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Asale' Hooker | Coahoma County High School | Class of 2019

When you defy the odds and turn extra into extraordinary, you get Asale’ Siana Hooker! She will be graduating from Coahoma County Jr-Sr High School on May 31, 2019. After graduation she will take her wonderful personality to Coahoma Community College. She is just a fun loving teenager with the biggest smile and the best hugs! She could take your darkest day and turn it into your best. Her session was such a blast. She brought all of her outfits and made them look stunning. Her parents, Latoiya Parker and Charles Hooker, and her sister have so much love to give her. Both her mom and sister are her best-friends! You can totally see the bond between Asale’ and her sister in the pictures i captured. Asale’, reach for the stars! You will make it. #nothingdown #DownRightPerfect

Knox Arnold | NSA | Class 2019

I have been dying to blog about Knox’s senior session. He is one of the super awesome guys that I had the opportunity to photograph this year. I had an absolute blast doing this session. Knox is very outgoing and really easy to work with. He acted like a pro! Did I mention he own a really awesome Camaro.

Check out some of his awesome senior ports, we traveled to Merigold for some of them photos. I love finding cool areas around the Delta to photograph each senior.

Lexi | CCHS | 2019 Senior

Yay! I finally have the time to sit down and blog about Lexi’s senior session. Did I mention that she has a transformer during her senior session! (Duh not a real one but super close) Yes! When Lexi told me to come to her home to photograph her and the 18 wheeler I was like “whaaaattt” but my motto is let the seniors design their sessions it is all about them, in 20 years when Lexi looks back and she has portraits of her on her dad 18 wheeler it will mean so much to her. Did I mention that we also got to go to this super cool spot and the owner let us use his stage for photographs! Check out the ones with the mic. I photographed Lexi at her home with all the things she grew up around. Enjoy a few images from her senior session!

Lexi has a king she has an old soul inside of her, she is always smiling, well actually she has a HUGE smile whenever I see her. Lexi will be attending The University of Southern Mississippi where she will study law.

Lexi always remember you are the future, you have the power to become anything you want to be and there is no limits to what you can change in this world it was an honor to photograph you!

P.S Your 18 wheel rocks!!

Takeria Taylor (TK) | CCHS | 2019 Senior

I’ve been waiting to post about TK. It has been nothing but an honor to have TK on our senior19team! she’s very active in the program and always willing to help. As a member TK has made shirts for all of her senior team members, and she even helps making the color powders for out color fights!

Takeria plans on attending college to study forensic science.

Patrick Davis Jr | CCHS | 2019 Senior

This year I was blessed to have so many wonderful people on my Senior19Team. It allowed me to meet some pretty amazing people. I met Patrick Davis Jr, a 2019 senior, PJ is funny, he keeps everyone laughing. When PJ told me he was interested on being on the senior team I thought no way He’s a guy, the first guy ever on one my teams. Patrick is a ray of sunshine, he has a big beautiful heart, along with a wonderful smile that lights up the room. He has some of the most amazing supportive parents you will ever meet. Patrick is the class President at CCHS for the seniors, he lift weights, runs, and plays football. Pj has been accepted in to one of the best universities in the US Morehouse college , PJ plans to attend and become a anesthesiologist. Young men like PJ are the future, it is our jobs to guide them to ensure a better future for us all. I can tell you PJ will make an amazing impact in this world. So proud to say I was able to photograph him, one day when he tells his story and points to his canvas everyone will see what a bright young man PJ has always been. So proud of you PJ. It has been my honor to capture your senior year! Enjoy some of his parents favorite from his senior session!

Callie Millwood | Lee Academy | 2019 Senior

Callie’s senior session was super fun and easy going, she picked whatever she wanted from the style closet and rocked it! We drove around Cleveland,MS picking some of the best spots for her and then has an awesome time at Sonic.

Camryn Hickman | CCHS | 2019 Senior

Camryn is a member of the Senior19Team. When Camryn joined the team she was super shy, all her mom wanted was for her to get out more and meet others, along with building her confidence. Camryn tries her best to be at most of our team events like the color rad shoot, spring shoots, cookie baking, skating ring ect. I could not believe this was the same super shy girl at her senior session, she brought some of the cutest outfits ever and absolutely slayed her session! I cannot tell you how happy I am to have her on the team. You rock Cam! Enjoy some of the sneak peek from her session!

1920s Theme Great Gatsby

For this senior model shoot I wanted to do something different. I have always loved the idea of the Great Gatsby. The gals and boys did an awesome job at portraying this theme for our group shoot. The day before the shoot I located this antique phone that was perfect for the session. In some of the photos you will see PJ tellig us “Hold up I’m on the phone” some you will see us laughing. It is always a lot of fun getting together with the team and creating something fun. This has been one of my favorite sessions with them.

Best Friends Forever - Summer Gals 18

When I launched the Summer Gals program I kept in mind that  I wanted girls up to 11th grade in mind. Often times when you look back at your portraits in years to come there is a huge gap between the age   12-16  just poof not there. I wanted all the girls to have photos of that middle year, especially with the people they considered their BFF. I Summer Gals had a blast. I also would like to thank Delta Dairy in Cleveland, MS for letting us use their store, the girls absolutely loved! your amazing ice-cream.

Mission accomplished, the Summer Gals made new friends from near and far, they were all responsible and sweet to each other. I can't wait to see what next year will bring for our new Summer Gals.

 

Thank you to all of the awesome moms that helped with making Bras, showing up to shoots, and those who endured the delta bugs! You all did so fantastic. I am sure your girls will appreciate you for doing this. Check out some of the images from our shoot!

Summer Gals -Glam

This summer i decided to launch a Summer Gals program from teens from 7th - 10th grade. I loved the idea of working with girls between 7th and 10th grade, often times they are forgotten when it comes to portraits. You often look back and you have photos of you as a kid, senior, and then wedding but nothing in between that teen year where it matters. These are some of the goofiest times and should be documented! With this program I wanted diversity, girls from everywhere not just popular girls but just your everyday girl that you were in middle school braces and all.

We started the day early with hair and makeup, Makeup by our awesome Makeup artist Lauren, and one of my Senior19Team member Camryn helped out with hair that day. Can I just tell you how much fun it was ? These girls bonded like they were best friends, everyone was really nice. Moms were right there the entire time helping out with blow dryer, styling outfit it all turned out perfect.

I have to give a big shout out to Beth who owns the Rustic nail in Cleveland,MS for allowing us to use her store. Thanks again Beth you made this glam session awesome! all the girls loved your store.

This was about bringing a group of girls together and having a fun time, mission accomplished! I can't wait for all the other shoots the Summer Gals have planned. next is our Candy Land!

 

The perfect client

I have been meaning to write this blog, however it just kept slipping my mind. Finally I have the time.

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the perfect client, when I say the perfect client I don't mean perfect figure or face, I mean a client that understands why I am a women's portrait photographer, she understood the value of a photograph, she felt empowered and remembered different versions of herself. As women we sometimes work 5 times harder we can do what a man can ( dont worry this isnt a man versus woman blog LOL ) while we are busting our rumps to be mom, business women, and proving that we can do it all often times we as women are left on the back burner, we know how important it is to have photographs so we photograph our spouse, and children. However when was the last time you actually took a day to enjoy yourself? When was the last time you said, " I need to have photographs of myself for my children to remember what I looked like" we don't because we are too busy caring for everyone else that it just slips our mind and BAM here we are 20 years later with a snapchat filter selfie showing our older kids and grandchildren but no real portraits of ourselves. Meghan, she was a business woman, a glam at heart, a rocker, a wife, and a strong woman with an incredible story.  Before she even finished her session I knew she was more than a client, she would become a friend. Being a photographer is not simply about snapping photos, it is about creating memories, helping you find yourself, you don't have to glam if you dont want to, you can be a rocker, tomboy, just be you, create memories along the way.

Meghan, I cannot express how much of an honor it was to photograph you, before our session I thought about going back to my day job (Emergency room Registered Nurse). After speaking with you and the way you spoke about how empowering the session was, how it reminded you of all the things you were it created a spark in me that wanted all of my clients to experience this. Thank you for being the perfect client, thank you for seeing the value in professional portraits.

Enjoy this awesome rocker mom portraits below!

 

xoxo

Skating with the Senior19Team

Over the weekend we decided to dress crazy and head to our local skating ring. I loved how creative the Senior19Team got with their outfits! one member even had a fanny pack!  I even learned that PJ, Angel, and TK could hold a basket ball with one hand, that was pretty neat!

I loved the bright colors, ignore the quality of the images it was super dark!

P.S I can't skate! LOL

Paint fight with Senior19Team

I am finally getting around to our Senior19Team paint fight. We had to reschedule due to our Mississippi weather being so crazy! The wait was totally worth it.

We hand made our powder paint from pinterest using starch and food coloring (Make sure to get the Gel kind) it is  totally harmless and washes out easily!  We found an empty field and loaded our cars up with paint and sheets so we wouldnt ruin the car of course. Then we got to throwing. The game plan was to space the powder out and grab a handful.... Well we ended up throwing the whole containers at each other so we ran out quick! If you ask me next time we would make more paint or use liquid paint! We are now prepping for our water balloon fight!

 

I love actives like this with my senior team, often time we are so busy that we barely get to have fun. We had to ditch the cell phones and run!

 

 

 

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Updated Portraits for Website| Photography

Over the last few weeks I have been working on re-branding my business, and rebuilding my website. This required me to hire a talented Website designer Danielle,  she was nothing but patient with me helping me discover myself and my new branding. During this time i realized it was time for new head shots for my website. This can be rather challenging, I wanted my clients to see the real me, my real smile. How could I do this while standing in front of the camera pushing a button.

Luckily I had my two biggest supporters to help me, my sister Buffy and my husband Craig. My sister was in charge of making sure I was flawless she helped with my wardrobe and makeup (I can't even do winged eyeliner!) My husband was in charge of photographing me and making sure I was laughing, and not the fake laugh but my real goofy laugh. Can I tell you how happy I am with the results? I couldn't do what I do without them!

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Carson's introductory session | Photography

This is Carson, one of my Senior19Team members introductory session. Each  of our senior team member gets a complimentary welcome session. She absolutely did amazing during her session. She rocked one of our white dress from our closet.  I Love her red hair!

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Studio session | Photographer

In studio portraits session has become on of my favorite things to do, the environment is controlled and everything is within arms reach.  I especially loved this session because it's my baby sister! She always helps when I want to try new outfits and this gold dress was a must photograph for me! it was added to our closet for new clients.

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