I chose Jillian Marie because I loved her photos and every review I heard was great!
She really seems to personalize it to you and your likings and that's
all I really wanted for this shoot! -Amanda
Amanda's stylish wardrobe made me wish I had a special occasion to wear a beautiful white dress like this one! Although I am not in high school anymore (haha), I love living vicariously through these strong, beautiful seniors I get to work with...Seniors like Amanda. She's a senior at Santa Maria High School, where she's had plenty of memorable experiences. "My favorite memory from high school would have to be from my freshman year on Halloween", she explains, "After school, all of my friends and I had gotten ready and got together in Orcutt to go trick or treating, but it started to rain. So, we all hid out in the garage and when it didn't stop we went around in the rain and got a box full of candy, it was super fun and memorable!" Besides academics and time with her friends, Amanda also enjoys participating in the local FFA, where she previously raised a market steer. She also has two horses named Max and Pancho, who she rides and competes with in Gymkhanas. When she is not busy with these commitments, she works part time for the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Office, and volunteers with the California Highway Patrol doing clerical work.
Working with animals is one of her biggest passions, and she's been able to weave it into something else she is excited about: mentoring and investing in work with children. She says, "I love mentoring elementary age children in agriculture, because they are such great listeners. Their faces light up when you talk about animals!" As a mentor herself, she also looks up to many strong people in her life, especially her mom. "My mom is my personal hero, she's gone through so much, and is still supportive, hardworking, and loving. She makes me so grateful, and her and my dad are both my biggest cheerleaders", she adds. When we sat down to plan out her shoot, Amanda shared that she wanted to 'laugh a lot of and feel beautiful', and we definitely succeeded! We did this session at the Dana Powers Barn in Nipomo, because it incorporated her love of animals. After graduation, this bright and sweet girl is off the Cal Poly SLO, where she plans to major in Agricultural Communications or Crop Science, something she hopes to make a real difference with. Thanks, Amanda, for introducing me to the things that you are passionate about, and for being so lovely to work with!