Last week I had the amazing opportunity to mentor with a husband/wife family photographer team in Brooklyn, New York. I love their candid, journalistic style of shooting and editing so I chose them for a one-on-one mentorship. We shot in a hip, trendy area of Brooklyn, NY – the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). And it was such a nice break from the 100 degree Texas heat.
Most of my business, especially in the fall, is photographing families. Like some photographers, I felt like I had gotten into a creative rut, and I needed some inspiration intervention…especially considering my busy season is approaching. I owe it to my clients and myself to refuel my creative tank. I truly believe that there is always room to grow and improve and a need to rekindle that artistic flame. And I always want this “job” to feel less like a job and more like my passion.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -W.B. Yeats
I am so glad that I did this mentorship. I learned a lot of shooting techniques AND it validated some things that I was already doing. I hope that you enjoy these images that I captured as much as I do. 🙂
What a whirlwind of a shoot – or shoots, actually – that Camryn and I had. She wanted a shoot in her town of Red Oak – and I was excited because I am always up for shooting in new areas. Bad weather wasn’t supposed to hit until later, but Mother Nature had no mercy. The rain forced up to stop. So, fast forward to day 2. Pretty sunny skies, and then raindrops out of nowhere. In fact, her shoot pretty much consisted of sunny skies with a mix of raindrops. It actually made for some beautiful rainbows in the end, however!
And through it all Miss Camryn was just as cool as she could be. So laid back about it and super sweet. She had some great spots chosen for our shoot and some cute outfits so we came out with some pretty awesome captures, I think. Camryn is headed to one of my favorite places on Earth – Aggieland! I am so excited for her time there and her future career in business. I know she’s one smart girl to have been accepted into the College of Business at Texas A&M. I see her doing big things. All the best, Camryn!
Red Oak High School | Red Oak, Texas
College you plan to attend: Texas A&M University
in 15 years I will: have my college degree, a good job and be married with children.
dream vacation: Italy.
favorite meal: That’s a tie…chicken strips or mac n cheese!
People would be surprised to know that I: HATE all kinds of birds!
My most prized possession: My James Avery charm bracelet because it has so many memories.
my best talent: cheerleading and dance
most influential person in my life: My Mom. She is just a great person and hard worker and does so much for our family. She is just a great role model.
I’m happiest when: I am shopping at Alter’d State! lol
best childhood/high school memory: Competing at the dance Worlds in Orlando
Electric. This is how I would describe Miss Cameron. I already knew about her…I’ve watched her in several roles on stage at Forney High School, so I knew she was something special. But wow. I didn’t realize how beautiful she was on the inside as well. She’s fun but warm, confident but humble, outgoing but intimate. I loved our shoot and getting to know her more.
We ventured into Dallas – a city that she says has been her “little New York.” NYC is where she is headed next. I can’t even imagine what amazing things this girl will do. All I know is that I’m ready to sit back and watch her future unfold. Cameron, I am thrilled for you. Knock ’em dead, girl.
Forney High School | Forney, Texas
College you plan to attend: Manhattan School of Music
major: Musical Theatre
in 15 years I will: be living in New York and hopefully working on Broadway.
dream vacation: private island.
favorite meal: Jambalya
People would be surprised to know that I: have a penpal in Turkey.
My most prized possession: My family. I would not have accomplished what I have without them.
my best talent: singing, acting, dancing.
most influential person in my life: My mom. Among many other things, she taught me to work for what I want. When I told her at age 11, what I wanted to do with my life, she responded with “…and you can!”
I’m happiest when: I’m on stage.
best childhood/high school memory: 7th grade- Receiving the lead role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. And so it began…
Robin. What can I say? This Forney High School Senior is authentic and powerful. She’s pensive and intentional and honest. I love that about her. I knew this just from the first hour into the shoot, but then when she submitted her answers to me for this post, it solidified those beliefs that I had about her. Her thoughts are compelling. I commend that, especially coming from an 18 year old. She is wise beyond her years. And gosh, she totally could work the camera. Beautiful girl. If the saying “the eyes are a window of your soul,” is true then Robin embodies this in every sense.
Robin wanted some nature shots in addition to urban. Luckily, I was able to find a park in Oakliff that worked so perfectly for us. The sunlight through the forest-y area and the field was on point. After shooting here, we headed over to Bishop Arts District in Dallas, just a few miles away. It’s a trendy, fun area that I know well. I loved the combination of shots we were able to capture.
I am so proud of you, Robin. Your wisdom and steadfastness will carry you far. I wish you so much success and happiness.
kathleen elizabeth (robin)
Forney High School | Forney, Texas
University of North Texas
major: Double Major- Computer Science and Vocal Performance, Counseling minor
in 15 years I will: be working for Nintendo.
dream vacation: Hyrule from Breath of the Wild
favorite meal: Margharita Flatbread from Chili’s
People would be surprised to know that I: keep my promises.
most influential person in my life: I have 3, and I can’t place one above the other currently. But John Melton helped me rewrite my future, and the two teachers, Sean Worrell and Nathan Waller, would not be as prevalent in my life without the progress John helped me make. John and Mr. Worrell are both Christians who prioritize their faith over anything and everything, and I am so thankful to have them in my world. John will say that he put out minimal effort in helping me, and that’s exactly why he is the greatest person I have ever known. He doesn’t have to think too hard to do something good, and to him it costs him nothing, whereas with others doing good tends to be a burden. I work to be like him. Our friendship brings me peace.
I’m happiest when: I’m with my favorite people.
My most prized possession: My two labs I’ve trained for over 4 years, Bo and Luke.
best childhood/high school memory: I’m sorry, but not much will top the times we played video games (super smash bros) on free days or after school in the engineering department. In general all of my good times are directly related to the engineering department of FHS.
my best talent: Mario Kart. Tilt controls. Fight me.
Meet Mackensie, cutest little softball player around! A senior at Forney High School and she and her team are dominating on the field. She pretty much dominated her photo session, too, although she’s too sweet to admit that. She was a little shy at first but like always, by the end, these girls can read my mind and they can pose and show me lots of sass, just like I want.
Before the session, I had scoped out this awesome, drab field of dead — weeds, sticks?? Sounds ironic, huh? It looked so cool from the road and when I saw what Mak had brought clothes-wise, I knew we had to shoot there. A flowy, floral cardigan with lots of color would totally pop with all the gray. I loved that she was up for it. We also (carefully) trampled through tall grass and bluebonnets and found another amazing barn, always a favorite of mine. The more dilapidated, the better. 🙂
I loved our session and I loved getting to know Mak and her mom. Good luck, playing softball in college, Mak. I know you’ll do big things all around, sweet girl!
Forney High School | Forney, Texas
in 15 years I will: be married with kids, working at a hospital somewhere.
dream vacation: the Bahamas.
favorite meal: grilled shrimp, baked potato and salad from Texas Roadhouse.
People would be surprised to know that I: am a certified phlebotomy technician.
My most prized possession: my cat, Ranger.
my best talent: pitching.
most influential person in my life: My parents, they always push me to be the very best I can be and support me no matter what.
I’m happiest when: I’m spending time with my family or playing softball.
best childhood/high school memory: going to Gulf Shores with my family for vacation.