Callie Fall Senior Pictures Downtown Rogers AR

Callie met me in downtown Rogers AR for fall senior pictures.  It was a stunning afternoon, and we had fun shooting well into twilight.  The diversity of colors and textures downtown offer endless options for creating senior pictures that look beautiful, and celebrate the heritage of our hometown so steeped in history.  Every look you see here was within a short walking distance.  This year was a subtle autumn, but that doesn’t mean there was a lack of color.  Callie’s outfits, soft creams and browns, were perfect complements of the the bright reds and yellows in the foliage.





Although, the fall color is stunning, I love a good black and white!  It amazes me how different an image can look and the mood evoked edited in color versus black and white.  BW1














It was getting dark enough that car lights were adding to the dynamic of the picture.  You don’t have to be in New York to add a bit of urban to your images!




Those of you from NWA, can you recognize where we shot all of these images??  And do you know of any other of the countless seniors that had their pictures done in downtown that have images just like Callie?  I work extra hard to give each senior a unique look that no other has.  Generic images, locations and poses that all of your friends will have is what I fight against.  You are unique, and I want to capture you, not do the easiest session I can.




Same picture, just a slightly different crop, and an altogether different look!


The dark had taken over, but window light makes this image a stunner!  Seriously love this one!


I cannot say enough positive things about Callie and her family during this session.  First of all, she is so, so sweet.  For those of you who are blessed to have her in your life…you are lucky, she is a keeper!  During the session, her family was there to help her change quickly and drive from locations when we were racing the light and didn’t have time to walk, but never once did they interfere with the images, repose her, distract her during the session, etc.  I wish they could give lessons to family members, as they were the perfect example of being positive supporters without interfering with the process.  I know all parents are well meaning, but I wish sometimes they understood that whether their child is 3 months or 30 images are never as good when the subject is distracted from the camera or feels tense and self conscious.  And Callie was a such.a.trooper.  She was COLD, the wind was whipping her hair everywhere, we did some more creative posing, which means holding awkward positions but “thinking” to look relaxed.  She completely trusted me, and the results are stunning, varied images that we created in a short amount of time!  I love input from my clients, as I want to collaborate with them on a vision, and Callie and I had talked beforehand about ideas she had, and places she wanted to incorporate into pictures.  We were both ready to go on picture day.

For those of you into photography, I shot the majority of these with a Canon 70-200 2.8, and 85 1.4 usually pretty wide open to take advantage of the bokeh and compression these amazing lenses produce.

Thank you Callie for choosing me as your photographer.  I know there are so many out there, and while I strive to be the absolute best, I know there are many choices, and your trust and devotion to me mean so very much!

If you are looking for a photographer, I would love to work with you.  Send me an email or text/call 479-426-0200.

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What is so joyful about running a race?



What is so joyful about running a race? Why are all these girls exploding off the starting line with giddy grins on their cute little faces?  As soon as I opened this picture in Lightroom, that was the thought that came into my head.  You see, I guess I found it surprising.  So all those happy faces got me thinking, and here are some things that started flying through my head.

Is it because they all think they are going to win?  This is their second cross country race of the year, and many of these little faces I recognize from last year, so this isn’t their first rodeo.  Is it because they are too young to understand competition? They are indeed young, but not too young to grasp how competition works and they know only one person crosses the finish line first.  Are they smiling because everyone get a medal (and an ice cream cone, pizza party and picture up on Facebook, etc) where adults have made everything ‘fair’ and everyone a ‘winner.’  Nope, the top kids get medals and everyone gets a refreshing cup of water.  So, if they aren’t happy because they think they are going to win, or they think that they are going to get something at the end, what could it be?

So, this got me thinking some more.  And here is my theory.

They are smiling because they are happy and having fun (deep, huh).  They are starting on this run, this journey…and they can’t see the end, but they know it is there.  They aren’t running hopelessly forever without aim or purpose; they have a goal.  And they get to go on this journey with their friends right beside them!  No worries about not having someone who doesn’t understand what your journey is like, they are step for step on the same path as you, and that sureness of camaraderie and absence of loneliness is powerful.   And they are outside, and the sky is blue and the air has a dusty sweet smell of summer just turning to autumn.  And it is true that many of them if offered (my kids included) would choose a video game over a dusty, sunny run in a field…but their true natures know what is best for them, and there relaxed and joyful bodies and faces reveal this truth.  Oh, and there are all sorts of people around them that aren’t running,  parents, teachers, friends, high school runners.  These folks are there to run with them and show them the way because they have ran this same path before them, or to cheer for them all along the dusty, warm, slightly ambiguous path around the hills and fields.  To say, I believe in you; you can do it.

I really appreciate individual sports.  With teams, one is going to win, and one is going to lose.  And big people can really start to use their math skills and think, dang, that means my kid has a 50% chance of winning, and so I have to push him to 51% so he is definitely the winner, because if he is only 1% away from winning I should push, because everyone wants to be the winner, right?  And suddenly friendly competition can get ugly.  With a race, one person is going to win and the other 100 aren’t…and big people start to use their math skills and think, dang, that means my kid has a 1% chance of winning, so I am going to sit back and cheer everyone on and just encourage me kid to do their own best.

I guess they are happy because they do think they are going to win and get something in the end.  They win as soon as they start that race, and they get the satisfaction of accomplishment at the end, and a sense of community all along the way.  And this, this is truly so much more valuable than a medal and an ice cream cone, isn’t it?

Run the good race, girls.

And adults, if you have a (life or literal) race to run, grab a friend to go with you.  If you don’t have one, look around you and get to know the folks that are step for step trudging the same path; you are likely to find a sympathetic one right beside you.  And if you don’t have your own race today, for heaven sakes, cheer on the ones you see running by you, or if you have ran their path before, and they look confused as to where they are supposed to go…run a few steps with them and show them the way.  And I know, if offered, it may be easier to choose to look at your cell phone (myself included), but consider your relaxed body language (and heart and mind) when you are out there in the fields.  It speaks the truth.

Thank you to the Heritage High School cross-country team for hosting this run.  I know you do it as a fundraiser, but it is a symbiotic experience, and community and character-building.

Thank you to Northside Elementary and especially coach Steen for creating a sense of team and community, keeping a sense of humor, and being out there coaching and cheering for these kids and making them feel special.

If you have an event that you would like photographed, I would love to come document the day for you.  You can visit my site, blog, instagram or facebook to see recent work.  Here is recent basketball coverage.  Of course, I do regular ‘ole portrait sessions, too.  I happen to really love what I do, and so I might show up to your session with a giddy grin on my face as well.   Email or text or call 479-426-0200.

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Mark + Jen | Joplin MO wedding photographer

Mark and Jen traveled up to Webb City in the Joplin Missouri area to celebrate with family and friends their wedding.  A beautiful summer morning backyard wedding, the details were soft and elegant.  Before the wedding Mark was shooed back indoors multiple times as he would busy himself with details of setting up and making sure guests felt welcome.  He has such a giving nature and is drawn to leading and organizing, it was difficult for him to let others serve him.  I would say Jen picked a good one!  Jen has such a joyfulness to her, and although quiet and reserved, it was obvious by the response of her friends and family that she is a true friend and fiercely loyal.  I think Mark picked a good one, too!

This small group of sweet family and friends that came to share the day with Mark and Jen were happy to be together with those they love.  The officiant was a good friend, and so funny with charming stories of the couple.  Boston, their dog, joined nieces and nephews as a ring bearer and flower girls.  It was a sweet morning that I felt privileged to curate.
























The stunning flowers were done by the Wildflower in Joplin, Mo.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, I would love to visit with you about photographing your special day.  Information about wedding options can be found here.  I am located in Rogers, AR and serve NWA, Southwest MO area including Joplin, MO and am available for travel worldwide.

Saclolo Photography is a full service studio portrait and event photography services.  Email or call 479-426-0200 to book one of our talented photographers.

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