HS Senior Competition

High School Senior Competition

Hello Peeps! I’ve got an exciting competition for you!

Do you know a High School Senior who is deserving of FREE senior session with Marlene of All About You Portraits? Then be sure to enter this competition below.

The person with the most entries by the end of the contest wins the free senior session
The session must be held by 10/31/2019 and be within 20 miles of the studio location (1751 Hwy 304, Smithville, TX).

 Nominate A HS Senior Competition

Fitness is Beautiful

So many of us promise ourselves on New Year’s Eve that we’ll get fit and healthy in the coming year. Then as weeks pass, we find excuses as to why we couldn’t meet our goals. While it’s true, “life” often gets in the way, but it’s a matter of setting our priorities and keeping our focus. It’s so easy to get distracted with TV, Facebook, online games and social events. Sometimes we commit to too many things which causes us to lose focus. Sometimes we are not committed enough to our priorities and then welcome the distractions. Sometimes we are just lazy and want to sit and do nothing.

Make a commitment to love yourself first, eat healthy, and work on having a fit and healthy lifestyle. We all have 24 hours in a day. Make the time to exercise. Switch things up to keep it interesting. Take your dog for a walk. Go to the gym. Go for a morning jog before heading into work. Go for a bicycle ride. Enjoy the outdoors’ Spring air. Go for a hike. Take dance lessons. Find an exercise buddy. Commit to and schedule your exercise. Journal your progress. Set goals and challenge yourself.  Keep on moving! But do so safely.

There are five elements to fitness

  • A warmup.
  • A cardiovascular (aerobic) workout.
  • Resistance (strength-building) exercises.
  • Flexibility moves.
  • A cooldown

Your daily diet is important to your health and fitness. Learn which foods are healthy and why. Learn how to cook healthy. Keep your home well-stocked with only healthy foods to limit temptations.

Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Make a habit of drinking water before eating. Drink a half gallon of water every day. Keep a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.

Only then will you have the energy and stamina to do all the things in life that are most important to you, and for many years to come. And just look how beautiful fitness is!

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Just last weekend the weather was very warm – uncomfortably HUMID warm. But that didn’t stop a group of us photographers being a paparazzi to this group of young lady models. They did this for us as TFT (trade for time). Many models when they’re first starting out do this to gain public exposure to their looks and talent. These ladies sure did a fantastic job of endless poses and dress to keep everything mixed up nicely. And they did this for HOURS! And everyone had fun, especially when one of the models decides to play in the water. I hope you enjoy this snippet of the fun we all had together!
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Just Got Back from Texas School of Photography!

Just Got Back from Texas School of Photography!

What is this and why do I care?

I have gotten my fix to stimulate my creative juices while at Texas School of Photography in April 2017. I spent an entire week studying under two mentors; this year I chose Videography and studied for the week under Mitch Daniels & Billie Welliver.

Talk about experience! My goodness, between the two of them they have over 50 years experience in video production in a plethora of genres, including weddings.

Since then I’ve ordered a gimbal for the iPhone and GoPro cameras to steady the video results. I’m ready to embark on my personal experience working with this invaluable tool. I’ve also got the awesome iPhone 7 Plus on order, awaiting shipping fulfillment. I now have experienced DSLR video production using my Nikon D800 on a monopod. I selected this genre of study due to my emerging drone photography skills and will resume studying for my commercial FAA drone license – my ultimate goal to complete for 2017.

I am committed to continuous photographic learning as part of my Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) certification from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) organization. This is to ensure you receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive photographic knowledge for your chosen photographer. As of today, I am the *only* CPP in all of Bastrop County! To bring you the best in photographic services in our quaint but growing town.

 

Bastrop High School Students

Bastrop High School students

enrolled in various sports programs were selected to represent their

school for a photo that will be used on a raffle ticket for a chance to win this Jeep from Benny Boyd’s!

I had a blast photographing these Bastrop high school students! One student from each sport was selected by their coaches to be photographed for printing on a Jeep giveaway raffle ticket. They were all so cooperative during their session and all were respectful. It did my heart good to work with such a group of fine young people. I think from the looks of things, they had a little fun, too!
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2015 Smithville Senior Grad – Alyssa

do you remember what it was like for your senior pictures?

You stood in a long line until finally you were up front when a man called out, “NEXT!”? I sure do and I got crummy cookie-cutter senior photos that aren’t worth a hill of beans!

That is not the way a high school senior should be photographed the one day in their life that should be totally dedicated to them! I mean, just think about it; even when you get married, the photographs need to cover so many other people and the details of the bride’s dress, the venue, and the families. When else can a person have a day photographed dedicated just to them and them only?

So started All About You’s specialty in high school seniors! To create that one day totally dedicated to photographing the young person before he or she heads out to college or a job away from home. The one point in a young person’s life where they make the transition from child to adult, right before your very eyes! Capturing their many moods and expression to show off their own unique personalty.

CONGRATULATIONS ALYSSA! Best wishes to you as you head off to college!2015 Senior Alyssa