Maegan >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

All my sessions are memorable in one way or another but there are some you just don’t forget. Maegan’s senior session definitely falls into that category! There’s always one session every year when the days start to get shorter, I fail to realize it, and I end up scrambling to not run out of light. Add on to this the fact that Maegan had hair and makeup with Kendall at my studio in Fyffe, followed by a trip to shoot in downtown Fort Payne, then back to Fyffe for sunset in the cotton field and you have a recipe for a stressed out photographer!

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Lucky for me, Maegan was so easy going and didn’t let my stress rub off on her. She easily fell into all the poses I asked for, even when I was trying to get as many as possible within our short time frame. Being short on time is not fun, but I do enjoy a good challenge and I tried to make the most of Maegan’s session by shooting multiple poses from different angles in the same location. It’s amazing what two steps to the right, or moving one arm can do to completely change an image.

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Once I got the images I needed downtown, we drove (entirely too fast) back to Fyffe to catch the sunset. Cotton field senior portraits can only happen within a very brief span of time every year, so I’m always seeing how many I can squeeze in! I feel like they are such a unique, Southern thing and I love that I can give my seniors something that not everybody has access to. Maegan had one last casual outfit that we were able to get a few shots in before moving to the real star– that beautiful red gown. We moved fast, but I adore all of the images we got– from fun and whimsical to serious and dreamy, Maegan covered the full range of emotions in these shots. Plus, she looks like a Disney princess and I mean, who doesn’t love that?

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Haylee >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

Since I’m playing catch up in the middle of winter on these blog posts, I am loving the color from this fall senior session! Haylee picked a beautiful location for her senior portraits and we had lots of variety for different places to shoot. Haylee’s session was my first since I purchased my new camera, so I was definitely on a learning curve, but loved the images we were coming up with that day! Haylee’s shoot was a family affair, with her mom and aunt coming along to help. Aunt Kaysie (who you may remember from her beautiful bridals) acted as stylist and made sure that Haylee looked picture perfect for all of her shots. I’m so bad about not noticing little details like a hair out of place or a crooked necklace, then spending far too long trying to fix them in Photoshop so I was glad to have someone there who was taking in every little thing!

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Out of all her outfits, I really loved Haylee’s fuzzy vest and burgundy top with jeans. The colors were so perfect with that early fall foliage, and the outfit was so fun to play with because of all the pockets and zippers and layers. The light was absolutely amazing that afternoon, and we got some seriously angelic backlighting as we shot by the water.

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For her final outfit, we busted out the bright red lipstick and black hat for a totally different look! I love when my seniors bring outfits that can be easily switched up, like how Haylee opted to use the hat, scarf and jewelry to get more mileage out of one outfit. It’s so much easier than changing your entire look, but it adds variety to your images in literally seconds. And can we just take a second to appreciate how red lipstick can instantly boost any girl’s confidence? Haylee has the cutest smile but it really sparkled once she was sporting that cheer-competition red! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Kaitlyn >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

If I were to make a billboard for Fort Payne seniors, I think I would have to use some of the images from Kaitlyn’s session! She is a true wildcat, and we fully incorporated that into her senior session! We started at one of my favorite spots on campus– the football stadium. We got some super cute shots of Kaitlyn in her cheer uniform before moving up to the school for some cap and gown pictures. I especially loved how she brought her acceptance letter from the University of Alabama (can I get a Roll Tide?!) and I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll make it down to Tuscaloosa in the spring for a few sessions!

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After leaving the high school, we headed up to the ridge for Kaitlyn’s more casual outfits. I have a slight obsession with her embroidered romper and loved pairing it with a camel colored floppy-brimmed hat from the KC Photo closet. We had beautiful color in the trees and the mountains in the background, and the bright magenta in the romper really popped against the other colors.

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As the light started to fade, Kaitlyn changed into her last outfit– a cute and casual look with ripped jeans and a pink corduroy jacket. We had some fun with these last few poses, including lots of twirling and of course the “runway walk” with a beautiful view of the mountains all around us. I loved getting to meet Kaitlyn, and how she turned her session into a fun event by bringing her mom and one of her best friends along. Each senior session is special to me, and I want to make sure my seniors have a fun experience that they’ll want to tell others about!

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Shyann >> 2017 Crossville Senior

As 2016 comes to a close, I think back at all the amazing senior sessions I’ve had this past year! I’ve been blessed to meet some seniors who (no bias here, obviously) are the best around. I love that through the short time we spend together, I get to know them and capture a little piece of who they are through my images. Shyann is no exception– she has a beautiful smile and a sweet personality that just puts you in a good mood! When we first started our session, she was nervous (like a lot of my seniors are) about posing, but she got the hang of it quick and was able to rock any pose I put her in.

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These portraits were shot in September, and Little River Canyon was absolutely beautiful. This was before our drought really kicked in, and we had beautiful wild flowers and flowing water in the canyon. I was so happy to find some yellow wildflowers that were a perfect pairing with Shyann’s blue dress. I couldn’t resist letting her frolic and twirl in them for at least a few photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When my seniors tell me they want water portraits, I always ask “do you want to be BY the water or IN the water?” and you all can imagine what my preferred response is. Shyann had no issues with getting down and dirty in the river water and I love the shots of her there! My favorites are the final images from that day, when Shyann climbed down into a little swimming hole in her floral dress. I love the contrast between the dark water and her colorful outfit– just like Shyann, it was a bright spot in a dark place:)

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Libby >> 2017 Fyffe Senior

I think I’ve photographed more Fyffe red devils this year than ever before, and it’s always great to get seniors from new schools in front of my camera! Libby’s senior session was especially fun because I got to photograph so many different looks. It’s not that Libby brought tons of outfits, but rather each one really showed a piece of her personality. After hair and makeup with Tasha, we started in downtown Scottsboro with our most dressy look– a navy, a-line dress with cute pearl detail. This outfit was so timeless and elegant I knew we had to have a setting to match, so we shot with an old brick wall and a beautiful white doorway.

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If you know Libby personally, I’m sure you know she was ready to get out of that dress and into her basketball gear! She brought two uniforms, so we were able to use both in different locations to really mix it up and give her images more variety. The red Coca Cola wall (yes, you’ve seen it before) was the perfect compliment to her black and red jersey, and it was fun to do something totally different than what I’m used to with that location. When we finished up there, Libby switched into her white jersey and we got a few shots with her beloved (and awesome) Camaro. That same location provided us with a really pretty spot for Libby’s next outfit, a burgundy top and jeans, which was casual but still super cute.

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Our final stop was at the Jackson County Park, where we found the most gorgeous light to end our session. This was in September, before we really saw any color on the trees, but the golden sunlight coming through the leaves gave some warm fall color. I loved hanging out with Libby and her mom, who are some of the funniest, sweetest people ever and I love all her images too, but I think my favorite is the final image of Libby laying in the grass. The light is perfect, her eyes are absolutely stunning and I just think it totally shows her beauty, inside and out!

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