Allow me to introduce you to Lauren M., one of my 2015 Couture Senior Models! My Senior Models are chosen from a pool of nominees every January, and candidates are chosen during their junior year of high school. Their role is to represent Couture Photo Art Senior Portraits in their school, family, and community. Along with getting hefty discounts on their senior portrait sessions, senior models get to participate in group photo shoots with all of the Couture Senior Models, BFF shoots, volunteer functions for charity, and even individual modeling shoots in some cases. Not least of all, Couture Senior Models get to walk the runway in the exclusive Impulse Fashion Show, that happens every year in May at the Von Braun Center.
Lauren is a senior at Madison Academy and has a very beautiful, exotic look. Even though she recently brought home the crown as 2014-2015 Madison Academy Homecoming Queen, don’t be fooled by her looks. Lauren is a standout volleyball player for the Madison Academy Mustangs, where she has not only done well, but has established herself as one of the stars on the team from her setter position.
Lauren is half Hawaiian, her father and his family hailing from the Aloha State. She is justifiably proud of her Hawaiian heritage, and was able to visit her family’s homeland—the islands of Oahu and The Big Island (properly, the Island of Hawai’i)—about six years ago. While she loved her time there, she says living there isn’t necessarily the plan. “I wouldn’t want to live there because everything over there is so expensive, and it’s really crowded and really secluded from the rest of the United States.”
The Mainland, the 48 continental states are so called by native Hawaiians, has been kind to Lauren—specifically our north Alabama. Most recently evidenced by the shiny new tiara she wears as Madison Academy’s Homecoming Queen.
“It’s an honor [to be homecoming queen], and it’s really neat to see all the little girls that would come up to me and tell me how awesome it is that I won, and to know that other people look up to me.” Clearly, Lauren has quickly taken to her new role. She concedes that there are no official responsibilities with this award, but unspoken responsibilities nonetheless: “I have to keep check of who I am, not just how I look.”
It’s this level of maturity and poise that makes Lauren a valuable member of our Couture Senior Models. She realizes that as pretty as her face may be, it is what lies beneath the skin-deep beauty that really counts. When asked what was most appealing about becoming one of our senior models, she said simply the excitement of the camaraderie of being with the other girls in the model program.
She also took very seriously the decision of who would be taking her Senior portraits. When I asked Lauren what made her decide to become a senior model for Couture Photo Art, she said, "When you're a senior, you have a lot of big decisions that you have to make, and one of them is who is going to take your senior pictures, and who you're going to represent. And the thing that made me want to go with Couture Photo Art is how happy [the photographer, Shane,] is all the time and [he] just wants to have fun with it.”
Lauren’s favorite part of being a Couture Senior Model was walking in the 1st annual Impulse Fashion Show at the Von Braun Center, where she modeled seven outfits on a 40 foot long, elevated runway in front of about 200 people. She wasn't intimidated by the people, the fact that DJ Tony T was spinning loud, thumping music, or that there were photographers snapping pictures at the end of the runway the entire night. “I like to be in front of people,” Lauren said with a smile. “I was in my element.”
As for which of the seven Impulse Fashion Show outfits stood out to her the most, Lauren loved her dress from the "All that Glitters" category of the fashion show the most: "It was a white dress that was knitted, and it was really expensive in the [boutique], and I don't buy clothes that are that expensive. It was very unique; it had a zipper down the front and sparkles all over it. It was from Ruby Jacks Boutique."
Since becoming a Couture Senior Model in February, Lauren has been a part of two group photo shoots, was a featured model in the Impulse Fashion Show at the Von Braun Center, and has had three separate senior pictures sessions at three different locations--and she isn't even halfway through her senior year yet!
"I strongly encourage other girls to get involved [in Couture Photo Art's senior model program.] This is not just getting your pictures made. It's making a bond with other girls that may or may not go to your school. In fact, they probably won't be girls from your school!"
And now, the rapid fire portion of Lauren's interview session:
Best thing that’s happened to you this year?
Becoming Homecoming Queen
Best thing that's happened this month?
1000 set assists
Best thing that’s happened to you today?
Getting to take pictures with my dog, Charlie
What was your first dog's name?
Buddy, part boxer/part mutt.
What breed is your current dog?
Charlie is a Cava-poo (King Charles Cavalier and Poodle mix)
Does Charlie deserve his own gallery, right here, right now??
What's your best Halloween costume ever?
Neopolitan ice cream with two best friends
Would you ever live anywhere besides the southeast?
What's your favorite food?
What color dress did you wear to your prom?
I went to two proms, but I wore a white dress to Madison Academy's prom
Blow dry or air dry?
Air dry, baby, all the way!
Movie you laughed the hardest through?
50 first dates
A book you read because everyone else was reading it?
The Help [For school, so everyone else was reading it too!]
*For more info on becoming a Couture Photo Art Senior Model, send a quick email to email@example.com, or click the "Contact" link on the left hand side of this page