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!