Last year was a crazy year for Dawn Fry Photo, both for the business and in my personal life. Early in the year, my dad went into the hospital for a "routine" heart procedure, and over the course of the next couple of months, he stayed in the hospital with compounding complications. Throughout all of this, I was trying to continue to run my business, I spent a week in furthering education taking business classes, and on top of it all I was travelling back and forth the 6 hours to visit my dad. His health continued to decline, and he passed in July. Just before his passing, we had our DFP Elite Spokesmodel Mother Daughter retreat. The retreat was truly the highlight of the year for me. My wonderful Elite level spokesmodels, their moms, a fantastic hair and makeup artist, and 2 wonderful assistants and I spent the weekend in an AMAZING luxury guest ranch and created some super creative images. We were creative, we laughed, we had fun, we relaxed, we reflected, and we enjoyed our amazing surroundings. There was good coffee, good stories, and good times. It was a wonderful weekend away with a great group of people.
Though it was an amazing time, the week after we returned my dad passed away. And because of this, it took me a long time to come back to these photos. I just couldn't bring myself to do it until now. But I am so glad I finally did, because I am so proud of this shoot. I am excited to share it with you now, in it's entirety. This will be broken up into 3 blog posts, so check back often for the latest post with new images. Here we go!We stayed at the amazing Rancho Mirando in Fischer, TX. It's impossible to capture the massive beauty of this place in photographs. It is truly breathtaking.
We started out the weekend with a big group dinner and hang out the first night. Then the next morning the work began. We set up our photo sets, and the super talented, McKenna Bailey with Glow by Mac began working on the girls' hair and makeup.Our first set was created in one of the beautiful rooms of the house. Before the trip, I spray-painted an ivory painter's tarp with red stripes. We added crushed red velvet side curtains (fabric bought on clearance) with ivory tassels (found in the dollar bin at Michael's craft store). The ringmaster stand was created with a metal drink bucket (found at Target). I spray painted on the red triangles and hot glued red foam stars to the white sections. By sheer luck, the vintage metal horse was part of the decor of the house. Lori and Allye (pictured below) helped me set everything up. Lori is Mac's momma and owner of Visible Soul Photography in Houston. She is amazing. Allye is a former DFP Elite Spokesmodel from Vandegrift High School, and she came back with us to be our social media coordinator and videographer for this retreat. She was absolutely invaluable to the trip and I adore her. You will see her awesome videography work at the end of this post, and on the homepage of my website.
First up was our circus ringmaster, Morgan S., from Georgetown High School. For Morgan's costume, we rented a vintage long coat and a top hat from Austin's Lucy In Disguise. I added a small grouping of red and black feathers to the hat for a pop of color. The coat had a little bit of Steampunk flare with clock face buttons and lots of black lace. Morgan paired it with some back pants and tall boots. It looked amazing in the photos.
Morgan's portion of the shoot was just the beginning! I will post more from the other two spokesmodels in the next couple of days. In the meantime, check out this AH-MAZING video Ally created from the trip. SO. MUCH. FUN!It makes me smile just watching it. Enjoy!~Dawn
Dawn Fry Photo Elite Spokesmodel Retreat 2016
Austin's Dawn Fry Photo Elite Senior Spokesmodel Mother/Daughter Retreat and stylized photo shoot. Our Dark Circus Theme was created and styled by Dawn Fry and Ledda Hernandez. Set and costuming by Dawn Fry, hair and makeup by McKenna Bailey, assistance by Lori Bailey, social media and videography by Allye Brillante. Song license through Songfreedom.com
Vivian is such an amazing young woman. A talented musician, a kind soul, and a DFP Spokesmodel, she knows what she wants and she goes after it. I am so grateful to have worked with her during her senior year.
Our senior session out in Pflugerville went so well. I love the old homestead location Vivian chose. It provided both interesting structures and scenic natural settings. The flowers and greenery complimented her outfits, and the old wooden structures really let her personality shine through the images.
Vivian brought her boyfriend along for the shoot - he was an awesome light bending assistant, he carried gear and clothing and provided emotional support. He even got in a couple of shots to commemorate this special time together. Aww!
Amazing hair and makeup for this senior session was provided by Michelle of Blush You, Inc. Check her out for all your glamour needs. She is amazing!
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One of the awesome perks of being a spokesmodel with Dawn Fry Photo is the fun group shoots we do. We pick themes throughout the year, and everyone dresses according to the theme for the shoot. Some themes are pretty simple, like patriotic, back to school, and boho, but some are a little more complex. The theme for this particular shoot was "Decades" where the girls could dress up as any decade they wanted to. Unfortunately on this day, it was pretty dreary and rainy, but thankfully 2 of my most awesome spokesmodels decided to brave the rain with me and do the shoot anyway. The most fun part was that they dressed in totally different decades, the 40's and 50's, so we had a clashing yet fun mix of styles to photograph.
Shelby, one of my Vandegrift High School spokesmodels, dressed as Sandy from the movie, Grease. Her look was perfect and suited her fun, quirky personality. Grease is one of my favorite all time movie/musicals, so I about died when Shelby showed up in this incredible ensemble. She was perfection.
Alyssa, another Vandegrift High School spokesmodel, totally rocked this 40's outfit. I absolutely LOVED her dress, well placed broach, and the fascinator in her hair. Alyssa is always an absolute dream to photograph, and her time with me before her actual senior shoot several months later, really prepared her for knocking her senior photos out of the park. She is a stunning beauty anyway, both inside and out, and it is such a joy photographing her every time I see her.
For this shoot we enjoyed photographing on location in downtown Round Rock, and after walking around for a bit found this amazing little bright blue building that made me squeal with joy. Finding a great background is always a bonus, and the girls looked amazing in front of the blue.
The moral of the story is - never let a drizzly day ruin your photo plans, and always, always be bold enough to express your fun side. Even if your styles may clash, you can still create something great.
On another super hot day in August, I had the pleasure of photographing Georgetown High School drum major and Elite DFP Spokesmodel, Morgan S. Morgan is a natural beauty and thanks to her marching band training, handled the sweltering heat better than anyone! We started her senior session downtown, to show off her edgy side.
This girl is coooool as a cucumber!
After working our way up and down Congress and the numbered streets, we headed back to Georgetown for a total switch from urban photos to soft, nature images. Morgan planned the perfect outfits for this location, and also chose to bring her letterman jacket and flute to capture her interests and personality.
My favorite part of her session was when her family brought out the family dogs! Getting all three to look in the right place at the right time was difficult, but eventually it all worked out.
I absolutely ADORE the matching bandanas!! With the dogs successfully photographed, we let them run and play in the water a little while Morgan played in the water too. After such a hot session, it was nice to cool off in the San Gabriel river for a few images before sunset.
She's a little bit city, a little bit country, and all heart. I loved spending the day with her and her family, capturing her senior photos.
This sweet girl was one of the first class of 2017 seniors I photographed last year. Shelby, from Georgetown High School, is a fabulous DFP Spokesmodel. With the help of her parents and sweet sister, we ventured out one hot August morning to capture Shelby and create her photo legacy.
Shelby's after high school plans involve studying nursing, so we made sure to incorporate that personal aspect of her life into her photos. She will make a fantastic healthcare worker someday. Her heart is truly a caring and kind one.
Since we were photographing in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, we took advantage of the beautiful sunken garden and fun fountain. It is the perfect location for senior photos.
Shelby brought a variety of props to her photo shoot, including some adorable daisies, balloons, and glitter. She really made her photo session fun and personal.
Another great addition to her shoot was her Georgetown High School letterman jacket, and of course her clarinet, which she played in the school band. Shelby's senior photos will completely capture who she is in this amazing time of her life. When she looks back on these, there will be no doubt about how beautiful, well-rounded, involved, and fun she was in high school.
A special thank you goes out to Shelby's parents and sister for hauling, adjusting, and light bending for us during the shoot. Shelby's dad is a master Light Bending Bro, and I so enjoyed spending that hot morning with all of you! You are the best!