In less than 3 months, Jennifer Gracin Photography will be on the move again! As part of my preparation to move my photography business to Wichita Fall, TX, I have been been trying to find good photo shoot locations in Wichita Falls, updating my website and ordering new products. This military life is exciting, but also can be very challenging as well- especially when. you are trying to run your own business! I have closed down and reopened my business 5 times already- you could say I'm an expert at it! I learn something new and make necessary changes with each opening and closing I will definitely miss Prattville and the clients I have come to know. My business has had the most growth in the almost 2 years we have been here so that is definitely hard to walk away from. However, I can always fly back for a long weekend to for photo shoots if needed!! ;)
I thought I would share one of my very first high school seniors from about 10 years ago! I'll never forget walking around downtown Sand Pedro, CA with Katie and her mom. We had so much fun! It was then that I knew photographing seniors was my thing! For some reason I didn't believe in myself enough back then to pursue it head on as my specialty. I know that I have let being a military spouse with 3 little ones hold me back, but yet at the same time I purposely held back some so I could be more available for my family. It's a difficult balance. But now with the kids being older and I with much more experience and belief in myself, I am ready for this new chapter in our lives and my business! Wichita Falls here we come!!!
Susan will graduate from Prattville High School this May 2018. She did such an amazing job for her senior portrait session! She is extremely athletic and it on a rare occasion that she gets "all done up". For her session we decided we wanted do a bit of both- casual and very dressy! Susan's hair and make up was done by her best friend Giselle Ramirez and it looked fabulous!! The location we decided on was Jackson Lake Island in Millbrook, as this is a favorite place for her to visit with her family- not to mention it makes for some seriously awesome backdrops!!
Throughout her high school career, Susan has participated in lacrosse, soccer, cross country and track. She is also a triathlete and has qualified for Team USA in her age group! In September, she will compete with Team USA at the ITU Standard Distance World Championships in Australia!! Now that is pretty amazing!!! As for future education, she plans to attend the University of Alabama Huntsville on a full academic scholarship to study engineering!! WOW!!!! This girl is headed for big things!! Her dedication to her education and her athletics has definitely paid off! If we can get our timing right and coordinate our schedules, we have plans to do another photo shoot together which highlights her athleticism!
Here are some favorites from the session...
Right before the Holidays, I had a photo shoot with the Harris Family. What a wonderful way to end the year! Such a beautiful family and I just absolutely LOVE their clothing choice!!! This happened to also be the first time I did a family shoot on the grounds of The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and at Blount Park. Such a gorgeous setting- I am super happy with the way the images turned out. I will definitely be returning there with future clients. Here are a few favorites from the session...
I'm really making an effort to do yearly family pictures that include myself and my husband! I normally take professional pictures every year at some point of the kids, but rarely are we in the pictures. As I have come to be a print photographer and have really learned to appreciate the value of the printed image in this overwhelmingly digital world- I am very well aware of how I need to to change this! Our children and possibly grandchildren are going to want to see pictures with us included as they get older.
This year I decided to do our family pictures at one of my favorite local places to shoot- Cooters Pond & Park in Prattville. When I learned that my mother-in-law would be visiting I was even more excited about the pictures! So with tripod in hand and with use of the camera timer we were able to capture some pretty nice family shots!
It is a lot of work to do this for myself and my family- but, it is so worth it in the end! As a received these printed images and looked over them my heart was filled with love and gratitude! I'm thankful that I did this this year and will continue to do this yearly!! I am so grateful that I am able to share in this experience with other families!
The 2018 High School Senior Model call is underway and we have received many inquiries!! We are getting through the inquiries as quickly as possible and will be getting in touch with those selected this week! Thank you to all who have applied!! Applications will continue to be accepted through Jan 12th! So if you know anybody are if you are interested- email JGP today at firstname.lastname@example.org!