Arron graduated from Coconino High School and is attending Northern Arizona University this year. We loved that he brought along his French horn and his concert tux. A native of Texas, this brave young man started his senior year at a new high school. We also loved meeting his younger brother, Ryan, who joined us for a few photos. Congrats Arron, we look forward to your bright future!
Kaitlyn is another one of our beautiful Flag High Seniors. Kaitlyn and her family just moved to Flagstaff from Dallas so we took her to a iconic Flagstaff location, Aspen Corner. The late afternoon light was perfect the day of her session and the changing leaves gave a gorgeous pop of color. We wish Kaitlyn a fantastic senior year and hope you enjoy your new town!
Sage is a senior at Coconino High School and will be graduation next Spring. We met Sage years ago when we met his mom, Christine, who owns Northern Arizona Glam Squad. We did a family session for them a while back and we were surprised just how fast her kids have grown up. We can’t believe he’s a senior! Sage is a very bright and determined young man who plays football as a lineman and is a self taught guitarist. He has aspirations to join the Coast Guard after graduation. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful young man! Congrats Sage!
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
One of the best things about being a High School Senior Photographer in Flagstaff and Sedona is meeting such wonderful and talented young people. Fiona is graduating from Flagstaff High School next May. This young lady has quite the list of accomplishments, many of them centered around her violin talents. She’s been playing since the age of three and hopes to continue for the rest of her life. For some of the photos I asked her to play a song. I have to tell you, hearing those beautiful strings take a life of their own under her talented guidance, while standing underneath a stand of magical aspens…well…it was plain enchanting. I had to catch my breath at the beauty of the notes, played with such mastery. Afterwards I asked her what she had played. Her response? “Warm up scales”. I laughed at how even the warm up scales sounds magical in the forest. It was such a delight to meet this young lady and I’m looking forward to following her career at New York University. Congratulations Fiona! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
Alexa will be graduating from Northern Arizona University in May with her degree in Accounting and English. Alexa has kept very busy during her college years, she works at Bed Bath & Beyond, is a student mentor for the College of Business and is currently the President of her service sorority. Alexa often works with Paw Placement of Northern Arizona to help rescue animals. Animals have always been a big part of her life so she thought it would only be fitting to share her senior photography session with her cat Jax. We asked Alexa some questions about her and Jax to get to know them a little better.
What is your pet’s official name and how did he get it?
His name is Jax, but when I need to be stern it’s Jackson! When I rescued him he had been named Jackie because he was dropped off to Jackie, who works at Coconino Humane association, on her birthday. My sister’s name is Jacquie, but her name tag at work says Jaxx. I was also watching a lot of Sons of Anarchy at the time.
What is your best guess at your Jax’s breed?
He is a domestic longhair, but looks to be a bit of Norwegian Forest Cat.
How and where did you get your pet?
I lost a cat I had rescued from Coconino Humane Association about five months after having her due to undetected cancer that had developed in her lungs and intestines. Immediately afterwards I was approached by Paw Placement of Northern Arizona to foster four kittens for a week. The day they were picked up by their new foster I went to PetSmart and ended up coming home with him!
Please share Jax Rescue Story:
I have always had the mindset that if there are cats still in the shelter, I cannot have an empty home. Just a week after my cat passed I was looking at all the rescues at PetSmart just browsing, not really with any intentions yet. I had developed a great relationship with Jackie, from the Coconino Humane Association, who often works at PetSmart since she helped me adopt my first cat. I started petting Jackie the cat, and we had an immediate connection through the cage bars! He was such a lovebug! Jackie explained his story to me. He used to live with a family, but when they moved, they left him outside. The neighbor tried to take care of him, leaving out food and such, and he kept trying to get into her house. She couldn’t have a pet, and she began to worry about him so she took him to CHA. The neighbor would still visit him and bring him sardines and brush his long gorgeous hair while he was up for adoption. As I was about to leave Jackie seemed frustrated. One of the other workers had not taken a cat back to the shelter so she did not have room for all the animals at PetSmart. I told her, well, I will take this little guy then, and you will have more room.
If you could have your dream job, what would that be?
I really want to start my own animal rescue, and a foundation for mental health awareness.
How would you describe yourself and your style?
I’m very laidback, down to earth, and practical. But I do enjoy the occasional girly night out, and often you will catch me in some sort of workout attire. I try and be really active these days, mainly so I can eat as many cheeseburgers as I want.
Where do you plan on going or plan on doing after graduation?
I plan on continuing my job with Bed Bath & Beyond as the Customer Service Trainer. In addition to this I will be studying to take the CPA exam.
Where do you think you’ll be in five to 10 years? What do you think you’ll be doing?
I have no idea, and I think it is very exciting! I used to have this ten year plan of everything I wanted to do. But I’ve recently had a new perspective on life and I am just seeing where all these opportunities lead me.
Thank you Alexa & Jax for spending time with us! We wish you the best of luck with your very bright future! ~Kristen
In 2010 I taught a workshop for beginner photographers called “Picture This“. In developing the class syllabus, I quickly realized that I needed some models. Being that Kendall’s mom, Kirsten, was a friend of mine and a workshop attendee (the workshop was promoted through her then store, About Memories and More), it wasn’t hard getting the girls to come out. You see, Kendall and Leah have been best friends since Kindergarten and they were always together. So, it was perfect to have them involved in the workshop. In exchange for being a model for us, I always told these young ladies they could have a free photo session any time they wanted.
And the time came last week.
Kendall and Leah are about to leave the nest as they graduate high school and begin a new adventure on their own, an education here in Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University. Currently Kendall attends Flagstaff High School and Leah goes to Northland Prep Academy. Both girls have enjoyed high school but are looking forward to the next stage of their life as college students. Kendall is undecided for a major, but is leaning towards a career in Nutrition. Leah has her eyes set on a degree in English with a minor in Psychology. Leah hopes to one day live in Oregon or Washington State to teach kids how to write stories, poetry, essays and to show them that reading can be fun! Being that their paths will ultimately stray far away from one another, doing a Best Friend photo session seemed very fitting for these beautiful young ladies.
Thank you for spending the afternoon with us ladies, we had a great time with you both! ~ Melissa