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By far, one of my favorite parts of a photo shoot is that you never know what might happen. One moment you’re clicking away, and the next, well, you could have a monster drink can as starring guest or come close to setting a prom dress on fire. Yes, things can get a little wild. But if you can go with the flow, you might just...

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By far, one of my favorite parts of a photo shoot is that you never know which way it could go. One moment you’re clicking away, and the next, well, you could have a monster drink can as starring guest or come close to setting a prom dress on fire. Yes, things can get a little wild. But, if you can go with the flow, you might just like where it takes you. Helen was well aboard the “let’s see what happens” boat and brought us all along for the ride.

And We’re Off!

With Helen at the helm, we got off to a start on what should have been a scorching Spring day considering the 106°F temperature!! Strangely, it felt quite cool, but who’s complaining? Not us anyway! With the sun out, it would’ve been silly to not dip into the Style Closet to pull out some sunglasses. But we got silly anyway with the famously cheeky “hello boys” sunglasses. Helen pulled them off with her trademark ‘cool.’

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Using the Style Closet to Her Advantage

I just loved her choice of white and blue (one of her fav colors!) flowery dress from the Style Closet. Not only did it pop beautifully against the natural-toned background, but it was very ‘a la Spring.’ Plus, gorgeous nails and the slight glint of a chic necklace are just PERFECT!

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More Style Closet Fun

Inspirations can come from anywhere during a photoshoot. You often hear of dress belts being repurposed, but how often do you hear of them being tied around a lovely tan hat for romantic effect? Well, that’s what we decided to do! And wouldn’t you know it, it worked!

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Helen was SO spontaneous

The mystery to how she does it all might have been resolved when we went back to the cars for a quick outfit change. There, we found a monster drink can. Could we leave it behind and miss the opportunity for a quirky photo? Of course not!

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Book Lover

As Helen is a lover of all things literary, we knew we’d have to add some bookish twist to the shoot. And what better way to do it than posing in front of a bookshop (who shall remain unnamed) in the dark? While a bookstore at night may not sound like the most  photo-worthy location, you just have to look at the picture to have your doubts wiped away instantly. Who knew the lighting would work that well? A professional photographer, that’s who!

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Brains & Brawn!

As you might have guessed by now, Helen is quite the brainbox. After graduating from the Arete Preparatory Academy, she planned to study the mind-boggling mix of physics and math at NAU in Flagstaff!

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But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a wild side. In fact, she let me know that she plays soccer, volunteers, hangs out with friends, reads, does ALL of her homework, and even somehow finds time to enjoy theatre on top of it all – WOW!

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Making and occasion out of it

My heart almost stopped when I saw Helen’s GORGEOUS prom dress. Then it dropped when I found out she didn’t have the chance to wear it due to prom being canceled. But we couldn’t have that, no sir-ee! Tags still attached, they added it to Helen’s wardrobe even with the tags attached and no scissors to be found. So, with mom to the rescue, we burnt off the tags (while holding our breaths!) and finally let it show in all its glory.

I honestly could hardly believe our luck. The dress was beyond beautiful and suited Helen down to the ground – literally. She looked like a queen!

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Helen rocked the entire shoot! Without a doubt, she’ll l be amazing at anything she sets her brilliant mind to! Helen’s younger sister, Isobel, is graduating in 2022 – exciting! Who knows, maybe I’ll get to enjoy a similar photo shoot with her soon!

Fashion Tips For Your Senior Pictures

Some accessories or clothing pieces are delightfully multi-purpose. If you’d like to reimagine your outfit like Helen bravely did during her shoot, here are some tips that can help you to do just that!

  • Tuck your shirt in! Whether posing proudly in pants, jeans, or even a skirt – there’s something high-fashion about tucking in those loose top ends.
  • Ankle bracelets – You don’t have to go out and purchase a specific bracelet to achieve that dreamy boho-chic look, a traditional wrist bracelet tied around your ankle will do! The fashion police aren’t checking anyway.
  • Belt up! As we can see from Helen – the humble belt works hard no matter how you use it.
  • Wow! Her prom dress is stunning! I’m so glad she got the chance to wear it and make some memories in it! Great fashion tips for your seniors too!

    • Right?!?! I mean really, how can you NOT love that dress!!! I was so excited when I saw them pull it out of their car!

  • Great tips and even better photos! Love all the ideas down to the ankle bracelet!

  • First off those shades in the first shot is so perfectly fitting for her, it looks so natural on her, and I have to add I love the monster drink added. I think I would of been holding my breath as well for the tag burning lol.

    • It’s always an adventure, right Shunta? I mean, I have added scissors to my list but burning the tag off is definitely something we’ll ALL remember. And it’s all about making memories, right? LOL!

  • As a professional senior photographer, YOU ROCK! These images for Helen are beautiful and she’s lucky to have such beautiful memories of her senior year!

  • I am always stunned by the beauty you create in every single senior photo! To document a senior completely means to bring to life their personality in the photos. You do that every time Michelle. Helen has indeed received the best professional senior potrtraits in Mesa!

    • She was an absolute gem to photograph! So many ideas that allowed me to be creative! As always, thanks for taking the time to comment, Andrea!

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