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.
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.
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
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!
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? 😉 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!