Krimson >> 2017 Fyffe Senior

Krimson was my second Fyffe senior of the year, and we chose to shoot her senior portraits at Little River Canyon which (if you haven’t noticed) is becoming one of my favorite places. I photographed a wedding at one of the canyon overlooks back in July, and before then I didn’t even know they existed! Since then, I’ve used them several times for my seniors, including Krimson. We started at my favorite overlook, where I was so excited to find the most beautiful yellow wildflowers blooming. Usually the images I take towards the end of a session are my favorites, but I absolutely LOVE the ones we took in the wildflowers in Krimson’s first outfit.

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After the overlook, we hiked down into the canyon for Krimson’s next look. The weather has been so dry lately that there’s less and less water to shoot with and more and more rock. I do like that I have more options for places to shoot in the canyon, but I hate seeing it so thirsty! We were able to find a couple spots that had beautiful sunlight reflecting on the water, and we took full advantage of those!

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Krimson’s last outfit was probably my favorite. Her purple lace shirt was perfect with her skin tone and her hair, and really made her blue eyes pop. When I asked if she was willing to hike down towards the falls, she didn’t even hesitate! I love when my seniors are brave and willing to try new things for me:)This last shot of Krimson is also one of my favorites– the light, the wind, the colors– everything was just right for this image and it was the perfect way to end our session.

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McKenzie >> 2017 Fort Payne Senior

Three times so far this year, I’ve had the opportunity to take some photos in Fort Payne’s football stadium. This time around, it’s where we started McKenzie’s session in her Fort Payne soccer uniform! Thus far I’ve photographed football players, baseball players, cheerleaders, basketball players and now we can add soccer players to that list! Right off the bat, I loved McKenzie and her mom Brandi’s bubbly energy. Even though it was miserably hot, they were in great moods and that made my job so easy. While we were shooting at the stadium, I learned that they actually play their soccer games there! My school didn’t have a soccer team, and even if we had, I am far too uncoordinated to play, so I thought that was a really interesting.

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After our soccer shots, McKenzie wanted to shoot in a more urban environment, so I decided to take the scenic route through town and try to locate some new places. I immediately loved the peeling red paint and climbing ivy on a wall we were passing by, so we pulled in to shoot there first. My favorites from this set are definitely the ones of McKenzie in the wide-brimmed, camel colored hat from my KC Senior Style Closet– it was the perfect accessory to her look!

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McKenzie and her mom also requested some photos in her blue and orange, since she hopes to attend Auburn in the fall! Susan at Elizabeth’s Closet helped pick out a great outfit for this future Auburn tiger, and we kept with the urban theme– incorporating alleyways, metal staircases and sidewalks around Fort Payne.

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We capped off our shoot in one of my favorite “secret” locations, which never disappoints around sunset. McKenzie had a couple different looks for this location, and both of them had unique vibes that really made the most of where we shot. Her first outfit for this spot was a blush colored maxi skirt and denim vest, which I thought looked so soft and feminine against the tall grass and sunset light. Her last outfit was an adorable blue romper and black hat, which was probably my favorite look of her entire session. I love how the last few images really capture McKenzie’s sweet personality, and I hope it shows how much fun we had during this session!

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Bailee >> 2017 Plainview Senior

I got to photograph another beautiful Plainview High School senior a few weeks ago, and just like Aubrey incorporated her hometown of Collinsville into her senior session, Bailee did the same with Rainsville. I was a little apprehensive when she told me she wanted to shoot under Chavies Bridge. If you’re from the area, you know that big, blocky bridge doesn’t have a lot of aesthetic appeal. But once we hiked down to the creek, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful greenery and clear water. It was also while we were shooting at this first spot that I found out that Bailee and I are actually distant cousins! It’s seriously a small world, especially when you live in a small town ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Next we headed to Plainview High School, my old stomping grounds, for some photos with Bailee’s basketball gear. I thought it was so cute that she brought three basketballs to represent her number, 3! I love the shots we got with her basketballs and her jerseys, as well as the more simple shots of Bailee sporting her school colors in front of some classic PHS “landmarks.”

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When we finished shooting at the school, we traveled just down the road to Bailee’s grandfather’s place, which had the most beautiful willow tree by a picturesque pond and a perfect old wooden shed. Bailee’s embroidered navy top complimented the vibrant greenery and the rustic barn wood so perfectly and I love how it made her eyes pop!

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We wrapped up our session at another spot Bailee and her mom picked out– an open field just at sunset. I LOVE the flower crown they had made for these shots and the sweetness it added to Bailee’s last look. We almost ran out of daylight, but managed to use that to our advantage and get every last bit of that sunset-y, golden goodness just before the sky got dark enough for some cool silhouette shots. I love the diversity of Bailee’s images and how each location was special to her– exactly the way your senior portraits should be!

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Taylor >> 2017 Fyffe Senior

I first photographed Taylor about 6 (!!!) years ago when I did some family pictures while her mom was pregnant with her baby brother. Fast forward and I find myself doing her senior portraits, with that same baby brother tagging along.:)We met up at Taylor’s house, where Kendall was finishing up her hair and makeup. One of the perks to our on location hair and makeup option is that if you live near our location, my stylist can come to you and you don’t have to travel to the salon! From there, we headed to downtown Scottsboro and scouted out several different places that I thought would look great with Taylor’s outfits. It was a super cloudy day, which actually played to our advantage since we were able to get beautiful, diffused light from our reflector without it looking harsh or overwhelming.

I think the obvious star of this session is the Coca Cola mural, which you might remember from Courtney’s session or from a throwback to Haley’s vintage inspired session back before the wall was repainted. At first I was skeptical about them painting over the historic mural, but I am so in love with how the vibrant red photographs that I can’t imagine it any other way! I happened to have a new pair of sunglasses with me, and thought they would be a super cute addition to Taylor’s look.

We also scoped out some new spots where I had never shot before, and they turned out to be amazing! Just off to our left from that cool multi-paned garage door was a bright blue auto parts building and a set of red deer sculptures. I’m sure Taylor and her mom thought I was nuts pulling into this spot but that’s the beauty of being a photographer– I can find interesting places that most people wouldn’t think of using, and turn them into a unique photo opportunity. We ended Taylor’s session at the Jackson county park, where we explored wooded pathways, danced around to Ed Sheeran and saw the sun set over the water. It was a beautiful way to wrap up a shoot, and I’m glad I have images that captured those moments. <3Colorful senior portraitsHigh school senior photographyGirly senior portraitsFyffe High SchoolFyffe Red DevilsVintage inspiredFort Payne Photographerunique senior picturesChattanooga senior portraitsurban senior portraitsChattanooga photographerTennessee senior photographerAlabama senior photographerNortheast Alabama senior portraitsScottsboro Alabama photographer


Abbie >> 2017 Plainview Senior

I’ve been taking Abbie’s pictures for several years now, and I almost couldn’t believe it when her mom Amy contacted me about senior portraits! It’s crazy to look back at the first photos I’ve taken of Abbie and see how much she’s changed and grown up. I arrived at our location a little early and was super excited to shoot, when I had a serious “uh oh” moment– I didn’t bring my reflector. Any of my previous KC Photo seniors can tell you, the reflector is LIFE. It brings in light when I want to shoot in interesting places that are a bit dark, and it makes everybody glow like little baby angels. So yes, I was devastated that I was an hour round trip from home and couldn’t get it without running out of daylight. At that point, I knew I’d have to get creative. The easiest thing I could do was find natural reflectors in our surroundings– white walls, light colored pavement– things of that nature. We also got REALLY creative by using my white SUV to bounce light, and having Amy hold a sheet of white paper (and at one point, a white dress) near Abbie’s face to brighten it up. Yes, I have these behind the scenes photos, and yes, they are hilarious.

Despite my absent mindedness and being forced to improvise, I love the way Abbie’s images turned out! She had so many cute looks, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s built like a supermodel. Her outfits are perfect examples of how to layer in hot weather! You don’t have to add a sweater or scarf to get a layered look; sometimes all you need is a cute bralette peeking out or a flowy sleeveless vest. And the two outfits we ended with at Little River Canyon were simple but stunning with all the natural surroundings.

The canyon gets dark early since it’s down in a hole (ya know, as canyons are) so we were racing against the setting sun once we got there. By the time we shot the last few images, it was almost dark and I was having to do some serious camera magic to get decent images. But what looked like decent images in camera turned out to be gorgeous with a few Photoshop tweaks. So despite fighting light during this entire session, we made it work and the end results were beautiful, just like Abbie.

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