• Throwback Thursday: John’s Urban Senior Portrait Session

    Oh man…it’s tough to find the right words when you’re sharing photos of family! So I’ll just stick with this: I sure do love this guy, and it was such a gift to be able to take his senior portraits. He’s all grown and flown now, but during his senior year I watched as he navigated a tough season with grit, discipline, and humility. His courage inspired me then and continues to do so now. To say that I’m proud to call him family is an understatement!

    And on another less personal note, don’t you worry, boy mommas. I can make even the non-smiliest of boys break (eventually). They may even say something like, “I kind of liked having my pictures taken” during the car ride home. Not that I’m talking about this guy or anything… ūüôā

    JOHN F. | CLASS OF 2016 | BYRON NELSON HIGH SCHOOL

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  • Elizabeth’s Senior Portrait Session | Liberty Christian School Class of 2018

    It was such a treat to kick off my senior season with Elizabeth and her twin brother, Matthew, who are both members of Liberty Christian School’s graduating class of 2018. Although she is one-half of a set of twins, Elizabeth is also very much her own person‚ÄĒwhich is why I’ve dedicated an entire blog post just to her! (But don’t worry, Matthew. Yours is coming next!)

    Although some might equate a fall senior portrait session with changing leaves and barren trees, here in Texas we’re lucky in the fact that early autumn looks a whole lot like spring and summer. Because of that, Elizabeth’s portraits feature plenty of warm sun, green grass, and sweet sundresses. And speaking of sundresses…I absolutely LOVE the fact that Elizabeth accessorized her beautiful white¬†frock with a pair of track shoes for a few shots. Such a perfect blend of athleticism and femininity‚ÄĒtake a look below and you’ll see what I mean!

    ELIZABETH R. | LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 | ARGYLE, TEXAS

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    Okay okay, just ONE twin post ūüėČ Because who can resist¬†a pair of siblings as sweet as this?

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  • All About the Boys: Senior Portrait Inspiration for Guys

    This just in: senior portraits aren’t just for girls. In fact, I’d argue that they’re extra special (and important) for senior boys. I’ve talked before about why I think that quality portraits of senior guys matter so much, and it’s a message I’ll continue to blast on repeat. Why? Because the next time your senior boy will have his pictures taken professionally will likely be on his wedding day. Crazy to think about, I know! But it’s the truth.¬†If he gets a picture taken at his fraternity formal, it will only be with his date. As for his formal fraternity portrait? His chapter president is not going to send a letter home with him so that you can order copies, I can promise you that!

    That’s why I always encourage my boy moms to¬†invest in quality portraiture¬†now, while that guy you love so much is¬†still living at home and years away from sporting a wedding band on his left hand. If you haven’t already booked your senior portrait session you can take a look at my updated calendar here. After doing so, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about¬†the look and location of your senior’s shoot. To help you do just that, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite senior boy sessions below!

    CADE | URBAN/HIP

    Lucky me, I get to claim this handsome guy (and the one below him) as family! Cade is just the coolest, and our Downtown Dallas location perfectly reflected his vibe and personal style.Also, #thathair.¬†His session had a very editorial feel, but I also managed to get a few classic senior portrait smiles out of him‚ÄĒand I promise, I can do the same for your son!

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    JOHN | INDUSTRIAL/URBAN

    From graffiti and murals to metal and brick walls, this location had it all. Pairing a more muted shirt pattern with a colorful background, and vice versa, ensures that John is the first thing you see no matter what the background looks like.

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    MONTE | CLEAN-CUT/CLASSIC

    Monte’s clean-cut look and selection of button-down shirts paired well with muted brick tones and bright outdoor spaces. We utilized both for his senior portrait session.

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    RILEY | CASUAL/PROP-DRIVEN

    Can you guess how Riley likes to spend his spare time? I love incorporating props, especially in senior boy sessions. Whether it’s a basketball or a drum kit, having something familiar in your hands “on set”¬†is a great way to relax, get comfortable, and ease into your senior portrait session.

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  • Throwback Thursday: McKenzie’s Bohemian Senior Portrait Session

    I’ve shared a few of Kenzie’s senior portraits before on this blog post, but realized I never shared her session + all this Boho goodness in its entirety. Flower crowns and bouquets, ethereal tulle skirts (made by her momma!), Grandma’s southwestern blanket, and a perfect lakeside location (scouted by her momma!)…plus a little late-session style twist in the form of¬†All-American red, white, and boots. This session had it all, and I’m so happy to be sharing all the details from it today.

    MCKENZIE “KIKI” C. | BOHEMIAN SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION BY THE LAKE

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  • Throwback Thursday: Isabel’s Free People Inspired Senior Portrait Session

    To the creators of the Free People + Anthropologie look books, I have discovered your next cover girl.

    Seriously! The combination of Izze’s outfit¬†choices and session location honestly made me feel like we were shooting somewhere else entirely, which I think her portraits reflect. Is she posing by cliffs in Malibu? Soaking up the sun in an Arizona desert? Or just making a little slice of nature in Dallas/Fort Worth (including a pretty spectacular Bradford Pear spotted on the side of the road) look like it’s a thousand miles away? I’ll never tell ūüôā¬†Over and above the¬†look +¬†location of her session, though, was Izze’s joy. It radiated throughout our time together and is what made her¬†final images so spectacular. Hair and makeup by The Styling Stewardess provided the perfect finishing touch!

    IZZE W. | OUTDOOR SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION INSPIRED BY FREE PEOPLE

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  • 2017 Guide to Recruitment Information Meetings in Dallas/Fort Worth

    Can you believe it? Sorority (pre) recruitment season is upon us! One of the best ways you can begin this process is to attend an informational meeting hosted by an¬†alumnae Panhellenic, so to help you find the Dallas/Fort Worth area forum nearest you, I’ve compiled a list of all of the local meetings taking place. If you have any questions regarding the district you fall into, I encourage you to get in touch with a Panhellenic representative using the website links below. This list will be updated frequently over the next few weeks as I receive additional information!

    Last update: January 27, 2017

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    Organization: Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic | http://www.dallaspanhellenic.org

    The Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association will hold a Recruitment Information Forum to share information about the process of sorority recruitment. Topics covered will include the value of joining a sorority in college, how to register with your local Panhellenic and university Panhellenic, how to obtain references for each sorority, and the financial obligations associated with joining a sorority. Attendees are encouraged to bring both their questions and their friends!

    Forum Date: January 29, 2017 

    Time: 2-4 pm

    Location: Northway Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 7202 W. Northwest Highway (church is located near Northpark mall)


    Organization: Plano-Richardson Alumnae Panhellenic | http://praptx.com 

    The Plano-Richardson Alumnae Panhellenic has partnered¬†with the Northwest Dallas Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic to host a Sorority Information Forum about all that “Going Greek” has to offer. The event is open to senior women in the class of 2017 who are interested in going through sorority recruitment.

    Forum Date: February 7, 2017 

    Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6)

    Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 Plano Parkway


    Organization: Northwest Dallas Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic | https://nwdsap.com

    The Northwest Dallas Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic has partnered¬†with the Plano-Richardson Alumnae Panhellenic to host a Sorority Information Forum about all that “Going Greek” has to offer. The event is open to senior women in the class of 2017 who are interested in going through sorority recruitment.

    Forum Date: February 7, 2017 

    Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6)

    Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 Plano Parkway


    Organization: Fort Worth Panhellenic | http://www.fortworthpanhellenic.com

    Get all of your sorority questions answered at the Fort Worth Panhellenic Spring Forum, which will also feature a presentation of appropriate recruitment attire.

    Forum Date: February 19, 2017 

    Time: 2 pm (doors open at 1:30)

    Location: TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, TCU campus

    Register: Click here to register for the event


    Organization: Frisco-Allen Alumnae Panhellenic | http://www.fataap.org

    The Frisco-Allen Alumnae Panhellenic is hosting a recruitment forum on Tuesday, February 21. Senior girls + their moms are invited to attend this free event, where they will learn more about sorority recruitment and be entered to win fun door prizes! Note: This forum is held exclusively for seniors in Frisco ISD, Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Celina ISD, Prosper ISD, McKinney ISD, and any private schools within Frisco, Allen, or McKinney.

    Forum Date: February 21, 2017

    Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:45)

    Location: Creekwood United Methodist Church, 261 Country Club Road, Allen


    Organization: Mid-Cities Panhellenic | http://www.midcitiespanhellenic.com/home.html

    The Mid-Cities Panhellenic is hosting a Spring Greek Forum covering the “When, Where, and How” of the sorority recruitment process. A live fashion show of appropriate looks for sorority recruitment will also take place! Note: This forum is only open to women graduating from Birdville, Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville, HEB, Keller, Northwest ISDs, and private schools included in these ISDs. Mothers are also welcome to attend!

    Forum Date: February 26, 2017

    Time: 3-5 pm

    Location: First Baptist Church of Colleyville Epicenter (Youth) Building, 5300 Colleyville Blvd.

    Attire: Dressy-Casual


    Organization: Arlington Area Alumnae Panhellenic | http://www.arlington-panhellenic.org

    The Arlington Area Alumnae Panhellenic will host an informational meeting for all young ladies interested in joining a sorority‚ÄĒmothers and/or fathers are also welcome! Topics covered will include the sorority recruitment process, general information about sororities, Greek life, how to register with the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic, and how to register for recruitment with various universities.

    Forum Date: February 26, 2017

    Time: 2-4 pm

    Location: The Oakridge School, Fine Arts Center, 5900 West Pioneer Parkway

    Register: Click here to register for the event


    P.S.

    In January 2017 I launched a BRAND NEW WEBSITE exploding with all things sorority recruitment! You’ll find previous Rush 101 posts + fresh, frequently-updated content at SororityPackets.com. Stop by the new blog here to catch up on the latest rush news!

    Last but not least, I’d love for you to join over 2,000 senior women from across the country by becoming¬†a member of¬†Sorority Scoop!¬†By signing up you’re saying “yes” to¬†fabulous freebies (think sorority resume + cover letter templates and a comprehensive recruitment guide), advice from current collegians, and more! Click the button below to get started.

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  • Senior Portrait Style: Bohemian Inspired Senior Sessions

    You gravitate toward clothing with a loose and flowy fit. Your favorite¬†sales girl at Anthropologie is on your speed dial. You can’t resist pinning photos of¬†cacti, Moroccan rugs, and sun-bleached skulls. You love a good bell sleeve. Sounds like you’re a girl who’s inspired by the free-spirited Bohemian aesthetic!

    If you thought that senior portraits meant sitting in front of a backdrop in an indoor studio, think again. Your senior portraits should reflect who you are‚ÄĒyour tastes, your interests, and definitely your personal style. Take a few cues from these Bohemian inspired sessions when you’re pulling looks together for your shoot, and I promise the final images will look exactly like¬†they should‚ÄĒjust like you!

    THE BOHO BASICS

    Flowy Apparel

    Dresses built to catch the breeze fit the bill nicely.
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    Earthy Accessories

    Flower crowns, ethereal tulle skirts, and feather earrings. These are the kind of accessories that will take your ensemble to the next level.

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    Outdoor Only Locations

    Natural light (and a field of cacti, if you can score one) is an essential ingredient for a bohemian inspired session.

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    Unique Styling

    From beachy waves to tussled braids, don’t be afraid to switch up your hair and makeup with a fun second look!

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  • Editable College Resume Template + Chapter 12 Launch

    The confetti has been thrown, friends! Today marked the launch of Chapter 12, an online community that’s dedicated to helping high school seniors and their parents survive and thrive during senior year. I just pressed “send” on my first love note to group members, which included a short introduction, five organizational tips to make senior year a breeze, and a FREE college resume template.

    Ever since transitioning my photography business to focus exclusively on high school seniors, I’ve noticed that senior year has this incredible way of turning everyday moms into high-powered Mom-agers‚ÄĒmom/manager blends that are capable of packing lunches, scheduling tutors, funding prom tickets, and mailing sorority recruitment packets all at the same time. Let’s face it: Senior year can be stressful. But it’s also such a sweet, special time filled with opportunities for connection. That’s why my goal for Chapter 12 is to answer as many questions as possible + help members maximize every meaningful moment on the horizon!

    If that sounds right up your alley‚ÄĒand if you’d like to snag that free resume template I mentioned earlier‚ÄĒgo ahead and click the picture¬†below. By doing so, you’ll instantly receive the template and automatically become a Chapter 12 member!

    Click Here to receive your free resume template!
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  • Falling for Fall Senior Portrait Sessions

    With the first (official) day of fall right around the corner, I’m dreaming of the days when the temperature drops enough for me to pull out my scarves and boots and curl up with a hot chai. Until then, I’m getting into the swing of things by diving into my fall portrait schedule!

    I have LOVED jumping back into sessions and getting to know the senior class of 2017. I’ve already started sharing sneak peeks on Instagram, and trust me…there are many more to come! For those of you who have an upcoming session, I thought I’d share a quick look at some of my favorite portraits from last year’s¬†fall¬†season. Steal some inspiration from the¬†look, location, and style of these sessions and be sure to bookmark any¬†favorites so that you can share them with me during¬†our pre-session consultation!

    By the way, if you haven’t scheduled¬†your senior portraits¬†yet but find yourself suddenly drawn to the idea of sporting cashmere and corduroy during your session, you’ll be happy to know that I just added a few extra slots to my live calendar! Learn more about LMP’s¬†booking process¬†and check¬†out available dates here¬†– I would love nothing more than to capture the you-est part of you via a senior portrait session!

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    Pssst: Here are a few more fall-centric posts for you!

  • Creative Dorm Room Ideas to Make Your Space More Cozy

    I had a stopped-in-my-tracks moment while on Twitter the other day, and it had everything to do with the dorm rooms you’re about to “ooh” and “ahh” over below. You guys…these dorms (I hesitate to even call them that because they look more like adorable apartments) are approximately 1,000 times cuter than the spaces I inhabited while in college.

    Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I got in touch with a few¬†class of 2016 seniors who graciously agreed to share their spaces + top decorating tips here on the blog. Whether you just moved into your dorm and are still putting the final touches on your decor, or you’re a 2017 senior doing a little advance research, take a few cues from these ladies and you’re sure to fall head over heels in love with your ultra-cozy college nest!

    EMMA

    “Plan things out pretty early, like your color scheme, and make sure that you see the layout of your dorm in advance. This will ensure that you don’t end up lacking the right amount of¬†decorations or necessities. And I’d also say to get a full size comforter instead of a twin size because it just adds coziness!”

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    MADDY

    “Because I went to a school six hours away from my home I tried to make my dorm as homey¬†as possible. I used Command¬†strips to attach brick wallpaper to the back wall of my dorm room, and I added a big rug just to make it look more like a room that could be part of a house (and way less like a dorm room).¬†I also bought a Wallflower from Bath & Body Works that made our room smell pretty fabulous and adds to that homey¬†feel!”

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    “To add more space to the room itself my roommate and I both lofted our beds so we had more space…which we then proceeded to fill with¬†refrigerators, a microwave, and mini cabinets filled with food. This for sure made it feel more like home, having food right there when you need it! And of course,¬†bring pictures! I have three cork boards throughout my room and filled them all with pictures of my closest friends and family from back home which I think really helps. Finally, throw pillows and blankets help a lot too, and having cute storage options ensures that everything has a place and opens up¬†space in your room for other things.”

    Pssst: See Maddy’s amazing prom-inspired shoot here!¬†

    MADELINE + ISABEL

    1.) A nice rug makes a big difference and warms the room.
    2.) Your decorations don’t have to be expensive to be cute. We¬†went to Hobby Lobby together and found decorations that we thought represented us the best.
    3.) Curtains, rugs, and lamps definitely make the room feel more homey.

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    PS: Want to see your dorm featured on this blog post? Send me a photo + your top tips via text¬†or Twitter¬†(@lovemephoto) and I’ll add your room to the list!

    PSS: To have more information just like this sent straight to your inbox, be sure to join Chapter 12, an online community dedicated to helping you survive + thrive during senior year (and beyond)!

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