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Senior Ashley with her horse

I was thinking back on this beautiful late summer senior session and wanted to share it with you! Horses and other pets are always welcome!

What extracurriculars are you involved in?
I’m the president of student government at Mukwonago High School,
National Honor Society member, and I’m an equestrian!

Did you bring any props with you?
Horse (Vouge) because let’s face it she’s way more photogenic than me and horses have been such a big part of my life.
Not having Vogue in my shoot would have just been wrong

How was your overall experience for your photoshoot?
So much fun and so easy!!

What advice would you give other seniors for their photos?
Do it outdoors if you can! The lighting is so much better and it’s fun to explore outside for different locations.

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What look were you going for with your shoot?
Happy, fun, easy going. Just trying to look like myself!

What was your biggest fear prior to the session?
Having enough time to get all the pictures I wanted.
That was certainly not a problem!

What accessories did you bring with you?
I had some jewelry that was a gift from a friend and it was kinda sentimental to have a piece of them with me during the shoot.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Relaxed, friendly, easy-going

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Working with Nolan was a real treat! We had lots of fun in Downtown Waukesha, just outside the door of the studio. Nolan’s school required that they have a yearbook photo taken in studio in a suit and tie. In the end we got a great combination of looks that fit every part of his personality!

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?

The majority of my free time is spent playing volleyball. During the school season, I play on Marquette University High School’s varsity team. In the off-season, I play club ball with a traveling national team. For the past three years, I have played for Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club. I also participate in mock trial, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House of Children’s Hospital and hang out with friends.

What kind of look were you going for in the shoot?

I wanted something that really captured my style, which is somewhat casual, but pulled together. I like to be comfortable, so I wanted some pictures in jeans and Nike’s, but others in patterned shorts that represent my personality. Finally, because volleyball has been such a huge part of my high school years, I wanted a picture in a vintage Letterman’s sweater that contained my major and minor from MUHS.

How was your overall senior photo session experience?

I really liked my session at Kara Reese. Kara was super laid back and made me feel really comfortable. We took my pictures in downtown Waukesha and I was amazed at how many cool spots she found to use as backdrops.

What’s one piece of advice you have for other seniors getting their picture taken?

Pick your favorite thing to wear. It will make you comfortable and feel like yourself. Relax and just go with the photo shoot. You will be really happy with the end result!

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How would you advise someone else to prepare for a senior photo session?

Just relax for the pictures. Kara makes you feel very comfortable. If you are in your favorite clothes, just be yourself.

Where did we do your session? Did you like the location?

We were in downtown Waukesha and took some pictures by buildings and others by the river. It was a great mix of scenery. I would highly recommend it!

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Athletic, Respectful, Fun!

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I have had the pleasure of working with Taylin’s family for a few years now — which all started when I did her older sister Tristin’s senior portraits! I absolutely love working with this family! They are always a blast and we have so much fun at their portrait sessions. Read on to learn a little bit more about Taylin and how her session went.

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What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?


Varsity dance team, studio dance (ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, modern, contemporary), I love to read, involved in a few clubs at school, assistant coach/teacher for shining stars dance team.

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What kind of look were you going for in the shoot?

I was going for a natural look with a splash of vintage .

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How many outfits did you bring and was it enough? Was it too much? Anything you’d change?


3 dance outfits, 8/9 regular outfits, prom dress, I’d say it was maybe a couple too many but it worked out great.

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How did you choose to accessorize your outfits?

I like the more simple look so I didn’t use many accessories, just earring and a necklace in a few pictures.

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Did you bring any props? If so, what were they and why did you decide to bring it?

Yes, I brought my pointe shoes and tap shoes because dance is such a large part of my life.

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How would you advise someone else to prepare for a senior photo session?
Make sure to have your outfits picked out before hand and know what you are doing for hair and makeup. Don’t go overboard, Let the true you shine!

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What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? What was the outcome?
Going into my session, I didn’t really have any fears, Kara did my sisters pictures a few years ago and I loved how hers turned out so I didn’t worry.

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Where did we do your session? Did you like the location?
We stayed in downtown Waukesha for my session, I loved how many options there were just within a few blocks of each other that gave each picture a different look.

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What are your plans for after high school graduation?
I plan to go to college hopefully UW La Crosse, but I am undecided on what I want to major in.

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