AllSports Rockwall PopUp Session

Join us Thursday, May 7 at AllSports Rockwall as we honor seniors and other students in Rockwall ISD!  AllSports has installed some fun banners on their storefront that are perfect backdrops for a photography session:  one for Rockwall seniors, one for Rockwall-Heath seniors and one for other Rockwall ISD students.

Sign up for your free 10 minute photo session.  We’ll do one standard image, one fun image, and one creative image.  The creative image is totally up to you!  Use your imagination.  The sky is the limit.  Creative images will be entered in a fan favorite competition to win a gift pack from AllSports Rockwall! 

Have more than one child you’d like photographed? We can accomodate 2-3 kids at one session.  If you have more, feel free to book two sessions back to back.

Email questions info@meredithjoycephotography.com

I can’t wait to see you there!

Meredith

Class of 2020 | Senior Mini Session, Rockwall, TX

Book you mini session now!  May 17 in downtown Rockwall; May 21 park location.  Perfect for high school, college, pre-k and kinder graduates!

Sometimes I still can’t believe we are here.  6 weeks in and just about 6 weeks to go to an unfinished school year. No more sports, extracurricular activities, or awards banquets.  I am sad for my own kids.  But I’m especially sad for our sweet community of high school seniors.  These kids looked forward to their senior year with anticipation, they made plans for all of the events that characterize these last few months.  But that wasn’t to be.

It seems like an anticlimactic close.  One day school just ended and we never went back.  I can’t change the current situation, but I can help these precious kiddos document their last days of their senior year. How will we tell the story of their senior year?

This May, I’m offering Senior Mini Sessions.  These sessions are perfect for a quick cap and gown session or a mini session in a fun outfit (maybe two).  They’re 15 minutes in downtown Rockwall.

I am anticipating that the governor will release photographers back to work any day now, at least while maintaining social distancing measures, but if, for some reason, we are not opened up on the planned date, we will reschedule it out a little further.

My mantra each day is that ‘this too shall pass’.  I maintain a gratitude practice each night so that I can look back and remember how great this time to was to slow down, appreciate family, and live more intentionally.  But that doesn’t mean I cannot wait to get back out there with my camera to meet you!

Book your Senior Mini Session today.  Sessions on May 17, 4-7 pm.  15 minutes.  $250 with 5 digital images. Book mini session here.

Looking for a custom session for your special senior?  I’d love to help!  May and June are gorgeous and those weekend spots will be gone before you know it.  Book now here.

 

Dallas Senior Photographer | Class of 2019, It’s Time!

Y’all, this is my first senior in the Class of 2019.  I can’t even believe I’m typing that, I just finished up my class of 2018 kiddos, but time is flying.  There is no rest for a Dallas senior photographer this time of year, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

We did this session over a month ago and I just got the session sent over and this post written.  Hannah was so much fun to work with, and her session turned out beautifully.  I don’t recommend Legacy West shopping center on a weekend evening, it was a bit busy, but the light and the atmosphere of the city-scape were the perfect compliment to this smart and stylish senior!  Congratulations Hannah!  Enjoy your senior year and rest easy knowing your senior photos are complete.

Are you a senior in the class of 2019?  Have you started planning your senior photo session?  Reach out today and get my Senior Photography Guide with all the details that you’ll need to commemorate your senior year!  Cheers!

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This Girl is Going Places | Senior Girl Photo Session, Rockwall, TX

I photographed Olivia’s older brother when he was a senior a couple of years ago.  So when Olivia’s mom contacted me this year for her senior girl photo session and to document her senior year, I was thrilled.  I just love this sweet family.  And when Olivia and I did a little brainstorming for her session and she told me some of her ideas, I was even more excited.  We ended up shooting at their private property and got to finish up at our local airport.  You see, Olivia has been taking flying lessons for quite a while, and her father is also a pilot, so they were able to get permission to end her shoot on the runway!  I love making these shoots memorable and meaningful for my seniors and this one definitely fit that bill.

What locations are meaningful for your senior year?  Let’s start brainstorming together.  Class of 2019 it’s time to start thinking about your session!  Reach out here and I’ll send over my Senior Guide!

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Sachse Senior Photos | Urban and wildflower photo shoot

Kelsey is in the Class of 2017 at Sachse High School. We met on a gorgeous evening in early spring in downtown Rockwall.  She wanted an urban feel, but she also asked me for a bit of green–it being spring and all.  So we ended the session at a local neighborhood park with some beautiful wildflowers and a boat dock.  For this Select Senior session, Kelsey chose a total of 5 outfits.  All items that she loved and that she was very comfortable wearing.  She chose a variety of shoes and accessories to complement her outfits and her amazing dark curls.  She is (clearly) a natural in front of the camera.  Best wishes as your senior year comes to a close and for an amazing future!

Book your select senior session now!  Learn more here. 

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Ready to schedule your session? Check out all the details here.

Rockwall Senior Photos | Beautiful Park and Downtown

This sweet senior is in the Class of 2017 at Rockwall High School. She is smart and easy going and really just a joy to work with.  This session rescheduled due to weather and the night we were able to do it turned out lovely, as you can see.  I photographed two lovelies this evening, you already met Mya in a previous post.  Photographing two seniors is great because we can work through the posing at each location together.  You get similar but not identical posing, you can share the cost of the session fee and purchase your own collections and/or products after the session.  So grab your best friend and get ready to laugh together, get pampered together and make memories to last a lifetime.
Hair and makeup by Britani Caplick right here in Rockwall.

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Ready to schedule your session? Check out all the details here.

Commerce Senior Guy | Sunset at the Farm

This session is close to my heart as it took place in Commerce, TX at my parent’s farm.  They own the working farm and wedding venue called Under the Oaks. I met Cameron out there for his senior pictures on a gorgeous Friday evening in the fall just before a football game.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  Cameron is a senior at Commerce High School and is a friendly, incredibly polite young man from a sweet family in town.  He works at the local hardware store and is just a great All-American high school student.  Best wishes on an amazing senior year, Cameron!

Class of 2017 senior sessions are booking now!  Contact me here to get all the details about your own senior guy session.

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Sachse Senior Photographer | Class of 2017

Sachse Senior Photographer | Class of 2017

This senior happens to be one of my senior team members. Our first shoot was rained out on just about the only day we’ve had an all day rain storm this year. So we moved on to plan B with several mini shoots for the team members. Mya and Jessica scheduled together. We met at a local park in Rockwall to start the session and ended up in downtown Rockwall to finish up. I was so glad we waited because the weather could not have been more beautiful.
We started with hair and makeup by Britani Caplick right here in Rockwall. She did a great job and has worked with our crazy schedule! We did one outfit change and I love the variety the Mya brought. Her style is so clean and simple.


Want to learn more about my senior photography experience?  Go here!  Ready to schedule your own senior photography session? Start here to set up your session and schedule hair and makeup.
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State Fair of Texas | State Fair Photography

So the State Fair is coming!  If you’ve not gotten your early bird tickets you better hurry (they stop selling on September 25, I believe)!  And if you’ve not booked your State Fair Session, it is time!  I love the fair for the fun, the lights, the color and the festivity. State fair photography is a great way to document your family doing something you all enjoy.

Right now,  there are options for an evening State Fair Session on October 5, which happens to be our Fair Day here in Rockwall.  These fall under the Simple Session umbrella.  Come to the fair to do  your 30 minute photography session and stay for the fun of the after-dark experience!  You’ll get an online gallery uploaded with all of your images and you select 10 to download.  Simple and easy.

I am also available for standard family sessions at the Fair on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings while the fair is open!  Standard family session charges apply.  Email me or fill out my contact form for all the details!

 

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Joshua | Rockwall Senior Photography

I think the process of getting senior pictures taken can sometimes be stressful.  The thought of researching a photographer, calling to schedule, finding and/or shopping for clothes, doing the session, deciding what to buy, how to make the senior announcements…all of it can seem overwhelming.  But it need not be so.  Joshua’s mom called me in April and we decided on a Saturday morning for a Simply Senior session.  Joshua showed up for his session in a t-shirt and khakis–his casual look.  We took shot a few frames at a few different places right in downtown.  Then he walked back to his car and changed to his second outfit.  We shot a few more frames just down the street.  And then we were finished–all in about 25 minutes.  I went on to my kids’ soccer games and he went on with this day.  Later that week, I met his mom at Starbucks.  We went through the photos and she picked her favorites.  She chose to purchase a collection in order to get all the digital files.  Then she chose her prints and we looked at a couple of different options for senior announcements.  She chose her announcements and thank you notes.  I confirmed all the details.  And I put in her order that night.  I dropped them by their house a few days later.

Joshua was low key and straight forward.  He’s considering the military, which I have the utmost respect for!  Cheers, Joshua, on your senior year!

Class of 2017, get ready!  Your session dates open soon.

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Peyton | Senior Photography, Rockwall, TX

This session was so much fun.  Peyton was very genuine and a natural beauty. She called me after hearing from one of my senior team members (we love referrals!).  She is a softball player, so her spring season is a busy one.  We agreed to do a senior photography session in Rockwall on a Saturday morning.  We met first thing at a little park that was perfect with new spring growth.  I love a green backdrop, as you can probably tell.

Peyton expressed a little concern over some very minor skin imperfections on her face (not unlike most of my teenage clients).  I think we can agree that her skin is gorgeous, but I eased her concern by letting her know that I retouch all of my photographs as part of the service that I provide.  There are many schools of thought when it comes to photography and retouching.  My personal belief is that I’m creating a memory.  When you think of the face of someone you love, what do you think of?  Do you think of their skin imperfections?  Or do you think of the feeling you get when you see their smile?  I hope you answered the latter.  I also generally remove anything that will be gone in two weeks on its own.  Pimples, light tan lines, or minor bruising would fall into this category.

I love what I do.  I love the process of capturing true beauty and creating memories, but I also love the power of Photoshop to create a polished work of art that my clients absolutely love!  Sound like we might be a great fit?  Contact me now to book your senior experience!  There’s a little time left for the Class of 2016, and it is time for the Class of 2017 to begin thinking about senior photography!

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Graduation Etiquette For Seniors | Senior Photography, Dallas, TX

I’m a rule follower by nature and having great manners has always been very important to me.  So it should come as no surprise that etiquette books hold a special interest for me.  I love knowing the “proper” action in any situation, even if it only by society’s standards.  After a little discussion with some of my Class of 2016 senior team members, I decided a quick post outlining the basics of graduation etiquette for the end of your senior year might be helpful for my readers.

Announcements vs. Invitations

Because most venues have limited seating, seniors are usually limited in the number of seats that they may fill at their graduation ceremony.  Usually only family and very close friends are included on the invite list.  Many schools and institutions print their own formal graduation invitations.  It has become customary for students to announce their graduation to a wider group using a more casual card.  In high school, these cards are typically informal and fun.  Cards can be personalized with photographs, colors corresponding to the school from which they are graduating or denoting the school that they may attend.  Announcements are also a great way to tell friends and family about a graduation party or the future plans of the graduate.

All of our announcements are personalized to the graduate.  They are printed on high quality card stock and are 5” x 7” with a pearlized finish.  They come with white envelopes with return address pre-printed.  They come with overnight shipping, so once you approve your proof, they’ll be here the very next day!

Invitations should be mailed three to six weeks before the graduation.  It is acceptable to announce the graduation up to about one month after the event.  Graduation parties hosted by family members or friends should only be hosted after the graduation ceremony, though gatherings for family the day-of the event are acceptable and often handy to allow guests to carpool or sit together at the event.

Gifts

A gift is never required when one receives a graduation announcement, however many recipients may wish to send a gift to celebrate the graduate and their accomplishment.  Graduation gifts are customarily something with special meaning for the grad or something to help them prepare for their next phase of life.  College or dormitory necessities are handy and cash is acceptable to help the student with moving expenses or furnishing a new place to live.  Proper graduation etiquette necessitates that the graduate should respond to all gifts with a personal thank-you note which should be sent within two months of receiving the gift, although sending the note soon after receiving the gift will alert the giver that you received it and will avoid that awkward scenario where the giver has to ask if the gift was somehow lost in the mail.

Thank you notes need not be difficult or stressful.  Our thank you cards are 4.5”x5.25” flat cards and are personalized to match your announcements.  They may be printed on the back as a postcard or with more traditional blank side with envelopes.

Care to learn more about ordering your own announcements or thank you cards?  Click here to get in touch!

Source:  Post, Peggy, Anna Post, et. al.; Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition: Manners for a New World, 2011.  

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Senior Announcements | Rockwall Senior Photographer

Senior announcements are just one of many things to remember for your senior year.  Let us help you make it easy!  We can customize any of our designs to your personality, to match your photos, or even highlight the school you are graduating from or the one you will attend.  You can let others know the details of your graduation, your graduation party or even your future plans.

The process is simple.

  1.  Select the images you want to highlight.  Usually a single image on the front of the card and a single or multiple images on the back of the card that highlight different aspects of your personality or interests are ideal.  Even if we didn’t take your senior portraits we can print your cards as long as you provide your photographer’s print release.
  2. Choose a front and back from our basic designs.
  3. Decide on your front and back text.  Let me know about any special colors or patterns that you love.
  4. From there, I’ll design your proof and send it over!  If you love it, it’ll be here tomorrow.  If we need to tweak things a bit, no problem.

Still need senior photos?  It’s not too late to book your senior photography session.  Class of 2016 sessions will continue into the month of June.  Wondering when it is too late to send your senior announcements?  Check out our post on etiquette for graduation!

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Erin in Autumn | Commerce Senior Photographer

I’ve known Erin most (if not all) of her life.  I watched her grow up as I grew up in Commerce.  Who would have thought I’d be meeting her here again as a Commerce senior photographer?  Erin is a super sweet girl with an amazing family!  And isn’t she beautiful?!

I’ve wanted to do a shoot in downtown Commerce for quite a while and thought this was a great opportunity since we share a hometown.  We started at Huffman’s Feed Store parking lot and continued through an opening in the buildings where I assume a building used to be.  It’s been gone for my entire life.  From there we stopped at a park bench in front of the old dance studio (I took dance here for years growing up) which has most recently housed an antique store.  So much history in this town.  We walked around the corner for a quick series next to a classic painted brick wall.  The sun was setting fast, so we finished up our walk through downtown in order to get out to the farm to finish our shoot. We were losing light quickly so we hurried through.  Due to all the rain, we couldn’t get too far into the pasture for real autumn colors.  And because of all the rain, the grass was still very green.  I love the colors, though.

Erin, best wishes for your senior year!  I so enjoyed meeting you guys for this shoot and can’t wait to see what lies in store for you next year.  Cheers to this beautiful session!

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Boho Glow | Rockwall Senior Photographer

As a Rockwall senior photographer, I’ve been honored to work with a great team of seniors who I fittingly call my Senior Team.  Emily is one of these seniors who represents me at the high school this year and keeps me up to date on what teens want when it comes to their senior pictures.  I offer two levels of senior photography:  Select Senior and Simply Senior sessions.  As you can probably guess, my Select Senior sessions are my larger senior packages.  They offer lots of options for locations and outfit choices.  With all my sessions, I’m available to help with styling to get the best quality photos.  And hair and makeup is available for an additional fee.

For Emily’s custom Select Senior session, she requested fields or flowers or water.  Last Spring I found a great little field full of bluebonnets.  We had had lots and lots of rain during the preceding months and so, though I could see some dirt road leading off across the fields, I couldn’t tell where they might lead and they were too muddy to drive.  Fast forward to our hot, dry August and I went out to do a little scouting and found this awesome location.  The little creek was incredibly beautiful, if slightly hard to access.  But the sunset images were breathtaking.

Emily’s long hair and laid back style made her a perfect candidate for our bohemian theme.  I think we found the Bohemian Glow that I had in mind!  I’m so lucky to consider myself a Rockwall Senior Photographer.  Thank you, Emily, for being a great part of the team and for a lovely session!

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