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Preparing for your session~ Sr. girls

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Now that you’ve booked your session, we have a few tips for you to help you get ready for your close up. Follow these guidelines the weeks leading up to your session and we’ll take care of the rest!

  • Choose two to three outfits to wear during your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free. 
  • Don’t forget to pack any accessories you’ll want for each outfit – jewelry, scarves, headbands, etc. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit if one pair won’t go along with all of them.
  • While you’re at it, if you plan on bringing any props – your ballet shoes, favorite book, softball gear, etc. – go ahead and lay that out as well. If you are going to bring your car to the session and want it to be in photos with you, be sure to wash it the night before/day of your session.


  • Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session and drink lots of water the week before so that your skin looks hydrated.
  • Get your hair cut about one to two weeks prior to your session. Don’t drastically change it from your normal style in case you don’t like it. Have the hair stylist show you some easy styles you can do during outfit changes to switch it up a bit. 
  • Practice your makeup the week leading up to your session so you can get it just right the day of. We do offer professional makeup artist services in addition to our packages. This is something we strongly suggest you look into for your session.


  • If you wake up two days prior to your session, or the morning of, and acne has appeared on your face – don’t pick at it and make it worse while trying to get rid of it. Apply some makeup over the area (not too heavy) and leave it at that. We offer basic retouching, which includes blemish removal; so don’t even worry about it.
  • Get a manicure the day before or day of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, we suggest going with the French manicure or just a clear coat of paint.


  • Practice a nice natural smile and cute poses in a mirror or send us over some things we can talk to you about that will help you relax – your favorite movie, your boyfriend, etc.
  • If you are doing a session with your BFF or BF, don’t forget to coordinate an outfit with them so you guys don’t clash.


Most of all, just get ready to have an amazing time. It's my job to help you look  your best & this is your Senior year so lets capture the best of who you are now!!!

Conway Arkansas, Birth photographer

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I get so excited for every birth that I have scheduled to capture. about a month before baby's due date, I start making plans to have my sitters arranged, phone gets turned up and put under my pillow at night, I make sure I have no plans that can't be rescheduled and then I wait. I received this call around 10pm that the mother had been admitted, so my on call sitter (my awesome mother) came over to spend the night with my kiddos. Around midnight the new mother to be was at 7 cm. So I made the 5 min drive to the hospital and spent the night. Sweet baby Luke arrived that morning after a long labor. What a beautiful, emotional time for this new family and I had the privilege of witnessing and capturing these beautiful images that they can cherish for a lifetime.

Personal branding~ more than a "headshot"

February 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

If you are a professional it is likely that at some point you will need to have your portrait made. Whether you are an executive, real estate agent, makeup artist, stylist, small business owner, photographer, etc., it is important that people see who it is that they are working with. I myself am guilty of not having an updated picture, which is about to change very soon! 

I had the pleasure of photographing my hair stylist/makeup artist the other day. She is a truly beautiful lady. I have known and worked with her on various projects for about 5 years now. My goal for her session was for her to not only have images that she could use for social media, business cards, press, etc. but so that she could also show off her own work as a stylist/MUA. I love everything about this session & I hope that you enjoy this series as well. ~Shana


Chyanne Jewell~ Birth Story

July 08, 2016  •  1 Comment

I received the call at 5am on a Saturday morning, that this was the day. Mom's water broke when they arrived at the hospital so she was definitely coming soon. We waited a few hours, then the Dr. sent everyone away...not long after we were notified that the baby's heart rate had dropped and they would have to do an emergency C-section. Thankfully Mom and baby are now doing just fine. Though I wasn't able to capture the actual birth, a very lovely birth story was captured.


Summer fun~4th of July with the Class of 2017

July 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A bit of Summer fun at the river for this group, the summer before their Senior year.  Class of 2017



Toasting to the beginning of Senior Year....With a Coke of course :)