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Wide Awake | Austin High School Senior Photographer | Dawn Fry Photo

I am SO EXCITED that I finally get to blog this senior session!!! I had the amazing honor of photographing Miss Maria back in June, and with all the hustle and bustle that is summer schedules, she wasn’t able to meet me to see her images until just a couple of weeks ago. But she finally did, and now I can share them with you!  Yay!!

I met up with Maria and her mom early, EARLY one morning on what turned out to be a very hot day in June. Her Awesome Senior Session included two locations, Urban Cowboy (small town scene) and Water, and I have to say, if it weren’t for the heat, I could have photographed her all day. She was amazing! Here is my absolute favorite image from her session, in the layout from the Signature Album she ordered.  LOVE!


She has the most amazing smile, and her hair is incredible! Oh what I wouldn’t do for just some of that gorgeous curl.:)
I had so much fun getting her to express her personality. We pretended to shop, we splashed in the water, we posed and twirled and played with hair, and best of all, we laughed.
And through it all, the water, the heat, the bugs, the wardrobe changes – she ROCKED IT!

She has an inner beauty that shines through, and the camera loves her. 

Maria, you were such a joy to photograph. Thank you for letting me capture your amazing beauty. <3

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Stacy LaineAugust 31, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Love these… what a gorgeous girl! She looks like SO much fun!

The City, The Creek and The School | Austin Senior Photographer

Here we are almost about to start the 2011-2012 school year and I haven’t even finished telling you all about my class of 2011 seniors yet! Eeek! I am trying to get all caught up, so keep checking back to see more awesome senior photo sessions! Today, I am featuring a class of 2011 Leander High School student, David.

You may recognize David from his head shot photo session last fall. We went out to a small park just north of Leander for his head shot session, and he was awesome! So, this spring when the planets aligned and everyone had a free day on the schedule, we packed up David, a metric ton of gear and two amazing assistants and headed out for a day long senior photo session.

We started the afternoon in downtown Austin, working every spot we could find along a square block of South Congress. The gorgeous bamboo in the image above was in a great little garden area behind a restaurant. The color of it went well with David’s shirt, and the light was amazing there!  The shot below was taken behind yet another restaurant – the wooden wall gave us a really nice textured background.

We hit a bunch of places there, and while shooting in the parking garage, we were startled by a pizza delivering Storm Trooper! And I *WISH* I could share a picture of that with you, but sadly, I don’t have one. We were all laughing so hard, I couldn’t focus the camera on him.:( That’s Austin for you; Keepin’ it WEIRD. lol!

Anyway, after the urban portion of the session we loaded back up and headed out to Bull Creek for some nature photos. It was a beautiful day at the creek, and we had a blast balancing on the rocks with reflectors and gear, just to get the perfect shots. David was so great to work with; he even laughed at the monkey jokes…

…I can’t really tell you the monkey jokes here. You’ll just have to book a session with me to find out what they are. Or ask David. Just walk up to him, and in a sinister voice say “mon-kaaaay!!!”. When he comes up for air, I am sure he will tell you the joke. If he remembers it…haha!
After shooting at Bull Creek, the plan was to head up to the 360 Bridge for sunset photos. But on the way, we discovered that we were very close to David’s old school, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and he expressed a great interest in trying to do part of his session there if we could. We didn’t have permission and we had no idea if we could even get past the guard at the gate, and, if we couldn’t we would have been out of time to go back to the original plan. But we all agreed that it would be more sentimental and representative of who David is, so we gave it a shot. And I am glad we did!!

Of course, dressed in such a nice suit and with him being so polite and charming, who wouldn’t let him in the gate?

Look at that face!!! I swear, he could sell you swamp land in Louisiana… 😉  I told him the above shot looked like it could be the cover of Business Monthly Magazine!
The school made the perfect setting for the final portion of David’s senior session.  The location is beautiful, the light was perfect and it was an important part of his life that I was so honored to capture for him.  We stayed well until after sunset so we could do some shots with the flashes, just for fun. As we were walking out, I spotted this great area that had a cool set of lockers. We played with the flash here for a little more artsy, dramatic shot. I thought it turned out pretty neat. 

After we wrapped it up, David took us on a tour of the grounds and pointed out all the different buildings and amenities at the school. It is a really beautiful campus and I could tell he had great memories and a love for the place that he will always carry. I was so glad he spoke up and made the session his own by taking a chance on being able to shoot there. We were able to tell his story in a way that was much more personal.

Here is David’s completed music video of both his head shot session and full senior session. I really love how it all turned out.

Congratulations, David on your graduation and upcoming college plans! I hope you have an amazing time in this next chapter of your life. I am so grateful you trusted me with such a fun and special day.

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Cedar Park High Class of 2011 | Austin Senior Photographer

I have to tell you, I am a tall person.  (don’t be scared) 😉  In high school, the girl’s basketball coach chased me around for 2 years begging me to be on the team. What he didn’t know was that, while I am graceful walking down the hall or rapidly taking a flight of stairs two at a time to get away from him, I am not a runner.  There was no way I would ever be able to outrun someone while dribbling a ball and also fend off others trying to stop me. No sir, sports were not for me. But, when you are 6′ tall and skinny, people usually assume you are athletic.

So, I never knew what it was like to play sports. I had a letter jacket, but it was covered in patches from choir events. Now *that* was popular, let me tell you! (not)

I was overjoyed and totally thrilled when I found out that the senior I was shooting on an uncharacteristically cold day in May was into sports! I had wanted to do a senior session for a long time that involved working with an athlete and I eagerly awaited the day I got to meet Spencer.

But to say Spencer is an athlete is a bit of an understatement! Not only does he play football and basketball, he is captain of the basketball team!! At least, that’s what his letter jacket told me. 😉

But what stood out to me with Spencer at the start is how tall he is. Now, again, I am a tall girl. But whoa! My 6′ self had to look way up to see him! He made my old truck look TINY! (and yes, I was standing on a step ladder to get this angle from above)

Aside from Spencer’s height and obvious athletic ability, what really makes me happy is what a sweet and polite young man he is.  After days of gloriously warm and inviting weather, the day of Spencer’s senior session the temps dropped about 30 degrees. We were all freezing out there! But he handled it like a pro and didn’t complain…to much. 😉 Though I noticed he opted to keep his jacket on for most of the session.

After some great shots out in the woods and on the road, I took Spencer and his mom out to one of my favorite water locations. I think, with such a long drive, they may have thought I was taking them over to the next state!  I was a bit saddened that there wasn’t a lot of water. The drought has really dried up my little creek and the levels were nowhere near what they were at Courtney and Katy’s sessions. But we made the best of it. It was too darn cold to actually get in the water, so Spencer was a great sport for all the “next to the water” positions I put him in. I think it was more suited to his personality anyway. What do you think?

Oh yeah, I think so too. He rocked it!:)

Thankfully the rocks along the sides of the creek made for a nice backdrop as well.

Spencer, you were such a joy and a good sport and I loved our session together! I hope you enjoy the photos and I wish you all the best this coming year in college.

So, what is YOUR story?

Small Town USA | Austin Senior Photos

Last month I had the great opportunity to photograph a beautiful girl from Shiner, TX. Introducing the lovely, Rachel!

Because Rachel is from a small town, she really wanted the small town feel in her images. We started out her Senior Portrait Session in the tiny town of Lockhart.

We walked the old town streets and created some beautiful images to tell Rachel’s unique story.

{check out those fantastic shoes!!!}

Rachel has a wonderful sense of style.  She is fashionable and artistic (you should see her artwork – A-Ma-Zing!) and just a beautiful person. Lockhart provided the perfect backdrop for her senior session.

We found this amazing truck in an alley just off the main street drive.
Isn’t she gorgeous! I just love her beautiful eyes.
After spending a good amount of time in Lockhart, we piled in the cars and headed up the road to McKinney Falls State Park for a water session.
{love the BOOTS!}

Rachel was a great sport! It was still very chilly in the water and while she didn’t get too wet, she still played around and waded through it when I needed her too.

She even tried on one of my old performing gowns (which fit! woo hoo!) and we did some more dramatic shots with the off camera flash.
Rachel, I love, love, loved our session and truly enjoyed spending the day with you and your mom. I am so glad you love the images – I am so glad I got to capture your unique story!

Many, many thanks go out to my wonderful assistants for Rachel’s senior session – the talented Allen from Doberenz Photography and Jen! You guys ROCKED the lighting, video and the styling and made the day even more amazing. I am so blessed to work with such great clients and talented colleagues! Thank you all!

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