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Jenna : Class of 2019

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Jenna : Class of 2019

What an adventure we had for Jenna's session! In our first location, we had no short of FOUR emergency vehicles with their sirens racing past and we could barely hear each other talk! lol! I absolutely loved every outfit Jenna had for our time together-what a fun fashionista!

At our second location, a marriage proposal happened a few yards away from us and then even more excitement ensued when the couple announced to their parents that they were expecting as well! Poor Jenna was posing like a rock star-you would never know that we were surrounded by crowds of people and she took it all in great stride. I knew when she contacted me that I would absolutely LOVE working with her and she and her mom, Julie, definitely didn't disappoint! 

I was so thankful that we had planned for her last location to be away from the crowds and in the middle of nowhere-a sunflower field with no one else around. If Jenna could pose and work with me as well as she did in the past locations, I knew we'd get amazing shots now that we were both in our comfort zones. The only thing that worried us was the weather-the skies were teasing us with rain as we drove to our field and then, the sun blessed us with the best glowy light as it made its final descent. We were ecstatic to be given such a reward for our efforts: 

 

Because the sun was about to be done for the day, we did a quick outfit change to show off Jenna's non-academic pursuits throughout her high school career. As we were finishing this series off, the sun gave us a spectacular last showing and we had to go back into her blue dress to take advantage. Oh silly sun, how you tease! To switch things up, I got up on Julie's beloved Honda Pilot's roof and got Jenna from a different angle altogether. What fun!!

Jenna + Julie: It was so wonderful working with both of you to make this shoot happen! Thank you so much for having me be a small part of Jenna's senior year. It's my pleasure and my privilege that I deeply appreciate! Jenna-I know that no matter what you choose to do beyond high school, you're going to do an outstanding job of it. We're here rootin' for you!

Blessings on your senior year!

Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE. 

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Gracie : Class of 2019

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Gracie : Class of 2019

I am so glad to have met Gracie! She was the fortunate winner of the session that I donated to Norwalk's After Prom. What a fun and spunky spirit Gracie has! She requested mainly urban and architecture, so we started our time where my previous session had finished-at the river walk with a great view of downtown: 

With an outfit change and a slight change of scenery...

I always try to go somewhere new or do something different, so we went through the parking structure nearest The Travelers sign and coincidentally, Gracie said that she and her friends sometimes hang out up here too:

Gracie: Thank you so much for spending time with me-I'm glad you won the session! Congratulations on your senior year and I hope you enjoy the time you have remaining in Norwalk's hallways!
Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Christian : Class of 2019

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Christian : Class of 2019

When Lisa emailed me that it was time to take Christian's photos, I couldn't believe what I was reading. "Didn't I just photograph Zach?!" They could be twins, they look so alike and it appears that Christian will be blazing his own trail, but at the same college as Zach: Univ. of Iowa to study Business. As we made our way his second outfit of our shoot, I could totally picture him walking the halls of a Business School heading to class a year from now. 

Our session was rained out, well, really, drowned out as the Des Moines metro area received 10 inches of rain in a matter of a few short hours the evening we had originally scheduled. When we met at our first location, the reservoir park was closed due to flooding, so we high tailed it to higher ground and made super harsh morning light work to our best advantage.

Next, we headed for some shaded neighborhoods that were still accessible despite floodwaters rising:

I've often used this little alley in Valley Junction, but this is the first time I've used it in morning light: a different challenge, but I still love our results! 

Christian: Congratulations on your senior year! I know you're going to knock it outta the park this year and beyond. Enjoy every moment, have fun and say hi to Zach for me when you get to Univ. of Iowa! 

All the best, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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Allie : Class of 2019

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Allie : Class of 2019

This young lady is galavanting around Europe with Iowa Ambassadors of Music currently and prepping up a storm for All-State auditions this fall. Last time around, she made it to recalls with a broken wrist in a cast, so I've got all fingers crossed that she makes it this year without injury! A lot of times, as teachers, we learn just as much as we teach from our students. Allie has been one of those students who has pushed me to get better at my own clarinet playing, because as a middle schooler, her clarinet abilities challenged mine! Playing next to her when she was in 7th grade, my jaw often wore out before she did and her senior session was no different. 

Allie taught me the difference between "ears" and "no ears" on her Arabian, Shady, and I know my shoes were soaked to their core long before her more appropriate boots were! We rescheduled her session in anticipation of a torrential downpour. Then, the evening of our shoot, we got another deluge, that thankfully let up just in time for our shoot to start. The horse pasture was sopping wet, but neither that nor an ornery Shady would prevent us from getting great shots. 

Please place another check mark by my photographic Bucket List of "Full Senior Shoot w/Horse"! 

Uuuuuuuuupp we go!! (Special thanks to Allie's dad and trainer for their assistance!)

After an hour long shoot with Shady (who we sometimes joked was like corraling a toddler to get her ears up and at the right angle to me and the camera!) we switched gears to showcase her musicianship prowess and dare I say, outstanding outfit choices. 

Allie: Your clarinet abilities have morphed and changed so much since you first walked into my office. But I'm so thankful that your nose scrunch laugh and devotion to "getting it right" hasn't! Be it getting the right notes, rhythms, or whipping your horse into shape to obey, you were fully committed to making these photos the most awesome ever and I hope these meet or exceed your expectations! I'm definitely loving the bloopers too, but Allie, you are one of a kind and I know you will take the world by storm no matter what you decide to do beyond Norwalk's hallways. 

Blessings on your senior year! 

Carrie 

PS You can view more of our time together (and some bloopers) HERE. 

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Andrew : Class of 2019

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Andrew : Class of 2019

You met his older sister, Emalyn, a couple years ago but I was still floored to hear that it's Andrew's turn to be in front of my camera. (So soon?!) Tonight, Andrew is playing in Baseball Districts tonight (Go Warriors!!) so I thought it would make the day extra special to post his senior photos today. :) Good luck tonight Andrew!!

His mom warned me that of all the school photos he's taken, Andrew has smiled for just TWO. I think we beat that record and then some! 

We headed down to where he really smiles most: the ball field. And, oh man, did Andrew's face light up!!

Hootch: Best of luck tonight and on everything your senior year has to offer! I know you're going to knock it out of the park. And I'm not just talking about home runs on the diamond. ;) 

Blessings, 

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE. 

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