What to Expect : High School Senior Portraits

Senior portraits – Now that school has started, you’re thinking them… only you have no idea how to begin. That’s where I come in. I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to answer any questions you may have by explaining what happens Before Your Session, During Your Session, and After Your Session.

If you have any other questions, or you would like to book a senior portrait session, please contact me by emailing: info@megansmart.com or filling out the contact form here.

Ok, let’s get the party started!

 

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What you should be thinking about BEFORE YOUR SESSION:

 

• How much does it cost?  My senior packages start at $450, my albums start at $100, and my prints start at $30. I also have another option if you want more than one session (example: one in the fall and then another one in the spring)  Your senior package (not albums or prints) must be paid in full before the session date. Please email: info@megansmart.com to receive a more detailed price list.

• Location, Location, Location : Think about what you love. Grass and Fields?  Barns and Hay?  Modern and urban? Clean and Simple?  Fashion and Style?  Try your best to picture yourself  and what you love to do, because that will make the photos more valuable to you. Plus, I want to produce photographs that are uniquely you.  If you don’t have a location or a place that “could” work, don’t worry – I’m here to help and I’m sure we can come up with something great!

• Your Yearbook photo :  When does this need to be turned in?  Some schools will take a formal picture, and you don’t have to worry about turning one in, but many seniors opt to have a creative senior portrait in the yearbook. If this is you, you need to find out the date ASAP, so we can get this set up for you.

• Don’t wait till the last minute : My schedule fills up really fast in September/October and March/April.  So make sure you schedule your session or you might miss out. And I would hate for that to happen.

• What should you wear? Wear your favorite outfits.  Clothes that make you feel good, go hand in hand with making your look good.  Beware of crazy patterns because they can take the focus off of you.  Don’t forget about jewelry, it can make a great statement.

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What will happen DURING YOUR SESSION:

• The session will take 1-2 hours and you will be asked to sign a model release before I take any photos of you.

• We will go over your session plan and your outfits. Hair and makeup is included with each senior package and usually takes about an hour. (Raw Mane Lounge in Kerrville is the salon I use for this service)

• Plan on changing outfits in your car, if we are at a location that does not have restrooms.

• You can bring a friend or your parents!

• Don’t be nervous! We will walk around a bit and snap some photos. Every once is a while I will ask you pose in a certain way. You don’t need to be worried about what to do, or how to smile, because I’m going to cover it all. So relax and let’s have some fun!

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What happens AFTER YOUR SESSION:

• About two weeks after your shoot, your senior portraits will be ready in the studio to view. We will set up a time and date right after your session.

• I will bring samples of what I provide so you can make your purchases.

• After ordering your photos, you products/prints/digital files will be ready to pick up at the studio in 3 weeks.

• I will post some of my favorite senior portraits from you session online (either FB, instagram, or my blog)  You are more than welcome to use these images are your own social media applications, all I ask is that you give me photo credit.

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So now what?  How do you book a senior session?

To book either email me at : info@megansmart.com or use the Contact Form at the top of this page, or fill out this Contact Form on the website.

 

I can’t wait to create beautiful images for you to have the rest of your life. Congrats on being a senior! I hope you have fantastic year!!!!!!

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Wedding Wednesday : Kathryn & Jesse’s Wedding at the Don Strange Ranch

At the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas, this past July, Kathryn and Jesse tied the knot! It was such an adorable wedding, made up of colors of red and gorgeous sunflowers. Kathryn and Jesse are from my hometown, so I knew some of guests, well actually a lot of guests, which only made photographing the wedding more fun. During their ceremony, Jesse’s dad (who married them) told a story, that Jesse and Kathryn met over a tequila shot. So instead of unity candle or sand, Kathryn and Jesse took a tequila shot in front of the whole crowd. It was super adorable, and uniquely them.

Kathryn and Jesse opted to do a first look, and I have to say it’s really the way to go. We got all the family photos out of way before the ceremony, and only took a few afterwards, then Kathryn & Jesse were on their way to enjoy their party.  And a party it was! Good food, good people, and a whole lot of dancing! Enjoy some photos from this adorable country wedding!

Congrats to Kathryn and Jesse, I wish you all the best! Thank you for letting me capture your special day!

 

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Arrow Following – Women Living Dreams – Missy

Last week, I had the chance to photograph Missy for the Arrow Following series. She is a wonderful woman, who is raising four kids and loving every minute of it.  She brought her oldest daughter Avery with her to enjoy a mother/daughter session with me.  Her youngest daughter was sick, so she didn’t get to come to the studio.  Missy is a determined woman and I could tell by her interaction with her daughter that her kids are her world. Missy currently works at the local university, and it was funny when she walked into the studio for her consolation because I knew I had seen her before.  The first words  from her were, “You went to college here didn’t you?”  She had recognized me too.

I was so honored to photograph Missy and her daughter Avery. We had a great time talking about being women, it’s many challenges, plus all the insecurities that come with having your portrait taken. However, after seeing these images of Missy, I don’t think there should be any reason not to see a beautiful woman, a great mother, and a girl living her dreams.

Read her interview below to see Missy’s take on self-confidence and goals.

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1. To women and young girls out there, what would you like to say about pursuing goals and dreams?

Follow your heart and do not let anyone discourage you along the way.  The road may not be an easy one, but if you want it go after it.

 

2. What would you say was the hardest part about achieving your goals?

Nothing will be handed to you and if you want it you have to work for it. It takes hard work, effort, love ,support, and commitment to get it.

 

3. Growing up, what type of self-image did you have?

I had a very low self-image and I was very shy.  I felt as if I was not an important person or noticed by anyone.

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4. If you could go back, what’s the one thing you would change?

I would have finished my education.

 

5. For the women out there dealing with fear and self-doubt, what do you want to say about that?

 My advice to you is to be strong, stand up for what you believe in, fight for what you want, Love yourself, and never give up.   

I had a lot of self-doubt a long time ago.  Life has thrown me so many challenges that have made me strong, fearful, and I have overcome so much. Know In my eyes I do not care what anyone else thinks of me. I believe in myself, I love my self and this is my life I am living, and no one else is going to discourage me from doing so.

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6. What’s next for you?

I am working toward my BA.  It is going to take time, patience, and hard work but I am up for the challenge.

 

7. What are the 5 things people probably don’t know about you?

1. My kids are my life.
2. I love helping people.
3. I love to bake and sew.
4. I am an only child.
5. I have lived in the Hill County since I was 5 years old.

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8. The glamour experience with Megan Smart, how did that make you feel?

I felt like a queen for the day.  I was relaxed, and very comfortable. I had a lot of laughs (which I needed).  I was overall an A+ experience.  The best part is I got to share this moment with my oldest daughter and it made the experience priceless.

 

19. Self- Confidence, how do you keep it up and keep working at your goals everyday?

My children play a big role in my self-confidence and keep me going. I have to lead and set an example for them. I am going back to school to show them how important an education is and what it can do for you in life.  I am strong for them so that I can protect my children.  I have stepped way out of my comfort zones just to prove to my children they can do anything in life.  I have so much love and support for and from my husband, children and family that my self-confidence has grown and will continue to grow. I will never give up and will eventually get my BA completed.

Megan Smart

*Missy and her daughter’s hair/makeup was done by Raw Mane Lounge.
Do you know someone who would be a great inspiration to women?  You can nominate them by contacting me.

Wedding Wednesday – taking it back

Yay, it’s the middle of the week, I hope you’re making it alright and enjoying life! I thought I’d do a little something different this time with this wedding Wednesday and lets go back to when I first started shooting weddings! It’s way back Wednesday y’all! (I’m from Texas)  Below are a couple of my favorite images from my wedding portfolio. It’s been quite a journey and I have met awesome people along the way, plus the best part it’s not over! I still have weddings to shoot this year and I can’t wait to make a little magic with my current brides and grooms.

Enjoy a little flash back!

 

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Arrow Following – Women Living Dreams – Gladys

Gladys is hair/makeup artist who is a loving mother and wonderful wife. When Gladys and I met through Vanessa and Dalia at Raw Mane Lounge, I knew instantly we would become friends. She is lively and spirited, with a kind heart.  I love that she is a girly girl and has the drive to achieve anything she wants in life.  After reading her answers to the interview questions, I admire her the most for taking things as the come, going with the flow and being excited to see what next in her life. She is a wonderful mommy to two adorable kiddos and they made me laugh the entire time we were photographing.

Gladys is one of my first models to wear my new tulle skirts made by Vicki’s Sewing Creations. She did her hair and makeup herself!  Read below to see her answers on living dreams and achieving goals. You don’t want to miss it!

1. To women and young girls out there, what would you like to say about pursuing goals and dreams?
Just do it! You can do anything you’ve ever dreamed of! What’s the worst thing that can happen? Even the most successful people were rejected so many times!!

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2. What would you say was the hardest part about achieving your goals?
Wow, I have always been a dreamer. But I didn’t want to stay a dreamer. I want to achieve those dreams. I’m a go getter! The hardest part for me would be having that voice of fear say you can’t do it or the what ifs?

3. Growing up, what type of self-image did you have?
I’ve never cared too much what people thought, I had the greatest supporters. My family! Although they had to set me straight every now and then. Haha sometimes that can get you in trouble!

4. If you could go back, what’s the one thing you would change?
 Not a thing! My life has been a roller coaster. Everything that has happened to me has molded me to be the person I am today! I’m so grateful and I will never stop learning and growing!

5. Have you always know you were going to be __________ or did evolve as you went along?

I have always been a girly girl! I love all the glitz and the glamour!! Makeup, hair, fashion. I have always had that in me. So I went for it and went to school to be a stylist and since then, I have felt like WOW I get paid to do this? :) I love it!!

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6. For the women out there dealing with fear and self-doubt, what do you want to say about that?
You are perfect the way you are! Take care of yourself, when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good you can do anything!

7. What’s next for you?

I want it all! Who says you can’t be a successful working mother? That’s the Beauty of working for yourself! I don’t want to miss out on anything my babies do.

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8. What are the 5 things people probably don’t know about you?
1.) I work out before I go to work
2.) I recently got a nitch for gardening
3.) I’m a bargain shopper!
4.) I buy & try to eat organic food only. It’s tough!
5.) I’m a product junkie and get bored easy! I have to buy small bottles!

9. The glamour experience with Megan Smart, how did that make you feel?

Fantastic!! I definetly like to treat myself!! I work hard and play harder!!  A total “must do” for any mommy.

10. Self- Confidence, how do you keep it up and keep working at your goals everyday?

Every morning I think about what I’m going to do to reach a goal or dream. You have to keep them in front of you because if you shoot for nothing, you won’t miss!! Life is too short to do all the things I want to do!! Surround yourself with leaders!

 

Megan Smart

Do Not Call it Glamour Photography

Don’t call it glamour photography is something I hear a lot when I am discussing my business with other people. Glamour photography is a dead genre that nobody buys anymore, that nobody photographs anymore. Glamour photography is cheesy, with silly poses, dumb props, and a lot of 1980s clothes. Glamour is a dirty word that you should not use when talking about women’s portraiture.

But I like to shoot portraits of real women. Real women with compelling stories, laugh lines and real bodies. Women who are inspirational, caring, and trying to embrace their own uniqueness. Women who need to feel better about themselves, women who love their families, and any woman who has ever looked in the mirror and felt like she wasn’t good enough.  I want to show women a different way of seeing themselves.  I want to show women how I see them, and I want to share their stories.

I agree the 80s genre of glamour photography was pretty bad, and it needed to be revamped and revived.  But to me glamour photography is not dead, and there is no other word for the kind of photography I want to shoot.  It’s beautiful, sexy, empowering, inspirational and of course glamourous.

I challenge you to come into my studio and have your photograph taken by me. Make sure you bring a friend, your mom, your sister or your partner because somethings are better experienced with others.  Also book a night out afterwards because you will look gorgeous. Trust that I know what beauty looks like, and I can see your beautiful spirit, the spirit that lights you up inside and makes you that fun, loving person.  I can capture it with my camera and show it back to you.  Contact me here for your personal consolation.

Glamour is back! How do you want to be photographed?

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Bridal Portraits – Tapatio Springs – Kathryn’s Bridals – Wedding Wednesday!

Bridal Portraits at Tapatio Springs, in Boerne Texas!  I’m so excited that I finally get to show these!  This beautiful girl was married last Saturday at the Don Strange Ranch. However, we took her bridal portraits at a beautiful hill country resort/getaway.  Kathryn is stunning bride with a laid back personality. I always enjoy brides that go with the flow and trust that I’m going to do my best to take the best bridal portraits possible from my abilities and Kathryn did just that. I loved her cinderella style bridal gown and all her accessories. And of course those turquoise boots! Scroll down to see them.  Her wedding will be up soon!

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The Bridal Portraits are mainly a southern tradition where 1-2 months before the wedding, the new bride has a photo session with her full wedding attire. It is one of the few times in a women’s life where she will have her portraits taken alone, and most brides use their trial run on their hair and makeup for the session. No sense it wasting all that beauty.

It’s also used to create those beautiful images that you don’t have time for on the wedding day and for the bride and the photographer to get to know each other a little better. It makes for a wonderful afternoon spent in your dress, all made-up, feeling like a supermodel. Also, you get that gorgeous portrait at the sign in book for your wedding which is traditionally given the mother of the bride..  A Bridal Portrait is a must, because they are great gifts for the groom, parents and grandparents.

Contact Me here to schedule your own bridal portrait session.

Arrow Following – Women Living Dreams – Trista

I’ve known Trista for about 5 years now, and when I got the chance to photograph her and her mother I was so excited. One because I know how beautiful these gals are, and two because of their close relationship. Trista is a nurse here where I live, plus she and my husband went to high school together. A very small school, so they have pretty much known each other their whole lives.  When I decided to start the arrow following series, I knew Trista had to be a part of it. Her strength and grace is something to be admired. Plus she is wonderful mother of two adorable twins.

Find out below what she has to say about goals, self-appearance and making dreams come true!

1. To women and young girls out there, what would you like to say about pursuing goals and dreams?

Go for it! I would rather fail at trying something I loved rather than living a life of what ifs. I think succeeding at a goal is all about attitude and drive. Find what your passionate about, set your mind to it, and and don’t take no for an answer.

 

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2. What would you say was the hardest part about achieving your goals?

I struggle with moments of self doubt. When trying to achieve a goal there are many roadblocks that will come up, whether they’re physical, financial, or mental, and you have to keep your eye on the prize and push forward.

3. Growing up, what type of self-image did you have?

As a young girl/woman I was never satisfied with my physical appearance. My mom told me every day I was beautiful and she was proud of me, yet I still felt not good enough. I think society’s skewed expectations of how a girl/woman should be or look like is to blame for my insecurities growing up. As women, and especially as mothers, we need to change that!

4. If you could go back, what’s the one thing you would change?

Honestly, nothing. I think all of my life experiences have shaped me in to the person I am today, and I’m pretty proud of that person!

5. Have you always know you were going to be __________ or did evolve as you went along?

After a stay in the hospital at age seventeen, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I admired my nurses compassion, knowledge, and confidence. I will never forget the respect and awe I felt for them. And I have always had a strong drive to care for people; nursing became my passion. Nurse practitioner wasn’t in the original plan, but as I have grown as a nurse I now feel I can be most helpful to people as a provider.

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6. For the women out there dealing with fear and self-doubt, what do you want to say about that?

“We all have moments of self-doubt, embrace if only for a moment, analyze, validate, and move forward.”- KerryAnn Bartle
Everyone at some point experiences self doubt, it’s the moving forward that is important. In the end the only thing we regret are the chances not taken.

7. What’s next for you?

I am just starting graduate school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am so excited to start this next chapter in my career and achieve my dream providing care to those that are underserved.

8. What are the 5 things people probably don’t know about you?
1. I love metal music. All That Remains and As I Lay Dying are two of my favorite bands.
2. I love true crime books and TV shows.
3. I have an irrational fear of tornadoes.
4. I might have an addiction to Whataburger, Dr Pepper, and Reeses
5. I have a really large tattoo. Most people are quite surprised when they see it.

9. The glamour experience with Megan Smart, how did that make you feel?

Amazing! As a mom of twin toddlers I NEVER have time for myself. It’s always comfy clothes and hair up in a pony tail for this girl. It felt great to dress up and feel pretty, and I will forever cherish those photos I have with my mom.

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10. Self- Confidence, how do you keep it up and keep working at your goals everyday?

My children are big motivators for me. I want to be an example to them to set goals for yourself, and I want them to know they can do anything they set their mind to. You only get one life to live so might as well spend it doing what you love and loving yourself!

 

*Trista and her mom’s hair/makeup was done by Raw Mane Lounge.
Do you know someone who would be a great inspiration to women?  You can nominate them by contacting me.

Wedding Wednesday : Carol and Kyle tie the knot!

Remember this adorable couples’s engagement session, well as promised here is the wedding! This wedding was full of laughter and happy tears. From the father of the groom’s speed to the first dance, and ending with sparklers. Happy tears were on every guests face. The River Hill Mansion in Kerrville was the perfect setting for this white and silver wedding. With classic flowers and sweet hearts,  there was no shortage of delight and beauty.

Enjoy!

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Wedding Wednesday : Larra & John Engagements : Kerrville, Texas

I photographed Larra and John’s engagement photos back in June and I had a blast going from place to place with them.  Larra did an excellent job on their clothing, and I believe all her effort paid off big time in the photos.  They are  awesome people, and actually made my job really easy. After awhile, I didn’t even have to direct them.  These two are so sweet to each other, and John was cracking up both Larra and I with his jokes about posing and being silly. It was pretty hot that morning, but we pushed on.  Larra then took me to her wedding venue in downtown Comfort Texas, and we photographed some there. Let me just say, I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in September at this venue. It’s the old general store and oh my goodness is the light to die for.  More to come from Larra and John…but until then enjoy some engagement portraits of this adorable couple.

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