I may have mentioned this one or twelve times, but I love photographing senior boys! This one in particular made my job easy. Bryson is handsome, athletic, and just an all-around great guy (with equally great style to boot). Joy is easily my favorite emotion to photograph and Bryson displayed lots of it—especially when the soccer ball came out toward the end of the session! His natural smiles and ease in front of the camera are what dreams are made of (or at least my dreams, anyway).
Bryson, I loved getting to spend time with you and your momma. Enjoy every minute of your senior year…I can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!
BRYSON V. | LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018
Cade recently made an appearance in this blog post about senior boys (and why I think getting quality portraits made of them is such a must-do for mommas), but I decided that he needed an entire blog post all to himself—and that’s not JUST because he’s family. 😉
Man, is he handsome! And so kind and thoughtful, too. Conversations with Cade are my absolute favorite. We connect in so many ways and his thoughtfulness reminds me of myself at 19. He’s also super inquisitive, which is a rare quality in a young man. The only thing I loved more than photographing him and his willingness to take risks during his session (see the hand-in-the-hair skyline photo that became an instant all-time favorite) was the post-session conversation we had over street tacos in Downtown Dallas. I loved hearing about his hopes and dreams for the future, and could sense a restlessness to explore his innate independence.
I’ve heard people say, “We’re made up of the same stuff,” and that is how I feel about Cade. He and I are made up of the same stuff. He’s always felt more like a nephew than a cousin to me, but now I consider him a friend. I enjoy his company more than he knows and I miss seeing him now that he’s living it up at Texas State.
Be brave, Caddos, and walk through every open door before you…even if you have to fake confidence for a bit. I can’t wait to see how your life unfolds. xoxo
CADE’S SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION IN DALLAS | CLASS OF 2016
What an absolute JOY it was to take Emma’s senior portraits! This girl is so full of life and has a deep, inspiring love for the Lord that is evident in all she says and does. She’s also got some crazy-beautiful eyes, the most gorgeous mane of hair, and what just might be the world’s cutest pup (all of which you’ll see in the images below). Emma is currently a senior at Grapevine Faith Christian School, but soon she’ll be trading in her Lions gear for the green and gold of the Baylor Bears—she’s officially a member of the Baylor University Class of 2022!
Emma, you radiate in so many ways. I can’t wait to watch you shine at Baylor and beyond!
EMMA S. | GRAPEVINE FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018
To whoever made #ThrowbackThursday a thing, please know that I am grateful for you. I am LOVING going back through sessions from the LMP archives each week—there are so many memories attached to each and every set of photos! Today I’m shining the spotlight on Alex, who kicked off my class of 2017 senior season last fall. This girl is truly beautiful in every way and we had so much fun together! She rocked the best outfits and accessories (hello, turquoise heels and adorable felt hat) and we made stops in several of my favorite Dallas locations (from the fairytale tree to a parking garage in view of the Downtown skyline). It was an added treat to have The Styling Stewardess on location to switch up Alex’s styling in between shots!
Alex, I’ve loved following your journey from Plano West to the University of Texas, and can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!
ALEX L. | PLANO WEST HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2017 | DALLAS, TEXAS
You know what’s really a treat? Taking senior portraits for a gal who loves to bake…and that goes double when handwritten recipes cards are incorporated into the session! Maddie’s grandmother came all the way from Ohio for her granddaughter’s senior portrait session, and deserves a big round of applause for creating the aforementioned recipe cards used as a prop during our shoot.
While not all sessions require props, they really added a personal touch to Maddie’s portraits. From a pile of books to the Minnie Mouse ears she donned to reflect her love for Disney, the props Maddie selected really reflected her interests and personality. As you’ll see below, we had a lot of fun selecting unique locations that were a perfect fit for each outfit (Minnie ears most definitely included!).
Cheering you on all the way to graduation day and beyond, Maddie!
MADISON M. | ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 | ARGYLE & DENTON, TEXAS
Does this face look familiar? I’m guessing it probably does, because Maddy has made an appearance in several styled shoots for both LMP and Sorority Packets! Before all of those, though, came Maddy’s senior portrait session. And oh my goodness, do I have a lot to say about that! But first, the backstory.
I first met Maddy because she was my daughter’s acting coach. I’m pretty sure Mia Grace worked her marketing skills with Miss Maddy, because she came out of class one day saying, “I told Miss Maddy she should hire you, Mommy, to take her senior pictures!” Anyone who knows me will get that this is soooo out of my comfort zone. Mia Grace was actually in school for a few years before anyone even knew what I did for a living—and yes, I realize this makes me eligible to receive an “F” in any and every advertising class on the planet, but I’ve just never wanted to be that person who walks around handing out business cards. Anyway, I was pretty embarrassed, but also proud of Mia Grace because I reeeeealllly wanted to photograph Maddy! Just from watching her with the kids, I knew her personality was huge and that we would have so much fun creating unique portraits together.
In the summer of 2016 I had the privilege of taking Maddy and a few other recently-graduated senior girls on a Young Life Wilderness Trek (and I may or may not have a small framed picture of us on top of a mountain sitting on my bedside table). 🙂 Through photoshoots, backpacking trips, and breakfast meet-ups, we’ve truly become friends. Last week she even made time to help me with my non-existent acting skills while on fall break from Tulane!
Now, about her SENIOR session (which is the reason why I started this blog post in the first place). Confetti has become a big trend in senior portraits because of everything it signifies about happiness and celebration, but Maddy managed to incorporate it in a way that felt so unique to her. Paired with a messy bun and overalls, it couldn’t have looked or felt more natural…despite the fact that we were shooting in a parking lot! From classic Audrey Hepburn to sleek urban glam, Maddy rocked every single look. Needless to say, this shoot (and this girl) are forever favorites in my book.
MADDY H. | CLASS OF 2016 | DALLAS, TEXAS SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION
Can I get three cheers for this guy? Matthew is a kind and supportive brother who is truly his twin sister’s biggest fan. He’s also handsome and athletic, and he was SO decisive at his ordering session which I absolutely loved—it’s clear that his family really values his opinion! The close relationship they all share is evident, and was such a privilege to witness and to photograph.
Matthew, no matter where you decide to go to college, I know that you have an exciting road ahead of you. I loved getting to know you and your amazing family and can’t wait to see where you end up!
MATTHEW R. | LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 | ARGYLE, TEXAS
PS: I couldn’t resist sharing these sweet, sweet images of Matthew with his momma (melt!) as well as her incredibly gracious feedback following our session. Jenny, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! It was such a joy to get to spend time with you all.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with both our son and daughter’s senior pictures. Love, Me Photography was a dream to work with! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Crystal and her team. As a mom of a boy and a girl, I can attest to the fact that Crystal is fantastic with both genders! I enjoyed every minute of our session (which is not what I was originally expecting). There was no stress—Crystal took charge and I got to sit back, enjoy, and revel in the moment as a proud mom.From easy and convenient bookings, to reminder emails and helpful pointers to make the experience so enjoyable, it was such a positive experience for ALL of us. Crystal really took her time getting to know each of my kids and selecting the best locations for both of them. The photos speak for themselves—we would 100% recommend Love, Me Photography!” —Jenny R., Class of 2018 Senior Mom
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… 🙂
JOHN F. | CLASS OF 2016 | BYRON NELSON HIGH SCHOOL
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—which 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—take a look below and you’ll see what I mean!
ELIZABETH R. | LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 | ARGYLE, TEXAS
Okay okay, just ONE twin post 😉 Because who can resist a pair of siblings as sweet as this?
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—and I promise, I can do the same for your son!
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.
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.
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.