High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Amber

Amber-4Amber-2Amber-3Downtown Phoenix has my heart. There are endless photo ops that give a senior the opportunity to have unique photos unlike their friends. Amber had a thought in mind of what she wanted her back drop to be so we decided to go to Arizona Center and it was perfect!

When she showed me her outfits, I got some ideas of the spots I would take her for the look she was going for. It was fun to see her personality come through as we got further into her session.

When she put on her last outfit, I wanted to really add the 70’s vibe into the edit of the photos.

My edit comes souly from the feel of the photo itself. If a photo has a playful feel, I will edit accordingly. This one session had two totally different feels and I really wanted to showcase them both. I think we definitely nailed the look she wanted by doing this.

My senior has variety in her session and I can not wait for her to receive her photos!

 

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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Mila

 

 

Mila and her brother combined their senior sessions at DC Ranch Marketplace over the weekend. Mila is graduating from high school and Clayton, who graduated from NAU this year. Mom wanted them to have photos together in their cap and gowns which worked out great! (Clayton’s post will be next)

After Clayton’s session was done, we focused on Mila. When I first asked Mila where she wanted her photos to be done, she told me she really wanted a  field with flowers which is pretty much every senior girls dream session that lives in Arizona because there are no fields of flowers here! (Unless I am missing them, someone please tell me!!) She decided she would be ok with her alternative which was more of a industrial look with cool walls, etc. As we were walking around, we started seeing bloom after bloom of different cactus flowers. This is the time of year in Arizona where all the colors start to show! Needless to say, Mila got her flowers! I think it was better than a field!

Graduation is a little over a month away for Mila and she is super excited. I remember taking her homecoming photos her freshman year like it was yesterday. These four years were a blink. Mila is a beautiful girl and I am so excited for her and her future!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kieran & Lynn

These two are best friends and wanted to have their senior sessions together. I was all for it! They started with hair and makeup and we ended up at Scorpion Gulch at South Mountain. I had never been there before and I was so excited to shoot at a new location. It was beautiful too!!

The girls wanted to have photos together describing their friendship. They had specific poses they wanted to do and even when they were pretending to choke each other, the one thing that stood out the most was the realness of their friendship. They are total opposites in so much of their personalities which is why they probably get along so well!

They had so much fun having the session together. They helped make each other laugh and pose and assist in each others photos. There was no shortage of smiles either!

The girls goals and dreams will keep them close to each other after they graduate. But no matter where life takes them, I believe their friendship will always be strong!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kurt

As most of you know, I have a huge love for this high school because I graduated from it. As well, my kids have and will graduate from there. When I get calls from friends that I graduated with to capture their kids senior sessions, puts it all into perspective that we are getting OLD! But love nonetheless!

Kurt is one of those kids! His mom and I went to high school together and as we approach our kids graduation, we also approach our 20 year reunion. Which is crazy because seriously, we are not that old! Ok enough about us!

Kurt played football all 4 years of high school. So it was necessary to be on the football field for the last half of his session. His passion for the game is being left on the high school football field but the memories will live on in him forever.

Senior guy sessions are pretty easy. They are basically there for their moms. And when mom puts them in their element, they relax, making portraits a little more enjoyable! Kurt was in his element! It was hard to get him not to smile! He was so respectful and open to the ideas we had. He even had an audience of his siblings who followed him around his session! There was no way we were going to the football field without them! I think they had a good time too!

I am super excited for Kurt and his upcoming graduation! Can’t wait to see him in his cap and gown!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Austin

I have known Austin since he was in kindergarten. His older sister and Kylee are best friends and Kaycee and him are the same age. So when Tiffani would come over to our house, there were a few times that Austin came over as well. I could add in some pretty funny videos of Kaycee and him dancing to Michael Jackson but I will be nice and not embarrass them! Although, neither one are the embarrassed type!

Anyways, now Austin is a senior and getting ready to graduate and two of his pride and joys are his truck and football. Naturally, adding these into his session brought his personality to the forefront.

It was so awesome that I was his photographer and made it easier for him to be comfortable in front of the camera. However, that wasn’t too hard because Austin has a knack for the spotlight! I was happy to have spent some time with him and his mom to reminisce about when he was little and how proud we are of him and his future!

Before we know it, graduation will be here! Have you booked your senior session yet?

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Nyssa

Have I ever told you all how much I love my job?? Seniors like Nyssa put a smile on my face and remind me everyday of the passion I have for what I do! Not only do I love to produce amazing images for my seniors and their parents, I also get to know these amazing young people and how much this generation will make a difference in our future!

Thank goodness the clouds parted ways for her session but it was COLD! There was a definite 20 degree difference in the sun versus the shade. I told Nyssa to keep jumping up and down, running, anything to stay warm! Her feet were numb but only because she was wearing her moms shoes that were a size and a half too small! But hey! Beauty is pain and the heels looked so cute on her!

Her brother was a great assistant for me and learned how to use the reflector perfectly! And this session made it real for mom that in a few short months she will be a high school graduate and will be off to the air force!

This session was beautiful and I am so glad to have met Nyssa and her family!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Nylah

Road trips are always an amazing way to have a memorable senior session! That is exactly what Nylah did! We started at the White tank mountains and ended up in Flagstaff where in a few short months, she will be living! We found a laundry mat during our  trip and thought it would be fun to get creative and get something totally unique added to her shoot!

Nylah’s biggest request was the snow! She needed that to make her session perfect. This winter has been so mild that we were very nervous about making that happen. She was overjoyed when we found patches of it!! It was enough to make her so happy! She was in her own world which made for some adorable shots!

Even though Nylah is one of my senior reps, I had fun spending the day together getting to know her even more! She is the sweetest girl, so excited about moving to Flagstaff and I can already see what an awesome “little” adult she will be! She will have no problem with living in the snow either!

Make sure to click on the photos to enlarge them! She has the most electric blue eyes I have ever seen!!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Parker

First senior shoot of 2018! A success!

For those of you that don’t live in Arizona, we have had the most mild winter so far. I don’t think there has been one day where the temperature has been below 65. The majority of the days have been in the 70’s. Just beautiful weather! Over the weekend, I checked the weather. Every day, sunny and between 65 and 75 degrees. Day of shoot? Raining! Ok so it was supposed to start raining at the time of the session. Seriously? Of all days. Anyways, I love when my clients can be flexible! Parkers mom and I went back and forth on a back up plan. We decided to just move the session to earlier in the day and it totally worked out! The weather was great! The session was awesome!

Parker had liked the junkyard location so we went there. My favorite location! We got some really cool shots and I really love the colors that were brought out in this session! I love my GQ Seniors!

Who’s next?

High School Senior Photography

Kaycee

I’m sure by now everyone knows who my kids are! This one is my senior this year! Fun fact: She does not like taking pictures that much! She was the reason I started photography! I was the typical mom having her first baby and wanting to capture every second of her life! She was like my real life Barbie doll. I would put her in all different outfits and take pictures of her.

You see, my husband and I have his, hers, and ours. Kaycee and I met Kylee when she was 6 and at that time Kaycee was 2. That was in 2002. Then, Clint and I were married in 2003 and had Maddie in 2004. From then on, I had 3 gorgeous models that I could photograph any time I wanted! If I was searching for a new location, I would tell them to dress up and we would have a photo shoot! (that would actually be a fun post to share! The girls would probably kill me!)

Anyways, Kaycee is the one that will give me 30 minutes and then be done. But she is also a huge supporter of my photography! So of course, it’s not just one senior session. I have to split them up into 30 minute sessions! LOL This being the first. Her boyfriend was in this shoot which will be a later post!

Ok, I am rambling! Kaycee is one of the strongest kids I have ever known. She has a deep routed passion for Christ and centers her life around Him. She knows that He has huge plans for her and is so ready for the next adventure, NAU! She will be moving to Flagstaff in the fall and I am so proud of her. She is definitely the type of girl that really doesn’t know how beautiful she is!

High School Senior Photography

Ariana

I have SO much to say about this session! The first blog post of 2018 to visually show the creative high I am on! Ariana’s mom and I went to high school together and boy has senior photos come a long way since our day! By the way, we are not that old either!  Wicker chairs do not describe personalities very well! Todays senior portrait sessions are meant to show off the true character of the senior and their qualities and aspirations.

I think this shoot did just that for Ariana! Her session was the first time I had met her although we chatted through text leading up to the day. She was a bit nervous because she felt as though she was not the photogenic type. She explained to me what she was looking for in her session and we talked about what she was passionate about. She is a beautiful singer! I told her that was something we needed to incorporate because it makes her who she is. She agreed!

We decided on downtown Phoenix and leaned towards a more artistic vibe, another part of Ariana’s persona. I love starting at one area and just wondering around finding new little places that would fit the feel. We totally lucked out! As we were walking, Ariana spotted a record store. Of course, the outside had some awesome art on the walls. Then we decided to go inside and grab a couple shots. I am so glad we did. They are some of my favorites!

The styles Ariana chose were true to who she is, however, she went a step further with her accessories which tied the whole session together. She also had her hair color corrected prior to her shoot which made her so much happier coming into her session. Check out https://www.instagram.com/vividhaircreations/ to see her transformation!

Ariana left her senior photo shoot feeling so confident in her portraits. She was comfortable and relaxed and by mid session she was a pro at posing! I don’t think she will ever say again that she is not photogenic!

She is a beautiful young lady with an amazing spirit! She is active in her community with helping others and being a blessing to those around her. She is very excited about the next chapter in her life and I am thrilled to continue to be her photographer in the coming years!