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Emma | Teen Photography in Houston, Texas

You may remember that I recently talked about utilizing creative locations. I believe you can find inspiration everywhere, and that doing so is one of my strengths! A fun fact about this shoot is that we set a “studio” up right in this young lady’s home…proof you truly can get professional, stunning portraits just about anywhere with some hard work and ingenuity! Emma attends Wertheimer Middle School and is in the 6th grade. She will graduate as part of the Class of 2025, but that’s a few years away, so for now she’s focused on keeping her grades up and living her life in a positive way. “I’d describe myself as loyal and generous”, she shared, “I recently say the movie ‘Wonder’, and that really changed the way I view people. I hope people remember me in twenty years for being a nice person”. Emma dreams of being a hunting guide one day, and really looks up to female role models who have forged ahead in this field, such as Melissa Bachman “because she is the only female hunter that has her own show on the hunting channel and she is so inspiring!” I know Emma is well on her way to becoming an inspiration to other strong young women.

In her spare time, this beautiful young lady enjoys spending time with family and friends, and listening to music by Kenny Chesney and Rachel Platten (she loves the song ‘Fight Song’). For her professional portraits, we kept things simple with classic and solid colored attire. It kept the focus on her incredible eyes! We also added an elegant Michael Kors jacket with a fur hood to lend texture and interest to a few shots. I had a hard time choosing a favorite image, because these all capture her strength and grace. You may have noticed that she’s not yet a senior in high school, but I shoot portraits of many kinds. The teen years are some of the best times to have a photo session done, because many people only have baby pictures and then seniors photos; missing those wonderful years in between. If you’re looking for a portrait photographer, please let us know!

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The 4-1-1 on Summer Jobs!

Want to earn some extra money this summer? You may be thinking of how to do just that, but aren't sure where to start. Whether you are saving up for college expenses, yearning for a new car, or just hoping to have some extra spending money for smoothies and shopping, it all takes earning a paycheck. You're in luck! We are going to show you how to land a summer job to be proud of:

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1) Spruce up your resume: You can use a free design program like Canva to create a beautiful template type resume and then fill it in with your own information and images. It is NEVER a good idea to lie on a resume. Not only is it unethical/illegal, it could cost you your job and hurt future opportunities if your boss or HR found out that you had written down experience or education that you didn't have. Instead, be sure to expand upon anything you have accomplished, such as scholarships, babysitting experience, even housesitting or volunteer work. You want to demonstrate a strong work ethic, with reliable sources. Make sure you also list out relevant skills like microsoft word, Excel, typing speed, speaking other languages, etc.

2) Find great references: Your bestie may be your brunch buddy and shopping partner, but they may not be the best job reference. You want to list people who are able to speak about your character or your work ethic. If you've never had a job before, consider teachers, ministers, or school officials who may be able to eloquently outline character traits and things you're good at. Make sure you ask permission before listing anyone on your resume and giving out their contact information.

3) Don't fall for scams: Don't ever go on a job interview without telling someone else where you are going. Don't go to any jobs that lack a real description, or appear to be vague. Don't ever sign anything you've not read thoroughly, and show your parents any paperwork that is given to you before signing it. Jobs that say things like "modeling gigs" or "nannying" (especially on Craigslist with anonymous numbers listed) can be scams, so make sure you check out any websites, associated phone numbers, etc, before you go to an interview. 

4) Network where you are at: Asking around your local church, school, or places of business are all great ideas. If you're wanting a job in a specific field (such as a dentist office or a clothing boutique), it can be beneficial to find someone who has worked for a long time in the industry and ask them if they might have leads for you. Local connections are also ideal because they are face to face and help you avoid falling into any scam ads or things that look "too good to be true". You can even keep copies of your resume in your car if anyone wants to see it.

5) If you cannot find a regular summer job, get creative: If you have a special skill, think of ways to use it to earn money. Some examples would be: tutoring family or friends in reading or math skills, teaching singing or violin lessons if you play an instrument or sing, writing for a local newspaper if you have strong writing skills, teaching art or craft classes for young children.  You may be able to find enough side jobs to earn a little extra money. Doing side jobs is also a great way to keep a more flexible schedule in the summer. 

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Your Friends are Heading off to College...Now What?

While college is a pretty natural choice for many seniors, there are several for whom another path is where their life is taking them...and you may be one of those. It can be surprising to the ones around you, but you're not alone. Many seniors choose to forego college to many other exemplary options, such as joining the military, starting an awesome new job, or going to community college. Although it can be lonely and unconventional, these are really worthwhile options, and you should never feel ashamed for choosing a different journey. Here are a few ideas on how to handle this time when your friends are getting ready to head off to their universities:

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-Support them: It might feel awkward, and even lonely if you are the only one who has chosen to not go "away" to college. But your friends (your true ones) will love and support you, no matter what you have decided, and it's up to you to do the same for them. Attend their graduation parties, say your goodbyes, and help them get started on their big move with an awesome attitude. Your friends will always remember that you stood by them and truly celebrated their accomplishments.

-Find the positives: Maybe going away to college was what you hoped for, and it didn't work out, whether it was too expensive or you didn't get into your dream school. This can feel completely crushing, and can feel like your world is crashing down around you. Instead of wallowing in the hardships, find the positives to focus on, when you can. Here are a few: less student debt if you choose a less expensive school, the ability to live at home or work part time (thus offsetting alot of student loans), and time with loved ones in your hometown or close by. 

-Search for ways to enhance your college years: Even without college or at a community college, you don't need to miss out on the traditional college experience. Look for ways to join clubs, choirs or even sororities wherever you are at, and figure out creative ways to make new friends. If you are joining the workforce right away, seek out opportunities to meet up with co-workers for meals or fun activities, and remember to have some fun! 

-Don't apologize: Even if staying close to home, or joining the military wasn't your first choice, you don't need to explain or validate your choices to the people around you. You don't need to justify your choices, even if they were hard ones. Stand strong in your decision, and be proud of your hard work. You graduated high school, after all, and that's nothing to scoff at. No matter what you do next, be sure to own it. You're an adult now, and you can be proud of the choices you've made if you are confident they are the right ones.

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Sydnie | Richmond, Texas Senior Photographer

What does it mean to be a young woman these days? It's gotten quite a lot of attention recently in the media, and it's inspired lots of women to stand up for themselves. I am so encouraged by the young women I have met as a senior photographer, because I have seen how this generation is strong and beautiful and so ready to serve their communities. I think that goes so much deeper than just being "pretty", though this senior is totally gorgeous inside and out. Meet Sydnie, from Bremond High School. At her school, she is involved in NAHS, and FCCLA (which is the Family, career, and community leaders of America program), and she describes herself as "artistic and honest". Painting is one of her favorite hobbies, and always the way she'd choose to spend a free afternoon! Sydnie also puts her artistic skills to use as a budding photographer, and hopes to one day make a name for herself in the field. 

Since I found out her "favorite place on earth" is the beach, we incorporated that as her session location. Quintana Beach is one of my favorite spots to get breezy, earthy images, and Sydnie was right at home there. She brought along a beautiful, ruffled pink dress that was lots of fun to shoot, and it really brought out her creative side. A few other fun tidbits about her: she was very inspired after reading the book Miracles from Heaven,  her favorite song is Heaven by country singer Kane Brown, and her favorite colors are pink and mint green! One more fun thing about this shoot is that Sydnie is my niece, and attended school with my son, Dalton. I feel lucky to know this darling girl, and so proud of her amazing accomplishments.

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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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Five Tips to Find The Perfect Senior Photographer

Milestones are a big deal. At this point in your life, you’ve already hit a good deal of them, like taking your first steps and entering your teenage years. Now that your teen years are almost over, you’re about to hit your next milestone: graduating high school! You’ve worked incredibly hard to get here, and now it’s time to celebrate and take one of your first steps into adulthood. I wrote about how important an event it is in a previous blog, and since it’s so important, it’s going to be one you’ll want to remember, and remember well. That’s why you’ll want to find a good, professional senior photographer to capture it in a way that does justice to your work and your personality. To help you do just that, here are five tips on how to find the perfect photographer for your senior photos.

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Take some time to look around

Don’t rush into anything. One of the biggest things to look for in a photographer is their ability to make you feel comfortable. If you’re uncomfortable in your photos, it’s going to show through in the pictures you go home with. But how are you supposed to figure out if someone you haven’t met will make you feel at home in front of their lens? Well, one of the best ways is to look at their reviews. What have their clients said about their experience? Another way is to look back over their portfolio. If you’re not a fan of their past work, pass them by. A bit of research goes a long way when it comes to something as once-in-a-lifetime as your senior pictures, and trusted referrals are your best friend.

Involve your parents

Some of you just had shivers run up your spine. But trust me, their perspective is invaluable. Maybe your parents had their senior photos taken as well, and they regret wearing the funky trends of their time. How many of us “old people” do you know that have an embarrassing hairstyle we rocked way back when, or some stylin’ clothes that, for good reason, aren’t around today? Your parents might be able to give you some great style advice for your senior session, because they’ve been through it themselves. Your senior session is all about you and your style, yes! But most often, it’s your parents that know you better than you know yourself. Getting them involved beyond financing your shoot might be the best thing you could do for your session!

Value Connection

Being able to connect with your photographer might not seem as important, but here’s why: they should be able to understand your vision for your session, and bring it to life. You’ll want to find someone whose biggest goal is to capture the real you (like me!), otherwise they’ll just be interested in what they think looks good. They might be able to give you nice-looking photos, but not photos that reflect who you are. And who you are is what your senior session is all about!

Think about your wardrobe

Most often, picking out the perfect outfit is a lot easier than it sounds. Since your shoot is all about you, what you like to wear the most will be the perfect outfit! Maybe you like to dress up all fancy, or you like the more modern and urban take, or maybe for you it’s all about boho - no matter which it is, your favorite look is the one that’s going to look the best on you. To make it easier, get a friend or two to help with narrowing it down to a couple outfits, and get your parents’ advice on what looks best. Make sure that you’re bringing your favorite outfits to your senior session, and you can’t go wrong!

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Think about the end result

Everything’s digital these days, it seems like. Call me old fashioned, but I still love physical prints of my favorite photos. If you’re like me, then getting a disk of your senior photos just won’t be enough. Some photographers save you the step of finding a good printer for your pictures by providing those services themselves, and it’s worth looking into if you’re someone who likes to frame their pictures. If the photographer is printing their own work, you know they’re going to handle it well, and that you’ll get some quality prints for your graduation announcements/invitations. Easy is nice!

You’re at such an exciting point in your life! You’ve worked so hard to get here, and you deserve to have some wonderful photos to commemorate your efforts. If you’re looking for a senior photographer who’s dedicated to your experience and satisfaction, contact me here to book your senior session with me today!

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Why Do Senior Pictures Matter?

Milestones are something that I consider often, as a photographer and a mother. I remember the milestones of my own little ones, like newborn photos and those blurry first days in the hospital. Then come those toddler years, and then school photos, replete with missing teeth, pigtails, glasses, or braces. In between, snapshots with friends, and maybe a yearly family photo or two. So, why is the senior year so important? Typically, senior photos are the last professional photos before a wedding day (yes, I am serious!), so I cannot underscore enough how monumental they are...the time does not come back to us. The era of high school is brief and beautiful, and over far too soon. I also know that senior year is full of so many opportunities to spend money (cringe), and often, parents try to pinch pennies in every area that they can. Oh, how I understand this as a mom...I know that graduation expenses, that gorgeous cap and gown, announcements, parties, and college visits (not to mention college itself) can empty your wallet faster than you can imagine. But I beg of you this: please don't skimp on senior photos for your son or daughter. Your friend or your cousin may have a "fancy new DSLR", and you may be tempted to just let them snap a few photos. 

I will admit that I am not the typical photographer, in that I didn't pick up a camera years and years ago, and fall in love with it. I loved taking pictures, but did not make the point to get professional pictures more than a couple of times in their (my three boys) lives. Senior pictures were not a “thing” yet in the rural area we lived when my oldest graduated. We had a friend who was just starting out and she did take some senior pictures for me, for which I was so grateful for, especially in hindsight (remember this was not a “thing” where we were) Not to mention, that money has always been an issue for our family, and this was just not deemed as a necessity.  As their childhood and adulthood continued, I really understood the importance of printing photos as well.  We never race back into the fire for a precious USB or CD, we race to the albums, the scrapbooks, and the framed photos. This is because of technology changes. Could you even imagine trying to get things off a floppy anymore without it becoming an ordeal?  But a print in your hand or off the wall is what becomes a true heirloom. 

Think of senior photos as building your legacy, one image at a time. Senior year is irreplaceable, and so is the experience of senior portraits! 

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Kathryn's Senior Photos - Katy, Texas Senior Photographer

As soon as I found out what a talented dancer Kathryn was, I began dreaming up how to incorporate her passion and skill into her shoot, in a creative way. I knew that such a smart, stylish, and amazing young woman would require me to truly bring my A-game (though I always try to bring that to my sessions!). Sure enough, Kathryn didn’t disappoint, and I think we really were able to capture every aspect of her wonderful personality! She’s a graduate of Foster High School, and during her time there, she was part of the National Honor Society, and the Foster Flairs drill team (where she was a Colonel). “One obstacle I faced in high school was keeping up with my extra-curricular activities”, she explained, “I also needed to maintain good grades, and I really learned the art of time management. My dance teacher, Mr. Adamson, was instrumental in teaching me grace, commitment, and perseverance.” 

As someone who describes herself as “determined, optimistic, and passionate”, she shared that she hoped her classmates would remember her as someone who was passionate about animals, and committed to dance.” Besides her many academic pursuits, she also enjoyed working with the Adamson Ballet Company, and working as a veterinarian assistant. “My dream job would certainly be a veterinarian, or a dance teacher,” she added. A few other things about Kathryn; she says her favorite place on earth would be Hawaii, and that her favorite color is maroon. She also loves Daryl Dixon (from the Walking Dead), and enjoys going to the movies when she has a day off. 

A special thanks to this beautiful young lady for choosing me to be her senior photographer, and giving me the honor of designing this special moment in your life!

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Hanna's Senior Session | Senior Photographer in Katy, Texas

I meet quite a few high school seniors in my line of work, and I always find something interesting about all of them. Usually, it’s something surprising that maybe I wouldn’t have guessed, and I always love finding out the little tidbits that make them who they are. Hanna’s interesting fact is that she wants to work for a record company one day, and deal with public relations! I loved this unique career aspiration, and know she would be perfect for the job with her sunny personality and kind spirit. Hannah is part of the Class of 2017, and she describes herself as, “loving, sensitive, and honest”. 

During her time in school, she was part of both choir and theater, and she’s passionate about music and the arts, as well as their influence in her life. Hanna enjoys listening to music in her free time, and you’d probably find her with friends if she had a free afternoon. Reading is also something she enjoys, and she adds, “A book that changed my life would be Sisters Grimm. It was really the first book that I ever had that made me fall in love with reading!” Hanna says that her mom is her personal role model, because of her positive attitude and outlook on life, and that she herself would like to be remembered for the same traits in twenty years. This girl is as sweet as she is beautiful, and I feel lucky to have crossed paths with her. These days, she is attending Sam Houston University, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega. 

Hanna, thanks for lending your light and love to me for a little bit during our shoot. I am so proud of the young lady you are!

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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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