I picked Joey to do my senior portraits because in the past during senior portrait time, I would stalk Joey's Instagram weekly to see how amazing all of the seniors portraits came out. That made me realize that Joey really is the best for making you look your best.
What I enjoyed most about my session was being able to show every side of me. I got to show off my fierceness, my classiness, and of course, my weirdness, all in the span of 2 hours!
If I shot again I would want to do it in the fall in the woods around a bunch of colorful leaves and trees.
To the class of 2018 – START EARLY! Starting my college essay and common application the summer going into my senior year was the smartest move I made during my application process. And don't over stress, you'll get it done.
I chose Joey Jones for my senior photos because his work is more than just a quick headshot. Joey gets to know you before that way he can genuinely capture your personality and all of that small things and that's why my family and I chose him, we wanted to remember who I was not just what I looked like so to say.
During the session I really enjoyed just dancing around and letting loose, I felt really comfortable being myself and just having a blast with hair, makeup, and the photos themselves.
If I was to shoot again I wouldn't do much different besides bring a few props to make the photos a little more goofy... maybe my dog too.
To the graduating class of 2018, I wish you the best of luck and please never go to the bathroom without a hall pass or you'll get a lunch detention like I did. Also have your photos taken with Joey because if I didn't I know I would've regretted it.
Why did you pick me to take your senior portraits?
I've watched my friends, who were older than me, get there pictures done by you since I was a freshman. When it came time to schedule my session I felt like there was no question on who to call. Not only is Joey an amazing photographer, but he is also just an awesome person who makes the entire experience enjoyable.
What did you enjoy most about your session?
I personally don't love getting my picture taken that much... but Joey made me feel so comfortable and the shoot feel so natural.
What would you do different if you shot again?
There's not much I would change. The shoot was everything I had hoped for and more. Maybe I would have ironed one of my shirts, because now whenever I see certain pictures all I see is my wrinkled shirt.
What are some words of advice for 2018 seniors?
Enjoy it! You've waited four years for your turn and it will be everything you've imagined for and more.
My favorite childhood memory would going to Cape Cod every summer. I've had so many memories there that it's hard for me to choose just one.
I have no idea what I want to do when I'm older. I'm still trying to figure that out but I do know whatever it is I want to have an impact on others. I love knowing that I have made a difference in someone's life regardless of how small it is.
There isn't one moment that has made me the person I am today. I believe that my family and friends have played a major role in who I am. Everyone has taught me something valuable that I'll carry with me.
The best way to describe my style is beach boho. I love wearing unique things that most people would not but at the same time always want to be comfortable.
I've been lucky enough to have traveled so many places because my parents love to travel. It's very hard to choose which was my favorite but my top three are definitely Aruba, Bahamas, and Cape Cod.
Before I graduate, I want to take advantage of the time I have with all my friends in high school.
Genuine, easy going, and caring
I really enjoy art. Not many people know about it so it's like a hidden talent you could say.
My older sister Kayla is my greatest role model. Throughout my life I've always looked up to her. I admire how she is very driven and always stays true to herself.
I'm not sure how I will impact the world but I only hope I can make a difference big or small.
Right around the beginning of the summer I worked with Valentina Ramirez for her senior portraits. I learned a lot about this Go Getter. Val is motivated, self disiplined and super smart. What a treat.
Since you recently signed with a NY agency, what area of fashion are you looking most forward to working in?
Since I have been signed with True Mgmt. I'm most excited to be a fit model. A lot of people think this is just being a healthy model for fitness purposes but in fact being a fit model means you get to work one on one with designers. This allows them to try their pieces on you before they go out for mass production. In this I'll be able to have a say on how the piece fits, feels and looks. I'll basically be a live mannequin!
You're pretty good with a camera, what do you enjoy the most about photography?
I get this question a lot from people and for a while I really didn't know how to properly answer. Yet about a year and a half ago I realized that what I enjoy the most about photography is all the different types of ways I'm able to capture a moment. I'm a very visual person so being able to capture any little moment just became a passion of mine. I also realized that everyone with a camera has their own specific style and that's also something I enjoy being able to see is how my style is evident throughout all my pictures. You've become a very prolific brand ambassador, how did you get involved in that?
After a few months of starting my blog I became aware that stores were willing to sponsor me because of my content. I have reached out to many companies myself just to simply introduce myself and my blog and it definitely became a learning experience for me. In the beginning I didn't know how to properly communicate with stores and their CEOs or marketing heads which was quite an interesting experience. However, many stores themselves have reached out to me for me to publicly sponsor them. One of these companies is SheInside.com who I'm lucky to have been working with since the beginning. I'm fortunate enough to be sent items from their store and in return promote their site. Something that has become a great advantage to me is social media especially Instagram. Through this I've been able to create a visually appealing account that has opened many doors for me.
Who has impacted your life the most so far?
I know this might be cheesy but definitely my mom. Not only has she been an incredible mother to me as well as my siblings. But my mom is the type of woman who will not give up on anything. She's a hard-worker, a kind person and very wise. She has always allowed me to follow my passion and I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for her confidence in me I wouldn't be where I am today.
What are you most proud of?
I'm proud of a few key things in my life. Yet the one I'm probably the most proud of is being myself. I don't feel any pressure by anything or anyone to change the way I look or the way I act. In this society many girls struggle with fitting in but i've come to the point where yes there are things I don't necessarily like but i'm not overwhelmed by these factors.
What motivates you?
The future because so many things can happen unexpectedly whether it's in one day, one week, or one month. I believe that by having a goal and a passion you can achieve many great things in one lifetime. Describe your personal style?
Oh boy, my style is eclectic to say the least. My closet is a mix between bohemian and "edgy" chic. Overall my personal style has definitely evolved over the past year because of my job. Yet key pieces I always have are Zara pants, white and black t-shirts, oversized sweaters and my obsessive amount of black booties.
How are you going to impact the world? I want to be able to say one day that I've impacted someone's life in a positive way. To me that's how I will leave my mark on the world. I would also somehow like to impact society in a way. Whether it is in fashion or simply by giving back to the community.
Scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Not letting judgement get to me. Since I have stepped out of my comfort zone by starting a blog, becoming a model and simply just being my creative self. At first I kept everything a secret because I didn't want people's negative thoughts coming my way but then I realized that there's always going to be that one person that will just not like anything you do. And there will be countless of others that do support me so I keep my focus on those now.
What do you want your legacy at CHS to be?
I want to be remembered as someone who wasn't afraid to do what they really wanted. To reach out towards their goal.