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KMP Seniors Named Youth Citizen of the Year | Morrilton, AR Photographer

We want to congratulate two of our 2018 high school seniors for being awarded Conway County Youth Citizen of the Year.  Shelby Reynolds, who is not only one of our spokesmodels but also one on my assistants, is From Wonderview High School. Congrats Shelby! From Morrilton High School, Nathan Bowers was chosen as Youth Citizen of the Year, and we congratulate him for his hard work. Both of these students are talented athletes, and they excel in academics.

Shelby and Nathan will be recognized at the 90th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet tomorrow night at Sacred Heart School. Tickets are still available if you want to attend.

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Celebrating 2017 Seniors

Some graduations have passed, some are this week, and some are yet to come; so this week I want to celebrate all my 2017 high school seniors who have invited me to be a part of their senior year.

You were all born the year I graduated high school, which just seems crazy! What’s more crazy is my oldest niece is one of you, a senior graduating college when such a short time ago I remember a toddler who annoyed us with 5000 questions. I feel for all you moms who’s hearts are breaking over your grown baby, but you know your pride for them will win out as you watch them accomplish all their dreams.

I’m so thankful to have the pleasure of getting to know you, and I wish you the best of luck! Congratulations!

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Prom 2017 | Central Arkansas photographer

MHS-0064For the last several weeks, we have been celebrating prom with our senior spokesmodels. WOW – at the beautiful dresses and girls. The guys in their sharp tuxes have been so cooperative and fun.

Prom has become a HUGE deal for high school students everywhere, so I thought just for fun, we’d find out where prom came from.

MHS-0107“The why of prom’s origin story is simple to answer. Prom, short for promenade, “the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party,” began in the mid- to late 1800s at colleges and universities in the Northeast to promote social etiquette and manners in each year’s graduating class.” Who knew right? I went on the red “Early citations of prom link it to the annual Ivy League tradition of “‘presentation week,’ during which formal dress and dancing accompanied a promenade concert.” After the turn of the century, prom events expanded to high schools, as well, for much the same reason they were started on the university level.”

I also found this article from Teen Vogue interesting – How five countries celebrate prom

These spokesmodels below have all booked their official senior portrait session for early summer. If you have a 2018 senior, the time to book is now, beat that summer heat. BOOK NOW

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Graduation – what to wear Morrilton, AR photographer

As we lead up to graduation, what should you wear under your grad gown? I attempted to look back to see what I wore, but I was only photographed in my cap and gown.  Probably a good thing. 

I found this great artical that offers some good tips on clothing and shoes for your big day. My favorite “try not to go too sexy, you don’t need grandma seeing everything that you’re workin’ with!” Ha! Isn’t that the truth? What to wear for graduation

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Let’s Party – Graduation Party Planning

We are nearing graduation; have you started planning the party? Don’t look away if you don’t have a graduate, these ideas will help you with any party planning.

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Graduation coincides with wedding season, therefore if you plan to hire a caterer or order a cake this is the time to book those type of services. The time to order graduation announcements also falls around the eight week mark. Feel free to include information about your party in with the formal announcement.

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Fun stuff – time to order decorations, plan activities, and decide on games. Search local and online venders for the best deals. Ordering now with will allow out of stock items to arrive in time. Paper products should be scoped out, but wait to buy until you have a better idea of how many guests you expect. Seeing these fun party items laying around might just encourage your graduate to study hard.

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This week won’t cost you a dime, just time. This is the week to get your invitation list made and addresses gathered. Hand write or make a spreadsheet, but this task must be done.

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Your guest list is made, so let’s get those announcements out in the mail. Addressing, stuffing, and sealing is great task to sit and complete with your graduate over good conversation in this busy world.

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This week is all about the food. Plan your meal or snacks and write a grocery list. Plan food that can be prepared ahead of time to lower the stress of the big day.

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Now take time to confirm all details – the caterer, cake, venue, entertainment; anyone your have booked for your party. Even if you have called on family members to do a task, double check and remind them. Now that you have an idea of who is coming, go ahead and purchase your paper products. Take time to make sure your graduate is doing ok, the last weeks can be overwhelming.

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Go grocery shopping! Also make any last minute purchases a few days before. Keep the days leading up to the party as free as possible. All DIY projects should be done this week, and not on the decorating day. Have decorating supplies on hand such as pins, command strips, tape, scissors, extension cords, glue gun, and ladder.

Check out this fun DIY decoration projects at Robb Restyle.

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Prep any food you can ahead of time, and if you are hosting, tidy up. Decorate and set up chairs and tables. Check off as much as you can early to clear up your big day.

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The work is done, now try to relax and enjoy. This is the hardest step for me, I stress out on party day. You need to enjoy the day, especially if its graduation we are talking about. Let people help so you can celebrate.

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WINNER WINNER WINNER!

As my social media followers know, I have been at the beach learning with 500+ of the nations most talented senior photographers. The entire event was amazing – crazy fun, mind blowing and motivational. But even better – I won one of the top prizes of the entire convention (I’ll tell you what in a minute), and 5 minutes ago I found out my best friend won an in studio workshop!! BEST TRIP EVER!

So what did I win? Well there is this “rock star” photographer blowing the nation away with her amazing style, branding and marketing. My friends and I wanted to meet her badly and take a selfie, but we were scared … day 1 – too chicken … day 2 – still afraid … finally after about 47 hours Tara just went up, and we were talking to her! Taking a selfie with her! And guess what – the nicest person ever. I felt like we were friends at the end. I’ll just skip over the part where we walked away and saw our “professional” iPhone picture was blurry, don’t worry we got another one because she’s awesome.  The photographer is Teri Fode from Northern California, and she was invited to speak to the group all day on Monday. She gave away a 2 hour mentoring session and marketing calendar – she pulled my name out of 512. I was so shocked, and I can’t wait to work with Teri.

I feel so blessed that God lead me to this group. I’m inspired and can’t wait to make sure every one of my 2018 seniors feel as beautiful and amazing as they are. If you are interest in booking your 2018 senior session follow this link to my website and lets talk. I will only book 35 seniors this summer so grab your spot today. My Website

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Brice, 2017 Senior | Center Ridge AR

I shared Brice’s video on Facebook, but here are his family’s favorite images from his session. Brice was our only male on our Senior Street Team, and he did great. He endured not one but two prom sessions and a lengthy senior session. All his cooperation was worth it. Take a look.

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Gracie Sr. 2017 Wonderview | Central AR photographer

In 1999 I graduated high school, and just one month later a baby girl was born who would soon come into my life and become my first niece. Talk about feeling old this year, she’s a senior! How did that even happen when yesterday she was 2 and feeding apples to her horse was her only desire. She was unique then and still is today. Gracie is beautiful and this video is a perfect reflection of her personality and passions. Take a look.

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Toni, Sacred Heart 2017 Senior| Morrilton, AR

Toni, our senior street team rep from Sacred Heart, was photographed at our outdoor studio this summer. Isn’t she beautiful! Thanks Toni, your images turned out awesome.

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Kayla, Senior 2017 | Wonderview High School

What a roller coaster of a summer this pretty girl had! She lets her faith shine in her positive attitude and uses her beautiful smile often. She was full of fun and laughs at her session, and you can see in the images what a ball we had. Give Kayla some love!