Senior Shoot Series: Part One

A couple weekends ago I had the best time shooting with an old friend, Devon Jones of Devon J. Imagery — something I never thought I’d have the opportunity of doing! Though she retired last year, Devon still offered to take my senior pictures (half jokingly) last semester when I put together my very first podcast show for a class I was taking. My podcast talked about the behind the scenes of some spectacular photos that my guest photographer who took the photos would share. That week, Devon came on the podcast to share some stories behind her own images! While chatting with this sweet momma, she threw out the idea of taking my senior pictures and, joking or not, I followed up with her about it — I’m so glad I did!

Devon is a (newly) retired, published, and award-winning senior photographer located in Wichita Falls, Texas and she and I actually met through my part-time job at Sewn Clothing Gallery. Something extra special she used to do with her seniors was take them to Sewn to shop for senior picture outfits. By using her photography services the senior would receive a huge discount on all the clothes if they wanted to keep them after the photos, or just wear them for photos then return them to the store right after — pretty sweet deal that Misty Doyle (@themistydoyle on Instagram) now provides for her seniors!!

For a few years though, Devon would always bring her girls in and I would help style them, always super envious of course, but Devon would also photograph Sewn’s styled look-books. Usually 3-4 models would have 2-3 outfits at 2-3 locations with Devon. So ever so often we would do this big photoshoot with her for the store and I remember those being the best work days. I always loved how she could make an idea really come to life — her photography skills are unmatched.

All of this is why I was over the moon about my date with Devon. Getting three outfits to photograph in and not having to rush so other girls can have time allowed me to rest easy, knowing I would have amazing senior pictures literally no matter what. I trusted Devon with every aspect of my shoot besides my look — I told her I was just gonna show up pretty and let her do the rest hahah. I bought 2 dresses from Revolve, one of them being this red dress and the next is still soon to be shared. We originally only planned for two outfits — the other dress you guys haven’t seen yet and then a professional outfit for some professional headshots that you guys also haven’t seen yet, but I ended up bringing this red dress with us just in case I changed my mind on which one to wear last minute.

My makeup was done by published makeup artist, Kandace Burns (@Kandaceburnsbeauty on Insta). She’s done my makeup for past look books and runway shows and I’ve loved it each time! I also got my hair done by Emily Harvey-Collier (@emilyharveycollier on Insta). Both of these gals worked together with Devon in the past when she wasn’t retired as part of her senior sessions, which Misty Doyle took over when Devon retired.

Funny how sometimes the things you don’t plan on at all become some of the best! I didn’t plan on taking photos in this dress at all, but when Devon told me to go ahead and slip the red dress on too real quick, she didn’t have to ask me twice. I’m sooo beyond happy with the photos from this look and the others, I decided to share them in a series just so you can see them all — picking only a few favorites from each look to share on Instagram is too hard! Keep an eye out for Senior Shoot Series: Part Two because I’m telling you, Devon delivered on each look. In the meantime, I’m gonna try to narrow down a few favorites to make some grad announcements.. we’re so close now!

As always,

Ara

Red dress: Revolve | Black heels: Vince Camuto | Gold earrings: Kendra Scott

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