Facebook, Instagram or TikTok confidence boosters. Yes, I just equated wallet sized portraits to today’s gratification of social media.
Maybe guys don’t experience this in the same way girls do, but I want to give my seniors all the confidence in the world. Whether you are a guy or a girl graduating next year, I’d love to take your senior pictures! Both guys and girls have felt really comfortable during my sessions and really love the images.
Schedule Your Senior Photos and Family Session
If the parents want to tag along on these special senior sessions I always recommend it. I’ll even snap a picture or two of you and your senior. I have found that those pictures together are always a cherished favorite. Fill out this form to schedule today.
Last week I spent five days in my family’s home town of Norfork, Arkansas with Tyson. We got to fish and eat some of my grandma’s Southern farm-to-table home cooking. I’m still dreaming about our deer steak with gravy and fried rainbow trout and hushpuppies. Although the food was amazing, one of the highlights for me was getting to photograph my cousin Rebecca’s senior pictures. I got to shoot her older brother’s senior pictures in 2012 and this was such an awesome opportunity to do her’s two years later. We got to make it personal for Rebecca, since we shot at her home, around the barn, hay fields, and in the creek. It was so fun getting to just hang out with her for an hour and a half.
It wasn’t till after the session that it occurred to me how much she’s grown up. I remember the day she was born, moments in church when she was a child and would do laps around the chairs, and watching her catch perch in Norfork Lake. Now it’s such a wonderful thing seeing her turn into this beautiful woman. Time goes by way too fast.
Jackie is an artist and a true doll. I’ve had her as a student for the last two years and it didn’t take long to recognize how talented she is. Jackie did the calligraphy for my new logo and designed some graphics that I’ll start using on my new website and press material shortly. So the watermark you see on my images was done by her! For such a natural artist, It was fitting to start her shoot at the new structure in Fayetteville by Irish artist Maser.
Make sure to check out my new website and be on the look out for Jackie’s art adorning the pages very soon.
Leaving my teaching job isn’t easy when you have to say goodbye to students like Kailee. Kailee has been my co-editor in yearbook and some days I ask myself what I’d do without her. I am so thankful for all the hard work she has put in to the yearbook and all the late nights we spent working on the pages at school. We had so much fun going to downtown Rogers for her portraits. From there I knew she wanted a river or something more rustic so we went out the War Eagle Mill. It was perfect!
Emily is a one-of-a-kind client of mine. She’s also my editor for my high school newspaper, student, and former student. Does that make any sense? Probably not, so let me explain.
I first met Emily last year when I was an intern at Prairie Grove High School. This isn’t her first appearance on my blog. She actually was one of the first students in a series of posts I wrote last year when I was teaching a photography workshop in the yearbook class. See her pretty face from a previous post here.
Now, Emily is in my Journalism class and is our school’s newspaper, the PG Post, editor. I couldn’t do anything with out her! She’s extremely smart, not to mention very good at grammar. She catches all my little punctuation and grammar mistakes. Bless her.
You may be asking, what’s with the coca cola? Well, Emily’s kitchen is decked out in Coca Cola memorabilia. We had to get a photo that would fit right in the family kitchen!
Have a great day!
I’ve been just dying to post these pictures since the minute after Victoria’s shoot was over. There was just something magical about her senior session. It may have had something to do with the morning light, or the locations, but honestly it’s just Victoria. She has those stunning blue eyes, and a look that just makes you want to give her your full attention. She rocked it during the shot and we had so much fun! She drove down from Rogers, and we met at Starbucks, after we got our teas we headed to downtown Fayetteville. It was a Saturday morning so I was nervous, because Saturday morning in downtown Fayetteville means farmer’s market which equals tons of people. Victoria couldn’t have chosen a better location for the style of photos she wanted. Untraditional, natural, and fabulous! Love it! Now forgive me for posting so many pictures, but it was hard enough to narrow down all the stunning images we got from that day to just these. I’m sure you wont mind!