KATY HIGH SCHOOL | KATY SENIOR SESSION | KATY SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello Friends, 

I am happy to introduce you all to this Katy High School beauty!   Madeline is just absolutely stunning and I may or may not have said, "you are so cute" at least 100 times during the session.  She isn't just cute though, this stunning senior is super smart!   Throughout the session I was continuously thinking, wow, this sweet beauty is going to set this world on fire!  

Madeline had so many adorable outfits.   We were able to tie together a "country chic" style along with an age appropriate classic flair.   We addeda fun "outside the box" look that showcases her love of concerts.   When we do a session, it is always important to try and incorporate something that demonstrates your personality and where you are right now in this fun "senior year adventure".   It could be adding an instrument, a book, pet or as Madeline did, a love of concerts with a super fun look of converse and t-shirt....just something a little fun and different to complete the senior photography experience. 

Madeline is a varsity swimmer with Katy High School and also has been voted "Student of the Month" 3 times.  In addition to swimming and being such an amazing student, Madeline also volunteers with the National Charity League, Star Chapter.    Madeline is narrowing down colleges and has University of Alabama on her "short list".   The ultimate goal is to achieve "Doctor" status.    

I have no doubt at all that this gorgeous senior is going to make a big difference in this world. Madeline, thanks so much for trusting me and Ashley to make your session what you envisioned.  We had such an amazing time with you!  

Enjoy!  xoNikki

TOMPKINS HIGH SCHOOL | TEXAS SENIOR SESSION | KATY SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello Everyone!

What a great week and weekend it has been!   This week is super busy so prepare for several blog posts and a LOT of sneak peeks. 

It has gotten to the point in my photography career that my seniors are the younger siblings of prior clients.   To see the next in line for the "Senior Experience" is such a blast.  The differences in personality and style just make me smile.   

Emily's sister, Haley was one of my seniors a few years ago and we did the majority of her session at the Houston Arboretum.  Emily has similar tastes but we still wanted to make sure we kept her session special and unique to her and her personality. 

Emily LOVES YELLOW!!!  So we definitely wanted to incorporate a touch of yellow in her session.  You will see those shots at the end of the blog.    She also asked to incorporate the Texas flag and that is without a doubt one of my favorite things to do!    We had so much fun and even took some risky moves to get certain shots (those shall remain secret! ha! ha!); but we got the shots we needed! 

Emily has hopes to attend Texas A & M University and will major in kinesiology.   Once again, it was such a delight to shoot this session....let me introduce you to Emily and show off her fun gallery.   Enjoy!  Nikki

 

SEVEN LAKES SENIOR SESSION | CLASS OF 2018 | KATY SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello Friends, 

I cannot believe that it has been so long since my last blog post.   Life has been so busy lately. 

Aside from being a full time photographer, I am also a Mom.  Mom duties are always my top priority and this week was certainly a test! ha! ha!  Aside from my own kids, we do have extended family in the area and this past weekend they helped keep my calendar busy.   It is something I love and will never regret.  It isn't often that everyone is in the same town and able to visit.  With time being spread between family visits and school open houses, son's sprained ankle, and tests....my husband took his role up a notch and really saved my booty this week!   If it had not been for him,  this sweet senior's pictures would not have been finished this week, 3 sessions would have been missed, dance mini sessions would not have happened and no one would have made it to open house and the kids would have starved!   Thanks Emory Guest for always being my hero! 

Meet Makenna!  Can I just say that her name just makes me smile!  I LOVE IT!   This gorgeous Seven Lakes Senior is a dance member of the award winning Sapphires!  The dance team just blows my mind at each game and she is one of the beauties that graces the field each Friday night.    Makenna has big plans to attend Baylor University or Oklahoma State University and will major in Business.  

Makenna's session took us to celebrating the warmth of a small town. The look couldn't have suited her any better.   She just has that "small town girl" charm and knew the right style to compliment her look.      

Makenna, you are so sweet  such a pleasure to photograph!  You did an amazing job!   

Enjoy!  xo  Nikki

CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SESSION | KATY SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER | CLASS OF 2018

Hello Friends!
 

I think each photographer has a moment where their heart melts in a session.   Don't get me wrong, that can be a good thing or a bad thing!  However, thankfully with my seniors this has never occurred.   Each session is so incredibly unique, tailored to that senior's interests and style. There will never be two sessions alike, NEVER!   The senior could have the same location and we still would document that senior's personality in a different way.   Just as the senior has a story to tell, so does the session.   There is a back story to each one and a connection that happens between myself and the senior and the mom (if she is actively planning with us).   Sometimes the planning happens at the last minute.  As much of a planner I am, it is hard for me to do the "last minute planning", but sometimes it just works.   This leads me to my next senior.

Meet Lillian.   Lillian is a Class of 2018 senior at Cinco Ranch High School.   Her session was scheduled prior to Hurricane Harvey and the planning was in full motion.   We knew for sure that her steer, "Hercules" was going to participate also (first for me :-).    As soon as Harvey was predicted it was time to start planning for Plan B.   The Katy area where I live and most of my seniors reside has never really flooded.   I figured we would be part of a flood watch, soon the skies would clear and we would be back to "normal" within a couple of days.   Obviously that did not happen.   The rain poured for days and days, the loss around us was nothing we could have predicted.   Unfortunately, Lillian and her family were flooded.   Learning they endured such a loss was heartbreaking.    To just give you a glimpse of the situation,  Lillian had to return home via boat to search for their cowboy boots (for the session)!!!!  Wondering if she found them, YES! Wondering if we pulled off the session, YES!   It was 2 weeks post Harvey, but this sweet girl and her mom were determined.   Our only delay was "Hercules".   "Hercules" was evacuated and had to be returned to the barn.    He also had to get familiarized with Lillian again.   These two didn't have any trouble and before we knew it all the stars aligned and this session was ready to move forward!   We made a quick trip to Francesca's and the shopping started!   It turned out to be a beautiful distraction and such a fun time.    

Styling Lillian was so much fun!  She is the only daughter in her big family of boys and definitely enjoys feeling like a "princess".   You will notice that each element has a feminine flair.    We were even able to make sweet "Hercules" fit into her feminine flair.   That sweet steer really enjoyed his time in the spotlight.   I never really struggled to get him to look at the camera.   He especially loved giving Lillian a smooch or two! ha! ha! 

As with most of my seniors this fall, decisions are still being made on colleges. Lillian's goal is to attend Texas A & M University and become a veterinarian.  Watching her with "Hercules" is a good indicator that she will certainly become a great Vet.    Lillian is an active member in The National Charity League with numerous awards for volunteering along with her awards from the FFA.    It will be fun to reconnect with Lillian in the spring,  she along with many of my fall seniors will receive a free mini session.  It gives the senior an opportunity to take pictures in their college shirt (this service is offered to ALL of my clients- I wouldn't want them to miss out on getting that shot just because you had a fall session-the same goes for cap and gown along with letterman).  

Trying to decide which images to display first are just impossible!  I am actually going to share in reverse order!  I am obsessed with all of Lillian's photos, but the ones with "Hercules" are just priceless!  Enjoy! xo  Nikki

 

GUY SENIOR SESSION | GOLF SENIOR SESSION | KATY SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello Friends,

It seems lately there have been a couple of guys showing up on this blog feed.   Trust me, it is NOT a figment of your imagination-it is REAL!  Occasionally I am asked if I photograph guys and the answer is YES!   I mean, after all, I have two of my own and without a doubt I can totally speak the language! ha! ha!   If you check out my site, you will see a section completely dedicated to "GUY SENIORS", complete with a video.   Keep in mind, it probably needs to be updated a bit...but  one common element- bring on the boys because this photographer can capture candid shots that will make mom's heart just melt!   Maybe I am bragging a bit; but honestly, I manage to get more than the standard "cheese" smile that some of the handsome boys are conditioned to display at any given moment a camera pops in front of them. :-) 

I can tell you, Cole did NOT have this issue!  Nope, not talking about my Cole (my 15 going on 30 year old son), I am talking about my senior client--that's right,  THAT COLE!!   Cole was a pleasure to photograph.   This dude knows how to crack up and just naturally smiles ALL THE TIME!   Cole is one cool guy that already had some ideas in mind as to what he wanted to include in his session.   This helped so much--it wasn't so much the fashion, it was just documenting him surrounded by things he loves or celebrating a state he admires. 

Cole is originally from Connecticut and was typical of most Katy ISD students as he found himself relocating to Cinco Ranch.   I photographed his sister, Marissa's senior session and so having the opportunity for Cole's was one I eagerly awaited.  They both have these blue eyes that are STUNNING!   Cole is a senior at Tompkins High School and plays varsity golf for their golf team. It was so much fun to capture him doing what he loves and especially getting the "deer in headlights look" when I told him to hit a golf ball over my head!   I believe that was one of the most memorable expressions EVER from a client.   After taking multiple "test shots" he obliged.  

Cole would love to attend University of Oregon and major in Biology or Marine Biology.   This was quite the fun topic to chat about.  He is still waiting to hear back from them along with several other major universities.   I am sure he wouldn't be too upset if he stayed in Texas as he certainly loved celebrating the Lone Star State in his photos.  

Before I introduce Cole's session-sometimes things just happen naturally.  When Cole arrived for the session he wasn't dressed wearing the clothes he intended for the session; he was wearing a "HOUSTON STRONG"  since he had been volunteering.   It seemed fitting to capture him in this shirt.   It happened to be that we were shooting in an area that was recently flooded.   We had to document this memorable event in his senior year-the timing was perfect, his look was perfect, it was just perfect. 

Enjoy!  Nikki