I can't believe this is our 15th year photographing the JM Dollie Dance Team. Of course, it's always fun working with such talented young ladies. Mrs. Shelly Flynn does a phenomenal job with these girls as their Dance Team Coach. In all honesty, they are one of the most spunky, talented, and creative teams in our area. There's never a dull moment either. They are constantly laughing and being silly, so you can't help but smile and enjoy the ride. Congratulations Dollies to another year of growth and success. Here's a video from the session
Miss Clarissa is a senior from Smithson Valley HS. She's outgoing, and likes to make people laugh. We came to meet because of her mom. We went to school together. I believe it was Geometry class. Who'd have thought, years later, she'd be entrusting me to create her daughter's senior portraits? Anyway, Clarissa wants to become a veterinarian. She's hopeful to attend Texas A&M next Fall. Michelle kept saying she couldn't believe how calm and relaxed she was during the session. I wasn't surprised. She's a natural in front of the camera. It made my job so much easier. Maybe it has something to do with me, but we got the best of Clarissa, and the images were out-of-this-world beautiful. When I asked her to describe her "one portrait" that would capture her true self, she said, "in my flower dress, in a field, laughing". We were in a field of flowers and "what do you know", we got the shot. We got so many good images that her mom said that she would have a hard time choosing. I just told her to put us on her bank account and we'd be good. Clarissa has a sense of humor, loves to smile, and a big heart. She never seems to let things tear her down. Maybe it's her faith, but she seems to be headed in the right direction with the right attitude. We certainly wish the best for her, especially with her walk with the Lord. If you ever need a "Pick-Me-Up", Clarissa is the one to call. She's got a pep in her step, and her smile lasts awhile. Clarissa, may all your dreams come true, and you bring light into the world, making it a better place because you are in it. You can view a video of her, here. Enjoy.....
We had the fortune of capturing Nathan, a senior at Steele HS the other day. We photographed his sister a few years back, so now it was lil' bro's turn. Nathan is a witty, reserved, and discerning young man. He wants to study theater next Fall at TLU. When he's done with his formal eduation, he plans on becoming an actor. Either in theater or film, his plan is to stay local, then move on if it's in his stars. Nathan brought his dog, Gwen. She was one of the best behaved dogs we've had out to the studio. Even though she seemed out of breath having to walk with Nathan for a couple of images, she was a trooper. The highlight of the session was getting a glimpse into Nathan's favorite game, Dungeons and Dragons. I didn't know it was that complex. We staged a portrait of him playing "himselves". Kinda turned out pretty cool. Anyway, Nathan is one that I won't have any reservations when it comes to being a responsible citizen, his maturity stands out even if some say he can be a little nerdy (those are his words, not mine). Nathan, may your dreams become real as you entertain, as well as impact the world with your talents. Here's a short video from his session.
We got a call from Jacob's mom a while back to do his senior portraits. The day finally came, and Jacob showed up dressed to impress. Jacob will be graduating this Spring from First Baptist Academy. There, he is a captain on the soccer team, and an outstanding student. He loves to draw and play bass guitar as well. His future will encompass Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where he will be majoring in either psychology or marine biology. Just think, he might be the first to counsel Killer Whales on their gang-like behavior (hehehe). Jacob wants to travel the world and have a family. I know this because he comes from a wonderful military family, where I know he is loved dearly. Jacob likes Canadian humor, he told me he liked the movie Strange Brew. I'm sure Dana Harvey, Mike Myers, and many other Canadian actors would appreciate chatting with him. I think the highlight of the session for him was driving around in the golf cart, teasing his mom with his erratic driving skills. I know Jacob's future is will find success, he's got two forever, supporters motivating him from home (mom and dad), and being a military kid, he has the ability to adapt in short notice. Jacob, your images turned out way cool, and we got the two images your mom wanted. "Put on some shades my friend, 'cuz your future is bright." Here's a link to see more of his images in a short video.
Miss Claire is the third of family of gorgeous girls we've had the privilege of capturing over the past few years. Andrea (mom) couldn't be prouder of her clan, and I'm sure dad has a shot gun somewhere in the house. Claire will be graduating from Reagan HS with the aspirations of becoming a nurse in the medical profession. Claire is strong-willed, loving, quick-witted, loyal, and responsible. Kinda like me (hehehehe), maybe that's why we get along so well, even though she doesn't gravitate to my sense of humor (I thought my jokes were funny). When it comes to making confetti fly from your hands and smiling at the same time, she needs a little more practice (but we got the shot). The thing I like about Claire is her honesty. What she thinks is a fault, just might be her greatest blessing in life. She's not afraid to be herself, yet has respect enough to know her place, a rare quality in the younger generation these days. I think Claire has a bright future, and will do great things. Claire, you are a beautiful young lady, that has been blessed more over that you can imagine. May you pursue your dreams and enjoy the journey....and may you never forget True Beauty comes from within. Here's a video from the session.
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