Ohhhh Monya…what a BEAUTY!!!! This may be one of my all time favorite senior shoots!!! Monya was a 2021 senior at Rocky Mount High School and she is not only stunning but also witty. I absolutely LOVED her style and was obsessed with her hair. It took me about 20 minutes into our shoot for me to say “You really look like someone famous…” You cannot tell me she doesn’t look exactly like Shay Mitchell!!!
For her photos, she’s a lover of travel and big cities, so we chose to go to downtown Raleigh. We started at Pullen Park for a garden look for her girly floral dress, where I found a flower bush and a weeping willow that she trusted me when I told her that I wanted to put her inside both of them, ha! This glow is absolutely to die for, and you would never know that we were sweating our butts off. It was HOT but her sister Dnya brought a fan and was the ultimate hype glam squad.
Her next outfit was more funky with a bright neon green and sparkly shoes, so we headed to one of my favorite hidden locations in downtown Raleigh, NC –– the train station! The windows give a really fun mirrored look, which is perfect for a glam vibe. These are some of my favorite photos from the shoot, though truthfully it’s really hard to choose.
Our last location was another crowd favorite, the top of a parking deck. I love this spot because we have views of big buildings and also looking out over the streets. Monya brought another girly, trendy outfit and I was living for the light. We did get adventurous with the different levels but I promise we were safe the whole time. Sometimes you just gotta get up on the ledge for the shot!
Spending the day with Monya and her sister was so fun (special thanks to her mom for being our chauffeur!). I am so thankful she found me on Instagram! Monya, you are going to do big things girl!!!
I’m Dakota, a Wilmington, NC-based photographer Helping engaged couples feel comfortable in front of the camera and creative businesses grow with purposeful brand imagery.
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