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Dalton - Senior Photography in Houston, Texas

This is a pretty special blog for me, and I'll try to not get too emotional :) This is my youngest, Dalton, who was part of the Class of 2017. As a photographer, it's my job to capture these amazing milestones for proud parents and their seniors, but it's even more special when it's my own child. Dalton describes himself as "intelligent, hardworking, and athletic, and I'd have to agree. He participated in Jiu-Jitsu during high school, and loves reading and working out as his pastimes. Something that really made me extra proud was that he cited his dad and I as his hero, and said "My dad and mom are people I look up to, because my dad worked up from the bottom, and raised three kids, while working and getting his degree." He is interested in math and science careers, and says one book that changed his life would be "The Imitation Game". Of course there are so many things I could say about my wonderful son, but I will let his images speak for themselves. 

I think as a parent, I get a special peek into what it's like to have a teen who is preparing for senior year. I always try to make the experience special for both parents or guardians and their graduating teen, because I know firsthand how fast the time goes by. I always approach every session as both a mom and an artist, because well, both are pretty meaningful to me. I know the anxiety and stress that can accompany senior shoots, and I try to alleviate that, as well.

Dalton, we are so abundantly proud of you, and I hope you always remember that truth. You are going to change the world, just as you hope to, and I will be here watching and cheering you on! Love, Mom. 

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Joni | Senior Session in Katy, Texas

Do all the other things, the ambitious things—travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead,
fall in love, make and lose fortunes...but as you do, to the extent that you can, err
in the direction of kindness. -George Saunders

As far as success is concerned, seems like this beautiful girl is well on her way. She has one of the sweetest spirits ever, and was so awesome to work with! Meet Joni, a graduate from Foster High School, and now settled into her college home at Texas A&M. When she was in high school, she stayed extremely busy with bible studies, her youth group, and the drill team. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, and watching Netflix. She recently read the book "13 Reasons Why", and said it was life changing for her, because it taught her to not take the lives of others for granted. "I would say my best character traits are patience, wisdom and independence", she adds, "In twenty years, I hope people remember me as someone who really made her life count. I always think of my mom when I think about who I want to become; she is an incredibly strong individual."

There's nothing more classic than jeans and a white tee! It just goes to show that you don't have to overthink a trendy, flashy senior wardrobe, something solid colors and flattering fits can take you just as far. In fact, every outfit she brought was beautiful and feminine, and it was so fun to style all of them with the right setting: Quintana beach! Because Joni says her favorite place to be is the ocean, I knew it would be perfect. Becoming a journalist is something this sweet girl hopes to do, and I have faith that she will totally achieve her goal, because she always puts kindness first. Thanks Joni, for allowing me to be your senior photographer! 

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Sarah | Senior Photography in Fulshear, Texas

Every high schooler looks forward to those magical words: you're done! In fact, I thought they were monumental enough to include in this fun and exciting senior session in Fulshear. I love shooting in Fulshear and in the La Centerra areas, because they capture a small town feel, as well as an upscale downtown feel, which gives my clients a big variety in their backdrops and poses. Sarah is finishing up her time at Foster High School and she's very involved in band there. "One of my greatest accomplishments so far has been becoming a Drum Major", she explained, adding that band is something she is passionate about and loves. When I asked her what things she couldn't live without, she cited her phone and Netflix as her must-haves! Some of her other favorites include Disneyworld, and country music (especially Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood). 

Sarah is a very smart young lady, and she dreams of being a teacher and making a difference in the lives of children. She plans to make Texas Tech her college home, and would love to join a sorority when she arrives. "In five years, I envision myself having a teaching job, and having the time of my life", she says confidently. When we began planning her senior shoot, I asked her what she wanted, and she definitely wanted to include a 'small town' feeling. Sarah also wanted to show off her signature style, which usually includes boots, rompers, and plenty of breezy summer dresses. She loves to shop at places like American Eagle, and I think these playful and classy images really capture that spirit. I even made sure to include a bunch of balloons, because finishing senior year is surely something to celebrate! Congratulations, Sarah!

If you're searching for someone that can help you celebrate your amazing accomplishments, and the person that you are, please contact me today!

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Filling in the Gaps | Houston and Katy Texas Photography

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Filling in the Gaps | Houston and Katy Texas Photography

We take pictures when our children are babies—man, do we take pictures! We take pictures when they are two, four,  and six months old (if not monthly).  We take pictures when they turn one, and, faithfully every year at least until they start school. We take pictures when they go on their first date, prom, and of course when they graduate. My obvious point here is that we tend take a lot of pictures! We love to document milestones in their life—as we should. However, an important stage we tend to dismiss is junior high.

Seventh and eighth grades are such a time of change in both their life and in ours as parents.  Yet, it tends to be the least documented; this is the age to document! Our precious children are stretching and growing, changing, discovering who they are, and where they fit inside their world.  During this time, we capture the passing of an era, that is, we see traces of childhood crossing over into the young ladies and gentlemen they are becoming.

Documenting with pictures is like a diary of our children for us as parents. We look back and say, “Remember when…?”  I know that I, as a parent, do this quite often. I look back and it takes me immediately to that time frame and helps me to recall specific and unique events.  Whether it is a funny way they said a word when they were little, or how they approached their first crush as they got older. There is always so much that deserves remembering. Don’t let there be blank pages in your diary!

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Documenting with pictures is like a diary of our children for us as parents. We look back and say, “Remember when…?”  I know that I, as a parent, do this quite often. I look back and it takes me immediately to that time frame and helps me to recall specific and unique events.  Whether it is a funny way they said a word when they were little, or how they approached their first crush as they got older. There is always so much that deserves remembering. Don’t let there be blank pages in your diary!

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