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While other seniors cover a range of styles in their session, Carissa, a 2015 senior at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, showed the versatility of her signature style – preppy chic. What I loved was just how confident she was about her style, and her face lit up as we put together a variety of outfits that showcased who she is. The chambray shirt, shorts, and wedges combo looks like it was plucked straight out of a J. Crew catalog! The classic pink dress and white statement necklace gave her the classic look of style icon, Jackie O. I gotta say, though, her best accessory was definitely her smile! 

 

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I absolutely love when I can a full range of looks in a senior portrait session. For Ashlyn, a 2015 senior at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, we were able to go from soft and flowing ALL the way to rock ‘n roll edge, with a little art school chic in between. Ashlyn’s edgy look seriously reminded me of Gwen Stefani, which of course made it one of my FAVORITE outfits to shoot. But I gotta say…that soft pink maxi skirt and crop top in a field kissed by a setting Texas sun makes me want summer to never end!

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Nancy Duckworth Caraway -

Beautiful!

Although I live in Dallas now, I still make it back to Austin for photo shoots when I can.  Getting to photograph seniors in a city I hold dear in my heart is a real treat.  So, when I got the email from Patrick’s mom, Vivian, I knew we had to make this shoot happen.  Patrick is a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, and I photographed his older brother, Eric, last year for his senior portraits.  And just like like his older brother, Patrick knocked out a killer session in downtown.  Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Patrick!  I wish you all the luck as your forge ahead in your college career at Northeastern University!

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This year, I got the opportunity to do something I had wanted to do for awhile – photograph SXSW.  I had attended the festival as an Austinite many times before, but I had always gone with the intention of seeing all the free shows I possibly could in about a four day span.  This time, though, it was different.  Although I had already moved to Dallas from Austin, I spent 11 days crashing on friend and fellow photog, Lisa Hause’s, futon.  Yes.  ELEVEN DAYS.  We spent eleven long, 10-12 hour days together shooting the festival from beginning to end.  It was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.  And to top it off, my body decided to revolt and succumb to a gnarly head cold 4 days into it.  Coincidentally, this was the week I discovered that Mucinex is apparently made of rainbows and baby giggles, because it was a miracle and the only thing that provided ANY relief to my poor sinuses.  But, despite the long hours of hard work, it really paid off when I got to photograph ….drum roll, please…my hero, Dave Grohl.

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I met him briefly on the street the day before his keynote speech for SXSW (which is a story for a different day and post), but I knew I had to be there to watch his speech from beginning to end.  There was nothing that was going to keep me from being there.  Events like this typically come with restrictions, so it was no surprise that all media was limited to photographing only the first 2 minutes of his speech.  Part of me was a little irked, but then I realized that it forced me to stop, pay attention, and become fully engrossed in his every word.

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Grohl’s speech focused on embracing your own voice (“I liked my new voice. Because, no matter how bad it sounded . . . it was mine. There was nobody there to tell me what was right or what was wrong, so . . . there was no right or wrong.”), making the most of what you have (“We practiced in a barn. Every day. It was all that we had. There was no sun. There was no moon. There was just . . . the barn. And those songs.”), and never trading in your true self to be the person you think others want you to be (“But, I like to think that what the world heard in Nirvana’s music was the sound of three human beings, three distinct personalities, their inconsistencies and their imperfections proudly on display for everyone to hear. Three people that had been left to their own devices their entire lives to find THEIR voices. It was honest. It was pure. And It was real.”).  It spoke to my very core – to the young girl who used to sacrifice her true self for a failed sense of acceptance, who always wanted what she didn’t have because she was told it wasn’t good enough, and most importantly, to the young girl who wondered if she even had a voice.

This past week, I was challenged to move beyond a boundary I felt existed in my life.  The truth is, it only existed because I said it did.  And that realization took me back to this moment in March, crammed into a ballroom in the Austin Convention Center listening to my hero tell me, “It’s YOUR VOICE. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s f#%$*!g gone. Because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last . . .”  I ended up with some, in my opinion, pretty mundane shots that day (very similar to everyone else who was hunched down in the media pit for those two minutes).  Nevertheless, I left inspired, full of gratitude, and with a memory that will never leave me.  Okay, and some photos of my hero shot from only my perspective (if you said, “Total fan girl,” you nailed it).  But in the end, that’s all that really matters.  No matter how similar my photos may be to the rest of the media, it’s my unique memory of that hour that will be mine and mine alone.

You can check out the full speech here.

Jenny Waller Saville -

Awesome!

So, it’s no secret that Dallas is the fashion capital of Texas.  It’s host to Neiman Marcus, Dallas Market Center, and a bevy of other incredible shopping hot spots.  In the short time I’ve lived here, I’ve already tracked down some KILLER boutiques like this gem, Milk & Honey Boutique on Henderson.  With senior portrait season getting kicked off, I can’t WAIT to see what fabulousness the fashion conscious seniors in Dallas put together for their senior portrait sessions!  In the meantime, here’s a little inspiration I’ve put together for something BIG I’m working on for next week.  It’s one part ballerina, one part biker, and a generous helping of chic.  HAPPY WEEKEND!

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