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Nicole, Senior 2021

Nicole was one of the first of the Class of 2021 that we photographed this year. If the experience for both her and us is any indication of what’s in store for the year, things are going to be absolutely amazing. Nicole seems like an “old soul” with an outgoing, compassionate and tenacious spirit. She was absolutely a delight to work with and we are in love with her casual, beautiful results. Check out a few pics from her session…..

Nicole’s future plans are to attend college, obtain a Master’s in athletic training and Doctorate in physical therapy. Her ultimate goal is to become a trainer/physical therapist in the NFL.

It hasn’t been easy going into a senior year with a pandemic and uncertainty everywhere but Nicole says that the whole experience has “Taught me to look at the positives in a bad situation.”

Good Luck Nicole. You make the future seem as though we are all in good hands!

Senior Model 2020 – Haley

Haley certainly lights up the camera! She is a beautiful, mature girl who is passionate, caring and kind. More than anyone else in the world, she is inspired by her parents because they are “great people!” Her parents have raised an awesome young women with a bright future ahead. She is undecided on her career path but has chosen to attend The University of Oklahoma next fall. She is going to love cheering on the Sooners and settling into her new life in Norman.

Haley’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her friends and family AND her fur babies which include her lab Boomer, and chihuahua Emma. She also has two rag doll cats named Max and Juliet. Haley also has a job at a local restaurant AND is president of the student council at school.

A bible verse that Haley loves is “Let all you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

We loved photographing and getting to know Haley……Boomer Sooner!

Senior Model 2020 – Kierstin

I’ve been photographing Kierstin and her sisters for a VERY long time. It has been fun watching them grow into beautiful young women. She is the FIRST of the girls to be a senior and is certainly setting the bar high!

Kierstin has two dogs named Baylor and Raider. The names come from her parents’ alma maters – Baylor (Dad) and Texas Tech (Mom). Maybe one day she will have a dog of her own and name it “Cowboy” because her future plans are to attend either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State and major in public relations/marketing/advertising.

“Start each day with a grateful heart.” Those words inspire Kierstin.

Kierstin is a ray of sunshine and she loves murals so the pic above is so PERFECT! She also loves music by Harry Styles and working at Bahama Bucks where she is a shift lead.

Good Luck Kierstin!

Meagan – Senior Model 2020

WOW! Meagan is a multi-talented, sweet and beautiful young woman. She was tons of fun to photograph and her pics are truly special!

Meagan is not only a gorgeous, brown-eyed stunner, she is funny and athletic! She was a regional finalist in track and a high school cheerleader. In addition, she loves to sing and play the guitar. Her favorite musical artist is Kacey Musgraves.

Meagan’s future looks bright as her plans include studying food science/communications at Baylor University. She leans on this verse to guide the way: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Senior Model – Hannah

Meet HANNAH, Senior Class of 2020 at McKinney Christian Academy. Her favorite high school tradition was the mum and garter exchange and homecoming game. A fun high school memory was watching “The Great Gatsby” in English class.

Hannah spends LOTS of her time at the gym training for gymnastics. It is rare to see someone stick with a sport that demands so much time and effort as gymnastics through high school! AWESOME

Hannah is truly one of the sweetest, most down to earth seniors that I have had the pleasure of photographing. She is the last graduate of a long line of beautiful sisters. I know her family is proud of the wonderful person she is!

Senior Model 2020 – Alaia

Alaia’s name is perfect for her because she is truly a one of kind girl. She describes her style as “grungy, retro” and she seems to be a person that doesn’t really care what others are doing – she has her own idea of what she likes and formulates her own opinions and tastes. It’s really fun to photograph someone like Alaia who is confident and has an interesting, artsy side.

Her friends would describe her as “dedicated, ambitious, and passionate.” Having those qualities = a recipe for success! Someday she would like to have her undergrad degree in English and go on to become a corporate lawyer. PERFECT! Teens like Alaia are our future. Doesn’t that make you feel like we are in good hands?

Some of Alaia’s favs include The Beatles – (musical artist) and Baby Driver (movie). Her favorite ways to spend free time are listening to music, reading and writing.

This beautiful soul is ultra photogenic as you see!! Here’s a sampling of some of her senior pics……

Senior Model 2020 – Ashley

Ashley is a natural beauty inside and out! There are SO many awesome pictures of her it was hard to narrow them down. Ashley has an easy going personality and is lots of fun to be around.

In her free time, you might find her at home listening to Luke Combs or chasing around her golden retriever, Daisy. One of her favorite things to do is work out at the CrossFit. Anyone that stays dedicated to CrossFit is a very disciplined person!

She is inspired by her Dad because of his work ethic and drive. He gives her motivation to work hard and go after her goals which include studying nutritional science at Baylor. Ashley’s brother, Derek, is currently a Baylor student and the whole family are fans of the Bears. In addition, they love to cheer on the Dallas Stars. We are cheering for Ashley as she completes high school and moves into the next phase of life in Waco.

Client Spotlight – Ashley Cooley

Say Hello to Miss Ashley Cooley- Senior Model 2019

As a varsity cheerleader at Wakeland, Ashley’s favorite memories of high school have been cheering under the Friday night lights of Texas Football. She loves the themed student sections at football games!

Ashley also participates in Frisco ISD’s Health Science Program, where she gets to shadow nurses and doctors at local hospitals. She has been able to earn her CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) license as a part of her training in the Health Science Program.

Ashley enjoys volunteering at local philanthropies, including Ronald McDonald House, Sunrise Senior Center, and Frisco Family Services as a member of the Frisco Chapter of the National Charity League ) a mother /daughter service and leadership organization).

As a former member of Wakeland Legacy Line Drill Team, and a member of the competitive dance team at Power House Dance- it goes without saying that this girl loves to dance! Her spare time is spent hanging out with friends, playing with her little dog Sophie, babysitting, or watching her favorite movie, “The Notebook.”

 

 

Ashley draws inspiration from her mom and sister, and finds encouragement and strength in Isaiah 41:10- Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Ashley is doing wonderful things in this world. She plans to attend Baylor or Clemson in the fall, and pursue a degree in nursing.

Congratulations Ashley!

 

Top 20 Graduation Songs

Celebration is in the air, and an essential element to every party is the PERFECT music. Graduation is a mix of a million emotions, and we’ve got a playlist of the 20 best graduation songs to carry you through each one of them. I’ve hand selected the perfect mix, including some old, some new, a little bit of pop, a sprinkle of country, a dash of rock, & of course some hip hop. Make a playlist out of these, and your Grad Party soundtrack is ready to go!

  1. Vitamin C, “Graduation” (Friends Forever)  : Doesn’t matter if you’re graduating this year, or if you graduated 20 years ago, this one tugs at the heart strings. 
  2.  Queen, “We Are The Champions”  : Come on, you knew this one was going to be close to the top of the list. 
  3. “My Wish” Rascal Flats : I’ve listened to this one about 1,000 times, and it still gets me!
  4. “Firework” “Katy Perry : Gotta scream it from the top of your lungs!!
  5. “The Adventure of a Lifetime” Coldplay: Good vibes all around with this one.
  6. Miley Cyrus, “The Climb”  :Sing it Miley! Oh, how we love Ms. Cyrus from her, “Hannah Montana” days.
  7. Bill Withers, “Lean on Me” :If you are blessed, some of the people you walk across that graduation stage with, will still be walking next to you through your next milestones moments.
  8. Boyz to Men, “End of the Road” : This one takes me straight back to being 18.
  9. American Authors, “Best Day of My Life” : Try not to smile while this plays, IMPOSSIBLE!

10. Beyonce’, “I Was Here” : It wouldn’t be a party playlist without something from Queen B.! Gives me the chills every time.

  1. The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” : It’s more than the, “Friends” theme song. It’s a super sweet graduation track!
  2. Pharrell Williams, “Happy” : Why wouldn’t this be on every party playlist?
  3. Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance” : If the mama’s of graduates don’t cry on this one, you may need to check their pulse.
  4. Baz Luhrmann – “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” : This one may be new to you, but it is a long time favorite of mine, and I think you’ll like it.
  5. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”  Bittersweet melody, let it inspire you to be present with those you hold dear.

  1. Andy Grammar, “Back Home” : Always remember your roots!
  2. The Beatles – “With A Little Help From My Friends” LIVE : Gotta have some classics.
  3. Nicki Minaj – “Moment 4 Life”: Dance break! Jam out to this one!
  4. Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink” : Absorb the message here, and you will be a step ahead of the game.
  5. Katy Perry- “Roar” Yeah, she has two songs on the list, it had to be that way.

Dear ones, enjoy this time in your life. I hope these songs resonate with you, and stir emotions that cause you to fully be present, and soak up every moment of this monumental time in your life. Congratulations!

GUYS Senior Portrait Prep



Tips and ideas for your session

CLOTHING: Wear what you love and be who you are! We want to capture your unique style and personality! Be sure to choose a variety of colors and styles. Vary the dress level: some dressy, some casual and some in between. Some shots are up close, others are full length. Plan outfits from head to toe down to your shoes. Don’t forget about the extras (hats, belts, watch, sunglasses, etc).

NOTE: Make sure your shirts are ironed. We can’t “photoshop” out wrinkles. Hang them on a hanger to bring to the session. This is the number one, most overlooked detail!

COMPLEXION: We retouch blemishes, so don’t worry about minor breakouts. Regarding scars and moles: we don’t remove anything permanent unless you request us to. Our goal is to create images that look natural. Just let us know your preference.

HAIR:Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Do it at least 6-10 days ahead of your photo session appointment.

GLASSES:Most prescription glasses glare. Some more than others. Consider checking with your optometrist because most can loan you an empty set of frames or pop out your lenses of your session. Of course, we want you to be able to see, so do what feels best.

BRING & WEAR THE THINGS THAT DEFINE YOU

WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE/ INCLUDE WHAT YOU DO

 01: DRESSY

DRESS PANTS
BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS
JACKETS & VESTS
SUITS / TUX
TIES & BOW TIES
PEA COAT
BUTTON UP SWEATERS
DRESS SHOES




02: CASUAL

FAVORITE JEANS
CARGO PANTS
BOARD SHORTS
HENLEY AND TEES 
HOODIES
DENIM OR OTHER JACKET
SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS
SWEATERS


03: EXTRAS                                                                                                   

HATS
WATCHES
SUNGLASSES
FLIP FLOPS
VARIETY OF SHOES
BOOTS
BELTS
SCARVES
COAT/ JACKET
ANYTHING THAT'S YOU

04: YOU

BIKE
YOUR CAR / TRUCK
GUITAR
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
DOG OR PET
SKIS / GOGGLES
HOBBY PROPS



05: SPORTS

SPORTS UNIFORM
EQUIPMENT
BASKETBALL
BAT / BALLS / MITT
FOOTBALL
LETTERMAN
HOCKEY STICK
JERSEY WITH JEANS
TENNIS GEAR
ANYTHING YOU LOVE