Friday, April 26, 2019

P.R.O.M. The Four Letter Word Everyone is Talking About

As most high school students know, prom is kind of a big deal.  You've looked forward to this day since you were a freshman.  Now it's your senior year and prom is right around the corner. From what you'll be wearing to who you'll be dancing the night away with, you want to make sure your prom is a night to remember. It's always a good idea to make a little inspiration board with all the things that you love. Here's a few things to think about when planning your prom night:

Style me pretty!

It can be overwhelming to plan out what you are wearing, you want to be the belle of the ball. And then you want to coordinate with your date which can make it extra fun but can also add some stress. It can be easy to go a little overboard when planning your dream look.  So take into consideration all the things you want to include and make a budget ahead of time so you can make room for all things important.  Consider borrowing an item or two from friends to help stretch the budget.  You're only gonna wear it once anyways, so why break the bank for a few hours of glamour? Think about it, the night will be fun because of the memories with your friends, not because of the expensive accessory you bought.
Ladies, you'll need the dress of course.  Then there is the hand bag, shoes & jewelry to think of. Guys, if you're renting a tuxedo from a shop, you can make it a one stop shop for your tux, shoes, tie etc.

Put your best face forward!

Prom prep for the ladies is usually a little more to think about. You might think about getting your makeup professionally done, if so, make sure you make your appointment with your favorite makeup artist in advance.  If not, make sure you have all the essentials to glam it up a bit and possibly ask a friend to help you the day of. Also, you'll want to make sure to exfoliate and moisturize, drink plenty of water, get your brows done, moisturize your lips and get a good nights rest to help prep your skin for your big night. Also, if you plan to get a spray tan, do a trial run so you can be sure you won't look like an oompa loompa on prom night. For more tips check out this article from
Guys have it a lot easier, but make sure you have a fresh shave and get your eye brows in check.

Get your Hair done!

If you are planning to have your hair styled, make sure you make appointments plenty of time ahead. Stylists are busy this time of year with weddings and all kinds of events. Think about the style of your dress you'll be wearing and what looks inspire you. Start collecting ideas and plan ahead. If you plan to do your hair yourself, try the look out ahead of time to make sure you know how to do it and that you have all the supplies you'll need.
Guys make sure you get a fresh cut a week or so before so you'll be fresh and ready come prom.

Get your Nails did!

Mani Pedi anyone? This goes for the ladies and the guys.  It's always fun to go with a friend and make it a little day at the spa.

Make all the Plans!

There's lot of other things to think about and plan with your date/group to make the night amazing.  You'll need to get your prom tickets, plan where to have dinner and make reservations, make arrangements for your transportation with a limo or party bus or simply plan to drive yourself (make sure your car is clean). You'll need to order the corsage or boutonniere for your date and also plan with your group of where and when to take pictures.

Collaborating with your group of groups of friends can be a pain.  But it doesn't have to.  Consider a group chat to keep all parties involved up to date with details.  Plan for things to change at the last minute and be flexible.  This is one of the last big moments of your high school years and you don't want it ruined by disagreements and hurt feelings.  Even if someone in the group isn't necessarily your buddy, take the high road and play nice for the sake of everyone.  You'll thank yourself later.


I don't even know what to say about promposals.  They weren't a thing when I went to prom.  A guy simply asked a girl to go to prom with him.  Easy peasy.  Now there is this phenomenon known as proposals.  Here's my two cents...while they can me cute and special, they can also be a source of stress to plan and execute. And if promposals are this elaborate what will marriage proposals be expected to be like? Oy vey! Now I sound like my mom! LOL I'm just sayin' keep it sweet and simple and put the majority of the effort into treating your date well and making memories!

Involve your Parents!

Get ready for the paparazzi! Don't worry about being embarrassed by your parents wanting to take photos of you and your date and wanting a few with them as well.  They've waited for this day too.  And they can't help but be proud of their beautiful or handsome young adult all glammed up.  Keep them in the loop about the plans for the day so they can be involved from the getting ready to the big event. It will mean so much to them if you include them.

Dance the night away!

Have so much fun at Prom!  It's your last formal with all your friends until one of you gets married.  So relax (no prom-zillas), have fun and dance the night away.  Wanna keep the fun going?  Make plans with your friends for the after party.  Stay safe and make sure you have arranged transportation home ahead of time. Enjoy your night, after all you may never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cruising' HWY 101 | ROLEmodel19 | Wendy Childress Photography Seniors

Come with me, let's take a trip back in time and cruise on into the 1950's! This styled shoot was so much fun to plan and photograph!  Who doesn't love the decade where rock and roll was born, when rebellious teens let loose and had fun cruising the highways and stopping at their favorite diner to hang with their friends?
WCP ROLEmodels19 team knocked this shoot out of the park.  From the makeup, to the hairstyles, to the wardrobe styling and accessories, I couldn't be more happy! I love the pops of color that were so popular in the 50's together with the matte black of the 1950 Ford Shoebox car that we had the privilege of shooting with.  It was the final touch that made this shoot so cool.
The girls gathered at my home to help each other get ready while some went to get a special hair style done at Rebel Rebel Hair Salon.  It's always fun to have a house full of girls laughing and chatting it up.  This is a big part of what makes the ROLEmodel team experience so much fun! When the girls were ready we headed downtown to a historic diner and let the fun begin!  Take a few minutes and enjoy some of my favs! 

A huge THANK YOU to the owner of this 1950 Ford Shoebox, Mike Davis! 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Baby Hargett & Family | Simple Babies | Wendy Childress Photography

I had the pleasure of documenting sweet Baby Allie in her first few days at home with her family! Referrals are the reason I stay in business.  Happy clients who gush about their experience with me to their friends and family keep my calendar full and I am forever grateful!  This family was recommended to me by three different people who don't know each other.  How cool is that?
I met them in their home for their lifestyle newborn session and I knew why they had so many friends.  Big sis is just the cutest and loved on her baby sis.  It made me miss the days when my babies were babies. I loved getting to know the Hargett's while we photographed these special moments. I can't wait to get them in front of my camera again soon!  Enjoy some favs from their session!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pato Family | Family Moments | Wendy Childress Photography

"A mother's love for her children is like nothing else in the world." ~Agatha Christie
This sweet mama loves her kiddos with all her heart and it was such a blessing to capture it on film.  I watched as they laughed and chatted and really connected.  I'm so glad she decided to take the time to document her family just as they are, before her oldest daughter heads to college this next fall.  These moments are fleeting, and it's so important to capture them before they are gone. Enjoy some favs from their family session at the park.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Family Minis | Myrtle Creek Nursery | Wendy Childress Photography

Each year I look forward to seeing the familiar faces of some of my most loyal families.  They come back to me year after year to document their families as they grow and mature.  I've had the honor of welcoming new babies as well as reconnecting with those kiddos who have grown up and headed off to college.  It's always a good time and I always wish I had more time to catch up.  This year I offered a couple dates and this one was at the always breathtaking Myrtle Creek Gardens and Nursery in Fallbrook.  My clients are always wowed by this location and seem to find their way back at another date to enjoy all that it has to offer.  I got to work with four families in that golden hour light and we created beautiful images.  Enjoy some of the favs!