I just love living in the college town of Flagstaff. Northern Arizona University, with its 20,000 students, brings so much to the table. Each year, I get symphony tickets, go see various plays, volunteer with my alumni sorority, get to see some great collegiate sporting events and even get to use the Sky Dome to do some serious leg exercises sprinting to and from the bottom of the field. But my favorite part is meeting wonderful students each year as they prepare to graduate.
Nikki came to her session with some great props and a smile that lit up all of Old Main. She was so sweet and I loved hearing about her future plans, all wrapped up in fresh excitement that made me excited for her.
We chose Old Main, the oldest part of NAU, for her photos. The historic buildings stand tall over the grassy lawn, and remind everyone who pass, they are part of a larger future of NAU graduates.
Congratulations Nikki! I can’t wait to hear where the future takes you. ~ Melissa
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!
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
One of the best things about being a photographer, is watching families growing up. I met Jamie back in 2010 when she was just 14 when I did her family photos. I remember a few years ago that Jamie was a smart and beautiful young girl and it is just amazing to see how she’s blossomed into a stunning, articulate and focused young lady. Jamie is about to graduate from Desert Vista High School and has big plans for the future. We thought it would be fun to do a question and answer for you to get to know more about Jamie!
What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
I really enjoy drawing and rock climbing. I also enjoy working with little kids and hanging out with them!
If you could have your dream job, what would that be?
My dream job is to become a heart surgeon.
How would you describe yourself?
My style is laid-back with lots of blacks and grays.
What were you involved with in high school?
I was in the Best Buddies Club as well as the dance team.
What will you miss most about high school?
I will probably miss my friends the most. It will be harder when we won’t see each other everyday.
What are your plans after graduation?
My plan is to go to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, then transfer to ASU to obtain a bachelors degree in Kinesiology. After that, I plan on joining the United States Navy to become a medic. While in the Navy I’d like to finish my schooling to become a Physician Assistant.
Do you have a favorite subject?
I really enjoy math and Human Anatomy was my favorite class.
We wish you the very best Jamie, and look forward to all your successes in the years to come! ~ Melissa
We are in the season of saying goodbye to the snow and welcome in the beautiful sunshine and warm weather. Lemon Zest and Sunflower are just the right colors to perfectly illustrate that natural transition. As Flagstaff and Sedona senior portrait photographers we could not be more excited about this years spring fashion. Lots of bright fresh colors that are youthful and really pop in a portrait. Below are some fun outfit ideas for all you ladies and gentlemen. If you are planning for your Senior portrait or family photography session, these are some great outfit inspirations that follow the spring and summer fashion trends.
Ladies, Lemon Zest is a vibrant citron yellow color that is optimistic and the perfect fit for that playful attitude the spring season brings about. According to the Pantone Fashion Report for Spring 2013, this happy color can be complimented best by colors such as deep raspberry, bright chambray, or acid green.
And for all you gentlemen out there, the robust yellow found in Sunflower offers and earthy flavor and feel, that when combined with emerald and monaco blue, creates a sort of sophistication to something so simple.