Hello Friends!  

Here we go!  Another blog post about another amazing senior!  Without a doubt each senior brings something new to the session.  There is definitely nothing that is "copycat".   I think part of that is because we really start chatting very early on about what things they love or places that are special to them.    When it comes to places, it is only natural that your hometown would be that special place.  Sometimes it is a place that your family goes to on a regular basis.   With that being said we are seeing a bigger movement in the Senior Photography industry to do "Destination Senior Sessions".   The destination can be anywhere really-but sometimes it is still only 40 miles away.    I think a wonderful example of how to incorporate your favorite location with your senior year is truly depicted with today's featured senior.     

Introducing Dori!   Dori is another senior spokesmodel that I think defines "All American Girl".  As our country continues to change in what that definition entails...for some reason Dori just meets that description in my mind.  She is strong, independent, beautiful, competitive and such a loyal friend.    She has a super fun personality that had me laughing (no surprise there!) the entire time.   Dori's destination shoot took us to her  "home away from home"-Galveston.   We were able to capture her on the historical Strand, at her family's beach house (which they do rent if you are interested...let me know and I can get you connected) and of course, the BEACH! 

As always there is something quirky that happens at each session.  It is never anything is just quirky or funny.   Of course, Dori's sesion would not be any different!  Ha!  One of the things I always do prior to "city shoots" is look at events happening in the city on the day of the shoot.  I mean, we wouldn't want to have any challenges with parking, crowds or roads being blocked.    When we knew that a portion of Dori's sesion would take place on The Strand in Galveston- I really didn't think twice.    I mean, it's December....Galveston...this is a town that operates on full steam mode during summer, NOT DECEMBER!!  I forgot that the weekend of Dori's session was the same as "Dickens on The Strand".  For those that do not know, this is an event where people dress during that "Charles Dickens" period and they basically walk around singing and drinking!   It just literally was not on our radar!  Needless to say, we had quite a fun time maneuvering between roadblocks, going behind alleys and trying to blend in with others.   A special thanks to Dori's mom and Ashley (hair and makeup extraordinaire and best driver ever) for keeping us from getting a ticket! ha! ha!  After finishing on The Strand, it was time to head to the beach and to the beach house.   It was so much fun to watch Dori in her element.   Hanging out with "Hokie and Hale" (Dori's standard poodles) were so much fun.   They proved to be quite photogenic and even managed a smile at the end of their portion of the session (at least that is what I am claiming it to be :-).    Our final element would be Dori and her paddle board.   A special thanks to Dori's Dad for several things....first for taking the paddle board down to the bay;  Second, for making sure I didn't fall in;  Third for putting up with our problem of laughing at every little thing.   You really did have to put up with 4 silly girls trying to make a paddle board session look slightly glamorous! ha! ha!   I do think we were successful! 

Dori's style is casual; yet she loves a little bohemian mixed with a modern flair.  She loves a natural look which suits here well since her skin is perfection with the sweetest freckles.  Once you add her eyes...bam, you have such a stylish beauty.  

A little about Dori.   Dori plays varsity soccer for Seven Lakes High School.   She is VP of Friendship and is a Peer Buddy for Best Buddies.  She is the Class of 2018 Historian, PALS mentor, ASL Honor Society, Fish Camp Mentor and she just completed over 530 total philanthropy hours for the National Charity League.  She is a Senior Girl Scout.   Dori will attend Oklahoma State University in the Fall.  She has recently been chosen as 1 of 125 kids (OUT OF 8000!!!) to serve on the President's Leadership Council at Oklahoma State University.   While attending Oklahoma State she will major in Secondary Education, specializing in History and minor in Coaching Science.    

Dori is such a sweet young lady that was a blast to capture.  We had so much fun!   I absolutely loved hanging out with her, her Mom, Dad and of course Hokie and Hale!  The beach house was just perfect for our time in Galveston.  I have no doubt that Galveston was the perfect spot for Dori's senior session.   If you have any interest in a beach rental-let me know and I will connect you guys with Dori's family.   "Cowabungalow" is an inviting little retreat from the hustle and bustle.   In the coming weeks there will be more information on destination sessions.  Stay tuned.  Have an idea for your senior session?  Make sure you reach out...let's plan something extra special. 

Dori-you are going to be such a wonderful success.  Your leadership and kind heart will reach so many people.  I really think there is nothing you cannot do.   It is going to be a joy to watch you grow and succeed in the adventures that life has for you.  Much love.  xo  Mrs. Nikki