“I want to be a member of the SSP Team17 because I love the message that
Sandi Shipley is trying to display. It’s not about the “prettiest” girls, it’s about girls with
different lives coming together and sharing experiences and growing close.”
-Kaitlyn, Class of 2017

I love when girls just radiate confidence and joy. There is something really special about that, especially as a young person in high school, where messages about appearance and popularity are coming from all sides. I find I often learn so much from them. Kaitlyn is beautiful, and so wise. I loved what she shared with me about her view of true beauty: “I’m really lucky to be confident in myself and in my body images. I feel beautiful whenever I look in the mirror, and I try to remember that I love myself even when I don’t look like a movie star! Being beautiful isn’t solely a physical thing, even though I love dressing up and looking pretty, like anyone else. But I feel truly beautiful when I remember that I’m myself, which is the best I could ever be.”

This Sunnyslope High School grad is not only smart, she is talented. She made the school’s Vocal Ensemble, and has been performing all year. Kaitlin says singing has also given her great relationships. In addition, she is involved in her school’s theater program, something she hopes will give her practice for college. “One of my biggest goals after high school is to attend a university with a scholarship in hand”, she explains, “I love musical theater and Broadway, so a huge dream of mine lately is to attend NYU and study musical theater there, but if I’m not able to, I’d like to finish college with not only good grades and a degree, but with a great experience”.

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“So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly,
just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one.
Trust your heart and success will come to you.” —Oprah Winfrey

Meet Skylar, one of my Class of 2016 seniors from Sunnyslope High School. This active, beautiful girl is a delight, and was so much fun to photograph. She wanted an urban look for her session, with some outdoor elements as well. She says her personal style is very modern (she loves to shop at places like H&M and Forever 21), and she was certainly a total fashionista! I loved her draped chambray tank, and her pretty wrap dress. A wrap dress is such a flattering option on just about any body type. It gives you a tucked-in waist, long neckline, and legs for days! A floral print would be a cute choice for your senior session, or any summer event; we love this one from ASTR.

This summer, Skylar will be heading to the University of the Pacific, where she will be playing Volleyball. We were able to get a few shots of her in her Pacific gear in anticipation of her upcoming college athletics! Congratulations, Skylar!

To book your senior session, click here!

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Chloe thought she would be an amazing addition to my team (LOVE the confidence), and she was RIGHT! I am so glad she thought to join the team. With her striking good looks, gorgeous red hair, and wonderful personality, she was a great fit. Chloe said she loves new experiences, and I can’t wait to reveal her full session here on the blog in the days to come. She will graduate with an impressive 4.92 G.P.A. from Chaparral High School; something she says is her biggest accomplishment. She has taken tons of honors and AP classes, where she has gotten all A’s.

“My friends would describe me as focused, fun, and athletic”, she shared, “I love to travel and spend time with my family.” Besides her academics, she also plays soccer for a traveling soccer team called SC Del Sol, and has committed herself to Bucknell University after graduation. She is also part of the National Charity League, where she pours her time into the community. “If I could travel anywhere”, she added, “I would go back to Haiti. I interned there for Chances for Children, an orphanage, and I miss the kids and want to go back.” I loved hearing her others-centered heart and her desire to better her community and world! Lastly, Chloe says that she loves getting dressed up, since most of her days are filled with athletics.

I had such a fun time with this sweet senior, and continue to be impressed by the caliber of my Team17 this year!

 

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming
gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust

Alexis is one of my senior spokesmodels, and wanted to do a session with her boyfriend and her two best friends. This was a really fun group to photograph! Brianna, one of her friends, is also a senior client of mine, and you can find her session here. We caught beautiful light and added in fun props like the gold banner that said SENIOR, and the cutest little glitter banner.

Do you want some cute props for an upcoming party or photo shoot? We love this little kraft paper senior banner here, and this burlap version that celebrates friends! And, no shoot would be complete without plenty of glitter and confetti, so we made sure to give it a little glam! My best friends sessions are some of the most fun you can have with your friends…and you all leave with photos to remember it by. The BFF session starts at $250, and includes an outfit change and a full hour of shooting time! For more information, click here!

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The girls on my Team17 this year bring me so much joy! They are all such amazing girls and with great, eclectic stories that bring so much life to my team. Barbara is one of my reps from Sunnyslope High School, and part of the Class of 2017. You may be wondering why some of our local high schools have more than one representative in them, and the reason is simple: each of my seniors has a diverse group of friends and interests. Although Team17 brings them together and unites them, they still have a reach and an influence that is so widespread that each rep can share with a different group of people!

Barbara is a member of the Varsity softball team, and is also involved in leadership at her local Girl Scouts chapter. She jokes that her friends would describe her as “redneck, outgoing, and friendly”, and says one day she would like to travel to Scotland. After college, she hopes to attend college and work in the Fish and Game field. I loved her quick laugh, and natural style, and can’t wait to share her full session with you soon!

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