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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!

Keeping your LOVE Alive in Portraits

February is upon us, and love is in the air. Everywhere we turn we see hearts, flowers, and chocolates. But do we see our love documented in current portraits? Or do we have to reach back through the years to that engagement photo, or wedding album? Of course we cherish those memories of days when our love was young, but what about now?

Years of marriage and togetherness have deepened our love, given us a new definition of romance, and probably a very different idea of what, “Happily Every After,” truly looks like.

Celebrate your love, at every stage. 

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How to Prepare for an ENJOYABLE Family Portrait Session

People tend to get apprehensive, anxious, even panicked when they decide to schedule a family portrait session. Sadly, many people chose not to document their lives, and milestones, because of the stress they feel it will bring. This is a decision that they will undoubtedly regret, when the kids have grown, and the time has passed.

We are here to tell you that planning, preparing, and the entire portrait experience can actually be enjoyable, and a whole lot of fun. We’ve been in this industry for 25 years now, here are 5 simple tips to take family portraits from stressful to successful!

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1. Keep it SIMPLE : Clothing should be simple, no bold patterns or bright colors. Medium tones, such as shades of gray, blue, or beige are great choices. You can add accessories, such as hats, scarves, jackets, or, necklaces to make the wardrobe more unique.

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2. Consider your home Decor: Your family portrait is a piece of artwork that you will proudly display in your home. Clothing choices that compliment your style, and color palette are ideal. Will you be hanging this portrait in a room that is formal with ornate decorations? Or will this portrait lovingly adorn the walls of your intimate living room that is very casual? Answering these questions will help you decide how to dress for your portrait.

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3. No Coaching: Refrain from trying to prepare the kids with specific instructions for the portrait session. Our experience has taught us that kids who received, ‘smile coaching’ from loving parents prior to the session, don’t do as well as those who just show up, and go with the flow.

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4. Give Yourself TIME: Allow plenty of time to prepare on theday of the session. Unnecessary stress prior to the session affects the entire mood of the family, and in turn, the feel of the portrait.

5. Unplug: Leave cell phones and tablets in the car. Sessions are only one hour. It is a great time to connect, reflect, and be present with your family.

Family Portraits can be an exciting, and fun experience. Step back and consider how precious capturing this moment, forever in time, truly is. Choose to make it enjoyable for yourself, and your family. Set the intention when you book to fully enjoy the process of documenting your legacy. That’s a choice you certainly won’t regret.

 

Maternity Session

Had such a great time capturing these photos in a field near Frisco. So cool that this week I met the Miller’s newborn baby girl, Sanaa Elise, and did portraits of her. She joins big brother Cameron to complete the family. The Miller’s ordered a really cool framed collage of these images and it turned out AMAZING! Next we are going to do a gorgeous, custom album mixing some of the maternity and newborn photos. Can’t wait to see the finished products!

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What to Wear in Family Portraits

Every year we are asked the same question…..”What do we wear for our portraits this year?” It’s a great question because poor planning/clothing can pretty much destroy an otherwise awesome photo. Families are units of individual people so dressing in all exact matching clothing is not ideal. NEITHER IS EVERYONE WEARING THEIR FAVORITE OUTFIT! Color harmony is super important. If your goal is to have something beautiful to put on your wall at home, you should consider dressing is a color palette that works well with the decor you have. We have a page dedicated to clothing in family photos. Here is the link: https://www.pinterest.com/iimagesphotog/clothing-suggestions-for-family-portraits/
I especially love this chart as a reference for colors that look great together.mixing colors

Hana

The first time I met Hana in person was at a shoot in the studio for our high school model team. I knew in an instant she was special. Hana is completely natural in front of the camera. She has a super sweet personality and is very talented. She plans on possibly a career in fashion. There are so many amazing photos of her – here are just a few….

A few facts about Hana:
A quote she loves, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Einstein
Her favorite musical artist – David Bowie
Her favorite movies are Funny Face and The Breakfast Club
Her pet’s name is Lola and she is a Yorkie!

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Hallie

In the spotlight today is Plano West senior, Hallie. Hallie is a member of our model team. Her senior session was done in June before things really heated up.

Hallie’s Mom, Sondra, and I are from the same small Oklahoma town – Duncan, OK. I have done several kids from Duncan through the years and it is always a honor for me to get to work with people from my hometown.

Get to know Hallie –

Favorite thing to do in her spare time is SING. Her favorite musical artist is John Mayer. She loves the bible verse, “Come to me, all those who are weary, and I will give you rest. ” Matthew 11:28

What a great kid with a bright future and so photogenic! Here are just a few of the images from her session.

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Senior Model Team 2017!

We had a great time photographing the first girls from the Class of 2017 in a vintage 1940’s style of photography. Each model was easy to work with and so beautiful. Can’t wait to photograph them individually this summer for their senior portrait sessions! We will be posting some of their images throughout the summer and I know they will be awesome so stay tuned!group
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kealie

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alexa

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pearlsSchools represented by our models this year include Prosper HS, Plano West HS, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Frisco Wakeland, Frisco Lonestar, McKinney Boyd and Allen HS.