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I am BEYOND EXCITED and extremely proud to introduce the Class of 2018 Shelby Senior Model Team!!

Every year I ask for recommendations from the community as well as past Shelby Seniors for individuals going into their senior year to represent Shelby Photography.  I look for young adults throughout area high schools who are leaders in their school and community; individuals who have a positive attitude and a desire to serve others and give back!

This group of 2018 seniors is fantastic!  They are intelligent & funny,  a great mix of extroverts and some who are a little shy,  sweet and sassy, interesting & thoughtful, hip & fashionable, and truly beautiful inside and out.

It’s going to be a crazy awesome year and I know they are just excited as me!  The photographs from this modeling session are the first of many fun themed sessions that they get to participate in throughout the year.  It was a time for me to get to know each senior and increase their comfort in front of the camera.  The goal of our model program is to create a one of a kind memorable experience, boost confidence, make new friends, and have an over the top fun time during their senior year.  The best is yet to come Class of 2018!  Here we go!















Mary Catherine














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Meet the G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S Emma Stewart, Class of 2017 senior from Illini Central High School.  She is fun, outgoing, and a great mix of a little sassy and a whole lot of sweet!

Let’s just say that she is as strong as she is pretty.. independent and ready to tackle what lies ahead after she graduates.  I admire her strength and determination very much!  My goal is always to capture not only what someone looks like on the outside, but who a person is on the inside; what makes that senior who they are, where they’ve come from, and what their personality is like.. so I drove to Mason City to do just this!  We started at her home in a beautiful rural area and then headed to her grandpa’s farm where she has made so many memories over the  years!  It was a chilly day and Emma may or may not have been shaking from being so cold but you would never know it from her photographs.  She was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t of had more fun!

After high school, Emma plans on attending Casper College to major in Agricultural Business.  She loves animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when she was a little girl.  Emma is a REAL cowgirl!   She grew up participating in 4H and has raised and showed cattle.  Every year during the IL State Fair, she and her family spend the day washing, feeding, and grooming her cattle to show and then in the evening she spends all of her time at the Grand Stand dancing and singing along with the country artists.  Two of her favorite country singers are Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert.   One of the most daring things she has ever done is halter a bull calf in a Calf Scramble!     One of her proudest moments was two years ago when she participated in the Mason County calf scramble.  I had no idea what a calf scramble was so she explained that it’s an event where they let 4 bull calves go into a ring and 6 kids try to catch them and halter them.  When they do, they take ownership of the calf to raise and show the following year.  Emma was the first one to catch a calf, so she took “Lester” home and the following year, she won the whole scramble show with him!

Emma would describe her “perfect day” as spending all day out on a lake swimming and fishing and ending the night with a bonfire under the stars with all of her closest friends. She loves doing anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. In school, she played volleyball and she loves to watch hockey.

Three things on Emma’s bucket list are 1. Swim with sea turtles 2. Travel all around the world 3. Go zip-lining

Advice to incoming freshman: Enjoy the next few years, because the time flies by in the blink of an eye. Be open minded and always stay true to yourself!

Ten Fun Facts about Emma:

  1. Favorite TV show to binge watch: Sons of Anarchy
  2. Most unusual thing ever eaten: Mountain Oysters, (she said yuck!)
  3. Favorite family recipe: Missy’s Chocolate Lush
  4. If she could eat only one thing for the rest of her life, she would eat fried rice
  5. Her hair is a beautiful shade of strawberry blond but when she was a baby it was bright red!
  6. Favorite holiday: Christmas
  7. If she could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Bora Bora to explore the island and swing in the crystal clear water
  8. Song she would wing on Karaoke night: Mockingbird by Toby Keith and his daughter. She would sing it with her dad
  9. Favorite holiday tradition: Decorating the house for Christmas, and putting up the tree after Thanksgiving
  10. Favorite childhood memory: When she first got her dog, Bear. He was a black lab, chow mix. At five years old, she didn’t know the differnece between a bear and a wolf because he looked like a wolf!

Emma said that her hero is her dad. He is always the first one to drop what he’s doing to help a friend or stranger in need. He is also the Chief of the local fire department and “I admire him so much for that.” The best thing about her dad is that he is her best friend.  “We are like two peas in a pod when we are together. He has always supported me in every decision that I make!”


Emma’s new pup – a chocolate lab named Leah!  Swoooon!

This momma and her baby were so sweet.  I decided after this session that I want to own a cow! They are so cute!

Meet Barney!  Everytime we left the area, he cried and wanted us to come back.  I decided that I wanted a mule too!

I mean seriously, check out that sweet face and Barney’s smile!  LOL

Emma Lou.. I wish you the very best as you graduate!  Have a super fun summer and I’m cheering you on as you start college and the next stepping stone in the journey of life!  You are a beauty inside and out and I am blessed to be able to capture this little snippet of life. Best of luck!  XO – Cindy

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  • April 13, 2017 - 8:07 pm

    sandy list - Emma you are beautiful young lady, this picture are amazing

There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live a little better. Stephanie is one of those people who make my life better just by being in it!  She’s a beautiful soul inside and out and I’m blessed beyond words to have her as my assistant!   We had the best time soaking in the sun on one of those crazy warm days in February!

The goal of this session was to push myself out of my comfort zone using a 35 mm lens wide open and incorporating movement for a more editorial feel as well as embracing some harsh, challenging light.  I loved the results!

Hair and Makeup by the talented, Kelsey Hawk (Thank you!)


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Several of my #shelbyseniors and their friends participated in a Valentines Inspired shoot this past Saturday.  I asked them to wear pink & grey and then I brought a few simple, fun props including balloons, a Valentine banner, and some confetti. We had another unseasonably warm day in February with beautiful light that made these fun images “pop!”

I LOVE Valentines Day and my beautiful Shelby Seniors!!   This was one of my favorites this past year. 💕

We didn’t know we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!

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  • February 15, 2017 - 8:19 pm

    Alma Boyles - Beautiful!

So excited to be able to share this for so many reasons!

A wonderful group of talented wedding vendors in the area came together to create a Spring inspired styled shoot at the new Trefzger’s Event Center in Peoria Heights.   I had an opportunity to photograph a wedding reception there in January and it was absolutely gorgeous.  The building features large rectangular windows that encircle both floors of the building.   The most beautiful light streams in from all directions.  Brick walls, wood floors, and wood structural beams  give the 121 year old building so much character for weddings!

During the “off season” photographers and wedding vendors work extra hard to get inspired by ideas and concepts that we love.  It’s so fun to bring our visions to life and that’s exactly what we did a couple of weeks ago.  Icing on the cake ~ our models were a real couple, Mark & Emilee who are getting married in June.  They are madly in love and brought our entire vision to life!

Event Venue | Trefzger’s Trailside Event Center, Peoria Heights

Concept & Vision | LeFleur Weddings, Washington

Florals | LeFleur Floral Design, Washington

Wedding Gown and Tux | Adore Bridal & Specialty, Morton

Stationary Suite,  Chalkboard Lettering, and plate embellishing | Dash/wood, Morton

Vintage Buffet and Chalkboard | Something Old Event Rentals, Washington

Table and Chairs, Charger Plates, Flatware, and Glassware | Morton Rentals, Peoria and Morton locations

Jewelry | Bremer Jewelry, Peoria

Professional Hair and Makeup Artist | Tierney Cheney -Smithers

Eyelash extensions – Transformations Lash Studio, Washington

I need to give LeFleur Weddings a huge shout out for creating the concept, vision and style for this shoot.   They infused so many textures and I’m in love with the combination of pinks, purples, deep reds, greens, gold, and a little touch of blue.  The final look was elegant and makes me excited for Spring weddings and warmer weather!

It just so happens that our groom loves the Avett brothers!   The quote is so perfect for a wedding day and the lettering by Dash/wood is beautifully done.   The large chalkboard from Something Old Event Rentals is an iconic piece perfect for anyone’s wedding day.  Obsessed!

This stationary suite is to die for!!  I’m in love with the simple clean lines and colors.

Peony flowers are MY FAVORITE!!  This wedding bouquet was rich in color and elegant.  It was so lovely up against the champagne dress from Adore and the classic blue tux.  I mean seriously!!!  WOW!

If you want to remember what someone wore, shoot it in color. If you want to remember how something felt, shoot it in black and white.  I love the feeling that these black and white photo shows… breathtaking!

Those eyelashes!  Someday.. I will have lash extensions.. it’s on my bucket list.  Aubrey from Transformations Lash Studio generously gifted Emilee with her time and talent.  Soooooo beautiful!

This Tara Keely dress was vintage elegance at it’s finest! The bodice is gold and silver lace.. the skirt is champagne tulle that looked perfect with Emilee’s fair complexion.

“Classic never goes out of style”  The diamond studs and tennis bracelet from Bremer are heirloom pieces and the perfect touch.

The “Collins” vintage buffet from Something Old Event Rentals is one of my favorite pieces!  LOVE!

Check out this beautiful “naked” cake from Trefzgers combined with fresh flowers from LeFleur Floral Design. It’s almost to pretty to eat!

So many elegant touches and accents by LeFleur Floral Design

One of the things I am most excited about this year is men’s fashion.  Say bye bye to black suits and tuxes and say hello to color!  I love the blue suit and bow tie, the pop of color in the boutonniere and check out the Shinola watch by Bremer.   A classic heirloom piece and a perfect groom’s gift

That pop of color though….

One of my favorite details from this styled shoot!  How fun are these cuff-links from Bremer?!!

Wedding band by Bremer Jewelry

Hearts on Fire wedding band and ring by Bremer.  These diamonds are some of the most perfectly cut diamonds in the world!

I loved this stationary suite so much, we had to rearrange it again for another photo!

I am absolutely crazy about all of these rich color combinations!

Harvest table, chargers, flatware, plates, glasses by Morton Rentals… I die…. gorgeous!  Check out the embellishing on the acrylic pieces that bring the entire look together.

Mark and Emilee are sooooo in love!!  And actually tying the knot in June, so you can imagine the chemistry that I was able to capture between them. They are incredibly sweet individuals and did an amazing job during this photo shoot.

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