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HANNAH: KICKAPOO SENIOR 2016

Hannah is pure sunshine. I kept thinking of sunshine from the first moment I met her -  and even though we didn't have a ton of sunlight during her shoot, she brought her warm personality and sweet smile, so when the light broke through the clouds, it was just an added bonus. 

Hannah plays the marimba - a gigantic wooden instrument that would be impossible to transport - so she brought her xylophone instead, and started to draw a crowd with just her warm-up songs and exercises! You can tell she is a very skilled musician, and loves performing in concert as well as in marching band. She is also a talented tennis player and has been involved in Girl Scouts since she was young. 

As we walked from location to location between poses, Hannah and her family talked about our native Missouri plants, traveling, and how much she likes the feel of the earth on her bare feet. At one point, she ditched her cute sandals completely and we did the rest of her session barefoot! 

Most of my senior clients are old souls. They are worldly, intelligent, and deep. Many times, adults dismiss teenagers as silly, shallow and moody, but I wasn't that kind of teen, either. I had my head in a book most of the time, and instead of daydreaming about boys, I was daydreaming about adventures in other lands and creating stories in my head. 

Hannah is going to go far - I can only imagine the adventures this bright, beautiful, and cheerful young woman will have. It was such a pleasure meeting Hannah as well as her family, and I know senior year will bring many opportunities for Hannah to shine!

CAITLYN: SENIOR 2016 // SPRINGFIELD MO SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

When Caitlyn told me she wanted to do her senior session on Historic C-Street, I was ecstatic. Not only is C-Street my home away from home, but I was really excited to do a shoot with more of an urban feel, and Caitlyn was speaking my language. We took our time walking to some favorite spots on C-Street - from the footbridge to all of the beautiful landscaping and architecture that make our district so special.

And wow! This Kickapoo senior is one of the sweetest young ladies I have ever met. She immediately won my heart by bringing me coffee. Yes. Not that I expected coffee, but that caramel macchiato was just the perk I needed to power through a triple-header weekend with photography. She and her mom, Cheri, were so much fun to work with. I love it when moms come along to senior sessions, because they are a huge help with outfit changes and making the teens feel more comfortable. 

We acted a little goofy (I may have pulled out my dolphin impression to get her to laugh) and chatted about tennis, school, prom dresses, and her dog, Charlie Brown. 

When we ended our session at the tennis courts near the Art Museum, the sun was glowing in the sky, giving us the most dreamy backlight around Caitlyn's gorgeous copper hair. We got a little dramatic and intense at the end - and I told Caitlyn to channel her inner fierce tennis champion. She brought it big time! 

The thing that I enjoy most about working with seniors is how creative you can get with helping them to express their personality through photography. Caitlyn has personality plus, and you can bet this smart, sassy, and kind-hearted girl is going to go far. 

Best of luck for your senior year, Caitlyn!