Ah! I am so excited to share these! Emly’s Senior Session in Dallas was the BEST!

Emly – a 2017 High School Senior from Abilene, Texas – is a Texas girl with a heart of gold who loves to make people laugh, go on adventures, and take photographs. She’s also an amazing tennis player – I saw on Instagram a few days ago that she is headed to State! – and I loved every single second that I got to hang out with her and her awesome mom. We had such a blast!

I mean, with backgrounds like this at the Dallas Arboretum, how could we not?!

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^^ Emly’s older sister had her Senior Photographs taken at the same waterfall fountains pictured above and, as a mom, I love that so much. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are so insanely gorgeous and I’ve already made Andrew promise to take me back sometime so we can spend a full day there. It was beautiful and I’d shoot there all the time if I lived in Dallas! ^^

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For the last half of our session, we shot at White Rock Lake!

Also! I may or may not have gotten us totally lost in the forest near the lake but that’s neither here or there, right? So glad Emly and her mom are adventurous spirits – we had so much fun!

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It’s been two weeks and I still can’t get over Emly’s amazing boho dress!

Seriously! I love the patterns and the crochet top and the flow of the skirt and, well, everything. Emly (obviously) has the most amazing hair in, like, the entire universe and it was so fun to photograph her in a forest with a ton of light and leaves and, basically, these photographs make my photographer heart totally explode. Thanks so much for having me take your Senior Photographs, Emly! So excited for you to be up in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas this fall!

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P.S. HUGE shoutout to Emly’s mom, Mary Noel, for helping with Emly’s session. These two are so much fun and, at one point, Mary Noel even found a way for us to crawl under a bridge to get to the most amazing creek location. Thanks for being awesome, y’all! You’re both amazing!

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I love this gallery.

Like, I really, REALLY love it.

Aly and Jay are, like, the most effortless couple I’ve ever met in my entire life. They are both super stylish, super laid back, super fun to be around, and (super!) ridiculously in love. They’re totally one of those couples that makes sense as soon as you meet them and they are both so amazing. And even though I have never quoted a couple’s questionnaire in the entire life of this blog, I’m totally going to quote Aly’s words from when she described herself and Jay as a couple because her words are perfect:

“We’ve been dating for 3 1/2 years, so we know pretty much everything about each other. We’re very comfortable and we’re best friends. We are SUPER goofy, and we’re constantly making fun of each other and laughing. We just love to spend time with each other and have fun and make plans!”

I mean, could they be any cuter?! I love how awesome these two are together and I cannot even wait for their wedding at Creekwood Gardens this summer! It’s going to be the best!

Meet Aly and Jay, y’all! You’re going to love them!

Also, huge shoutout to KREAM for letting us shoot in their ice cream parlor!

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I’ve got a good one for today, y’all!

Meagan was one of my closest friends in High School and, two weeks ago, she totally modeled for me at Loose Park in Kansas City. I hadn’t seen her in two years and photographing her was such a blast!

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Here’s one of my very favorite memories of Meagan!

When we were seventeen, I slept over at Meagan’s house in the most insane thunderstorm. Like, it was bananas in a way that only mid-summer Midwest thunderstorms can be. Before the thunderstorm, we lit off fireworks and took pictures (naturally). During the thunderstorm, we turned off all of the lights in Meagan’s bedroom, shared a ton of junk food, and watched two new-to-me horror movies: Candyman and The Shining. When we rented Candyman that night, I for sure thought that it was going to be hokey and lame (and maybe it was hokey and lame – I haven’t watched it since!) but it scared me more than any horror movie I had ever seen. Coupled with the rain, the sugar high, and being in the company of three other teenage girls, Candyman totally got to me and it was amazing (I love horror movies!). We watched it first and, after it finished, we put in The Shining straightaway and stayed up until, like, four to watch the whole thing. And to this day? I cannot watch The Shining unless it is super late at night and there’s a thunderstorm outside. Like, it literally has to be a dark and stormy night because it’s the only way to watch The Shining. Otherwise, it’s totally underwhelming (unless, of course, you watch it after reading fan theories that Danny was the real villain of the entire movie).

BUT! We aren’t here to talk about how Meagan and I binge watched horror movies from Blockbuster the summer before our Senior Year. We are here for photographs!!

I love Loose Park so much and it was so fun to photograph Meagan amidst a bunch of blossoming trees while I was in town. The weather was amazing, the company was awesome and, afterwards, I had a girl’s night with my mom and sisters where we ate at a Brazilian Grill and then stopped by the most amazing beignet shop for dessert. Thanks for such a fun shoot, Meagan! I loved seeing you!!

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Rose and Jake had a baby and he is the CUTEST!

Seriously!! Conrad is such a cute, stoic, and chubby little bear of a baby and I wouldn’t look at these unless you want a severe case of baby fever. I mean, those cheeks!! Could he be any cuter?!

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Not gonna lie – I totally gifted this (mini!) session to Jake and Rose and it was awesome.

These two lovebirds married one another three years ago (they were married at Stone Chapel on Mother’s Day 2014!) and, since then, so many of my wedding inquiries have mentioned Rose and Jake. Like, I lost count of how many back in 2015, couples recognize them on my website all of the time, and Jake was a groomsman at Lauren and JK’s (wonderful!) Barn at the Springs wedding this past summer. This sweet family is so genuine and rad and loved and photographing them is always a blast. It was so fun to see Jake and Rose as parents and I’m so thrilled for them to be in this new – and incredible! – chapter of life. It’s so much fun in every way!

Thanks for being awesome, Rose and Jake! I loved catching up with y’all!

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I’ve been photographing Emily for over three years (she was one of my 2015 Senior Models!) but this session stands out because it was just really, really funny. Like, literally everything went wrong.

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This wasn’t totally unprecedented in our shooting history – back in 2014, her Senior Session had to be split over two different days when we ran out of sunlight at our last location (I’d miscalculated the time it took to drive from one location to another!) but, this time, it wasn’t human error: it all boiled down to Mother Nature and her wacky sense of springtime humor.

First, we ran into thunderstorms. Second, we had to come up with a new concept after the flowers for our initial shoot died. Third, we had to reschedule a second time. Fourth, the 1990’s dress I bought for Emily’s second outfit had, like, the shortest skirt that has ever been distributed (we switched it out for one of my floral dresses instead!). Fifth, when we got to the session my contacts punked out and I couldn’t see anything. Sixth, Emily drove Andrew’s car back to my house so that I could ditch my contact lenses and grab my glasses. Seventh, we walked into our (planned!) second session location, silently looked at one another, and then walked right back out. Eighth, I forgot the most important prop that I’d purchased for the session. Ninth, while shooting at one of our locations, we looked down and there was broken glass everrrrrrywhere. And tenth? Despite all the odds, we took these fantastic photographs and I love them with my whole heart. Thanks for being such a rockstar, Emily! I had the best (and funniest!!) time taking these photographs with you!!

Y’all can see past sessions with Emily at these links! She is so fun! Small Group Session at Lake Fayetteville, 2014 Summer Group Session, Emily’s Senior Session, Campground PhotoshootValentine’s Group Session, Water Session in 2016,  … Also, just realized I never published a (super cute!) full session we shot back in early 2015! Time flies so fast!!

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