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A day at Jessica Shae’s Summer Adventure :D :D {gaylord texan, grapevine, tx portrait and wedding photographer}

July 23, 2012

Yes, I had the privilege of being a part of Jessica Shae’s Summer Adventure for one day 😀 :D.Jessica planned an intern reunion for last Wednesday (towards the end of her internship). Sadly, Allix and I were the only past interns that were able to attend (and Allix’s mom, Mrs. Darla; she was our driver 😉 ). But because it was just us three that came, we were able to spend more time with Jessica and her crew :D. We got to the “Olive Garden” in Grapevine (Haha, that’s kinda funny…) and excitedly awaited Jessica and the 9 interns’ arrival 😀 :D. It was pretty funny: Allix and I sat near the entrance and kept getting our hopes up anytime a worker went to open the door for customers. Then, finally, Mrs. Darla said “They’re here!” Allix and I looked and the first face we saw was Hannah Nicole‘s 😀 😀 (forgive me: there will be LOTS of smiles in this post. Hehe :D). I attacked her with a hug and then continued to attack the rest of the lot :D. Some of the girls I had followed through their blogs and facebooks for a while, and some I had just started to because I knew they were going to intern with Jessica. I got to meet NINE photographer friends, people!! It was pretty surreal :D. We realized we needed to clear out of the entry way, so we headed to the back room Jessica had reserved for us :). We had a nice lunch and the waiter said we were really quiet for a big group of girls. Haha. I was just kind of in awe that I was there with 9 online friends of mine (and of course, I loved being able to see Jessica again 🙂 ). After lunch, we headed back to the Gaylord Texan (the place they stayed at. It’s incredibly huge!! And sooo nice and smells good inside 🙂 ). It was time for Jessica to do some new bio shots for each of the interns. While she did that, the rest of them practiced on each other (and Allix and I too 🙂 ). We started out in the parking garage (which was really great for portraits actually! It made a really neat background and the lighting was great!).
Most of the time Allix and I took “behind the scenes” pictures, since this wasn’t our internship. Sure I would have LOVED to have monopolized everyone’s time by doing a quick portrait session of each girl and spend lots of time with each one, but this time was for them and their learning. I’m just glad I was able to watch them do their thing and have a little time with them :).
Here’s the kind and graceful Lauren Douglas (of Lauren Rae Photography) getting her picture taken :D.
Here’s the sweet face of Madison Mclain (of Madison Grace Photography) :D.
Here’s Jessica taking the fun and pretty Chelsea Royse’s (of Chelsea Kaye Photography) bio shots :D.
And here’s the happy and stunning Hannah Nicole Martin!! My designer and friend :D. By the way, aren’t her eyes incredible?!
These girls are good! You can tell they’ve learned a lot from Jessica :). The way they direct each other into poses, their photography itself! These girls are going places :D.
This is the awesome and charming Hannah Sandersfeld (Hannah Elise) getting her picture taken :D.
And this is the joyful and cute Madeline Hunt (of Sofia Hilder Photography) getting her picture taken :). I asked her when we were at the frozen yogurt place (we went there after we took pictures) where “Sofia Hilder” came from. Well, “Sofia” is her sister’s middle name and “Hilder” is her middle name; she said it represents her love for generations of people being captured in pictures. I thought that was pretty neat :).
And this is the darling and beautiful Olivia Thomas (of The Photography of Olivia G.) :D.
Lauren was brave and sat on this ledge for someone (between that metal wall and the ledge was a drop off to the ground, and we were on the third floor). Ok, she was a little scared obviously, but she did it :D.
Doesn’t Chelsea’s hair look cool?! The colors were put in very tastefully :).
See? It just blends.
Love these girls :D. I love ALL of them, but I wasn’t able to get a picture of the whole group.
They were fun :D.
Hannah S. jumped in :D.
Then we left the parking garage and took pictures in a grassy area :).
Here’s the great and fair Anna Wilkie (of Anna Mae Photography) getting her picture taken :D.
Allix and I kept admiring the super awesome style these girls had! (and beautiful hair; all of them!!)
Here’s the gentle and lovely Julianna Cabell (of Julianna Grace Photography) getting her picture taken :).
Soo cute, Olivia :D.
They make me happy :D.
An opportunity arose and I took some portraits of Lauren :D. Lauren, you’re SO pretty and are blessed with incredible hair :).
I love this girl :).
Me: “Now look over that way…and you see the man of your dreams.” Hahaha :D.
Another opportunity arose and I took some portraits of Julianna! She’s precious :D.
Love this one; such a sweet smile :).
Hey, Madison. You look super pretty :).
Allix was taking some pictures of Hannah, so I walked over and snapped some too :). You’re so happily lovely, Hannah :D.
Yes, Hannah, I can’t wait till my hair is long again like yours :).
I love how you seem a part of the life around you in this picture. I hope that makes sense. Lol.
And just so y’all know, Hannah is very fun :D.
While someone was taking pictures of Madeline, I came to the side and got a few too :D.
Your smile is SO cute, Madeline!
Finally together in person :D.
Allix wanted one too :D.
Notice how Olivia’s camera strap blends into her skirt almost perfectly?! Haha :D. I like this shot.
Then it was time to go get frozen yogurt :). Jessica did an awesome job taking care of these girls :).
After dessert, Jessica invited Mrs. Darla, Allix, and I to come back to their room for a little bit while they worked on their logos and blogs :D.
Everyone gathered around to see the logos Hannah had created for them (her talent in that area is remarkable).
Hey there, Olivia :D.
Hehe :D.
All of us changing our cover photos to the group shot Jessica posted on facebook. Hehe :D.
And we’ll end with this slightly blurry picture I took of Lauren and I. Hehe :D.

Jessica, thank you again for letting us jump in on the “adventure” for a day :D. And again, girls! It was wonderful meeting all of y’all in person finally!! I love y’all very much and can’t wait to see y’all again 😀 :D.

With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh }

comments +

  1. Gloria {Lia} says:

    Oh, this makes me SO jealous! Olivia, Hannah, Jessica, Allix and you are some of my favorite bloggers and I totally wish I had been there! My bucket list includes meeting some of my favorite bloggers. 😉

  2. Olivia says:

    So, I absolutely love this post, Rachel! It's perfect and made me smile and laugh and get a little sad all at the same time. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking behind the scenes photos and capturing the little details that some of us didn't get to see! It was so great to meet you too! (I think another reunion is in order!) 😀

  3. Soooo fun! I loved seeing all of this. 😀

  4. awwwww!!! Rachel! I am smiling so much right now I'm afraid my face will break. I love all these pictures and I love your words. What a fun, happy, AMAZING time! Like Olivia said, it made me laugh and smile and get sad a bit too, because it's over and I MISS ALL Y'ALL SO MUCH! 🙂 REUNION! 😀

  5. Jocee says:

    gah! so jelly. next year. i have to do this next year. looks like so much fun!

  6. kinga says:

    Looks like you all had a great time! 🙂

  7. Bekah says:

    Even though photography has kinda slowed down for me (not doing much of it at the moment), seeing all the pictures from the internship still makes me wish I'd been able to go! Y'all had such an amazing time and I know all of you are incredibly blessed to learn from Jessica. 🙂 Wish I could meet every one of you in person!!! 🙂

  8. Lucia says:

    aw! this looks like a ton of fun. you ladies are gorgeousity incarnate and have the best style evah! I hope someday I can do something like this. 🙂

    love your blog + photos, rachel! and by the way–you have the prettiest smile. 🙂


  9. Madeline says:

    well we defs need a reunion :)how about in Minnesoooota 🙂

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for the post, Rachel! It was super fun to hear that it went so well! =) So much happiness. =) This sounds like an amazing experience. =) Blessings!!

  11. Morgan says:

    ohhh I love all these photos. absolutely stunning!~ amazing job! i am so happy yall had a good time! Ya'll are awesome!

  12. Lauren says:

    Rachel!!! I loved looking through all these pics and remembering the fun memories!! 🙂 You're a delight and I love that I got to meet ya and spend an afternoon together! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome pics of me too girl! God bless! love ya! <3

  13. Allix B. says:

    I luff dees. Berry much.

  14. Oh this looks so fun! 🙂

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