Bundle Up BA!

Hey everyone!

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving??! Time never ceases to amaze me, I tell you.

I have some pretty exciting news to share with you! My senior reps and I, partnered with the gorgeous new venue in Broken Arrow, Greenleaf Barn, have joined together to help out the BA community! This is something I’ve never done but I’ve wanted to do for a while, so I decided to dive right in and get my feet wet. The planning for this goes way back to last spring and as I sat there wondering what organization I should work with… it dawned on me… Broken Arrow Neighbors! Being a PTA mom and helping my kids’ school as much as my schedule allows, I was very familiar with BA Neighbors. They have this really amazing program called Food For Kids (backpack program). Knowing that many kids return to school on Monday having eaten little or no food over the weekend, BA Neighbors (along with St. Stephen’s church, who organizes and handles the majority of the program) stepped in to very discretely provide kiddos in need with a bag of food to go home with on Fridays. I was the pickup person for our school for a couple of years and have always had a soft spot for BA Neighbors and St. Stephen’s.

So there you have it… the organization was decided on and the journey began! I had no real idea where to start so I called BA Neighbors and talked to them and they were thrilled that I wanted to help! I met with them in person and checked out (one of) their facilities and got all sorts of information on what they do. Let me tell you guys… I had NO idea how much they actually do for the community. It’s pretty mind blowing! They help with food, clothing, books, school supplies, medications… they even have a medical clinic so they can help those who have a hard time financially yet still need to be seen. The list is HUGE! Basically… they’re amazing!

After meeting with them I talked to my seniors and we started planning everything out. We came up with dates, drop-off locations (we are still looking for more if you know a company who’s interested!), created a flyer, and even got the Greenleaf Barn on board for helping promote the campaign. That’s a pretty quick sum of a lot of work involved, haha!

The campaign will be for helping Broken Arrow keep warm this winter, via clothing and food. It will run from November 15th to December 15th and we have various suggested items (or you can donate whatever works for you- do keep in mind that, with the exception of gently used coats, items must be new) and several locations you can choose from. Check out the flyer at the bottom of the page for detailed info!

As we get more companies on board to be a drop-off location, I will update this blog along with my website page so you guys always have a complete list of places you can swing by.

Here’s the flyer and location info:

 

COMPLETE LIST OF LOCATIONS:

Please share this blog entry to your Facebook page, email, etc. and help us get the word out! (There’s a handy dandy Facebook icon just below my signature down there and to the right so you can easily click it and voila!) We want to make the biggest impact we can for the BA community and I know together we can do just that!

Thank you guys so much!!

Shannon Hall

www.shannonhallphotography.com

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John Slater

Guys… I’m still working with myself on blogging. With a million to-do’s and even more social media platforms you MUST keep up with if you’re a photographer, sometimes it’s hard to tackle them all! I’m still plugging away though and here I am to talk about another senior rep!

Meet John. He’s a quiet guy but it’s easy to make him laugh and he has the best smile, especially when he’s trying to hold a straight face and his mom is behind the camera doing and saying the funniest things! She reminded me of myself when I start up my antics.

John is from Broken Arrow (my home town- woot woot!) and is such a great guy! When setting the plans for his session I knew I wanted to use external lights, which is different than I usually shoot so I asked my buddy Brett Rojo some questions and he offered to tag along and help me. So cool of him to do! (It’s always an awesome treat to learn from and also teach other photographers!)

John and his mom wanted a mix of urban and outdoors/field so we hit up various locations in Tulsa, and we had a great time! I also learned some lighting tips and I’m very thankful for that. I look forward to working with lighting more in the future!

Here is John’s interview!

Name: Johnathon Slater
High School Attending: Broken Arrow
Graduation Year: 2018
College Attending: University of North Texas
College Major: Exercise science
Session Location(s): Downtown Tulsa and the Gilcrease Museum

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Kind, quiet, happy

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?
Colabash – senior leadership council
National Honor Society

What are your plans after high school graduation?
My family and I are moving to Dallas after I graduate in May. I am going to the University of North Texas in Denton to study exercise science and become a physical therapist.

What kind of look were you going for in your session?
I wanted what my parents wanted because this is more for them but I wanted an urban look. My parents wanted an outdoor look which I really liked too.

Did you choose our session location(s)? If so why, and did you like shooting there?
I chose the downtown location because it looked more modern. I liked the graffiti backgrounds. I really liked the rusty wall too.

How many outfits did you bring? Was it enough/too much? Anything you’d change?
I would have brought a couple of more graphic tees, but I had a good selection. I brought two graphic tees, two button downs, a hoodie and a sweater. I brought two pairs of Vans and a pair of chukka boots.

Did you bring any props? If so, what pwere they and why did you decide to bring them?
My prop was my car because it is my very favorite thing.

How would you advise someone to prepare for a senior photo session?
We went on several trips looking for clothes, but one of the shirts we used the most was something I have had for a long time. I think you should think about the clothes you like the best and take some of those.

What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? What was the outcome?
I thought it would be boring but it was really fun. It was cool to see the different locations and the art that is hiding downtown. The graffiti was really cool.

How was your overall senior photo session experience?
I would do it again. It was awesome. I especially liked the pictures of the city with my car.

What’s one piece of advice you have for other seniors getting their picture taken?
My advice is to really listen to Shannon. She tells you things to do to make your pictures better. Relax and have fun.

Anything you want to add for our readers?
I thought Shannon really cared a lot. I thought she was really good at what she does. She made me feel comfortable.

If you have a website, social media account, or link to any of your activities/groups, please share the links here! I would love to share your info with our viewers!
Facebook: John Slater  (Facebook)

And now for John’s session photos!

And that’s that! Another awesome senior session!

Happy Friday, y’all!

Shannon Hall

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Mylee Wells

Another amazing senior session! I’ve truly found what I’m the most passionate about shooting… children and high school seniors! Both have such an important time in their lives to capture and I’ve really fallen in love with fine art edits and children/seniors. I LOVE creating true artwork from such special moments, and my clients enjoy it as well! Mylee is a great example… she found me and loves my style so much that she drove 2 hours to meet with me for my senior rep meeting and drove 2 hours back a second time for her session! I can’t tell you how much of an honor it is for that kind of commitment! At the meeting Mylee let me know that she definitely wanted to wear one of my new Bentley and Lace dresses for one of her outfits and I was giddy! I’ve been dying to shoot with it and let me tell you, Mylee rocked it! She came to the session with beautiful hair and makeup by the awesome Morgan Bledsoe and was ready to have fun!

Just as with Rianne, I had Mylee fill out the fun blog interview so I could feature her here on the blog. Check out her interview below!

Name: Mylee Wells
High School Attending: Oklahoma Connections Academy
Graduation Year: 2018
College Attending: Seminole State, Mid-America Christian University
College Major: Psychology
Session Location(s): Downtown Tulsa

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Bold, free spirited, original

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?
I’m involved in student leadership within the church, teacher/small group leader to 4-5 year olds, and student council. My interests include community service, working with kids, modeling, and ministries.

What are your plans after high school graduation?
My plans are to attend Seminole State College for basics, and transfer to Mid-America Christian University to begin studying and interning in the field of psychology with spiritual influence.

What kind of look were you going for in your session?
Something very unique. I didn’t want ‘traditional’ senior photos, and Shannon understood and delivered!

Did you choose our session location(s)? If so why, and did you like shooting there?
Since I’m not accustomed to the Tulsa area, Shannon was a HUGE help in giving me a variety of options for the type of shoot and outfits I wanted. I fell in love with the locations she found, especially William’s Green.

How many outfits did you bring? Was it enough/too much? Anything you’d change?
I brought 3 outfits, and they were just enough! There isn’t a thing I would change.

How would you advise someone to prepare for a senior photo session?
My advice would be to choose outfits and locations that fit your personality as well as the look(s) you’re going for. There are YOUR senior photos, so do what you want!

What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? What was the outcome?
Travel time was my main concern for the shoot. Living 2 hours away, I was a little anxious when it came to scheduling the day. Needless to say, I had nothing to worry about. Hair and makeup was scheduled, locations were set, and all I had to do was show up!

How was your overall senior photo session experience?
It was awesome! Out of all the photo shoots I’ve done/been involved in, this was one of the few that I could actually be myself.

What’s one piece of advice you have for other seniors getting their picture taken?
Plan ahead, over-communicate your vision, and just be you.

Anything you want to add for our readers?
Out of all the things you have to stress over during your senior year, pictures shouldn’t be one of them. My family and I appreciate Shannon’s kindness, patience and artistic vision, and it’s such an honor to be part of her team of senior reps!

If you have a website, social media account, or link to any of your activities/groups, please share the links here! I would love to share your info with our viewers!
Instagram: myleewells
Facebook: mylee.wells
Website: myleewells

Mylee is one awesome girl! Not only does she love helping the community and have a great sense of humor (seriously, she and her mom cracked me up the whole session!!) but she’s a self-proclaimed Mick Jagger enthusiast and proved it by rocking a Rolling Stones shirt and some killer boots as one of her outfits!

During our session Mylee’s mom asking if we could do a couple shots with some marbles she has. She said it’s a special thing they’ve done and explained it to me. I LOVED the idea!! Check out these two short videos about the “Playing For Keeps / Losing Your Marbles” videos below. They’re short, but hit you right in the feels! I’m going to have to get some marbles for my kiddos and take out the ones we’ve already gone through. I’ll put them in a second jar right next to the original so I can actually see the transformation happening… and then once they have their own kids I can give them to them!

Ok now that I’ve likely made you shed a tear or at least made you want to go hug your babies… check out the photos from Mylee’s awesome session!

I love this style of shooting, where the foreground is right in your face and out of focus.

I really love he simplicity of this photo… and the colors!

Adorable dress and boots, huh??

Such a pretty girl!

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I really love this fully body shot. She nailed this pose!

So fun!

I’m not a huge black and white person but this one absolutely kills me in B&W!

What’s left of her marbles fits in her hands. *insert sad face here* I’m so glad Mom brought these!

She made reference to Jareth from Labyrinth and pretty much became my BFF, haha!

Being that she lives 2 hours away and isn’t in Tulsa much, she really loved the idea of shooting downtown. Her entire session was in downtown T-Town!

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I wish I could describe how this photo makes me feel. THIS is the type of editing that stops my heart and makes me gasp (I literally gasped when I stepped back and looked at the final image!)

Mylee successfully nailed classy, fairytale, AND rockstar!

THOSE BOOTS!! SUPER DUPER LOVE THEM!!

I really love all the colors in this photo, between the sun showing the last of what it had for the day, the city lights, and her boots.

 

And that’s that! I seriously love my “job” and I’m so thankful I get to do something that truly makes my heart sing!

One last thing before I wrap this blog post up… if you want to help Mylee win an iPad mini, book a session with me! After 10 referrals book and complete a session, Mylee will automatically get an iPad mini as a Thank You for being such an amazing senior representative for Shannon Hall Photography!

Shannon Hall

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