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

www.shannonhallphotography.com

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Rianne Ross

Guys… I seriously hit the jackpot with my senior reps! They’ve been SO much fun to work with!

When I met with Rianne (pronounced “Ryan”) she immediately knew one location she wanted to shoot… the Batfish Submarine! I hadn’t even heard of it prior to that but it immediately piqued my interest and I went to check it out in the following days. I took my kiddos and we made an event of the day. It’s so awesome! I admit I was nervous about shooting in such tight quarters with interesting lighting, but I knew I would have a blast… and I did! Rianne told me that not only did her brother do his senior photos there a few years ago, but her heart is in the military and she has plans for it after school, so it was special to her. That made the entire thing so much more awesome for me, too! Between the awesome locations we went to, the gorgeous senior herself, and working with her and her mom who made me laugh… it was pretty much the ideal session!

One fun thing I wanted to do for my seniors was show them off in their own blog post along with a little mini interview. After our session Rianne answered some questions for me and I’m super excited to share them! So without further ado, here’s Rianne’s fun Q&A!

Name: Rianne Ross
High School Attending: Charles Page High School
Graduation Year: 2018
College Attending: TCC
College Major: Psychology
Session Location(s): U.S.S. Batfish/ Castle of Muskogee

What are three words you would use to describe yourself? 
Confident, Quirky, Driven

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?
Ballet, modeling, acting, singing, and pageants. I am Miss Oklahoma High School America 2017

What are your plans after high school graduation?
I want to go to TCC for two years and then go to a university. I would like to get my Masters in Psychology and be a Military Psychologist.

What kind of look were you going for in your shoot?
I wanted to replicate and make my own my older brother’s senior photos who is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

If you chose our session location(s), tell me why you chose that place. Did you like the location?
The Batfish is where my brother got his done at!

How many outfits did you bring? Was it enough/too much? Anything you’d change?
I brought 4 and I wore them all so I would say it was enough!

How would you advise someone to prepare for a senior photo session?
Incorporate things that are meaningful to you and represent you in high school, and have fun. Bring outfits that make you feel good so you will always be happy with your photos!

What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? What was the outcome?
That I wouldn’t be able to recreate what my brother did well and I would be disappointed! I was very relieved when we got the photos because they were perfect!

How was your overall senior photo session experience?
It was a really fun time. I enjoyed myself a lot. I love photo shoots where I get to have fun!

What’s one piece of advice you have for other seniors getting their picture taken?
If you want the best senior pictures go the Shannon, she’s got your back and wants to make sure you love the product she is giving you! She makes is fun and easy! You won’t regret your photos if you have Shannon Hall photography take them! (*I promise I didn’t write that or pay her to say it- haha!*)

Anything you want to add for our readers?
Remember that senior photos are what you will always look back on and remind you of your high school years so make sure what you are looking at is the best!

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 = rianne.ross
Facebook = personal // modeling
My Twitter is rianneross4

You guys really should follow her. She’s going places!

Ok… are you dying to see her photos yet?? I’m dying to post them!

Inside Oklahoma’s only submarine!

Rianne wanted the torpedo chamber… so she got it!

Love how blue the light looks through the lens!

So cute. I loved the phone being there.

LOVE this pose!

The day I checked out the Batfish I knew I needed this shot!

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Her brother had this shot so she wanted it as well. I love that!

Love the greenery! Between the background, her shirt, and her bomber jacket!

I love this series!

I seriously need those pants!

Killer eyes, for sure!

Seriously, guys!!

This dress though!

Like a modern day Cinderella.

Love me some detail shots. <3

This. I can’t even. These series was definitely my favorite!

Who says your “subject” needs to be looking at the camera?? I absolutely love this shot!

So pretty!

 

And that’s it, guys! One amazing high school senior and one amazing session! Stay tuned for my next really awesome senior shoot!

(P.S. 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

www.shannonhallphotography.com

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SHP Seniors Rock!

A couple months ago I decided I really wanted to join the world of having a senior rep program, so I researched what felt like a gazillion hours and finally came up with a plan that felt right to me. One that would ideally help my business while rewarding my seniors with some pretty awesome stuff! I honestly had to reel myself in a little because I wanted to give them everything! I mulled over this idea and that, what to obligate them to or not, and how to motivate them to send people my way. When it came down to it I realized… I really don’t want to obligate them to anything. Not only are they really busy people trying to finish their last year of school and figure out their futures… but I’m pretty busy as well! The more I obligated them to the more I’d have to constantly keep tabs on them and make sure they were keeping up with their contract agreement. Not only am I a business owner- I’m a mom and wife as well… so that part didn’t sound too fun for me (or for them!) So I scrapped the (many) ideas I’d gathered from various researches and decided that my biggest and most important goal is simply… to connect with them; enjoy my job and make sure they enjoy their time with me. My “rules” are super simple and non-time consuming, and the rewards are pretty fun. Interested in what I came up with? I’ll list it below for you…

Here’s the really short list of rules:

  • The must actively and exclusively recommend me to their friends, family, classmates, and on all social media they participate in.
  • They will work with me on a community project. I have some ideas swirling around in my head and I’d love for them to help me nail down a few details and help promote it when we get it ironed out.
  • They must agree to use the hashtag #SHPSeniorsRock when posting to social media.

That’s it. Pretty simple, right??

Here’s the long list of perks!:

  • A very steeply discounted rate for their session
  • Up to 15 high res photos, printable to a size of 8×12. Additionally they’ll get a smaller, web-friendly sized copy for easy online sharing (have you ever posted a photo to Facebook and noticed how terrible it looks? That’s because Facebook automatically resizes the images to their standards and most of the time it makes them look terrible when it reduces the size… so the copy they get from me will be resized in a way that won’t be ruined by online compression- resulting in great looking photos!)
  • 20% off all prints and products
  • Professional hair and makeup at no additional cost
  • A mobile app showcasing their photos
  • A featured blog post, showing off their photos and answers to some “interview” type questions
  • A letter of recommendation, mentioning their work with me and leadership for the community project
  • All referrals they send will get $20 off their session
  • (This is the one I’m the most excited about!) After 10 referrals they send my way book and complete a session, they will receive a free iPad mini or up to $300 in prints and products! How fun is that?? I seriously cannot wait to use my ever-loved Amazon Prime account to order these for them!

I really feel like I’ve got a fun program and I’m so exited about it! Later in the year I will open the program to current juniors for applications on their senior year. I’ll post about that when the time comes, which will inevitably seem like the blink of an eye!

I’m kicking off my program with 3 pretty awesome seniors! I have two gorgeous girls and a very handsome guy, who are all involved with some cool things! One of them even came to me from an hour and a half away because she loved my style and wanted something different than everyone else at her school. How exciting is that?!

After spending days looking for the perfect place to hold a meeting for my reps, someone referred me to a place that piqued my interest. I called and spoke with them and they offered me a pretty sweet little spot to hold the meeting. I’d be allowed to bring whatever I needed, hang photos all over the space, and take whatever time I needed. I knew it was the place I wanted to do this! More to come on that later though. Fun news ahead!

I spent two solid weeks getting ready for this meeting. I designed two albums I wanted to bring with me and had those made. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!! I also spent countless hours creating my info folders, which included their contract, FAQs, their blog interview questions, info on the organization I plan to base the community project around, etc. I printed photos for the walls, steamed my floofy dresses I recently bought from Bentley and Lace (poor girls sat stuffed in a box for 2 weeks while I was in South Florida!), and a handful of other projects. I actually had a lot of fun getting ready for it!

The day came and I was a little nervous… not going to lie. Owning your own business forces you to be a business person, which means speaking to people, ha! I’m such an introvert. I love hiding behind my camera! I guess I’m a weird mix because, by nature, I tend to be shy but I can talk to pretty much anyone and even act like a complete idiot for a smile when needed. 😀

Here are a few photos I snapped after setting up.

Shannon Hall Photography Senior Rep Meeting

My little meeting space. Love my frames from The Organic Bloom!

Shannon Hall Photography Senior Reps

My crafty side couldn’t help but do SOMETHING for the meeting so I hand lettered their folders. 🙂

Shannon Hall Photography Senior Products

I love all the products I can order for high school seniors! This is just a small sample!

Shannon Hall Photography Senior Products

I LOVE creating products for clients! This is where the crafty part of me gets to have a heyday!

Bentley & Lace Dresses!

My gorgeous dresses from Bentley & Lace! I love them SO much! I have a few on hand and they also do rentals!

Anyway, I finally met my reps in person and I’m SOOOOO excited to work with them! They are so nice, they laughed at my cheesy jokes and they even made ME laugh a few times… so I’m already in love with them!

I talked for about an hour, answered questions, showed them products, then finally took off their handcuffs after they agreed to sign their contracts and handed them over. 😛

It’s going to be a fun year! I’m looking forward to working with them!

Shannon Hall

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