Category Archives: High School Seniors
Sail Away With Me – Sailing Senior Session
Berean Christian High School Senior
Class of 2017
Hi Friends! Well, I’m not in California anymore, and am a bit behind on sharing all the amazing sessions I had last year before I moved to Arizona. First up, Alyssa. She has a heart full of so much joy she cannot help but smile! She has a happy, bubbly personality just like me! hahaha Alyssa wanted to have her senior pictures done at the Berkeley Marina, where she pretty much grew up! Her family loves to sail and she has been around boats since she was just a toddler.
Her grandpa was there too, so naturally I had to capture a special image for her to replicate the one she has from her younger years! Truly it was a special day when extended family arrived for a special sail in the bay – family they hadn’t seen in many years (and yes, I convinced them all to take one big family picture together because it was such a rare occasion!)
A funny confession of mine – boats actually make me quite sick, and I was SO relieved when I learned that we were not actually going to be sailing! Thank you Jesus!
The day was beautiful with the sun shining – definitely good for March! It was a bit chilly as the sun began to set (see part two coming soon). This was one of my most favorite sessions that I will never forget! This was a bucket list session as I’ve wanted to do a senior session on a boat for a long time!
Is this not so precious???? I love love how close she is to her grandpa!
Alyssa – thank you so much for having me taking your senior portraits! What a special time to capture!
xoxo ~ Jana
If you are a high school senior in the Phoenix, Arizona or surrounding areas – I am now booking in your area! There must be some bodies of water around here that I have yet to discover! Let’s plan a unique session just for you – tell me where you want to go and lets make it happen!
The Traveling Dress
Scottsdale Senior Photographer
Papago Park, Arizona
One Dress. Twelve Photographers. Each with their own creative vision.
Hair & Makeup Artist: Sydney Peters
I recently moved to Arizona after living in California my entire life. This was my first shoot in Arizona, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to get outside and play with my camera again! I planned on photographing the dress while I was in California, but it arrived right in the middle of my move, so I brought it with me.
There is so much to explore in the Phoenix area, and Papago Park is truly a gem! I decided I wanted to keep this fairly simple (partly because I just moved and I’ve had little time on my hands). I loved the neutral landscape here, keeping Elizabeth and ‘the dress’ front and center. The sunset was beautiful with it’s hazy, warm glow. Did I mention that it was 110 outside? It was HOT! Shooting in the Arizona heat is no joke! haha!
Thank you Sydney for your beautiful hair and makeup artistry and helping me bring my vision to life. You are incredible! Elizabeth – you were so much fun to photograph! You are such a beautiful young woman (inside and out). xoxo Jana
I couldn’t decide if I liked color or black and white better…
Jana Melinda Photography resides in Glendale, Arizona and is now booking Portrait sessions in greater Phoenix and surrounding areas.
Beauty Revived 50 Most Beautiful Seniors
Will C. Wood High School
Class of 2017
Meet Hailey – She is Beauty Revived
What makes Hailey beautiful: Leadership & uplifting others
I take part in many leadership programs the first of these being Interact club, which is a branch of Rotary specific to high school students. Every year we put on a youth summit and we invite kids from all of the high schools in town to come and we have guest speakers that give lectures on loving yourself and helping you and the people around you. While I am very proud to be the secretary of interact club, there is one other club that I hold very dear to my heart, which is link crew.
Link crew is a mixture of campus and community outreach, student council, and just overall making people feel welcome and excited to come to school each day, we put on dances for both students in our school and our feeder elementary schools, we host rallies and put on an annual kindness week where we promote love, respect, and a general tendency to give back to everyone around you.
Every year at Will C Wood we throw a kindness week. Each day of the week is dedicated to something like generosity, Friendship, or teamwork. We have activities and kindness videos about each day and put on an assembly at the end of the week where we grant wishes for most of the kids at my school. I am in charge of overseeing all events for the week and appointing people to certain jobs and I love seeing everyone smiling when they get to grant their wishes and everybody else’s.
Favorite wish granted:
We granted a wish for a girl who wanted to honor people who have passed away from cancer because her sister did the previous year and now every year we make a tarp and put plates with the names of cancer victims that students at our school know or knew. And we unveil it every year at the breast cancer awareness football game.
For the past two years I’ve been in charge of a school wide clothing drive for the less fortunate. We always collect warm winter clothing from classes on campus and we make it a competition so more people donate we then take all of the clothes down to the local homeless shelter and give them to them along with canned foods that our school does at the same time.
I’m also the fourth year starting varsity catcher for my high school softball team. I was also the captain of my softball team three years, before I got a job as a hostess at a local restaurant called Merchant and Main. My job has been an amazing experience for me, it really humbled me and I have a respect for people who work in customer service! Haha!
I plan on attending Sacramento State University to get my teaching credential in history, and teach US History to high school students.
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To book your senior portrait session, please contact me using the contact form above! I look forward to planning a beautiful session with you!
Jana Melinda Photography is located in Vacaville, CA and serves all of Northern California.