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Megan | Foster High School

Our heroes and the people we look up to, often show a lot about ourselves and our priorities. Sometimes they are celebrities (which is totally okay), but oftentimes, they are just regular people who have influenced us in positive and amazing ways. I have found more often than not, the people that my high school clients list as their biggest heroes are their parents or their coaches. Megan is no different; and shared that the two people who have changed her life the most have been her mom ( who is “strong and hardworking”) and her head athletic trainer, Tiffany. I love that, because when regular, everyday heroes are our role models, we know we can strive to be like them. This lovely young lady is a senior at Foster High School, and she is an exceptional athlete. She is part of the athletic training program, the National Honor Society, and the Pals program at Foster, and she is passionate about all her pursuits. One important obstacle that she has pushed through has been the challenges of being an athletic trainer during high school, and how it helped her be a better leader. 


Her favorite highlight of her four years of school would be the football season of her sophomore year, because “of the friends I made and the friends I grew closer with during the long, undefeated season”. Another one would be when the football team made it to the state semi finals. Although they were narrowly defeated, it was one of her favorite games, and such an exciting time to be part of the student body. Throughout her four years in school, she has also honed plans to become a physical therapist after graduation, and hopes to attend Texas State University. “My favorite quote is a little cliche, but I live my life by it”, she adds, “It is that God has a plan for all of us, and we should trust Him to lead us in the right direction”. I know these words are definitely true for her, and I can’t wait to see where her path leads. In five years, she hopes to be getting into physical therapy school.  I know she will be successful in whatever she does, and I loved creating these images with her!

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Ways to Encourage your Friends

Recently, we shared a blog about protecting your mental health, and the steps you can take to preserve your sanity and your health during stressful times of your life (hello, senior year!). We also wanted to share information today about ways you can help encourage a friend going through a hard time, whether that is a mental health crisis or a difficult situation in their life. Part of being a good friend is sticking together in spite of life’s ups and downs, and during some of the worst times as well as the great ones! Here are four practical ways to help a friend in your life who is suffering:

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-Listen without offering advice: It can be hard not to interject advice into your friend’s life, especially when you feel you have a good solution. But often what they need is just simple listening and someone who will be there for them. Ask if they’d like advice before offering it, so that it lands on open ears and helps them feel heard. Also remember to set aside time if they need to talk, in a coffee shop or a quiet place where you can listen without distractions.

-Bring them a care package: What things make your friend happy? Do you know their favorite restaurant or coffee shop? If you’re able to, bring them a care package of some of their favorite items or food and leave them on their porch during a difficult time. It can really cheer someone up to know you’re thinking of them. Here are some ideas of things to include: smoothie or coffee, a cute mug, socks, candy, a movie, a magazine or book, hairties, video games, cards, notes, a journal, gift cards, etc.

-Make them a priority: Make yourself available to be a good listener, and let your friends know they are a priority in your life. Make sure that you balance your other commitments, and never allow yourself to become a doormat, but if your friends know you are there for them, they will be more likely to come to you for help. Ways to do this would be: setting aside time each week to see a friend or two, answering texts and calls when you are able, and listening without texting/being distracted when you are together. Check on your friends who are going through a hard time, even if they aren’t reaching out to you. Sometimes, it is too overwhelming when going through difficulty with family, health, or school to reach out to anyone for help.

-Encourage them to get outside help: If a friend is dealing with depression, health problems, or other issues where outside help might be useful, encourage them to reach out to a counselor or other trusted adult. Go with them if appropriate, and if they need support. Remember to keep their issues confidential (unless they involve harming themselves or others and you need to tell someone), and don’t share their personal problems as gossip. Let your friend know there is no shame in getting help!

Being a good friend takes intentional work, and practice. Being there for your friends will make you into a more compassionate person, and the people in your life will know you are someone who can be trusted!

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The Flairs | Foster High School

Foster High School is home to some of the loveliest people around. Case in point, some of those people are the ladies that make up the Flairs, a dance team that I had the privilege of photographing. This is the second time I was able to do a ‘mini shoot’ with the girls, and each time it gets more fun! These ladies are some of the most talented I know, and they’re incredibly active. They do tons of halftime shows, and when they’re not performing, they’re competing against their rivals. This is the third year I’ve donated sessions to their silent auction to raise funds, and I’ve loved making an album of them to donate as well. I love supporting such wonderful people!

These gals are so full of passion. You can see it in their smiles, and I loved capturing the spirit of their team. We went to this lovely woodsy location that had a wonderful atmosphere and color palette. I did individual portraits as well as some with everyone together, and I love seeing how unique each of these ladies are. It was such a joy working with them again, and watching how they interact as a group was a treat. One of my favorite things about my job is meeting people. It’s a passion of mine to get to know you, and I think of my portraits as reflections of who you are. Spending time with people like those that make up the Flairs is truly wonderful!

I love to support people who are hard-working, kind, skilled, and so pleasant to be around, and the Flairs fit the description perfectly. You can see all of those wonderful qualities in the pictures below. I can’t wait to see them again, and I wish the Flairs all the best in the world!

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Tyler's Senior Session - Foster High School

When a session pushes me to be creative, and come up with fresh ideas, it’s always exciting to me. So, when Tyler shared that he loves trains, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum was the perfect choice for an unique senior session. The Railroad Museum is nestled in downtown Rosenberg, and is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. There are endless things to look at, including scale models of trains, and a restored, historic railcar. It was opened sixteen years ago, but many of the models and acquisitions took many years to put together before the first visitor. I loved it, and enjoyed looking at the many exhibits as we did Tyler’s session. Tyler is part of the graduating class from Foster High School, and is part of the high school band. “Fun, creative, and adventurous” are the words he’d use to describe himself, and he dreams of one day being a train engineer. 

Tyler looks up to his dad, because of the way he pushes him to be his best, and hopes his classmates remember him as a great friend. He was really excited for his senior session, which made my job pretty great. He is a really kind young man, and has a very quick smile. Of course, his love of trains made him very comfortable on the museum grounds. If you are a parent of a senior (or a senior yourself), you may be wondering how to incorporate your passions and hobbies. Perhaps you love something like trains or music, and I'd love to know that when you book with me. I can scout out special locations, or think up new ways to add in your props or ideas...it's one of my favorite things to be able to customize your shoot!

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Katia's Senior Session - Katy, Texas Photography

You met Olivia on our blog just a few weeks ago, and now it's time to meet her twin, Katia (find Olivia's blog here). Both girls are just such loving and beautiful young ladies, I know their parents must be so proud. She also attends Foster High School, and is a member of the Class of 2017.  When I asked her to describe herself, Katia says the words that come to mind would be, "outgoing, funny, and caring", and I'd have to agree; her spunk and bright spirit really came through in our time together of her shoot. Like her sister, Katia enjoys reading, and says her recent pick (Lone Survivor), really affected her with it's message about looking out for each other.  "In the future, I hope my classmates and friends remember me as someone that put others first, and that I was a giving person", she explains, "Someone I really look up to is my stepdad, Daniel, who always works hard and pushes me to go for things I wouldn't do on my own."

For her photos, it was important to Katia that she looked like herself, and with a touch of bohemian style. I was able to integrate her unique style with a variety of locations, and I loved the aged wood backdrop that accented her fun red, off the shoulder top. One of her favorite items in her current closet are her wedge shoes, and one of her favorite parts of fashion would be makeup! I loved her elegant and classic look that worked so well with her stylish glasses. She has a very bright future ahead of her, and I know she will surely achieve her dream to become a pediatrician. If you are looking for a senior photographer, I would love to talk with you. One of my specialties is making every senior feel special and confident. I love incorporating different locations, discussing your personal style, and the things that you are passionate about, to give you the senior shoot that you've been thinking about for your four years of high school! Contact me today!

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