Back when I started photographing seniors (when I was an itty-bitty-baby-photogapher myself!) I did a Senior Model Team. Like any beginner, I had noooo idea what I was doing… but it was fun! When I transferred schools to Iowa State in Ames, I didn’t shoot as many senior portraits due to time constraints with homework and not knowing many high schoolers in the area.

Thankfully, that has changed quite a bit in the past couple of years! I’ve photographed the best group of girls from the Ames area, as well as from Cedar Falls High School and WCS. Senior photography has always been my passion, and they will continue to be my favorite sessions to shoot. One of the reasons for that remains that I can relate! Although I’ve never been a bride, I was a high school girl. Full of dreams and insecurities and all the emotions. ;) With that in mind, I’ve decided to bring back the Senior Model Team!

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Girls on the Senior Model Team are normal, ordinary girls. They play soccer on the school team or dance at the local academy. They love Fro-Yo and iced Starbucks, Friday Night Lights and babysitting the kids down the street. Ok… they may or may not like any of the above. But what I want you to hear is this: these are not girls with modeling experience or the best GPA or perfect hygiene. They’re wonderfully normal! What I care most about is that they’ll be kind to the girls on the team, and to the kids at their high school. ARP Senior Models care about others, and want to make a difference in the world… whether that’s writing an encouraging note to a classmate having a hard day or choosing to volunteer at a local non-profit. And these girls are already gorgeous, inside and out!

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This team is about friendship & community. A safe place to be known & loved, and to create lasting friendships! To learn about beauty— internal and external— and to be leaders of grace in your home community.

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I’ll be accepting applications from girls all across Iowa (and Omaha, Nebraska too!). You can attend public, private, or homeschool education. All you need is to apply is to be a girl, currently a junior, and to graduate high school in 2020!

Applications can be filled out here. The main reason you wouldn’t be able to participate on the team is if there’s a conflict with the date of our spring Styled Shoot in May! Otherwise, I expect that all girls applying will be “accepted” and able to join in on the fun!

Email me through the link, and you’ll get a welcome email from me. I’ll be rolling out updated senior pricing (some fun new options included!) in the next month or so, and also some sweet goodies… like a Welcome & Style Guide. ;) Everything you want to know included… so feel free to ask any questions in the comment section on this post, or in an email to me!

So, why a Senior Model Team?

Well, it’s fun! And if senior photos aren’t, then you’re doing it wrong. ;) I love getting to know my senior gals and this will hopefully help foster a community of new friends, of growing in seeing the beauty in both others and ourselves, and also as a way to grow Amelia Renee Photography’s senior connections. There are perks for recommending other friends to join in on the fun here at ARP, and if you’re referred you get a bonus as well! Nobody loses, everyone wins. And lots of laughs, photos created, and iced coffee will be had!

The Team will participate in a styled shoot (theme: Fairytale!) in May… basically, come to get pampered and some fun extra — free! — photos and goodies. You can use these photos to show off our fun on social media, and get to know other girls from your town or another city. (Who knows!? You may meet your future college roommate at the shoot!)

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I’m excited to see what creative ideas the class of 2020 brings to their senior photos. Des Moines, and Iowa in general, has some amazing nature to incorporate and capture. Plus, you can’t go wrong with one of those Midwest sunsets! Will you join me!?
Let’s go adventure!!


Looking for senior photos in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Ames, Iowa City, Independence, Waverly, Pella, Des Moines, Ankeny, Grimes, Johnston, Waukee, Clive, or Newton, Iowa? Amelia Renee Photography is here for all your personalized senior photo needs and wants! Other details & the app can be found here.