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.
We had another great senior and amazing senior shoot. Brittany requested an urban theme which is a fun change for me. Of course I love it all, and like I tell my clients…”it’s all about the light. ” We can make anything pretty.
We headed to the Big D and started over off Commerce Street. I had discovered a neat parking garage awhile back and I knew the textures and light would be very cool for a senior shoot. I am so glad that Brittany trusted my vision because I think these ended up being some of my favorites. Brittany was so easy to work with. She’s fun and easy going and was up for anything. After the garage, we headed to Klyde Warren Park, one of my favorite venues in which to shoot. We can get the urban look and the park look all in one. I enjoyed hanging out with Brittany and her mom. I hope these pictures give you a little glimpse into our fun and Brittany’s sweet personality.
Thank you, Brittany for choosing me to be a part of your senior year! I wish you all the best.
Horn High School | Mesquite, Texas
in 15 years I will: have a beautiful family and a great job in a hospital somewhere.
dream vacation: Alaska!
favorite meal: pasta
People would be surprised to know that I: have a 10 inch scar on my back from my spinal fusion surgery I had when I was 15.
My most prized possession: my puppies
my best talent: procrastinating!
most influential person in my life: Probably my Dad. He gives great advice. He guides me through life and has good morals that I look up to.
I’m happiest when: I’m hanging out with my friends.
best childhood/high school memory: all the fun day trips my friends and I have had.
Other than the crazy wind, we had a great time for Shelly’s senior session. Pretty, sunny skies and great conversation between Shelly, her mom and me. I have known this family for some time. I photographed Shelly’s older sister 5 years ago as a senior, so I was honored and so happy to get to do this for Shelly too. Shelly, also a Forney High School student, impressed me so much with her ambition and drive. She is on the path to becoming a nurse practitioner, and I have no doubt she will do just that. She is such a sweetheart and she has the most beautiful smile ever. I seriously think this first picture of her especially, is so telling of her personality. Sweet, honest, determined and full of grace.
Shelly had a special request for her shoot. She wanted to take some shots with her dad’s 1972 vintage orange Chevrolet pick-up truck named “Squash”. Of course you knew my answer. I am a sucker for most anything vintage, especially vehicles. You’ll see a couple of my favorites of Shelly and Squash. 🙂
Thank you, Shelly, for choosing me! I hope you love these as much as I loved taking and perfecting them. I wish you nothing but the very best.
Forney High School | Forney, Texas
Texas Tech University
in 15 years I will: have a family and be a nurse practitioner.
dream vacation: tour of Europe.
favorite meal: pizza
People would be surprised to know that I: am a bomb babysitter.
My most prized possession: My converse collection
my best talent: binge watching Netflix.
most influential person in my life: My mom, she has taught me everything I know and I’ll forever be grateful!
I’m happiest when: I’m cuddling with my dogs and cat.
best childhood/high school memory: hanging with my friends and jamming to music.
Spring Break was good to us! So thankful the rain held off for Courtney’s senior shoot in Katy, Texas. I had shot in Katy before so I knew of some great spots, but I was hoping to just luck out with some other good spots along the way. And we did! Several great fields with neat textures and flowers and…just look at my subject. She has beautiful cheekbones and those eyelashes are just stunning. And she’s just as funny as she is pretty.
Courtney is the kind of girl who can laugh at herself and really knows how to just enjoy life. She’s so much fun to be around. Her smile is radiant and she’s the kind of girl who every mom and dad hope their daughter grows up to be….kind, confident, easy-going and level-headed. I know that her parents are very proud of her. And so is her tribe of neighbors… 😉
All the best, Courtney!
Cinco Ranch High School | Katy, Texas
in 15 years I will: be out of college.
dream vacation: Colorado
favorite meal: chicken nuggets and fries
People would be surprised to know that I: can raise my eyebrows one at a time.
My most prized possession: my phone
most influential person in my life: My dad because of his perspectives on life.
I’m happiest when: I’m with my friends.
best childhood/high school memory: going to Disneyworld with my drill team.
2016 was my busiest year to date! And I think it’s fitting since I’m close to my anniversary of a decade-long career as a photographer. As usual, I loved capturing all these special shots of new and returning families, and these pictures make me smile BIG. I hope they make you happy, too. The session locations this past fall included a field near my home in Forney, TX, sessions in the Dallas Bishop Arts District, Klyde Warren Park, Katy, TX and also tree farm mini sessions at my home.
I always create a special “Christmas-y” concept shoot every season. I stress over these a lot, because I want them to be perfect. In the photography world, I feel like there is a fine line between cheesy and cool and just enough vs. over the top. I prefer minimal props, so the focus remains on the families and children. For the tree farm minis, I bought 20 live Christmas trees from Yesterland Farms in Canton, Texas, and I scored an amazing 1966 VW beetle on CraigsList for $150! I envisioned this car for the set-up vs. an old truck because I just wanted something more unique and…funky! The car was literally a piece of junk – no motor, lots of body damage and in desperate need of a new coat of paint. I had faith that I could get this car picture-ready. My husband on the other hand was not nearly as positive or happy with my purchase. But the man I bought it from put me in contact with a guy who could fix it up for me.
So for an extra $300, this piece of junk became a wonderful treasure! How cute is she?
Once again, I redeemed myself. My vision turned into a reality and clients loved the tree farm and my adorable VW bug.
Here are some of my favorite images from the fall. Thank you for choosing me. I truly appreciate you.
And we can’t forget all my babies!
I am confident 2017 will be as busy, fun and full of beautiful images. 🙂