Do what you love…

and that is what I plan to do! I have been hinting around on FB about some big news and now I am ready to share!

Click to watch this video if you haven’t already! ¬†Family.

As of January 2, 2012, I am a full-time student and full-time photographer!!! I KNOW! IT IS EXTREMELY EXCITING (and maybe a little terrifying too ūüėČ haha) but I know it is the right decision. Like the lyrics to the song:

“Life tends to happen while you’re still making your plans / so dare to dream big cause it’s worth taking a chance / and when tomorrow comes you will know you gave everything / So just do what you love / and love what you do / There’s so many things in life and they’re all here for you / Just do what you love / do it for you / smile everyday / You can do anything”

By the end of summer, I will have my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with my major being Accounting. It’s been a long 6 years for this degree…but it’s totally been worth it. I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am without the support of my family…especially my loving husband.

Now, I know what you’re saying…”What does this have to do with me Lindsay???” Well, I am now A LOT MORE available! That’s what! I’ve given a face lift to both my blog and my website. And, to even top it off, I’m incorporating some special pricing as well! How long is the pricing good for you ask?? Easy, minimum 7 months (end of school hehe!) It’s my graduation gift to you!

So, you ready for the pricing structure? Easy as pie I tell ya!

Classic Session ~ $250
1 hour session and up to 2 clothing changes
Medium resolution disc with printing rights (average 15-25 images)

Storybook Session ~ $450
2.5 hour session and up to 5 clothing changes
Medium resolution disc with printing rights
5×7 spiral bound proof book

I’ve also updated my calendar on both websites to reflect my availability. So…go check out the new look and contact me to schedule your session!

**Other tidbits of info:
*The session fee is non-refundable and is due within 3 days of booking to reserve your session date. For your convenience, both debit and credit cards are accepted.
*Sessions may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.
*Discs are available approximately 2-3 weeks after your session. Please bring a self addressed & stamped envelope to your session. Envelope should be large enough & should contain enough postage for a CD.
*A travel fee may be applicable for locations 30 miles outside of zip code 37830. Please contact me to determine if a travel fee will be applied.

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Tips for your photo shoot….from head to toe part 2…Makeup

Today is the second installment of the series “From Head to Toe.” ¬†To read part one, click here.

Let’s start with the eyes. ¬†To create a more sophisticated look, apply a light eyeshadow over your entire eyelid from lash line to eyebrow bone, but not beyond. ¬†To define the crease of your eyelid, use a medium or dark shade. The deeper the shade, the more dramatic look. ¬†Lastly, to open up your eyes so that they appear livelier, place a dot of a light shade in the inner corner of each eye. ¬†If you want to create a nighttime look,¬†use light, medium and dark eyeshadow shades in graduated tones. Apply the dark shade along your lash line, the medium shade on the crease, and a light shade up to the eyebrow bone but not beyond. Soften and blend any hard edges so one color seems to melt into the next. ¬†To open up your eyes so that they appear livelier, place a dot of a light shadow in the inner corner of each eye. ¬†For a smoky look,¬†trace the upper and lower lashes with a dark shadow then smudge with a blending brush. To optimize the look, this can also be done over eyeliner.

Now for the cheeks.  When applying your blush, you want the color to look soft and natural.  If you have two shades, apply the darker one on the apple of the cheek first and then use the lighter shade to highlight.  Blend it well so there is no visible line between the colors.  Highlight your temples, forehead and chin as well.  Make sure to blend your blush into your foundation well or it will tend to look unnatural and add the appearance of 5 years to your looks.  Cheek color should be used to enhance your complexion, not to change your natural skin tone. Use sparingly for daytime, then add more or a deeper shade for a more dramatic nighttime effect. For special occasions, you can dust a lightly frosted powder over your cheekbones for a subtle but alluring glow.

The lips…my fav part! ¬†For¬†smooth, soft lips, take a clean damp washcloth and gently rub lips for 60 seconds before applying lipstick. ¬†You can choose a lipliner that matches your lipstick or a flesh tone shade for a soft, natural look. ¬†To get¬†plumper, pinker looking lips, do not touch up by drawing a hard lip line; smudge it so lips look fuller! For a more dramatic fullness, choose a lipstick shade with a hint of frost. ¬†For a creamy effect, apply a lip balm to lips before applying lipstick. ¬†And always, always, always, have lip gloss on hand!

We are aiming for natural…not runway! ¬†I love this look that I found on Seventeen‘s website.

Tips for your photo shoot….from head to toe

Welcome to a brand new series of posts! ¬†I thought it would be beneficial to give you some tips and tricks before you have your senior session. ¬†I’ll do it in a series too just to help!

Today, we will talk about your hair. ¬†Now, if your hair is anything like mine, it does exactly what you want it to do except¬†when you need it to. ¬†Want to wear curls? ¬†There isn’t enough gel, hairspray, mousse or anything else that will make your hair hold a curl. ¬†Want to wear it straight? ¬†You could buy every flat iron the county sells and it’d be wavy. ¬†This sound familiar?!? ¬†Well, it does to me! ¬†So, why not make a hair appointment before you have your session?!? ¬†I mean, seriously, you do it for homecoming & prom…and believe me, your parents would much rather hang your senior portrait on the wall than the one with the boyfriend at the prom! ¬†Just whatever you do, don’t get a new hairstyle the month, week or day before your shoot! ¬†It probably will not work out the way you anticipated!

Lindsey had her hair done for her session…and it looks terrific!

Can’t get an appointment? ¬†That’s ok! ¬†Here are some DIY tips that you can use via!

To create Volume…on clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends (you want more product toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”.) When blow drying, use the high heat setting when the hair is damp. When the hair is almost dry, use your brush to hold your hair in place and use the cool setting to “set” the hair. After the hair is completely dry and your style is set, use a stronger holding hair spray to keep the hair in place.

If you use curling irons…on clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends(you want more product at toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”) Let hair cool before brushing out. After the hair is completely dry and your style is set, use a stronger holding hair spray to keep the hair in place.

If you use rollers (cold or hot)… On clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends(you want more product at toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”) Roll your hair. Mist lightly with a light to medium hair spray (do not use a strong one) When hair is dry, brush out, and finish with a stronger finishing spray.

I have a heart shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease volume in the crown and at the side, ear areas. Adding curl and fullness to the chin area can help round out the look. Wisps on the jaw area or bangs can help give a wider rounder appearance. Avoid styles that mirror the heart shape.

I have a diamond shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease volume in the crown and at the side, ear areas. Adding curl and fullness to the chin area and just above the temples can help round out the look. Avoid styles that mirror the diamond shape. 
I have a round face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease the volume at the sides and ear area. Increase height and length should be beyond the chin or just above it. A side part works well. Keeping hair off the face at the cheek area is also recommended.

I have a square shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Styles that round out your hair can decrease the appearance of a square face shape. Adding curl, angled or wispy bangs, and a few wisps on the cheek area will all help. A cut that allows for some height is also a good idea. Wear a side part as opposed to a center part. Avoid straight bangs and hanging hair.

How can I tell what shape my face is?
Pull your hair back off your face and tie it in a pony tail if possible or if it is short slick it back with water. Look straight in the mirror and trace the shape with a bar of soap or a crayon. Make sure to only trace your face following the hairline around your temples and forehead. This will give you a shape to compare to the following weeks tips. Oval, Round, Square, Diamond, or Heart.

Next up…makeup!

Where were you…

when the world stopped turning on that September day 10 years ago? ¬†I can remember it like it was yesterday. ¬†I was attending Boyce Bible College sitting in Professor Randy Smith’s Personal Evangelism class. ¬†Someone came inside and told him the World Trade Center had been bombed. ¬†As we left class, it ¬†was already apparent that the US had been attacked. ¬†Some classes were cancelled, prayers were being lifted all over campus, and some of us just wondered “Why?” ¬†“Why would someone do this?” ¬†“What was so special about a building in New York?” ¬†Even still, I get choked up thinking about it. ¬†With the exception of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Columbine High School shooting, this was one of the most tragic and inexplicable things I had ever faced in my life. ¬†Even still, I wonder “Why?” ¬†Even though Osama Bin Laden is dead now…that still doesn’t change what happened on that day. ¬†It is my prayer that we never forget what happened on 9/11/01, learn from our mistakes and failures and continue to honor those that not only lost their life that day, but those that continue to fight for our country and die for our freedom. ¬†May God Bless America, the land that I love.

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who

grieve, for the children whose worlds have been

shattered, for all whose sense of safety and

security has been threatened. And I pray they

will be comforted by a power greater than any

of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the

shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with


President George W. Bush

September 11, 2001


Visit¬†this photo collection¬†from “Time” magazine.


Listen to Alan Jackson’s song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning


Listen to Darryl Worley’s song “Have You Forgotten?

Lindsey Fadnek…Softball All-Star!

Since I last photographed Lindsey, she has made a huge decision! ¬†If you know anything about her, softball is her life…











And, it seems she’s pretty good at it too! ¬†In August, Lindsey signed with Marshall University to play softball for the Thundering Herd. ¬†There’s probably more that you don’t know about Lindsey. ¬†She has nicknames like LuLu and Turtle and like most teens, she can’t live without her phone or her shoes. ¬†She actually likes her brother too! ūüôā

To start off Lindsey’s session, we headed to Frozen Head State Park. ¬†Although the weather wasn’t too bad, the insects were unbearable! ¬†Even with bugspray, we were only able to get a few shots…but I adore them!!!


After we decided to bolt Frozen Head, we headed to Lindsey’s sanctuary…Coalfield High School’s softball field. ¬†This was her turf…and she rocked it while we were there.


After she showed her stuff on the softball field, we ended the night with some classic shots.


I wanted to know just a little bit more about Lindsey…so I asked! ¬†And this is what I discovered…
Dislikes:  drama
Favorite color:  lime green
Favorite food: ¬†Japanese (that’s becoming mine too!)
Favorite song:  Chicken and Biscuits by Colt Ford
Favorite quote: ¬†Don’t forget to love yourself. (That’s pretty good!)

If you wanna see Lindsey in action, check her out on the softball field. ¬†The schedule will be posted next season…here!



I know you’ve heard me talk about this on FB…but I cannot stress how AWESOME Pinterest is. ¬†There’s always lots of questions about what to do/how to do it/what’s the point, etc…so I found this blog post that explained it perfectly! ¬†I just had to share it with you.

Click here!

And then, post your email & I’ll send you an invite so you can get started! ¬†AND, JUST LIKE THIS BLOGGER TELLS YOU, YOU CANNOT BLAME ME WHEN YOU’RE STILL SITTING THERE HOURS LATER! ¬†ūüôā

Happy Pinning!

I will beg…someone please purchase outfits like these :)…

So, I was thumbing through a catalog and this was one of the outfits featured…and I fell in love! ¬†This is perfect for senior photos! ¬†I just had to share…keep reading for the prices!

The top – $9.99
The hat – $9.80
The pants – $19.80
The shoes – $19.80
The earrings – $6.00

Want to wear something that shows you bleed orange & white? ¬†Well, for that, of course you shop local! ¬†And I absolutely adore this store! ¬†It’s The Spotted Frog Boutique!

Check out this gorgeous UT dress…and the bracelet…and the purse…and the makeup bag…well, really all of it! ¬†Go, check them out & tell them that you heard about them from Simply 17 Photography!



Have questions? Read below!!!


Q: Do I have my portraits taken on June 30?

A: No.  You simply purchase your spot by visiting:

Q: Is my purchase refundable?

A: No.  One reschedule (for circumstances other than weather) is allowed.


Q: How many people can be in my photograph?

A: There are no limits! ¬†However, please keep in mind that your session is only 1.5 hours long and only one 16×20 canvas is included in this awesome special!


Q: How long do I have to schedule my session?

A: All sessions must be completed by November 30, 2011.  Failure to have your session by then will not result in a refund.


Q: Are you going to offer this sale again?

A: No.

Q: Why are there two business names listed?

A: Simply 17 Photography is dedicated solely to high school seniors while Picture Perfect by Lindsay will shoot anyone (that joke never gets old!) ūüôā


Q:  If I have questions and get your voicemail, can I still get in on the sale?

A:  Yes. Leave me a detailed message and I will contact you back ASAP!  You can also email me at OR


Hair styles for your senior session…

Some of you may have heard of this supa fly website…called Pinterest. ¬† Well, let me tell you, I am hooked! ¬†TONS of inspiration found there, including this website¬† ¬†While perusing through this website, I found some gorgeous hair styles & thought I’d share! ¬†ūüôā

Hair style #1 can be found by clicking on the following link.
This would be perfect with a cute dress and a field of flowers…or capri khakis with a cute top and sandals…AWESOME!

Hair style #2 (with directions!!) can be found here:
This one is simple yet very stylish…will look perfect with any outfit you choose!

And this is my personal fav…cannot wait for my stylist to show me how to do this! ¬† ¬†I have a feeling that at my next senior session…I will be rockin’ this! ¬†ūüôā

Up next…the simply gorgeous Lindsey from Coalfield High School!