Our next shoot was with Valley High School’s Nic Lovan, a senior who participates in Show Choir, paints in his free time, and is a member of the famous Baker’s Dozen Mime Troupe. BD (as it is more commonly known) is a student-run organization which has been in existence since 1969 and – like the name implies – has 13 members. You can check out their Facebook page here!

For this project, Nic might have taken off the face paint, but was still as professional as ever. Thanks for the laughs, Nic!

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, though, they’re worth an entire afternoon filled with jumps and hurdles (literally) … along with more traditional shots. We first went down to Drake Stadium with Elizabeth Osborn, senior at Valley High School, to catch her in the sport she loves.

Elizabeth Osborn, senior at Valley High, makes this jump look effortless.

If I tried to do this jump I would land on my face.

She said, “I run cross country and track but I definitely favor track. There’s something about being “center stage” that gives you a rush of energy. Competing is a funny thing. One would think you can hear the screams of the crowd, but in reality, all I can hear is me counting the steps in between hurdles and staring at the next one in front of me. The best thing about hurdles, though, is that you can always get better. There’s always something in your form to change.”

But maybe the sport is in her blood. Her grandfather, who passed away when Elizabeth was a little over a year old, competed in the men’s 110 high hurdles in high school; eventually, the event was named after him in the Drake Relays. He went on to become the women’s track and cross country coach at Drake for 32 years. “He still manages to make a great impact on me,” she said.

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Though it seems difficult to believe that Elizabeth has time for much else beyond training, she also says that being involved in her church is of the utmost importance: “Plymouth Church has always been a second home to me and most likely always will be. I’m in Matins Choir and am on the youth leadership team. I volunteer in the Sunday school programs, have been part of a search committee, and of course attend services weekly! My grandfather ‘s ashes (on my mom’s side) were buried in the memorial garden so this has also always been a place where I feel closest to him and my family.”

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She has high hopes for the future, too. “I’m most proud of the fact that I have stayed true to myself throughout these four years and haven’t let social pressures or norms tear down the person I am. I’ve been able to grow into  the person I imagined I would become. I look forward to finding out what God has in store for me next!”

So what might that be? “I plan on (fingers crossed) attending the University of Houston to study elementary special education! Being around kids has always been something that I enjoy! There’s so much in that field that I believe I can do and help to make a difference. There’s a saying, ‘If you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life,’ and I aim to achieve that.”

122des_moinse_senior_portraitsBest wishes to this track-loving, graceful superstar!

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We did the first full session of the senior 2017 season with our wonderful rep, Elizabeth Davidson recently and it was a joy to work with someone so poised and graceful, with a smile that doesn’t quit.

Our first adventure with Elizabeth was in February of 2016 when we decided to both take an adventure…underwater.  Elizabeth is a diver for Valley High School (among many other talents) and was more than excited to participate in a styled shoot with our studio.  I had the pull to do underwater photography for sometime and decided to take the plunge (pun intended) and rent the gear necessary to take some expensive equipment into the drink.  Elizabeth brought two beautiful blue dresses and invited a group of friends to attend the shoot, similarly garbed in prom like fashion.  We spent about three hours in the water and captured some truly unique images, one of those images being featured as a full page in a national photography magazine!

Elizabeth has such a wonderful smile and it hits true every-single-time you ask it of her.  There is a genuine honesty in her smile that is quite captivating and perfect for pictures.  But the true fun is what happens in between frames.  She will make you laugh with one of her many goofy faces she makes and her willingness to express any interest she thinks of during the photographic process.

It was a joy to work with her this season, both underwater and above and we hope to do another marketing styled session with her in the near future!

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I think I had the idea that if I could shoot fast enough and the tennis players could hit at just the right moment, we’d be able to capture a sphere of water in the shape of a balloon, milliseconds after the latex balloon broke from impact.

Several balloons later and a lot of laughter, we caught it.  A big thank you to the ladies who came out for the morning of fun out-of-the-box senior photography with Dreamstate 🙂

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Fashion senior photography is always a fun challenge to create something truly unique with each session.  You can go simple with just clothes and great poses or go to extremes with really bizarre clothing and poses that look just a little too uncomfortable.

The folks that cover themselves in feathers and chips are…interesting to look at.

What I wanted was some great clothing, poses that slay and color – lots of color.  So with some gels and the beauty of Lauren in front of the camera, we accomplished our goal of creating some fun fashion senior photography images.

No chips or feathers required.  🙂

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