belle | 2020 model team

February 13, 2019

One of the coolest things I love about my job (there are a LOT of things I love about my job) is how my relationships with people / clients are ever-evolving. It’s funny that I’m just catching on to the “circle” of it, but after almost seven years of documenting life for people I’m starting to have folks step into my camera for their senior portraits that I have known since they were kids. Sometimes it’s because we’ve been involved in plays together (which is the case of this gorgeous gal), and sometimes they came to me for a portrait session or two when they were in grade-school. Either way, it’s pretty cool to watch them grow up and to hear them say “I always wanted you to take my senior pics!”

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t warm my little big heart right up to hear this, you guys. It feels really really cool to be appreciated and sought after as an artist. I’m humbled every single day that I get to do this for a living.

When Belle applied to be one of my senior reps her application said just that  – “I decided years ago that I wanted Shelby to take my senior photos!” I mean, wow. It knocked me over, y’all. You just don’t think about the impression you’re making on the little ones while you’re making it.

I first met Belle when we were in Fiddler on the Roof together. That one was one of my favorite shows, you guys. It was a fun cast, we totally killed it, and I LOVED playing the part of Fruma Sarah, the spooky ghost. I may have shredded a few vocal chords during that show, but I had a bunch of fun doing it! I also met a lot of great folks and made connections with people back stage every night getting my spooky makeup done. Belle was one of those kiddos back stage during that summer, and since then I’ve gotten to know her through other Robertson County Players events + productions and she has been a counselor for my kids during theatre camp!

Belle is funny and quick witted. She’s smart and she’s absolutely gorgeous (although she doesn’t always see that achemmmm). I’m super excited to get to know her even more over the next 18 months and for her big senior session this summer! Bring it on, class of 2020!

PS: What about these colors during her session. Belle chose a simple outfit for her portraits and I thought these pops of color around Springfield would be fun to incorporate in her portraits!

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