Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tennis is My Game - San Antonio High School Senior Portraits

Jeremy came to us from RHS. Yes, he's a little late, but as the saying goes, "better late than never". Jeremy is a tennis player, and a good one. Good enough to get to State for his school. He's athletic, humorous, optimistic, and a respectful young man. I must say he can do the most real fake smile out of anyone I know. We decided on meeting at the RHS tennis courts to get some action shots. After about 25 tries we finally got the serving image (who said photography is easy?). Right after that we did an iconic portrait of him standing on the court with the school stadium in the background (so cool). Any way, Jeremy doesn't know what he wants to study in college, but he does know he wants to minor in Spanish. Here's more about him:
After graduation: Attend University of Texas
A Dinner Guest of his choice: Teddy Roosevelt - he had a very interesting life
One Wish: Everyone would listen more
One thing to do to Impact the World: Clear misconceptions and bring people together
Favorite Song: "Taro" - Alt-J
Favorite Quote: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" - unknown

Here are some more images of him on our site in video format. Jeremy, you are a very personable young man. I'm sure your parents are really proud of you. The way your mom smiles when she's around you speaks volumes. Whatever you decide to do with your life, we know you will make an impact in the lives of others. Like we said yesterday, your future is bright, especially being a tennis instructor at the resorts in Mexico (hehehehe). Really though, the sky is the limit for you, don't settle for anything less.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's Dollie Time: San Antonio Creative Team Portraits

I can't believe this is the 11th year we've been photographing the JM Dollie dance team. Either time doesn't seem to matter, or I'm getting old (and we know it can't be the latter of the two). We scheduled the session for early morning (this was a first) and it was pouring down rain. What else could you expect with all the rain we've been getting this year. Packed the vehicle and headed off. My great friend Christian volunteered to help me out, since none of the CK crew was available. She was a huge help. And the fact that every single dance teamer knew her. It was kinda like a mini-reunion. Anyway, we got set up pretty quick and within 40 minutes we were done. The girls chose their prom dresses this year, so we went with the glamour, backlit, glow-look. I used the ring flash for the first time with them and the images looked great right out of the camera. I think all the girls had a fun time and we were done before 9 am. Pretty cool way to spend a Friday morning... Here's a video from the session. Enjoy....

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mr. Personality - San Antonio High School Senior Portraits

Austin is a senior at Steele HS. He is student body president of his graduating class. He was also on the school's swim team, and recently starting getting paid to coach younger swimmers. Austin is an extroverted, fun-loving, family-friendly, and charismatic young man. I see politics in his future. For the session he chose his Texas Chubbies. Why not in front of the Texas Flag? The jump shot was one of Michelle's favorites. Austin is a swimmer, so of course we'd do some portraits in the pool. After he dried off, I knew we had to do a couple of shots in the studio. These images looked like they came straight out of a Sports Illustrated magazine. Austin was so much fun, we could have spent all day with him. Here's a glimpse into his life:
After graduation: Attend Texas A&M University - Mays Honor Business - future job in politics
A Dinner Guest of his choice: Thanksgiving with George and Laura Bush, because they are life goals, and are pretty much my idols
One Wish: Health and Happiness, assuming I couldn't wish for an infinite amount of wishes
One thing to do to Impact the World: Become a lawyer, to stand for what is right, and to back the people who I believe in, to make the best decisions for our country
Favorite Song: "When the Stars Go Blue" - Tim McGraw and "Urgent" - Foreigner
Favorite Quote: "Please tell me you're Republicans" - Ronald Reagan and "The best revenge is massive success" - Frank Sinatra

Here are some more images of him on our site in video format. Austin, you have enough personality for several people. Your joyful spirit is contagious. When people are around you your energy radiates into others and brightens everyone's day. I have no doubts that you will reach your goals of being involved in the field of politics. Our hope is for you to stand for the truth, to remember your place, and to use your influence and position to do what is right, even if it means standing by yourself. May your enthusiasm and extroverted pizzazz make a difference to all that cross paths with you. It was highly entertaining capturing your personality.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Bayou Belle - San Antonio High School Senior Portraits

Nicole came to us from RHS. She's a determined young lady. Her ambition is to attend ULL and become an OB-GYN doctor. She has a PRO-LIFE stance and is willing to help educate those who don't value unborn life. The title of this entry comes from a ironic happenstance. Nicole's mom is from Louisiana. When she was a senior in High School, the newspaper chose her to be a Bayou Belle. She had her portraits taken and published in the newspaper. Nicole, just like her mom, is the same age, and is planning on attending the same college. So to capture the story we recreated the exact same picture of her mom with Nicole. Who would have imagined, after several decades, two kindred spirits would be doing the exact same thing. It's great to see a daughter following in her mom's same footsteps (a totally unplanned coincidence). With that said, I now officially nominate Nicole as Miss Bayou Belle 2015. Here's a glimpse into her life:
After graduation: attend the University Louisiana Lafayette - to begin her career in the medical field
A Dinner Guest of her choice: Pope John Paul ll, because he has been a figure in my life that I have always looked up to and who I try to strive to be
One Wish: To come out of medical school debt free
One thing to do to Impact the World: To put an end to the unnecessary evil of abortion
Favorite Song: "Such Great Heights" - The Postal Service
Favorite Quote: "You see in the final analysis, it is between you and your God. It was never between you and them anyway"

Here are some more images of her on our site in video format. Nicole, you have a face to launch a thousands ships, the moral turpitude to lead those who will follow, the determination to end a modern day travesty, and the integrity to stand even if that means standing alone. May God continue to use you to help and encourage others, and save lives in the process. You are a one-of-a-kind.