Molly Senior Photo Shoot

This girl is fearless.

Okay, so she has a thing about heights, and her mom and I did kind of force her to stand on the edge of a cliff for some of her senior photos last week…but only for a moment! And her daddy was nearby to…well…watch her fall off if the wind caught her.

If one thing has been consistent in my experience as a high school senior photographer over the last 11 years here in Bandera County, it’s that every shoot is a wholly new, unique, fun adventure.

Molly is a riot, a young woman unafraid of having fun and going the extra mile in style and smiles to make the best photos possible. We did a split shoot, half studio and half location, and she rocked both to the fullest. Her joyous personality is evident in every image.

As T.I. sings, “You can have whatever you like.” If you have a vision or ideas for your senior photo shoot, I will move heaven and earth to help make them a reality. If you have no idea what you want, we’ll talk it out, come up with some fun ideas, and let the spirit of adventure carry us. Molly’s mom was an incredible help throughout our shoot, with great visual ideas and the eye for details that only a mom has.

E-mail me, Facebook me, tweet me, or call/text me at 830-688-1564 to set up your senior photo shoot – it’s never too late to make great photos and lifelong memories!

Below, enjoy some of my favorite highlights from my shoot with the lovely Miss Molly.

Bandera High School Graduation Photos 2011 – Q&A

Good morning, mates!

Bandera High School graduation 2011 is only a few weeks away, so here’s some updated info regarding the photos Outlaw will be doing at the ceremony:

Q: What photos will I get with my order?

A: On your order form, photos listed as “Individual” are images of the graduate receiving their diploma as they cross the stage. The standard group photo in the package is the full class photo, but in the a la carte area, you can also purchase K-12 and Honor Grads group photos.

Q: Do I have to buy a package to buy a la carte images?

A: Yes – your shipping fee is wrapped into the package price and to keep the price on a la carte images down, there is no shipping fee built into their cost.

Q: Can I bring you my order instead of mailing it?

A: Not this year – because of school rules, I’m unable to accept orders at UTSA or via the Bandera ISD senior class sponsor. To place your order, simply mail it in via the address on the form.

Q: Can I mail in my order after graduation?

A: Yes, we accept graduation order forms for at least a month after graduation. The only way you pay more is if you wait and buy your images from the Bandera.net galleries individually.

Q: What if I’ve lost my order form?

A: Got’cha covered – just right-click here and ‘Save As…’ to download the Microsoft Word document. Print, fill out, mail in, and we’ll set you up!

Q: Do you photograph every graduate, regardless of whether or not they have submitted an order?

A: Yes, we photograph everyone. You can view photos from the ceremony online at Bandera.net afterward.

Q: What do I do if I have multiple graduates?

A: You can use a single form and just make additional notes as necessary, or make a copy of your form and submit two orders – the prices are all the same.

Q: Do you do senior photo shoots?

A: Indeed I do! It’s never too late to set up your senior’s photo shoot before they disappear off to college. Contact me via the methods below and we’ll get you on the books!

Q: Do you handle the advertising for the graduation special section for the Bulletin?

A: I do not – you can e-mail JT at JT@banderabulletin.com or call him at 830-796-3718 for information.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: You can comment on this blog post, Facebook me, e-mail me at James@outlawphotography.net, or call/text me at 830-688-1564. Thank you so much for supporting The Outlaw!

Megan Senior Photo Shoot

Megan is a delightful, artistic, academic superhero, and no less a senior at Bandera High School. She and I had a great time touring Bandera from the City Park up through the old Cabaret Dance Hall last week and made some fun photos along the way.

Senior photos are about way more than just looking pretty for the camera. You want the location, the attitude, the style to be memorable and important to you as a Bandera, Medina, or Utopia high school senior. You want photos that capture your personality, your interests, and your hometown. The memories made through photography are about more than just what you look like your senior year, they’re about who you are.

We have plenty of time before graduation to get your senior photo shoot in for 2011. Just e-mail me, hit me up on Facebook, or call/text me at 830-688-1564 to get set up.

Enjoy below some of my favorite highlights from Megan’s senior photo shoot!

Callie Senior Photo Shoot

Callie can’t stop smiling.

Sometimes as a photographer, pulling teeth is easier than getting a great, natural smile out of your subject. Medina High School senior, athlete and rodeo cowgirl Callie had the exact opposite problem during our photo shoot last week – she couldn’t stop smiling.

It’s a good problem to have, mates.

Needless to say, shooting with Callie on her family property in Medina was a real pleasure. Her mom helped set up some gorgeous outfits, and we worked every opportunity for fun photos – horses, fencelines, bridges, water features, green grass, wavy grass, hilltops and hillsides, barns, and one mean-looking John Deere tractor. Callie was a supermodel throughout.

My April calendar is booked to the hilt with senior photos, but it’s not too late to set up a shoot in May and still get files and/or prints back for High School graduation invitations – for Bandera, Medina, or Utopia.

If we shoot in the evening, I can turnaround a proof album online for you within a few hours, and have your order at the lab the next day. Our professional lab, Miller’s Imaging out of Kansas, usually takes one business day to print, one to ship, one to deliver – so in as little as three business days from your shoot, you can have prints in hand ready to mail out to friends and family.

You can also purchase our digital files, hi-res and fully processed in Photoshop, on CD and make your own prints at home or at the lab of your choice – fastest turnaround you can get.

It’s never too late, mates! Drop me an e-mail, grab me on Facebook, tweet me on Twitter, or call/text to 830-688-1564 to get your shoot booked. As always, we have no session fee, no minimum order, you just buy what you love.

Below, enjoy a selection of some of my favorite highlights from my shoot with Miss Callie.

Athena Corinna Birth Photo Story

Forgive me if I gush.

My daughter Athena Corinna was born Nov. 1 – it’s been a wonderful week of welcoming her into mine and Jacklen’s lives.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at St. David’s Hospital, besides delivering all three of my children, I was also able to photograph their births. Below, I’m happy to share my daughter’s birth story, in photos, with you guys.

Thank you to friends and family for all the prayers and well wishes – they are always appreciated.

If you’ve ever considered taking photos yourself, or having a professional photographer document your child’s birth, I obviously can highly recommend it. It’s a beautiful way to share the story with friends, family, and generations to come. Photos only grow in value with time – those baby photos today may cost you $20 an 8×10, but what will that image, that memory, be worth when your baby turns 18 and moves off to college? What about when they’re welcoming their own babies into the world, or their babies’ babies? Can’t be measured.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with my family.