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True Beauty and Living Original

I am reposting the Sadie Robertson video in case anyone else is like me and lives in a hole ;).

It certainly resonates with me and most people I know.

As Sadie mentions, jealousy, comparison, and worry “is a cancer to our bones.”

Sadie is 17, so I am sure that many high school seniors can relate as well.

Hope this video helps someone else to know that they are not alone in their struggles.

In this video, Sadie also says that her new mantra is “Live Original.”

This has made me rethink my approach to my senior photo shoots. I want restate my message to seniors.

I want my seniors to feel free to be themselves. I want them to remember that those magazine covers have been retouched.

There is certainly nothing wrong with preparing yourself to look your best for your photo shoot.

In fact, I highly recommend preparation! The camera picks up all the details (ie: lint all over your black dress).

There is nothing wrong with looking around for ideas. Or wanting to create a mood or concept that YOU love.

But our ultimate goal is to make pretty pictures and precious memories for you and your family to cherish.

After all, nothing is truly original. Except you! The way you move and pose and smile is totally original.

And I want us to embrace that thought (and Sadie’s message).

Be Free to Be Yourself. 

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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SBA Graduate, Class of 2015

Look out world! Many awesome seniors have graduated and are about to change the world!

One such senior, was this amazing guy whom I was honored to get to photograph this year.

He doesn’t like the limelight that much, but I just had to share.

We had a blast pulling together our ideas for his senior portraits.

We used a combination of old and new elements to express Josh’s interests and pursuits.

I loved the heirloom typewriter and quilt that he brought along to our photo shoot.

And, of course, his Apple computer had to be the center piece.

We started at a coffee shop and ended at an apple orchard. So fun!

Can’t believe this innovative, creative, humble young man will be attending Lee University soon!

Best wishes in all your endeavors, Josh! And thanks for helping me create these images!

Hobbies/Passions: Photography, Apple, Music, TV & Movies, Volunteerism

Possible Career Pursuits: Graphic Design

Goals: graduate from college, get a job doing what I love, work for Apple

Fav books: John Green books and C.S. Lewis books, The Hunger Games series

Fav Movies: Star Wars, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Marvel movies

Fav Subjects: English and Bible

Fav Bible Verse: Galatians 6:10

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Hope you enjoy the slideshow of images below. We went a touch photo journalistic, so hope you enjoy the “story”.

Hannah Faith

Class of 2015, Chattanooga Christian School

This senior photo session was a bunch of fun, despite the unexpected gusts of winds that almost blew us away!

This sweet, kind young lady is a true beauty. I love how her spirit shines from the inside out!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your senior year!


Deeply Captivating

Maddie is a senior graduate now. You can see her senior portraits here.

I was also honored to capture her gorgeousness in her prom dress recently,

(thanks to help from the fabulous MUA Alese Maples).

No doubt, Maddie is a stunning young lady…inside and out…and we love her for her deeply captivating goodness!

On a similar note, I hope you don’t mind if I discuss a topic separate (but related) to senior portraits.

Beauty is a big topic for women. It just is. It is the way God made us. And it’s okay.

Let me say it again…it is okay to desire to be beautiful. I know some women may feel uncomfortable with this.

But it not just the desire to be outwardly beautiful that we long for, it is the desire to captivating for who we are deep-down.

This is our ultimate desire, whether we realize it or not, according to authors, John & Staci Eldredge,

in their New York TimesBestseller, Captivating.

For instance, in movie The Sound of Music, Maria may not be considered as outwardly beautiful

 as the rich Countess, but she has a rare and beautiful depth of spirit.

“She has the capacity to love snowflakes on kittens and mean-spirited children.

She sees the handiwork of God in music and laughter and the climbing of trees.

Her soul is alive. And we are drawn to her.”

So, you see, this topic of beauty isn’t just about dresses and makeup.

“We want a beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil.”

That’s my soap box today. Hope you enjoy Maddie’s images below.




Beautiful Field of Flowers

Senior, Cheyenne

We captured the second part of Cheyenne’s senior photo session in this lovely Chattanooga field.

(You can see the first part of her session by clicking here.)

Cheyenne loves the outdoors, so this natural location was perfect for her portraits.

And, oh my, her blue-eyes! It was a totally dreamy session, and we had the best time!

Her parents were such a big help, and it was a blessing to work with this family.

Thank you, Cheyenne, for such a lovely senior session.

May you continue to shine as brightly in your future as you do today in the present!

(A couple of Cheyenne’s were in the spotlight recently on an international senior blog, Seniorologie, here.)

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seniorologie spotlightHope you enjoy seeing a few more of our favorites from Cheyenne’s Chattanooga senior portrait session in the slideshow below.

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