Saturday, May 30, 2020

Senior Pictures for Football Players - Dallas Photographer Lisa McNiel



Sweet memory from Flower Mound Marcus graduate Hayden Self's mom:

This story paints a perfect picture of my Hayden.  Hayden was 5 years old and on the Highland Shores Swim Team.  We were at the end of season All-Stars District Swim Meet at the Loos Natatorium in Addison.  This is a huge venue and they have very large and deep swimming pools. Hayden was in a relay race and we were very nervous to see our little 5-year-old boy swimming in such a deep and large pool.  We were in the stands and weren’t allowed down near the pool.  We anxiously watched him dive in after his teammate touched the wall.  We saw him dive in but for what seemed liked minutes didn’t see him come up.  We couldn’t figure out where he could be. Finally, he came up and had someone’s goggles in his hand and handed them to a young boy on the side of the pool and then finished his leg of the race. He dove down probably 15 feet+ to the bottom to retrieve the goggles. We were relieved to see he was okay and so proud to see that he had put someone else’s needs above his own.  What was even better is that he swam so fast that he still beat the other swimmers even taking the goggle detour. That’s my boy Hayden!  He always gives 110% no matter what he does whether it is school, sports or just helping around the house and always puts others above himself.  Our last name Self is very fitting for our Selfless young man!

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Hayden likes Michael Jackson songs, The Office, video games, and hanging out with friends. In addition to football he likes to water ski and snow ski. His favorite memories are mostly centered around football and friends, and Hayden's favorite candy is sour gummy worms.




Hayden's favorite quote is, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile,  you could miss it." - Ferris Buhler













A few facts about Hayden:
 Football:
·         Captain
·         2nd Team All-District OLB (Outside Linebacker)
·         2nd Team Academic All-State
·         STCDA Stripe Award
·         $2,000 Senior Football Scholarship Recipient
Stats
·         22 Tackles
·         1 Sack
·         2 Fumble recovery
·         1 PBU
School
·         National Honor Society
·         Student Council
Other
·         LEF Josh Marshall Memorial Scholarship















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Monday, May 25, 2020

Flower Mound Vocal Artist Senior Pictures

Collage of teen in college shirt

TCU Vocal Artist Senior Portraits


Gabriella was born 2 months early while we were out of town in Austin, TX where I (mom) was going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding. I didn't make the wedding b/c Gabi decided to make her grand appearance. Since then she loved being the center of attention- now the Captain of the Cheer team and a music songwriter/performer. She is a competitive gymnast turned cheerleader. She loves playing guitar and spending time in the music studio working on her first EP. She is the sweetest big sister to Mia (14). Her faith is extremely important to her as well. In addition to loving to study the bible and sing in the worship band at her church, she loves volunteering her time in community service projects. Her family runs a basketball camp at Christ's Haven for Children every summer and throws a Christmas party at Ranch Hands Rescue for the Christ's Haven kids in December. They also volunteer frequently for Ranch Hands Rescue frequently caring for their special needs dog who is missing her two front paws. They also assist with RHR's annual gala and provide tours of the sanctuary.

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pretty teen next to barn

Have you ever met someone who seems to "have it all" but doesn't use that blessing to be exclusive and haughty, but rather chooses the high road and embraces people as they come her way? After a year of doing pictures of Gabi Hill, I feel like that is her energy. She seems to always have a smile, steps into whatever is asked of her and energetically and graciously goes about her work.

She has a long list of accomplishments including leading the Marcus High School 6A cheer team in Flower Mound Texas to Nationals as head cheerleader and they took the Silver with a second place (almost first place). And while still in high school, released an EP of original songs! That's right, she's a singer/songwriter. She's attending TCU in Fort Worth and just finished her Freshman year and continues to come up with terrific songs that you may be hearing on your radio some day, but until then, check her out on Youtube: 
Gateway Love and La La Love  - So good!!!

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girl in old town Lewisville


Pretty teen in evening town setting
pretty teen in college shirt night urban
teen girl close up
teen girl in various poses on stairs
teen girl in small town at dusk
teen girl in vintage town evening
teen girl with reflection by window
teen girl in evening city shot
teen girl by neon sign at night
fashion shot of girl on white background
girl with fairy lights

fashion portrait of girl on white background

girl in outdoor setting by stone and greenery

girl in fashion pose on white background

fashion portrait of girl on white background

girl on white background

beautiful girl close up with fur hood

girl in fur coat in white setting

girl in fashion pose white background

close up of beautiful girl

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Senior Pictures for the Artist - Fort Worth Photographer Lisa McNiel

Girl in vintage book store with vinyl


Senior Pictures for the Creative!


Kara has always stood out from her peers as someone who marches to the beat of her own drum. She is a natural perfectionist, artist and genuine friend. She has always had an interest in language, speaking much earlier than the milestones, and teaching herself to read at the age 4. Kara has taught herself to speak other languages such as Japanese. Soothing her as a baby included giving her a stack of books for her to flip through so she could fall asleep. Kara is loyal and selfless. She is strong spirited, level headed, and not your typical highly emotional teenage girl. She is a thinker and a dreamer, the best of both worlds. She has a natural ability for drawing and art, once she started getting into makeup, she fell in love with the possibilities of art with makeup. She is often complimented on her makeup skills when we are out in public. What makes Kara so special is her ability with memory. She can be taught something once and she will retain it forever. Kara has the gift to be anything she wants to be in life, it’s just a matter of her choosing. I cannot wait to see what the next ten years hold for Kara!


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teen girl in checkered suit on steps

Eaton High School's Kara has a philosophy that creatives have to adopt in a good-spirited way to do their own thing... 

Her favorite personality trait is "my sense of self-expression and lack of care for other's opinions on it."

She writes music, plays guitar, skates, and plays video games. 

One of her favorite memories is the first time she ever played one of her songs for anyone. It was at Summer camp and their Summer camp had a radio station. On one of the segments she played her song for not only the campers, but also for anyone tuning in online or from their cars. "It was a really cool experience and broke a small social barrier for me."

teen girl in fashion shot in front of truck

teen girl in urban setting fire escape

teen girl at outdoor cafe

teen girl by purple wall

teen girl with graffiti

teen girl by colorful graffiti

asian girl in pink dress with guitar by colorful graffiti wall

asian girl in pink dress with guitar by colorful graffiti wall

teen girl in candy shop

teen girl in white dress in rustic open air restaurant

teen girl in white dress in wildflowers with guitar

teen girl in white dress in wildflowers with guitar

teen girl in white dress in wildflowers spinning


teen girl in graduation gown with fairy lights

teen girl in white dress in greenery

teen girl with mom in urban setting

teen girl in white dress on vintage bridge

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Senior Pictures in Las Vegas - Southlake Photographer Lisa McNiel

pretty blond teen in front of pink cadillac at Nelson Ghost Town

Grapevine Faith Soccer Star Senior Pictures in Las Vegas and Deep Ellum, Las Colinas, Flower Mound, and the Studio.

Sydney Mammoser was on my 2020 model team, which means she got to participate in lots of different group shoots before her senior photo session. You can see her below in the Valentines Day shoot we did in February.

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pretty blond teen with pink backdrop for Valentine's pictures

Southlake's  Sydney M. was 1st Team All State in soccer at Grapevine Faith for three years!!! What? That's crazy!

At Grapevine Faith High School, she is not only in Varsity Soccer, but Varsity Track, National Honor Society, Senior Cheer, and was selected for the Gary Sinise Soaring Valor Program, and Coach appointed leadership program.



pretty blond teen in prom dress in Las Calinas and Deep Ellum

Above are photos of Sydney in the Prom Group Shoot during her junior year when we did pictures at the Canal in Los Calinas, and also the group shoot we did where the juniors were able to model clothes from Runway Seven and we did an evening photo shoot in Deep Ellum.

Right before the school year began we braved the heat of August in Dallas, Texas and did a Powder Puff Football session.

pretty blond teen in football jersey for powder puff pictures

Then in November, we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for Senior Pictures for photos among the plane wreckage, antique cars, and vintage buildings of the Nelson Ghost Town.

Outside of school she plays ECNL soccer for FC Dallas, volunteers at the annual Operation Smiley charity, Southlake Like Christian Youth Group, Gateway Students and she nannies for two kids!
Senior pictures at the Nelson Ghost Town outside Las Vegas

Senior pictures by wrecked plane Nelson Ghost Town outside Las Vegas
We stayed at the Westin Lake Las Vegas and did a day session on their beautiful grounds.

Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas
Sydney's favorite quote is, "Do something today that your future self will thank you for." Her favorite memory is when her mom surprised her and took her to New York City to see Hamilton. Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas

Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas

Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas
Senior pictures at the Nelson Ghost Town outside Las Vegas

Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas
Those who know her say she's easy going and likes to have fun, but also works hard in groups, charities, and her community, a real role model.Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas

Senior pictures Westin Lake Las Vegas
Then in the evening, we opted for the Freemont Street backdrop in Las Vegas rather than the strip for a neon vibe and a little more freedom! 

pretty teen at Freemont Street Las Vegas Nevada

pretty teen at Freemont Street Las Vegas Nevada

Senior pictures at Westin, and Nelson Ghost Town, Las Vegas Nevada

You can tell she got her looks from her gorgeous mama! Such a fun experience with these two!

Senior pictures at the Nelson Ghost Town outside Las Vegas
The last event and group shoot was in January of 2020 before Covid-19 shut everything down. We did a college shirt shoot inside and she showed her Sooner pride in a OU shirt!

Teen wearing OU shirt on yellow backdrop

Teen wearing OU shirt on yellow backdrop

Teen wearing OU shirt on yellow backdrop