• What is a LOS, a Rec Letter, and a RIF? Sorority terms, explained!

    It’s time for another installment of Rush 101! This blog post is specifically for those of you who are still in the process of gathering Letters of Recommendation/Letters of Support. While I know that a lot of you registered with your local alumnae Panhellenic organization in order to obtain Rec Letters, I’m also guessing that several of you are managing the process + sending out your Recruitment Information Packets entirely on your own this summer. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few tips for rounding up recommendations!

    First things first…let’s break down the difference between a few commonly-confused terms: Letter of Support (LOS), Letter of Recommendation (Rec Letter), and Recruitment Information Form (RIF).

    LETTER OF SUPPORT: A personal letter written by a current collegian or an alumnae endorsing you for membership in their sorority house. These letters are also sometimes called a…

    LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: Simply put, the terminology just varies state to state! The main thing to keep in mind is that a LOS or a Rec Letter is not the same as a…

    RECRUITMENT INFORMATION FORM: This is a “fill-in-the-blank” type of document that can be found on each sorority’s website, and can be accessed by a current collegian or an alumnae. In other words, each woman that you approach with a request for a recommendation will log on to her sorority’s website, and will download her sorority’s unique endorsement form in order to meet your request. A LOS or Rec Letter is typically a complement to, rather than a replacement of, a standard RIF.

    Now let’s talk about where to find the lovely women who will be submitting these items on your behalf! I recommend beginning with your innermost circle, then moving outward. That means you should start by approaching…

    FAMILY: Identify if you are considered a “legacy” of any of the sororities on your campus. Keep in mind that mom’s affiliation isn’t the only one that matters—many houses will consider you a legacy if your sister, grandmother, aunt, or cousin was a member. Request a LOS/Rec Letter and a RIF from as many sorority members as you can identify! Next, speak with…

    FRIENDS: Do you know a current member of a sorority that’s represented on your campus? Ask her if she would be willing to submit a LOS/RIF on your behalf! If you’re still lacking a few letters, move on to…

    FRIENDS OF FRIENDS: Sororities constantly attend “mixers” not only with fraternities, but with other sororities as well. If you’re having trouble rounding up a letter from a particular house on your campus, reach out to friends and family members and ask if they know anyone who is currently, or was formerly, a member of the house(es) in question. Although these friends-of-friends may not know you personally, your Recruitment Information Packet will provide your letter-writer(s) with everything they need to submit an informed LOS/RIF on your behalf.

    If you feel like doing a little extra reading, this article has a lot of additional tips and terminology! If you’re looking for more helpful recruitment information, be sure to join my Sorority Scoop group—I send out must-know information, fabulous articles, free resources, and more via a once-a-week email to my group members.


    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 is a LOS, a REC, and a RIF? […] (Aug 14, 2016 at 09:26 am)
  • Choices, Chances, and Changes: Part 2 of Aubrey’s Story

    After five weeks of being home, I flew back to Pittsburgh, feeling as if I was starting completely over again. The same gut-wrenching pain crept in, taking over my ability to try to think positively. I hoped that being reunited with my friends would overpower my doubtful attitude, but unfortunately this was not the case. It was a huge sign that things weren’t how they should be when my uneasiness and unhappiness grew stronger than my love for friends.

    A true advantage, however, was being able to learn from some of the most outstanding artists with so much knowledge and experience in my new dance classes. I knew how great of an advantage this was, and yet still felt unhappy while in class. When I found that my goals and dreams started to frustrate me, when I lost my peace and wasn’t enjoying myself, that was a sign something needed to change.

    “When I lost my peace and wasn’t enjoying myself, that was a sign something needed to change.”

    I stood there in class thinking, “I don’t want to be a professional dancer. I don’t want to be with a professional company when I’m older. So why am I even here? Am I wasting my time?” At this point in the year, I could tell the difference between feeling homesick and feeling uncertain about my future. Dance wasn’t just about doing it for fun anymore, it was about making it a career. After much thought, I decided this route was not for me. This is not what I want to do the rest of my life. I was only back from break for three days when I made the call to my parents that I was done. So my parents got a flight, I packed up all my stuff, withdrew from the school, said goodbye to my closest friends, and was out of there in two days. I hope you believe me when I say it wasn’t easy.

    Ever since I’ve been home, I’ve felt like a million bricks have been lifted off my shoulders. Right now, I am happier than I have been in a very long time. When I left Pittsburgh, my plan was to come home to attend Texas Christian University for fashion merchandising. I patiently waited for months to receive an acceptance letter, and finally, after many prayers and wishes, I got it. I don’t think you could have seen anyone else in this world happier than I was at that moment. Not only did I get into the school that feels like home in my heart, but it was confirmed that my plan was finally going to work.

    Yes, I miss dance greatly. It was my life! I chose it because for me at the time, there was no other option. I will always consider myself a dancer because it is what made me who I am. Dance taught me how to take rejection and instruction, how to be who I want to be, and how to be confident and strong both physically and mentally. Do I regret my decision? Not at all. Would I have regrets if I hadn’t gone to Point Park in the first place? Definitely. I would have always wondered what I could have been missing out on. I would have seen my friends there and thought, “That could be me.” Now that I have experienced it for myself, I know the answer and I can stand strong in knowing what I truly want to pursue as a career. Leaving home, although I’m not good at it, taught me a lot as well. I became more mature and independent because of it. I had to learn things and figure out things by myself. Would I want to do it again? No, but I am glad I grew from the experience.

    “I would have always wondered what I could have been missing out on.”

    If I had the choice to go back and change everything leading up to this point—fifteen years of dance, Booker T. Washington, Point Park University—I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, no matter the struggles, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. All I can really say is I am beyond lucky to have parents that support me and my decisions 100 percent. Not only did I receive great support from them, but from my friends as well. I am thankful for true friends who loved me at my worst, and acted as a spark of light in my darkest moments. Most of all, I am thankful for my God. I am not the ruler of my fate. He has a plan and a purpose for all who trust completely in Him. I quickly found that His plans are always better than mine and, without that, I couldn’t have been so sure about what’s best for me. So to those out there who don’t know the answers, I’m letting you know that it is okay to change your mind. Sometimes quitting is okay! It might not come easy, but the ending result may be a blessing greater than you could have ever imagined. And that’s where I am today.

    “So to those out there who don’t know the answers, I’m letting you know that it is okay to change your mind.”

    Aubrey, I don’t think you know just how many of us (of all ages!) can relate to your college journey thus far. Thank you a hundred times for sharing your beautiful, inspiring, hope-filled story of pursuing dreams in the face of obstacles, and being open to experiencing growth—however painful—in the process. It’s a skill that will always prove useful, and your faith and confidence will continue to grow every time you use it. “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

    If you missed it, you can read part 1 of Aubrey’s story here.

    Bonny Haynes: Aubrey, thank you for letting Crystal share your story. It's heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. I wish you the very best on your journey. (May 06, 2016 at 01:10 am)
  • Choices, Chances, and Changes: Part 1 of Aubrey’s Story

    Today’s the day! I am so honored to share more of Aubrey’s story with you. As I mentioned in her senior session post, not everything about Aubrey’s college journey has gone as planned, but it HAS all helped shape who she is today. I could go on all day about this girl’s sweet spirit and the countless ways that she inspires me, but instead I’ll let her “take the floor” and share her heart from her own perspective. Much love to you, Aubrey, and thank you for your willingness to tell your story!

    by Aubrey Chick

    Quitting is typically known as failure. It is thought of as as the “easy” way out of a difficult situation, an action performed by cowards or slackers. However, sometimes this is not the case. Sometimes quitting is a good thing, which I learned firsthand. Fifteen years of dance, high school education at a performing arts high school, an outstanding artistic scholarship to a prestigious dance conservatory…all sounds pretty great right? Well, let me tell you why I threw it all away.

    Ever since I was little, my ultimate dream for my future was to move to New York or somewhere up north to be a dancer. Once I reached high school, I was able to begin to make this dream a reality. From 2011 to 2015 I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. I can easily say that those four years were the best years of my life (so far). Yes, I actually had schoolwork, but the fact that I got to dance most of the day was pretty fantastic. After a full seven-hour school day, I would head straight to my dance studio to train there for another five hours for three days a week, and sometimes more. Not only did I dedicate my life to dance to eventually go to college for it, but because I truly loved it.


    My senior year at Booker T, I had the privilege of dancing in the week-long process of our Senior Showcase. Colleges for dance from around the country came to our school to award us with acceptances and scholarships after taking classes from them and performing our solos. By the end of the week I walked away with eight acceptances, one of these being Point Park University, the prestigious dance conservatory I had only dreamed about going to. I was awarded with an outstanding dance scholarship on top of it! Feeling very shocked and honored, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend Point Park. So that’s what I did. I left everything and everyone I loved behind to start a new journey as a dancer at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I wasn’t sure where dance would end up taking me after college, but I loved it enough to go for it. I was also very hesitant at first because of its great distance from home, but I was determined to follow the dream I’d had my whole life.

    The two-day car ride to Pittsburgh was not the ideal, “Yay, I’m finally headed to college!” trip. You would understand what I mean if you could have seen the amount of tears that I cried. I knew that in just a few days, I would be left in a big, unfamiliar city without my family. For someone who has severe separation anxiety, this should not have been something that was at the top of my list of things to do. However, somehow it was. My determination was the only thing keeping me going. Luckily, four other dancers from my high school decided to attend Point Park as well, one of them being my best friend (who was my roommate). Despite all the tears, somehow I survived the day my parents left to go back home.

    School eventually started and things were going exactly how they should have. I was placed in amazing dance classes, taught by professionals who were seriously the best of the best. I was receiving high-quality training and consequently improving as a dancer. My roommate and I explored the city, took part in fun events, and met a wonderful group of friends. This all sounds pretty perfect, right? I have to admit that it truly was…besides the fact that I never stopped crying from the day I left home to the day I quit. That’s right, I said I quit. Those two words just ring with negativity. But I don’t see my decision as negative at all, and it definitely was not easy.

    Throughout the first semester, when things seemed to be going as they should, I was severely homesick. Not the kind where you miss home but are still okay, but the kind where it’s impossible to hold back tears even in class. I woke up every morning with what felt like a giant hole in my chest. Although I had some of my best friends from home there with me, I still felt like a piece of me was missing. I couldn’t possibly keep track of the amount of times I called home. I’m pretty sure I received every pep talk and combination of encouraging words possible from my mom. The best part of my day was marking off another day on my calendar, counting down the days until I could go home again. No matter how great my day could have gone, I really looked forward to nighttime because I knew another day was over with. I prayed and prayed for God to give me a sense of peace and contentment in a time when it was hardest to find it. Time went by, slower than ever, and Christmas break finally came. Feeling a bit relieved for a while, I enjoyed my time home, but at the same time battled many doubts about my future at Point Park.

    Aubrey’s story doesn’t end here—click here for part 2.

    Choices, Chances, and Changes: Part 2 of Aubrey’s Story: […] If you missed it, you can read part 1 of Aubrey’s story here. […] (May 05, 2016 at 18:18 pm)
  • Flashback Friday: Aubrey’s session in Dallas | Booker T Washington HS of the Visual and Performing Arts

    As you probably could have guessed from the way I talked about my first session with Aubrey, I was counting down the days until her senior year when I would have the opportunity to photograph her again. When the time finally arrived and we began planning her session, Aubrey let me know that she really wanted to capture her love of the city, particularly Dallas, where she spent four years at a prestigious high school for gifted visual and performing arts students.

    I love collaborating with other creative people, especially when they are like Aubrey and her Mom, who totally trusted me to explore and try something new for their session. This was my first “rooftop” session, and it was just magical. I love a brand new location. It forces me to see and create for the first time and to dig within for inspiration. Once I’ve shot somewhere, it’s really a challenge for me to “unsee” what I’ve previously created. Since my goal is always to capture the unique personality of each teenager I photograph, however, the ability to see things in a new way is essential. I’m thankful for sessions like Aubrey’s that help me get back into the swing of mixing things up!

    These rooftop images make me so happy because I can recall the feeling I had that night—pure joy! And since our last session, I could tell that something had changed and matured inside Aubrey, too. The uncertainty was gone, replaced by a humble assuredness. Aubrey has absolutely no idea just how beautiful she is, and honestly, as gorgeous as she is on the outside, her beauty really radiates from within. During her senior session, I was no longer trying to coerce an unsure 16-year-old to be seen. Instead, I was capturing a beautiful, confident young woman just before she took flight on her next adventure. She had stars in her eyes and was laser-focused on her dream of attending another prestigious dance conservatory in another big city, this time as a college student! She inspired me, and so did her mom. I remember thinking, “I want be as supportive of my own daughters’ dreams as Tiffany is…even if those dreams lead them thousands of miles away from me.” It’s a gut-wrenching thought to be so far away from your baby, but I so admire Tiffany’s willingness to let her daughter fly.

    I don’t know what it is exactly about Aubrey—maybe it’s her comfort in front of the camera, or just her openness to exploration—but “firsts” always seem to happen with her. Not only did she help me create that iconic rooftop city image, which I’ve since reimagined for other seniors equally in love with the Dallas skyline, but hers was the first “upside down” image I created, too. Her Mom actually ordered this one on canvas, which I absolutely adore!

    I have SO loved following along on Aubrey’s college journey. I think she would agree with me when I say that not everything about that journey has gone as planned, but that every step has grown her and lead her to the certainty of where she stands today. After going to dinner with a current senior I adore, and talking about pursuing dreams so that you never have regrets or those “What if?” wonders, I called Aubrey and asked if she would be open to sharing her story with you all. She has such an important message to share, and very soon, she’ll be doing just that right here on the blog, in her own words. I couldn’t be more honored to share it with you, and I know it will resonate with my class of 2016 seniors and senior Mommas alike!

    Tiffany and Aubrey, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to play a small part capturing your journey. I think the world of both of you—big love to you always.

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    Choices, Chances, and Changes: Part 1 of Aubrey’s Story: […] the day! I am so honored to share more of Aubrey’s story with you. As I mentioned in her senior session post, not everything about Aubrey’s college journey has gone as planned, but it HAS all helped shape […] (Dec 20, 2016 at 13:25 pm)
    Tiffany Chick: It was hard to read through all my tears!! Thank you Crystal. You've been there to capture several of Aubrey's most defining moments in her life. Aubrey looks up to you so much- as a business owner, a mother, and as a friend. We love you! (Apr 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm)
  • Styled Shoot: Prom 2016 Dress, Hair, and Makeup Inspiration!

    Is it just me, or is prom taking place earlier and earlier these days? For some reason I always think of prom as happening in May, but my Argyle High School seniors quickly reminded me otherwise…they have prom coming up this weekend!

    On that note, I’m thrilled to debut every last detail from my prom 2016 styled shoot! The purpose of this photoshoot at Arlington Hall was to show off an avante garde yet completely achievable look that I could imagine my seniors sporting. To accomplish this, my sweet friend Hannah of The Cake By Hannah paired a pink tulle skirt from HiddenRoom boutique on Etsy with a striped Top Shop crop top from Nordstrom. The result? A fun, chic alternative to the traditional prom dress!

    I had a blast getting the chance to work with LMP senior Maddy again. This girl completely ROCKED our out-of-the-box prom look, and is an absolute doll. (And I don’t just mean that she literally looked like a collector’s Barbie doll in this outfit, although that’s completely true too.) As always, collaborating with The Styling Stewardess was such a pleasure. The hair and makeup that Kaleigh and Magan styled was pure perfection…current and on trend, but still completely wearable.

    Maddy’s sunkissed makeup is reminiscent of Gigi Hadid’s signature look with the addition of a just-dark-enough smokey eye, and that braid deserves all the heart-eye emojis and then some. It’s such a unique spin on an updo!

    I hope this post has inspired your search for the perfect prom dress + hair and makeup look! For more fashion-spiration related to prom, be sure to stop by this post from the LMP archives. And Argyle seniors, you better believe I’ll be stalking your Instagram feed on Saturday night…and hopefully I’ll also be seeing lots of you in person! (No, I’m not going to prom, but I AM taking pictures at Denton Country Club for some of my favorite seniors. So if you happen to see me, you better come say hi and give me a hug!) I can’t wait to see you all decked out in your formal wear!

    Creative Dorm Room Ideas to Make Your Space More Cozy: […] Pssst: See Maddy’s amazing prom-inspired shoot here!  […] (Sep 05, 2016 at 12:09 pm)
  • Behind the Scenes of LMP’s Sorority Shoot with The Impeccable Pig!

    I am SO thrilled today to share a behind-the-scenes look at my recent sorority-themed photoshoot with The Impeccable Pig! Between the models I worked with (all three senior 2016 clients!), my incredible glam squad (Magan with The Styling Stewardess knocked hair and makeup out of the park, and Hannah of The Cake by Hannah sourced each and every adorable outfit), and the fabulous spring looks provided by The Impeccable Pig boutique, I truly could not have had a better experience at this styled shoot!

    The purpose of our shoot? To produce fabulous images highlighting my brand new line of Recruitment Information Packets—which are now available for purchase!—and to provide outfit inspiration for all of my senior girls who will soon be going through the sorority recruitment process. If you haven’t heard about our packets, here’s a quick overview of what each set includes:

    • mailing + address labels
    • custom (blank) letterhead
    • folded note card
    • personalized sticker
    • example résumé
    • example cover letter
    • detailed printing + assembly instructions
    • custom color theme

    If you’re looking for more helpful tips about all things sorority, be sure to join my Sorority Scoop group—I send out weekly love letters that are 100% focused on helping you survive and thrive during sorority recruitment! Recent topics have included a list of 5 super helpful resources, the types of photos I recommend including in your packet, and templates to help you draft a perfect cover letter + resume.

    While taking these fun styled shots truly made me giddy, what filled me up the most were the open and transparent conversations about friendships and assumptions we so often make about each other as females. Y’all—the wisdom these three kind and gorgeous girls shared gave me so much hope. I have big love and tons of admiration for these girls, and I can’t wait to see where the future will take them!


    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!

  • 3 Photographs to Include in Your Sorority Packet

    Ladies, I’ve got news for you that might come as somewhat of a surprise.

    While rush week (and the first semester of your Freshman year in COLLEGE) is still far away, now is the time to begin compiling a Recruitment Information Packet that sororities won’t be able to resist. Yep, I know it’s February. Yep, I know that many of you still haven’t taken your senior portraits yet. Yep, I know that you probably won’t start mailing your packets until April or May. But, from my experience of creating custom packets for last year’s graduating class, I ALSO know that it takes a ton of time to get organized and pull everything together…without wanting to pull your hair out.

    With that being said, let’s review a few of the basics of getting ahead of the game for sorority recruitment!

    Did you know that each packet you send as a Potential New Member should be comprised of the following *essentials?

    • Large envelopes

    • Postage

    • Label stickers

    • 1-2 copies of your résumé

    • 1-2 copies of your high school transcript

    • 1-2 copies of your ACT and/or SAT scores

    • Cover letter

    • 3 pictures

    • Letter of recommendation

    *Be sure to check each sorority’s website and your local Alumnae Panhellenic website for specific requirements! Some universities will accept digital versions of the aforementioned items, so do your research in advance and you might be able to save on postage fees.

    Since we’ve already covered everything from crafting perfect cover letters to developing a stand-out résumés as part of our Rush 101 series, today I want to focus on the three photographs most sororities will ask you to include in your information packet. As a photographer, naturally this is the part of recruitment I get most excited about! Let’s break down the three image types sorority houses frequently request:

    1. The Headshot: A close-up image that keeps the focus on your beautiful, smiling face! I recommend going with a natural hair and makeup look for your headshots, but if a red lip feels most like you, then go for it!

    2. The Three-Quarter Shot: An image that’s slightly zoomed out, and focused primarily on your upper body and gorgeous face. Put a hand on your hip, toss your hair over your shoulder, and show off your favorite top!

    3. The Full Body Shot: A completely zoomed out image that gives you the chance to show off your personal style in an environment that feels comfortable for you! While I love snapping portraits of seniors in their prom dresses or letter jackets, these probably aren’t the best options for your sorority packet. It’s an excellent idea, however, to pose for this type of shot in an outfit that’s similar in style (although not identical) to what you might wear during recruitment week. This will make it easy for members of each sorority to immediately identify you and strike up a conversation!


    It’s so important to remember this, ladies: the purpose of including images with your packet is NOT for sororities to judge you. These images are meant to help members recognize you and recall the information included in your packet – all the things you love, the groups you’ve been involved with, the volunteer work you’ve done, and those hard-earned (incredible) grades you’re going to end senior year with!

    If you’re planning to go through rush and your senior session with LMP hasn’t happened yet, be sure to let me know on the day of your session that you’ll be in need of shots for your info packet. We’ll work together to make sure you’ve got the best, most personality-filled headshot, three-quarter shot, and full body shot out there!

    For those of you looking for recruitment help that’s a bit more hands-on, keep in mind that I offer custom Recruitment Information Packets! These couture packets include beautifully-designed templates for your cover letter and résumé, address stickers, information labels, and more. If you would like to receive more information about the free OR custom recruitment resources I’m offering, click here to join my Sorority Scoop group and ensure that each update lands in your inbox!


    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 photographs should I included in my Recruitment Information Packet? […] (Aug 14, 2016 at 09:25 am)
  • Throwback Thursday: Kelsey’s Session at White Rock Lake | Argyle High School

    Kelsey’s session was my first time to go to this gorgeous location near White Rock Lake as a photographer. I had previously visited the spot for a rare interaction that took place on the other side of the lens—family portraits taken by the talented Feather and Twine photography! If you didn’t happen to see these images, I’d love for you to take a peek. They were taken a year ago this month, and I adore them even more now!

    Anyway, when I met with Kelsey and her mom, Renee, before our session, I knew this was the perfect location for her shoot, and the “Fairy Tale Tree” did not disappoint! I absolutely loved our time together—Kelsey’s session felt more like a few hours spent with a family member or a close friend. Perhaps that’s because my family has a connection to Kelsey’s through Young Life…and because my husband actually used to babysit Kelsey when he was in high school and a Young Life member himself! For some reason, remembering this always makes me laugh. I mean, you gotta really trust a teenage boy to leave him alone with your baby! That being said, Mike is seriously the best “girl dad” I know, and obviously being good with little girls was in the cards all along. Lucky me!

    Kelsey is now starting her second semester as a freshman at TCU. Just typing that brings back some memories for sure. I’m not sure how it’s even possible “little Crystal the college freshman” was that many years ago. Often times, my clients feel more like friends to me, and it makes me sad that I can’t seem to come up with good excuses to keep up with so many of the amazing people I’ve been blessed to work with! So Renee and Kelsey, next time the two of you are bouncing around the area, can we just go grab a coffee (or chai) and catch up? I would love nothing more!

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    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, beautiful Kelsey. Thank you for trusting me to be a small part of your story.

    Location: White Rock Lake, Dallas
    Hair and Makeup: Jordan Bawcom, The Styling Stewardess

  • CLIENT LOVE: Kate’s session in Decatur and Argyle High School

    Say hello to beautiful Kate!

    I met with Kate and her family prior to our session to iron out the details of her shoot, and right off the bat I just loved how laid back and close they seemed. As her dad headed off to work, leaving us girls to wrap up all the detail talk, I asked him if there was anything important for me to capture from his perspective. I knew right away that his love for his baby girl was so rich and deep that I could take a picture of her earlobe and he’d be thrilled. However, he did share that softball had been a huge part of their lives.

    Kate plays on the Varsity team but had mentioned that she didn’t really want to incorporate that aspect of her high school career into her senior pictures. I get this a lot—and I totally understand. Although I played basketball in high school and currently coach my daughter’s team, the idea of sporting my three-sizes-too-big uniform with my scrawny arms and legs poking out would not have been my idea of a glamorous senior portrait session back in the day. (Oh, how I covet those scrawny arms and legs now!) That being said, after her dad left for work, I put the bug in Kate’s ear that we could (and totally should!) incorporate softball via a separate mini session. Something in me just thought those images would be meaningful to her parents—especially her dad—many years after Kate’s softball days are over.

    I frequently talk about my love for connecting with teenagers, but here’s another fun fact for you: I also deeply desire to connect with their parents. I really resonated with Kate’s mom and dad, Jana and Klip. Long after their daughter leaves for college, these images of Kate and her dad on her high school’s home field will carry so much weight in her parents’ hearts…all the time they spent together every weekend, the parties or vacations that were sacrificed in order to attend this practice or that game, the incredible wins and the hard losses. Kate and the friends she’s grown up with are beautiful young women now, but her parents still remember the skinned knees, the missing teeth phase, and the life lessons learned on a dirt field with a bat or a ball in hand. I get it, and I’m so thankful I got the chance to capture it!

    As you’re about to see, the result of both sessions was pure perfection! From a photographer’s standpoint, the first session was filled with beautiful images of a beautiful girl. The lighting was pretty, and the clothing choices were perfect—I’m particularly fond of the shots of Kate wearing a white dress and boots on my favorite tree-lined road. Her all-American beauty and sweet personality were the perfect match for our Decatur, Texas location! From a mom’s perspective, however, I have to say that without the softball pictures, something special would have been missing from Kate’s story. In conclusion? I have no choice but to get SUPER cheesy here and label the overall result of both sessions as nothing short of a (you guessed it) home run. 🙂

    And just for the record, Jana, you inspire me as a mom! Thank you for reminding me that it’s worth it to raise your hand to volunteer, to coach, to join PTA, or to plug in wherever I can as a parent in order to give of myself and share my gifts. For now, I’ll let the amazing Janas of the world run the PTA, and I’ll stick to teaching little girls how to dribble a basketball!

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    High School: Argyle
    Location: Decatur, Texas
    Makeup+Hair: Riley with Grand Slam Glam

  • A Valentine’s Day Love Note

    Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day to you and everyone you’re gifting with a box of chocolate this weekend!

    This month is a particular favorite of mine because, well…look at the name of my business. We’re all about love, emotion, and “feeling the feels” at Love, Me Photography. And by the way, the comma in “Love, Me” is no accident, friends. It’s intentionally placed, and meant to signify the ending of a letter.


    Because I want you to know how deeply personal this business is for me. I am constantly aware of the fact that I’m not just taking a few photos of your kiddo—I’m capturing your son, and your daughter, at the most uniquely in-between stage of life. A moment when he’s getting ready to make the biggest leap he’s made to date; when she’s preparing to say “goodbye” to the way life has always been, and “hello” to a brand new set of experiences. And with everything in me, I want to capture this season in the most authentic way that I can.

    And what’s more?

    I want everything I do to feel like a love letter written just to you. There’s not another human being on the planet like your son or daughter. Sure, other guys play soccer. Yes, other girls have blonde hair. But nobody’s face lights up like his after scoring a goal. No one else can rock a messy top knot like she can. Similarly, while your son may share the same session location as another senior guy, or your daughter might insist on incorporating a prop inspired by Pinterest, their images will never look the same as anybody else’s. That’s because I’m going after what’s real, and true, and “uniquely you” about your senior.

    I hope you can tell how passionate I am about this whole “senior photography” thing. What’s more, I hope you can tell that creating genuine connections is what makes my heart beat a little bit faster. My goal is not to deliver one or two frame-worthy shots after your senior’s portrait session is over and done with. I’m much more interested in getting to know the two of you, and becoming a source of encouragement for you, and providing you with as many helpful resources as I have to give, and—last but most definitely not least—putting together a collection of beautifully-captured moments you’ll treasure forever.

    And speaking of encouragement, can I just take a moment to tell you what a wonderful job you’re doing? Truly! I know things can feel overwhelming this time of year, with all the to-dos and huge life decisions you’re helping your child make. It can be stressful punching numbers and looking at the cost of college these days, and even a little sad when you begin to envision how empty your kiddo’s room will feel at this time next year. Sweet Momma, I want you to realize something—if you’re feeling all of these things, that’s a sure sign you’ve done (and are doing) an incredible job raising up this child of yours. And this, my friend, is not the end—it is truly the beginning of a new and equally important journey in both of your lives.

    I invite you to envision the future phone calls and coffee dates that will feel like time spent with a best friend that you deeply admire—a grown-up version of the tiny, helpless human being you once held in your arms. Sure, this particular season might be ending soon, but I promise…a new one is on the horizon, and I cannot wait for you to experience what it will feel like when your child tells their peers, “My mother is like my best friend!”



    (That’s Crystal, for the record!)

    PS: Download this cute + free Valentine’s card, print off a copy or three, and spread the feel-good stuff to everyone you love. Consider this my way of giving you a huge (virtual) hug this Valentine’s Day! After all, I’m a Texan. It’’s just what we do.

    Download Here!