Alexis >> 2017 Boaz Senior

There are some schools that I get a constant stream of seniors from, and others that I only see a couple from each year. I have been seriously lacking in Boaz seniors, and Alexis has been my only 2017 Boaz pirate so far! The great thing about having seniors come in from other counties is that they have access to locations that their classmates won’t. We started with a couple locations right in the middle of Fyffe, then branched out into our more secluded spots outside of town.

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Alexis had such cute outfits picked out for her session, and my favorite was definitely the buffalo plaid button down and furry vest! I have been obsessed with red and black buffalo plaid since middle school (I went through a strange lumberjack phase– let’s not get into it) so anytime a senior pulls out an outfit featuring it, I get super excited. We added a little variety to some of our shots by pairing this outfit with a tan hat from my senior style closet– one of my favorite, easy ways to change up the look of an outfit!

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I was so glad Alexis loves hats as much as I do, and we were able to spice up her final look with another piece from my hat collection (if you can call two hats a “collection.”) I love how the neutral colors of her outfit contrast with the bright greens around her. Alexis is gorgeous and so fun to be around– plus she cracks me up on Snapchat. Bonus? Today is her birthday!! So as my gift to her, I’m telling the world how great she is and sharing some of my favorites from her senior session:)

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Jay >> 2017 Plainview Senior

My favorite senior sessions tend to be those that are totally unique to the person I’m shooting. And Jay’s shoot definitely fits the bill for being one of a kind! I’ve seen plenty of American flags in front of my camera, but this was the first time I’ve had a senior bring campaign signs and matching t-shirt! Regardless of who you voted for, you gotta love that Jay is interested and invested in politics enough to make it a part of his senior portraits. As you can tell from how good he looks in a suit, this kid definitely has a future as a politician ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We shot Jay’s portraits right at the beginning of fall, so we were able to get a great mix of greenery with just the first touches of fall colors. As always, my favorite bamboo patch came in handy for adding some great color and a fun element to a few shots! In addition to his campaign signs and U of A acceptance letter, Jay had another super cool prop– a vintage Chevy from his grandfather’s collection!

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If you’re asking me, few things look cooler in pictures that antique cars. Jay picked the perfect outfit to go with it, too. With his navy blazer and khakis, he looked like he stepped straight off of the set of Mad Men. I love that these images have a distinct vintage feel, but they’re also pretty timeless.

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It’s safe to say I’ll never have another senior session exactly like Jay’s, and I absolutely love that! Each of my seniors has something that I’ll always remember from their session, and with Jay I’ve got plenty to choose from!

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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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