• 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—mothers 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—your 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—just 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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    Beth: Awesome ideas! (Dec 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm)
  • 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—mom/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—and if you’d like to snag that free resume template I mentioned earlier—go 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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  • Savvy Senior: How (and when) to Apply to College + Free College Application Timeline!

    Happy back-to-school season! I know that many of you are just beginning your junior or senior year of high school, but today I’m going to ask you to peek into the future and start thinking like a college student. Why?

    Because, believe it or not, your college journey doesn’t start in a year or two. It starts right now! There will be many stops along the way – AP classes and ACTs, resumes and essays, volunteer hours and senior award banquets – and they all revolve around one important event: College Application Day!

    To help you on your journey I’ve worked with an expert (AKA, a stellar momma) to create a comprehensive timeline that’s sure to get you to and through your college applications. From scheduling your SATs, to compiling a standout college resume, to sending off your Recruitment Information Packets, we’ve got you covered. Get all the goods below!

    QUICK LINKS

    Download our College Application Timeline to learn how and when to apply to college. Hint hint: our timeline starts in the fall of junior year! [Click button to download]

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    Create a completely custom, totally professional College Resume. [Click button to navigate]

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    Design a Recruitment Information Packet that matches your style. [Click button to navigate]

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    Thanks for taking a quick peek at the future with me today! Now go ahead and get back to enjoying every second of this present moment knowing that you’re as prepared as possible for all that’s to come!

     

  • Rush 101: Sorority Recruitment Tips and Terminology

    It’s finally here (for most universities, at least): sorority recruitment week! Over the past few months I’ve been sending out every last bit of information I can think of + sharing inside tips from current sorority members via my Sorority Scoop group, and now the time has finally come for you guys to put that info into action and discover the process for yourselves!

    If you’re still feeling unprepared at this point, have no fear. Study up on today’s Rush 101 crash course and snag my free download, and you’ll be reciting the Greek alphabet by heart in no time! (Or, you know, just feel a little more comfortable with recruitment terminology.) Work your way through the links below then download my Rush 101 Guide as soon as you’ve finished. Consider it your “Certificate of Excellence” degree for finishing up on your required reading!

    1. What is a Recruitment Information Packet and what should it include?
    2. What information should be included on my social resume for sorority recruitment?
    3. What kind of photographs should I included in my Recruitment Information Packet?
    4. What is a LOS, a REC, and a RIF?
    5. How should I thank the women writing my letters of recommendation?
    6. What kind of outfit should I wear for each round of sorority recruitment?


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    Download our Rush 101 guide!

    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!

  • Outfit Ideas for Each Round of Sorority Recruitment

    Even though I’ve been sharing sorority recruitment tips with members of my Sorority Scoop group since early spring, it’s difficult for me to believe that rush week is just weeks away at this point! With that in mind, I figured that a few of you girls might be in the midst of pulling looks together for each round of recruitment. Although the specific rounds of recruitment may vary from campus to campus, the list below  will provide you with a fabulous starting point if and when you find yourself waist-deep in summer sale racks.

    What to Wear During Sorority Rush Week

    OPEN HOUSE: One of the most casual days of sorority recruitment. Some campuses will give each PNM a t-shirt to wear. Otherwise, stick to something in the casual-cute family. A sun dress, slim pants and a flowy top, gladiators or flats, and a stack of bangles will do the trick.

    PHILANTHROPY DAY: A cute dress topped off by a denim jacket and paired with wedges will fit the bill nicely. Come prepared to listen and learn about which organization is closest to each sorority’s heart!

    SKIT NIGHT: Semi-formal is the name of the game. Not quite a cocktail dress, not quite what you’d wear to church on Sunday, but somewhere in between. A more structured dress, a chic romper, or a pair of patterned billowy pants accented by heels would both be great.

    PREFERENCE: Break out the cocktail wear! A cute LBD, LWD, colorful frock paired with statement heels, or a dress accented by an understated pattern will work well. Avoid ultra-formal wear, i.e. anything with too many feathers, sparkles, or a floor-length hemline.

    BID DAY: Today’s the day! You’re finally receiving your bid card, and most likely a t-shirt from your chapter! Put on your favorite denim shorts to ensure a perfect match when you exchange your top for your new sorority colors.

    PS: If you love wearing heels, don’t be afraid to rock them during recruitment! Just make sure to follow the advice below…

    “Depending on how big the campus is, I would bring comfy sandals to walk from house to house and a bag full of makeup and other things you may need throughout the day!” -Nicole, Delta Delta Delta, University of Texas at Austin (via Sorority Scoop)

    “I made the awful mistake of thinking that I could make it through the whole day in my heels and I was very quickly humbled. Just pack whatever shoes you find the most comfy to walk in, and you can throw on your heels before you go in the house!” -Ashtyn, Alpha Chi Omega at The University of Texas at Austin (via Sorority Scoop)

    OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:

    1. I love this article by Society 19—it includes lots of additional outfit inspiration!
    2. If you’re saying “it’s all Greek to me” more often than not these days, be sure to download my FREE Rush 101 guide. It’s filled with recruitment tips + terminology that you’ll hear throughout recruitment week!
    3. I’ve created a Pinterest-ready graphic for you below so that you can easily reference these suggestions when selecting outfits. Pin away, and cheers to looking and feeling your best during recruitment week!
    What to Wear During Each Round of Sorority Recruitment

    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!

    Rush 101: Sorority Recruitment Tips and Terminology: […] What kind of outfit should I wear for each round of sorority recruitment? […] (Aug 14, 2016 at 09:25 am)
  • How to Thank the Alumnae Writing Your Letters of Recommendation

    Because many of you have already sent off your Recruitment Information Packets—and because I’m betting that you’re also up to your eyeballs in graduation gifts—I thought today would be the perfect time to discuss thank you note protocol! While I’m not an etiquette expert like Emily Post, I am an alum who frequently writes Letters of Recommendation for girls going through sorority recruitment. Based on that experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind when it’s time to show your appreciation:

    1. INCLUDE A SHORT + PERSONAL NOTE OF THANKS VIA YOUR COVER LETTER

    Your cover letter is your first opportunity to tell the alumna writing your Rec Letter just how much her time means to you. If you’re modeling your cover letter off of my free download, you can include a handwritten note of thanks at the bottom of your typed (generic) letter. I also recommend including your university’s deadline for receiving recruitment materials!

    2. SHOW YOUR THANKS STRATEGICALLY

    I’ll admit it. I have received a Recruitment Information Packet (or two) well in advance, and have still almost missed the deadline for forwarding the packet on to the appropriate sorority house along with my carefully-crafted Rec Letter. This is by no means intentional—it’s just that as a working momma of two girls, l have lots of opportunities to be distracted over the course of any given week! Because many of the alumnae writing your Rec Letters will be juggling a similar schedule, I recommend strategically sending a thank you card to each woman’s home address two weeks in advance of your university’s deadline. If she has already mailed your packet, she’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness. If she hasn’t, she’ll be reminded to do so…as quickly as possible!

    3. CONSIDER INCLUDING A SMALL TOKEN OF APPRECIATION 

    Along with her Recruitment Information Packet, one of my sweet clients recently sent me a $5 gift card to Starbucks as a way of saying thanks! This is one of those above-and-beyond gestures that is by no means mandatory, but from personal experience, is highly appreciated. If you happen to know that one of the alumnae on your list is extra busy, but still agreed to write you a Rec Letter, this is a great way to acknowledge the time she’s investing on your behalf. 

    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!

    Rush 101: Sorority Recruitment Tips and Terminology: […] How should I thank the women writing my letters of recommendation? […] (Aug 14, 2016 at 09:22 am)
  • Resume Printing How-To (or, How to Merge a Word Document and a PDF!)

    Our Rush 101 series continues today with a short little how-to on printing a social resume! Whether you purchased one of our custom Recruitment Information Packets in digital form, or you decided to tweak our free resume template to fit your style, or you went totally DIY and designed your own letterhead, OR you want to turn the digital files that came with your printed packet into a personal stationery set post-recruitment, the following instructions are for you:

    How to Merge Your Resume + Cover Letter Verbiage With Your Custom Letterhead

    or

    How to Merge a Word Document and a PDF

    Step 1: Open Letterhead in Adobe Acrobat

    Step 2: Add Text Box and Text

    To open the editing toolbar showcased below, go to View>Tools>Edit PDF>Open

    Select the “Add Text” button on the toolbar. Click and drag the cursor to create a text box. This is where you will insert your resume information.

    Select a text size around 12 point and utilize a standard, streamlined font (such as Minion Pro or Calibri).

    Type or copy and paste your resume information into the text box. Then, use the text formatting tools on the right-hand column of your screen to give your text the look you want. (I recommend using the same font throughout the document and emphasizing different sections by utilizing bolding, italics, or varied capitalization. You can also experiment with the text alignment!)

    Step 3: Align Your Text Box to the Center of the Document

    Click on the edge of the text box and drag to position the alignment of your text. Your text box should be centered beneath your name, and there should be an even margin on either side of the box.

    Step 4: Save and Print

    Save your resume or cover letter for printing by clicking File>Save As.


    And there you have it! You have officially merged your resume verbiage with adorable, customized letterhead. If this all sounds like a big headache, don’t forget that we can print your packets for you if you choose to purchase one of our designs! If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, I recommend taking your letterhead and cover letter + resume files to FedEx Office for printing. Most stores will be able to receive the Word Document or PDF containing your resume and cover letter verbiage via email, but to be on the safe side, I recommend bringing both documents with you on a thumb drive as well.

    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!