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Savanna : Class of 2020

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Savanna : Class of 2020

This girl is going places. She does her homework on a topic and becomes an expert-she even referenced my senior magazine and when she did, her mom said she read it approximately four times! Savanna is taking just about every class this year as an AP or Honors course and was already fretting over how to fit in college visits with that rigorous a schedule before school started. We were, however, able to kick up our heels (literally & figuratively) during our time together and have a ball! I love that despite her hefty course load, we were able to capture some of her silly side and that those silly portraits became her & her mom’s favorites simply because “that’s our Savanna”. Enjoy!

A quick outfit change and we tried the same spot before hopping over to a new locale:

I think she had just swatted a bug away from her face in the photo above, or maybe it was something I said…Either way, these next several photos in the white lace dress that she plans to wear for graduation had us all enthralled and super ecstatic to see the final products!!! (And yes, this dress is to die for because it has POCKETS!)

Here comes the fun!

Savanna-I hope you have a wonderful senior year and I know you will figure out a way to do college visits in the midst of those tough classes. If your session is any indicator of how studious and prepared you are-naturally gifted in organization and administration-then I think you’ll be just fine! It was such a pleasure to work with you, select your favorites and produce items for you that you’ll treasure forever!

Enjoy the ride,

Carrie

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Vanessa : Class of 2020

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Vanessa : Class of 2020

Vanessa is what I call and mover & a shaker. She gets the job done in a logical, pragmatic way that is no nonsense (with maybe a little bit of wit thrown in for good measure). She’s also a young lady who knows what she wants, so when she approached me to do indoor images solely with her guitars, I knew we were looking at a mini senior session. Bless their hearts, Vanessa and her mom Val lugged NINE guitars to our session together (leaving 4 more at home!) and thankfully, they all fit in Vanessa’s truck! Phew.

Having taught Vanessa flute & piccolo, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this side of her musical life as she’s been the bass player for jazz band since 7th grade (I’m pretty sure?). Though petite in stature, her confidence and composure makes her feel like she’s 6 feet tall when she stands next to me. No matter what she does after college, I know she will be one to stand firm in her convictions, stick to her guns (or…guitars, rather), and be unapologetically her lovely self.

Vanessa, It’s been a pleasure teaching you, photographing you and I’m so excited I get to teach you AGAIN this year with a camera in hand! What a blessing you and your family have been to the music department and I can’t wait to hear from your Mama all about your collegiate endeavors. Until then, let’s enjoy your senior year!
Best,

Mrs. K

PS You can view Vanessa’s favorites HERE.

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Mackenzie : Class of 2020

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Mackenzie : Class of 2020

This girl was SO quiet in middle school! (I feel like I should put that last sentence in a smaller font and without the exclamation point just to emphasize how quiet she was.) Mackenzie is still somewhat reserved in character, but, as I found out towards the end of our session, ask her about chemical engineering of food and WOW. The hand gestures come flying, the tone inflections in her voice start leaping and this twinkle in her eyes burns bright. I totally would’ve brought that up sooner had I known what reaction it would elicit!

At any rate, enjoy these images we captured at her horse barn where she teaches and rides as well as a few from Downtown Norwalk. :)

Sweet Kisses did a great job for our session with her, but you could definitely tell when she was done! So, we then made our way to Main Street of Norwalk and made the most of the 30 minutes of light we had left in the day.

Mackenzie: What a joy to photograph you! Thank you so much for coming to me, being flexible with me and being so wonderful to work with. Have a fantastic senior year and I can’t wait to hear about your successes at Iowa State in chemical engineering!

Best,

Mrs. K

PS You can view Mackenzie’s additional favorites HERE.

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Annika : Class of 2020

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Annika : Class of 2020

When I received her mom’s initial email inquiry, I asked Gerard if it was “the girl who has awesome biceps in show choir”, and by golly, it was! One of the show choir action shots of Annika from this past season caught her in a split second of a pose that was the perfect arm flex and girl!, she is ripped! Annika is the epitome of small but mighty, and gorgeous to boot inside and out. When we saw that the projected high temps for her senior session time was going to be terribly hot, we switched gears to an early morning shoot, giving her about 12 hours to prepare outfits, accessories & nails upon her return from a trip to New York.

We started at 6:30am and captured a few on the golf course near Annika’s home, honoring her high school career in cross country:

We drove into downtown and I based our backdrops off of her outfits for our time together. Annika loves New York City and we thought it appropriate to capture some of downtown Des Moines to honor that love as well.

From there, we headed to the Trestle Bridge by the Police Headquarters and I loved how the red of her top went right along with the accents on the bridge!

In the photos above, we also found a garage door in an alley way that said “Do Not Block Thank You” and while I cropped out the “Do Not Block” portion, we kept the “Thank You” so she can use it for thank you cards in graduation season :)

We ended the season with her sweet pups: 10 year old Friday on the right and spunky, young Faith on the left. Friday’s expression reminds me of Napoleon Boneapart for some reason! lol

Annika & Deanna: Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to photograph this season of your life! I had a blast working with you and selecting your favorites. I wish you all the best in your senior year and your plans beyond!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view Annika’s favorites HERE.

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Morgan : Class of 2020

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Morgan : Class of 2020

Most of the time, I know my seniors prior to our session together but Morgan is an exception. She’s one of Gerard’s Advisement (Homeroom) students who happened to strike up a conversation about the photos in Gerard’s office and one thing led to another and here we are! As I asked Gerard to describe Morgan to me he made it clear that she makes her opinions clear, concise and business-like. She knows what she wants and what she has to do to get there-very clear headed and to-the-point. So it came naturally to discuss location and outfit options with her and her consultation session to pick her favorite images was done in exceptional time! I’m fairly certain we broke a record with number of digitals created in the Carrie Krupke Studio: 1,158!! Whew! Without any further adieu, here is Ms. Morgan in her favorite images:

We headed out of downtown and into more nature settings and while I’ve been shooting at Maffitt Reservoir often this summer, I love that it can always look different! Especially when it came to the tree trunk in the water-”sometimes a great shot is just two steps to the right” as one of my wise friends once told me. :)

I’ve always photographed this tree trunk with my subject backlit and Morgan’s night sky was somewhat cloudy so it allowed us to shoot facing the sun and capture the reflection of all the trees behind her! It looks like it was a fall day and the water was as still as a statue:

Morgan: Thank you so much for taking a chance on someone you’d never met before and entrusting this time in your high school career to me. It’s an honor and a privilege I don’t take for granted! I wish you all the best in your senior year and beyond-it was a pleasure “shooting” you.

Blessings,

Carrie

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