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Georgetown High School Drum Major | Dawn Fry Photo |Senior Portraits in Austin

It has been both an honor and a privilege for me to create senior portraits for Georgetown High School’s drum majors for several years in a row. Being a musician myself, (I proudly earned a vocal music education degree in college) I find that I am drawn to creatives and photograph senior portraits for musicians, artists, and theater students more often than seniors with other interests. I guess in some way music and art connects us all, and it’s been said you attract what you love.

This lovely senior from Georgetown High School was on my Elite Spokesmodel team and I am so glad I had the opportunity to get to know her and her family through our many events and photo shoots. Not only did we create senior portraits for her, but we also got to spend the weekend with her and her mom on an amazing creative session retreat, do a mother/daughter session, a family session during our fall fundraiser event, and many other events. It was a joy having her on my team. This year she will embark on a new journey to the University of North Texas, and I know she is destined for great things.

We began Morgan’s session in downtown Austin just off Congress. Her bold patterned dress and converse stood out among the grey tones and city concrete.

Her second outfit included another bold print top with black jeans, complimenting her urban surroundings and showing us her tough side. I love the contrast of the bold patterns and the gritty urban scenes.

I so loved that Morgan went with a clean face and natural hair look. She stayed totally true to her personality and style, and it really made her images a reflection of her amazing personality.

Edgy. Urban. Strong. Morgan exudes all three in her fringed “Free Spirit” tee and combat boots. Love this look!

After sweating our faces off in the city, we headed up to San Gabriel Park in Georgetown for some softer, airy images in nature. While Morgan is strong and fierce, she also has a gentle soul and a heart for the environment. Her off the shoulder “Gypsy Soul” tee and jean shorts were a perfect outfit choice for this background. The light through the trees and flowers complimented her outfit and surrounding elements.

I love this bold red top contrasting against the greenery of the park. Another off the shoulder style, it really looked amazing on her. We captured her beautifully with the wood fence and her furry friend got in on the fun. Pets are always welcome on senior sessions with DFP!

Of course we HAD to get some shots of the letterman jacket! So many of Morgan’s achievements are represented in the patches. It is a huge part of her high school career. After all, this is about capturing and preserving memories!

Did I mention Morgan brought her pets? YES!! 3 beautiful dogs joined us for her senior portrait session. Of course, they all had to wear matching bandanas! I die from the cuteness!

One more outfit change and we headed over to the river for some fun water photos. What senior doesn’t love to splash around the water in a dress? It’s pretty much a tradition!

One final hat tip and we were out of there! Wet, tired, and so full of good memories. Thank you, Morgan, for sharing this important moment of life with me. It was an honor to be the preserver of your high school self. I wish you all the best.



Through The Years | Austin Senior Photographer | Dawn Fry Photo

I’ve been avoiding this blog post for months. It’s difficult to put into words how much I love this beautiful girl and how much I am going to miss her. No doubt, if you’ve been to my website before, you’ve seen the amazing Courtney featured throughout. I’ve been photographing her for years – since she was a wee lass!:)But look at her now – all grown up and more beautiful than ever. I can’t believe it. Time has flown so quickly. *sniff*

I first met Courtney on a warm spring day in 2010. She was only 14?? then, and just as sweet as could be. We did our first shoot in a small town setting and then met again a couple of months later for my very first water/trash-the-dress session. Both were an amazing time. The images that came from those shoots launched my adventure into senior portraits. My passion for shooting high school seniors was ignited. I didn’t know I could have so much fun! Here are a few from those sessions – she’s so young!!
Before I knew it, she was about to be a senior! I was so thankful she agreed to be on my spokesmodel team representing Cedar Park High School – we started shooting in February of 2012 with her first styled shoot, and she did a head shot session that spring. We had so much fun with the spokesmodel team, and Courtney, of course, was nothing short of amazing.
This spring, we did her last session as a Dawn Fry Photo Spokesmodel and High School Senior. *sigh* I wanted to cry.  Shoot, I did cry when I was editing the session. lol! Of course, she was amazing as usual, and together we produced some amazing senior portraits.  I just can’t believe she’s headed off to college in a few weeks! 
This has to be my all-time favorite of her. It looks like it came right out of a magazine. Just. Perfect.

Courtney, I love ya, girl! I wish you the very best of everything. May you have an amazing adventure in college and in life. Follow your heart, know the Truth and always remember you are loved. You are going to SHINE!

This Girl is on Fire | Austin Senior Photography | Dawn Fry Photo

I have a blast on all my sessions. I really do! Senior sessions are by FAR my favorite though, and I get really excited when I have a client that is also really excited about shooting with me. Such was the case with the lovely and absolutely stunning, Chase, from Cedar Park High School.

Chase was amazingly comfortable in front of the camera. We started off in a small town just outside of Round Rock and walked the downtown streets looking for great backgrounds. The green wall behind her in the first image is one of my favorites. And of course, we had to hit my absolute favorite building a few blocks away. The light was absolutely perfect and brought out the sparkle in Chase’s eyes. The shot below is now a 24×36 canvas that hangs right above my desk – I love it so much!! If you have a senior session with me, you will get to see it as a sample at your viewing and ordering session. I just had to have it blown up BIG!

Chase has a great style and fashion sense. All of her outfits went perfectly together from the jewelry to the shoes. She totally expressed her style and personality throughout the shoot. I loved every outfit she wore. I think this white dress is my favorite. It totally worked with those kickin’ boots.
After working the downtown scene, we headed out to my favorite stretch of dead railroad track. If you get there at *just* the right time, the light is AH-MAY-ZING. Unfortunately, the road we were trying to take to get to the track was blocked by a stalled train on another track! Eeek! With only 3 ways in to the place we were going and two of them being blocked, we had to take the long way around town to get there (and of course we pulled up just as the blocking train pulled away from the road – doh!) It all worked out though; the winds worked in our favor, and my awesome assistant, Courtney, worked her reflector magic to light up Chase’s gorgeous eyes. Everything…everything was just perfect.  *sigh*
Seriously. She should be all over the pages of a magazine. 
As the sun was rapidly falling in the sky, we hopped in the car and headed out to the creek for some quick water shots. Chase showed no fear of jumping right in the cold water and using it to it’s full advantage. These shots are so fun and unique – I love it when we get to do water shoots.  Love love love!
And there goes the sun…
Many, many thanks to my lovely assistant and 2013 Spokesmodel, Courtney! She kept Chase laughing and having fun, and her light bending skillz were invaluable. 

And here is the result in products! (I promise my product photography skills will improve – hang with me!) lol! Featured below are beautiful mounted 8x10s, a great assortment of wallets for sharing with the family and friends, a custom designed 6×9 keepsake album, lots of fun extras, and an incredibly stunning 16×20 Roundout Framed Print on metallic paper. Oh em gee that thing is gorgeous!

Chase, you are simply beautiful inside and out and I absolutely loved your session.  I wish you all the best in the future. I know you are destined for greatness.
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One More Night, Part 1 | Austin Senior Photography | Dawn Fry Photo

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Camille and her mom a couple of months ago at a local Starbucks to talk about Camille’s senior portrait session. As her mom and I chatted, Camille sat shyly and very succinctly spoke her thoughts and desires for the kind of photos she wanted. She didn’t say too much, but as I learned more and more about her, her hobbies and her interests, I knew that this would be an amazing session. Camille is a girl of many interests and talents. We planned for her session to include small town country charm, water, and an extra special location that showed a completely different side of this shy, quiet girl.

One thing I did find out, was that Camille has a beloved dog that had to be in some of her portraits. So when we met up at our first location in a small town square, I was greeted with this adorable face!

This is the first picture I edited from her session – I just couldn’t get over that tongue!!! <3
Camille surprised me. I knew she was beautiful and that the camera would absolutely love her, but what I didn’t know immediately was just how naturally she could go from looking like a sweet, young girl to a sophisticated young woman. She is amazing!

I mean, COME ON!!:)
So gorgeous. Her eyes are just amazing. Stunning. Beautiful. I can’t say that enough.
Camille’s second location was water and her third location was a very special place that we had to ask permission to access. I will share that with you in a few days. I can’t wait for you to see the AMAZING images we captured!!

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