Anna >> 2017 Scottsboro Senior

I was beginning to think I wouldn’t have any Scottsboro seniors in my class of 2017, but Anna showed up after the new year to book her session and I am so glad she did! As soon as I walked into the studio where Kendall was finishing up her hair and makeup, I knew that we were going to get some amazing, unique portraits with this girl. From the fringe that she cut herself to the wire rimmed glasses, Anna had such a fun style that I couldn’t wait to capture.

We shot Anna’s portraits in early March and it was FREEZING! With Alabama weather, it’s so hard to predict how the tempature will be so you can plan outfits for your shoot. I have shot on a cold, windy day on a Monday and then sweated through one on Tuesday– you just never know! Luckily, Anna had a good mix of warm and cool weather clothes so she got some respite from the chill. The image below of Anna walking in her checkered jacket and black floppy brimmed hat with the sunlight glowing around her is one of my favorite images not just from her session, but from the whole year!

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Anna’s second look was cute and casual, and she sported her glasses for some of these shots. I joked that she looked like an archeology student who was about to get pulled into an adventure with Indiana Jones, but seriously, I love this look! We used one of my favorite sets of steps to give these images an urban feel that was a little less modern than the previous set in her white coat.

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Anna’s next outfit was a bit more dressy, but still worked well in the urban environment. I love the rich, dark velvet against Anna’s porcelain skin, and the contrast of those soft elements with the harsh background. Not sure if you can tell from all the adjectives I’m throwing around, but I was seriously inspired by this girl’s session! By this time, the sun was getting low and so was the temperature, but we had one last outfit to shoot before we ended our time together.

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We started with this last look in town, and then made our way to my favorite little spot up on the ridge. This blush color was so pretty on Anna, and she even made it her own by getting rid of some larger stones that came on the dress. We hurried up to our last location to beat the sunset and I tried to shoot quickly before we froze! I was wearing a big warm peacoat, so I wasn’t feeling it too much, but I had to lend it to Anna while we were getting our shots set up because I hated seeing her shiver! I am obsessed with the last few images from that day– so soft and romantic with that amazing sunset light. We covered a whole range of looks that day, but each one was unique to Anna’s style, and that’s what I love most!

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Alexis >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

Earlier this year, I had the honor of photographing the 2017 Fort Payne High School valedictorian! Of course I love getting to work with all my seniors, but I know from past experience how much work it takes to get to the top of your class (I didn’t work quite hard enough and only came in third) and I totally admire Alexis for that! Besides being smart and talented, you can also see that this girl is gorgeous! She opted to upgrade to our on location hair and makeup option, so Kendall came along with us to work her magic.

Alexis was a master at getting the most out of her outfits. We were switching up tops and jackets and sweaters in just seconds and creating completely different looks! You can see in the second outfit below, all Alexis had to do was trade her white and grey jacket for this fur trimmed sweater and it looked like a new outfit! This is one of my top tips for getting the most out of your session with me.

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Next, Alexis switched into a dark green faux leather dress which looked great on her, but can we focus on the obvious here for a moment? How amazing is this girl’s hair?! It’s the perfect golden blonde color and she has TONS of it. The shot on the right here is practically a shampoo ad. This dress looks like it was made for these locations, and I love the urban twist with the leather material on a more feminine silhouette. Alexis also threw on a white peacoat over top of it and gave me some serious Gossip Girl vibes! Yes, I was basically transported to the Upper East Side with these images.

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Alexis’s next outfit is actually a dress that I have in my KC Senior Style Closet, but this was her own that she brought along! I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to photograph her in front of the theatre, with the neon lights in the background. Kendall also switched up Alexis’s hair for this look with that amazing halo braid, which was perfect for these fun shots. I also love the little pop of color with her bright pink earrings! I made Alexis do a lot of twirling in this fringe dress, but the pictures were turning out so cute I just couldn’t help myself:)

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In addition to being valedictorian of her class, Alexis was also DeKalb County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2017– a competition I was a part of way back in the day when it was still Junior Miss! She brought along this stunning dress which she wore for the talent portion of the competition and I knew we would have to get some movement in these images. There was plenty of running, hopping, tossing the dress and playing of Taylor Swift music to get these shots to look exactly how I wanted, but I adore these images now– so fun and colorful!

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And of course, we had to get a few pictures of the valedictorian in her cap and gown. Usually when I’m shooting senior sessions, my seniors don’t have their caps and gowns yet, so they’ll borrow from a friend who graduated the previous year. But nobody knows the difference, so we’ll just keep that little secret between us, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Alexis has also been signed to a golf scholarship at Birmingham Southern College so we had to get a shot with her framed admissions letter, too! This girl’s future is so bright and I can’t wait to see where life takes her!

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Taylior >> 2017 Crossville Senior

It’s always interesting to see which schools my seniors come from each year, and this year I was lucky enough to have several Crossville High School seniors! I don’t usually see a lot of Crossville lions in front of my camera, but you might remember Logan‘s session from last week, or Shyann and Iva‘s back in the fall. Taylior’s session worked out so that we got to shoot in several very different locations and pull off a lot of great, unique looks! We started in one of my favorite spots, with the bamboo patch that I use so often for seniors. I just love the colors in the bamboo and how well they compliment more muted tones, like Taylior’s mauve colored top.

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Taylior’s second outfit was a stunning crimson colored dress that was perfect with the dark green of the evergreens and the weathered wooden fence we shot beside. My favorite thing about this set of portraits is how obvious it is that Taylior can go from an adorable laugh to a gorgeous serious face in no time! Seriously, this girl has “the smolder” look down pat.

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Taylior’s dad gifted her this session, and they opted for on location hair and makeup with my fabulous stylist, Kendall. This means that after they finished Taylior’s first hair and makeup look at the studio, Kendall came along with us to the rest of the shoot to make sure Taylior’s look stayed perfect! She also gave Taylior a second hairstyle once we left our first location and headed to a more urban area. The braid is subtle but was still a great way to switch up the style in these portraits!

While we were shooting in this spot, I became a bit enamored with a big, fluffy kitty that was lurking nearby. I honestly would’ve probably chased him down, had I not been such a professional. (That’s sarcasm– in reality I was calling “here kitty, kitty, kitty” and plotting how I could get him to stay in my car until we were done shooting.)

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We ended Taylior’s session at the softball field and I seriously love these shots! I don’t often get to do girls’ sports portraits like these, so it’s always fun when I can keep things more on the light, playful side and not have to worry about making them look “tough” like I do with my guys. The final, black and white image here is one of my favorites from the entire day, and Taylior actually has a huge (30×40!!) print of it! I loved getting to know this beautiful girl during her shoot, and I also love how all of her images turned out!

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Preston >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

Preston was my first senior after the new year, and my thousandth (that’s an exaggeration, but I’m too lazy to count) class of 2017 Fort Payne wildcat! Since January doesn’t afford us much pretty scenery outdoors, I like shooting more urban sessions at that time of year. For Preston’s shoot, we started in downtown Fort Payne at some of my go-to locations. The Coal and Iron building has recently been renovated, and I love that little corner of the block, especially for more masculine portraits.scottsboro senior photographerNortheast Alabama photographerurban senior portraitsurban senior sessionguy senior portraitsoutdoor senior portraits

We did manage to find a little bit of greenery at one of the nearby parks, and we used that spot to add some color to Preston’s image. I love that he brought along a hat so he could really inject some of his own style into his portraits! Guys aren’t always thrilled to have their picture made, so it’s great when they can have a part in choosing their wardrobe and picking thing that they’re comfortable in.

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We ended Preston’s session at the Fort Payne wildcats football stadium, which you’ve seen before on the blog many times. This was also the spot where I took Will‘s football portraits back in the fall. In my opinion, jeans and a jersey are definitely the way to go when you want some casual sports portraits. I’m also a big fan of shooting them either where they’re played, or in a really nice open location where there isn’t much to distract from the focal point. For any of my senior guys that play sports, I think this is usually their favorite part of the session. Preston was definitely in his element being at the stadium with his football gear. Looking back at these images now, I think they’re some of my favorites too!

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Taylor >> 2017 Plainview Senior

We’ve got a super sized blog post today because I tried to squeeze in all my favorites from both of Taylor’s sessions! We shot together back in the fall, then just a couple weeks ago for some updated spring portraits. I love seeing all these images put together, because they have different looks but are still totally cohesive and look great together!

Back in the fall, we shot Taylor’s senior portraits in Scottsboro, starting downtown at the famous Coca Cola wall. You’ve seen it before (like here, or here, or here) so you can probably tell I’m a big fan of shooting at this spot! From there, we wandered around the square for a bit and photographed another outfit before setting off to Jackson County Park for some less urban images.

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Basically, I am obsessed with this set from Taylor’s fall session. The colors, the patterns, the leaves, the flowers– everything just worked together to make some seriously amazing photos. We found a beautiful patch of wildflowers and used to them to our advantage, in addition to a great little wooden bridge we stumbled upon. We also made our way down to the water for a few shots, and captured that great sunset light just before it disappeared!

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Taylor does competitive cheer, so we ended our first session with some shots of her in her uniform with all her medals. And yes– there were a LOT of them. Taylor is super talented and her cheer team actually won nationals just a couple months ago– how awesome is that?!

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For Taylor’s spring session, we headed to Little River Canyon for some photos by the water. Little River is one of my favorite places to shoot, because no matter how high or low the water level, there are always good places to shoot and they will vary depending on the time of year and the rainfall. This time around, the falls were roaring and reflecting that great golden sunlight for the backdrop to Taylor’s images here.

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After finishing up at the falls, we drove to one of my favorite overlooks for Taylor’s final “dressy” outfit. I really love the color of this green dress and how well it matches all the stone and sky in this set of images. When we were done shooting here, we headed back to Rainsville for Taylor’s final look!

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We couldn’t possibly do two senior sessions and NOT shoot some at the school in her cheer uniform! It’s always fun being back at my old high school, seeing things that haven’t changed (like the brick P on the front of the field house, or the PLAINVIEW HIGH SCHOOL sign at the front of the school) and all the things that have changed, which make me feel really old! Plainview seniors will always have a special place in my heart, and Taylor is no exception! So glad I got to photograph her lovely face not once, but twice during her senior year.

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