Quad Cities Senior Photography | Meet Isabella

Meet Isabella.
This beauty and I met up on a warm summer day and I had a blast capturing her photos!  Before each session, I do a wardrobe consult with my seniors so that I can help to match outfits to locations. I couldn’t wait for Isabella’s shoot because she had the most amazing looks (hello pink leather dress)!  Knowing that Isabella was wanting to capture a modern vibe, do some photos in water and have some park backdrops, we create the perfect route. Isabella arrived looking as though she had just stepped off of the cover of a magazine! She had the perfect jewelry, purses and shoes to go with each and every look and it was so much fun having her in front of my camera!

Here is a little about what Isabella had to say about her session with Moxie:
“I loved my experience with Karen at Moxie Design! She is focused on the wishes of the client, was detailed oriented and determined to capture the look you want to create in your senior portraits. Because of her experience, she is able to assist in finding the perfect locations and shares her recommendations before the shoot so you will be prepared. The weather was a little bit unpredictable on the day we met, so she made adjustments to the schedule to fit what we wanted to accomplish. Everything worked out perfectly!  I was going for a mix of cute county and Barbie style with my session and was worried that we might not capture that, but it all worked out!  The most memorable part was getting to express my personality with different outfits in the photos. I love Moxie Design because Karen captured my happiness of being a senior.  Go to Moxie Design because you’ll love the end results!”

One piece of advice that Isabella has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Even if you think you look stupid doing what Karen says, do it anyway because she knows what she is doing!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “delightful.”

Thanks for being awesome, Isabella!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Pleasant Valley High School Senior Photography | Meet Ella

Meet Ella.
We met up with this stunning PV senior on the perfect fall day.  We started off at Augustana College where the fall leaves were at their peak and they coordinated with Ella’s looks perfectly!  Then she brought out the pointe shoes and I was so pumped! We experimented with lighting and poses and captured some amazing shots. Then we headed downtown (still in the pointe shoes) and were able to get even more jaw dropping photos. Ella and her mom were the sweetest people and Kylie and I loved getting to know them throughout her session.

Here is a little about what Ella had to say about her session with Moxie:

“I had the best time at my senior photo session! Karen takes the most beautiful photos and made me feel comfortable throughout the session. It was such a great experience overall and I love how the pictures turned out. At first I was worried that I would feel awkward while taking the pictures, but Karen made me feel really comfortable and confident in front of the camera. The best part of my experience was being able to take photos in so many beautiful locations. The fall weather was just right to take the best photos and they all turned out gorgeous! It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite, but I love the photos taken in my pointe shoes. It was so much fun to take them and it’s amazing to see how Karen was able to capture my passion for dance in those photos. The most memorable part of my session was taking photos on campus because the fall colors were beautiful that day. I remember how much I was smiling because I loved being outdoors when the trees were so beautiful. Karen also brought a beret that matched perfectly with the trees and my skirt, which made taking those pictures even better! Having your photos taken with Moxie Design is an amazing experience because Karen is so much fun to work with! I felt comfortable and the session wasn’t stressful. I love Moxie Design because the pictures reflected my personality and I had the best time at my session.”

One piece of advice that Ella has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Be yourself and smile! Senior photo sessions with Moxie Design are so fun and you shouldn’t be stressed. Make sure you listen to Karen and trust what she says because she has the best ideas for photos and they definitely turn out amazing.”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “exciting.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, beautiful girl!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Cambridge Senior Photography | Meet Sydney

Meet Sydney.
This Cambridge senior and Moxie model and I have had the opportunity to work together multiple times over the past year.  Syd is absolutely gorgeous and so much fun to be around!  Kylie and I had a blast during her full session and shared so many laughs with Sydney and her amazing Mom. We started out by getting into a creek at my favorite park and I LOVE those images! Then we headed over to capture some garden images and found a willow tree that was perfection.  After we wrapped at the park, we headed downtown and found some really awesome spots.  We took a few cheer photos before heading to our last spot to capture Sydney’s amazing gown! I fell in love with this dress – it was red carpet glam gorgeous and Syd looked absolutely stunning!  Every night that I have a session, I hope for a beautiful sunset, but the night of Syd’s shoot we had the most spectacular sky –  from one side, it was a beautiful blue with hints of pink and the other was the most beautiful orange and yellows with a hint of purple, which went perfectly with her dress.

Here is a little about what Sydney had to say about her session with Moxie: “My session with Moxie was amazing! I loved every second of the shoot, it was a wonderful experience! I loved all the laughs we had-  it was a lot of fun. Karen is so nice and she really has a vision. She knows how to have you pose for the best outcome and that outcome is amazing. My photos look incredible! I was going for a lot of different looks in my shoots, I wanted some simple and cute photos, and some dramatic and fun photos.  I did not have any fears or worries about the photo shoot. When I went in for my first shoot I was nervous if I’d like Karen or how I would even look in the photos. Once I walked in, Karen greeted me with a joyful smile and a bubbly personality and it made me so happy. While taking the photos I felt so comfortable in front of the camera and my photos turned out amazing!! My favorite part of the experience was getting to see all of my photos! I loved all of it, but getting to see my photos was so much fun and I couldn’t wait to share all of them!  As far as favorites go,  I can not just choose one photo, I have about 10 favorites!  If I had to choose only choose two, I’d probably choose either the one of me in the black dress at the park holding onto some of the willow tree branches, or the one on me in the black and pink prom dress throwing the skirt!  I love Moxie Design because Karen created wonderful photos of me and I enjoyed every moment!”

One piece of advice that she has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Do not be nervous, I was nervous before my first session and how much I would like it. Once I walked in and saw Karen’s joyful smile I was no longer nervous.”  <– That is so sweet, Syd! Thank you!!

If Sydney could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “extraordinary.”

I have had so much fun having you as a part of the Moxie model team, Syd!!  Can’t wait to see what your amazing future holds!!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Bettendorf High School Photography | Meet Bella

Meet Bella.
This gorgeous Bettendorf senior and Moxie model and I have had the opportunity to work together on numerous shoots!  Bella is absolutely stunning and has an amazing sense of fashion.  We started her shoot on a really warm day at the park and had some beautiful flowers to shoot around. From there, we went downtown and shot a couple of looks before heading to BHS to capture cheer photos.  I loved seeing Bella work with her dad on stunts and was so happy to be able to capture some amazing photos of the two of them!  To end the night, we headed to a gorgeous hotel where we were able to fully embrace Bella’s model / high fashion side with an amazing dress and killer backdrops.  The hotel happened to be really busy that day, but Bella didn’t let it phase her for even one minute – total rockstar!

Here is a little about what Bella had to say about her session with Moxie: “My session with Moxie was fun and it definitely boosted my ego a little bit more.  I chose a bunch of different looks because I love fashion.  In the shoot, I was going from 70s to businesswoman to glamour. I was worried that I wouldn’t get pictures of my good side but Karen made sure that that was a priority. My favorite part was the business woman outfit and when I got to stunt with my dad for my cheer photos. The most memorable moment of my session was when my mom was carrying me because I couldn’t walk in the heels I was wearing. It was a good experience and it is really fun if you love to dress up and take pictures.  I love Moxie Design because the whole experience was professional and fun.”

One piece of advice that she has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Don’t be afraid to express yourself no matter what other people might think because they’re your photos and Karen is there to make it happen.”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “fun.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Bella!!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad City Senior Photography | Meet

Meet Camryn.
This Rock Island senior and Moxie model and I have had the ability to work together numerous times over the past year and she is just the sweetest soul (as well as drop dead gorgeous)!  Camryn has the most welcoming personality and is so easy to talk to – I felt as though we had been friends for years. We started off at a few urban locations and then made our way to a park, which was stunning – and then ended up literally in the Mississippi River at the end of the night. Cam was such a trooper – she was open to any crazy idea I had (including getting into the river even though it was absolutely freezing) and we just had the best time. Thanks for being so amazing, Camryn – and also thanks for introducing me to Olaplex!  My hair thanks you!!

Here is a little about what Camryn had to say about her session with Moxie: “It was the best experience I’ve ever had! I felt so comfortable and I felt like I could be myself. We laughed so much and it made the experience so much better!  Karen and Kylie made me feel so comfortable and they made the experience so easy! It was so much fun hanging out with them for the night! I was going for more of a trend, outdoorsy vibe. I wanted something that fits my personality and Karen did a great job finding perfect places! I was so scared that I just wouldn’t look good in any of the pictures but the poses that Karen had me do were so flattering and pretty! All my pictures turned out great! My favorite part of the experience was just having fun while at the shoot and being able to have a good time! The most memorable part of my session was sitting in the freezing river on top of rocks!  I love Moxie Design because Karen made me feel so confident and the whole experience was so perfect!”

One piece of advice that Camryn has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Be confident and just be yourself because then the pictures show your personality! Also go out of your comfort zone because the pictures end up being your favorite!” Great advice, Cam!!

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “exciting.”

I’ve loved working with you over this past year, Cam!!!!  Cheers to your amazing future!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Sherrard Senior Pictures | Meet Walker

Meet Walker.
This Sherrard senior and Moxie model and I met up last May for his senior session. We started the session at a park along the river and were able to capture some really great shots! After that, we headed to a farm near Walker’s high school and we were able to shoot around the property and there were so many amazing spots! After we finished shooting around the barn, we went inside of it and found some really great spots where we got creative with lighting and those are some of my favorite shots from his session!  We finished up the night at the high school, were we went from the wrestling room to the football field. Walker has a killer smile and is so fun to be around – it was a great afternoon!

Here is a little about what Walker had to say about his session with Moxie: “My session was fantastic! Karen had a lot of great and creative ideas during my photo shoot. Karen is super knowledgeable at what she does, your only issue will be narrowing down which ones you love best so get them all! My favorite part was seeing the photos at the reveal. I was very pleased with the end product!”

One piece of advice that Walker has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Pick a location and out outfits that are meaningful to you.”

If he could describe his overall senior session experience in one word, Walker would choose  “exciting.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Walker!!
Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad City Senior Photography | Meet Nessa

Meet Nessa.
This Pleasant valley beauty was a part of our Class of 2023 Moxie model team so we have been able to work together a couple of times over the past year.  On the day of Nessa’s session, we met up at one of my very favorite spots and captured some pictures with her two adorable pups. I remember how much we were laughing trying to get the dogs to look at the camera simultaneously. I have this squeaker app on my phone and it did the trick!  After we finished the photos with the pups, we continued on to get some absolutely stunning pictures of Nessa.  She had the most beautiful light blue romper that I loved and this lavender dress that was gorgeous! My favorite photo from the shoot would have to be one where she is standing in this archway and we were able to capture the sun in the corner of the photo – so gorgeous!  After that, we headed downtown and played around near a cool mural as well as the streets that surround it. Such a fun afternoon with Nessa!

Here is a little about what Nessa had to say about her session with Moxie: “My session was great! Karen made sure I was comfortable and had amazing ideas. She went out of her way to make the shoot fun while capturing awesome photos. It is so worth it – from the experience of just taking the pictures to actually getting the pictures back, it was so much fun and everything came out better than I could have expected. The most memorable part of the session was that all of the crazy ideas and poses worked out and looked great in the photos.  My favorite part was definitely being surprised with my favorite snacks! I was scared it was going to be awkward but it couldn’t have been more of the opposite. I love Moxie Design because Karen goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect!”

One piece of advice that Nessa has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Trust Karen completely, the photos always turn out great.” Thanks for the kind words, Nessa!!

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “fun.”
Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad City Senior Photos | Meet Sydney

Meet Sydney.
This beauty traveled all the way from the Des Moines area so that we could capture her senior photos!  Sydney showed up looking stunning and I knew that we were going to have a great session!  We started off at the park – where the flowers were absolutely beautiful and complimented Syd’s looks so well.  Sydney is an avid reader, so we were sure to incorporate a few books into her session and there was a perfect spot to capture those that we found under a willow tree.  From there, we headed to a lavender field to capture a shot of Sydney with her clarinet – and it turned out perfect!  We ended the night at the top of a parking garage where her grandpa met us with his awesome car! We were able to incorporate it into her photos and those turned out to be some of my favorites!

Here is what the beautiful Sydney had to say about her session with Moxie:
“I love Moxie Design because they are such positive people who make a new experience such a fun one!  My senior session was fantastic! I was hoping to get photos that captured my true self. I don’t feel I’m a very photogenic person, so I was worried I wouldn’t like the photos.  I love all of my photos! Karen and her husband made me feel at ease. They captured my true smile a number of times. My favorite part of the experience was traveling to different locations. I really enjoyed taking photos at the bridge and in the lavender field.  The most memorable part of the shoot was that at one location there were people who were getting ready to canoe, so we had to hurry to get those photos done. Karen and her husband are very nice people, they make you feel at ease when you might be a bit nervous. You will end up having the best time!

One piece of advice that she has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Before your session, make sure you think about the angles you want your photos taken.”  <– Super advice, Sydney!!

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “eye opening.”

Thank you for coming to the QC so that I could capture your senior photos, Sydney!!
xoxo,

Karen

 

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Moline Senior Pictures | Meet Audrey

Meet Audrey.
This Moline Moxie model (and future dentist) and I met up for her main session on a SUPER HOT day in June.  We started off at a park where we sought after the shade!  Audrey’s friend Emma was with us and so I gave Emma a fan to help keep Audrey cool, which really helped out – Thanks Emma!!  Audrey brought some super cute outfits and we were able to capture such different looks within a pretty small location route.  After we finished up at the park, we headed downtown and then I had the idea that the skybridge may be air conditioned, so we headed inside and up the elevator. I was absolutely wrong – it was so hot up there, but we did stay for a few minutes to get some really great shots.  We ended the night along the river – and since the water was low, there was an area that was like a beach, where there would typically be a few feet of water. This exposed lots of rocks and trees that we wouldn’t typically see in this spot, and we were able to capture it perfectly at sunset.

Here is a little about what Audrey had to say about her session with Moxie:
” Karen is amazing and made me feel so at ease the entire time. This wasn’t just taking pictures – it was an experience I’ll never forget! I felt so comfortable with Karen. She gave me ideas of poses and instilled a sense of confidence in me. I was looking for a modern look with a flair of traditional. My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t know how to pose. Karen helped me feel at ease and i forgot I was even posing. My favorite part was being able to go different locations and gaining different experiences. I loved the sunset shot by the river at the end of the night! The scenes by the river were the absolute best. I got to step out onto a log and felt so connected with the environment in that moment. The most memorable part of my session is that I had my friend Emma with me. It was a really hot day and she was pointing the fan so my make up didn’t smear! Lol  Karen is an amazing person and really knows to connect with her models and make them feel comfortable.”

One piece of advice that Audrey has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Don’t be afraid to pick different locations and mix up clothing choices. Make it fun!!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “creative.”

Cheers to your senior year, Audrey!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Pleasant Valley Senior Pictures | Meet Allison

Meet Allison.
This PV senior beauty and I have gotten the opportunity to work together quite a few times over the course of the last year as she was one of the Moxie models representing the class of 2023.  Allison is not only drop dead gorgeous, but an amazing dancer and super sweet.  We shared so many laughs the day of her main session despite the 100+ degree heatwave that we were shooting in.  Allison had mentioned that she wanted to incorporate dancing into her session and the venue we had planned to shoot at was huge, so we even had a portable ballet bar to work with. I wanted to capture some traditional photos for her, but I also wanted to experiment with lighting to bring more of an editorial feel to some of her images. The end result was amazing and I’m so proud of Allison for never getting frustrated with me asking “can you do that just one more time?”  Anyone who has worked with me knows that one more time is probably code for three or more, but Allison rolled with the punches and I absolutely love her final gallery.

Here is a little about what Allison had to say about her session with Moxie:
“This was the best experience ever. Karen makes it so comfortable to be in front of the camera. I was nervous that it was going to be awkward posing in front of the camera but Karen made it super comfortable. The most memorable part of my experience would have to be our convos between photos – they were so funny!  I was going for an urban and rustic look for my pictures and my favorite part of the session was how Karen was able to make all of my looks so different even though we shot all of them in the same place.  My favorite image was when Karen was able to capture my reflection in the bar counter and we didn’t even realize it was there until after she took the photo.  My session was absolutely amazing! I love Moxie Design because of the authenticity!”

One piece of advice that Allison has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Don’t be afraid to try different poses or props!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “amazing.”

Thank you for rocking your entire shoot and being so wonderful!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Pleasant Valley Senior Pictures | Meet Hope

Meet Hope.
This soon to be fashion communications/business major is one of our Moxie models representing the Class of 2023 and I have LOVED working with her over the past year. Hope is absolutely a natural model through and through. You can literally see her photos come alive as you are taking them, which led to capturing so many great shots during her main session.  We started off at the park where we hiked into some really tall grass and Hope didn’t hesitate for even a minute.  Her fashion choices were out of this world amazing and she is so sweet and fun to be around!

Here is a little about what Hope had to say about her session with Moxie: “My experience was amazing. Karen is able to capture images that I never expected. I have worked with many photographers and Karen is one of the best! She is innovative with her poses and creates the most gorgeous images- it was wonderful! So many great shots!  I loved the whole experience.  What I loved most about the shoot was that I was able to change up my look so many times. My biggest fear going into the session was the weather and we lucked out and had a perfect day. When you can’t pick just a few favorites, you know its good. My favorite part of the Moxie experience was that I absolutely loved being a part of the prom shoot. The shoot site was elegant and the dresses were gorgeous.  I love Moxie Design because they make the session fun and take the stress out of it!”

One piece of advice that Hope has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “I would tell them to have fun with it and just feel free to express youself!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “amazing.”

I have had so much fun getting to know you over the past year!!! Can’t wait to see how you influence the fashion world!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Bettendorf Senior Pictures | Meet Kierstin

Meet Kierstin.
I love working with families multiple times and so I was super excited when Kierstin applied to be a model! I had worked with her brother on his senior pictures and shared so many laughs with his mom during that session that I couldn’t wait to work with the family again – and as a bonus, Kierstin is on our model team, so I have gotten to work with them multiple times over the last year!  On the day of Kierstin’s session we started out shooting downtown and it was so amazing – what ever crazy idea or thought I asked Kierstin to try, she immediately would say yes to and that always inspires me to think outside the box during the session even more!  We ended the night along the river in a new spot that I had never been to before and I fell in love with it – the sunset was absolutely perfect and Kierstin even said yes to laying down in the water – she is a rockstar!!

Here is a little about what Kierstin had to say about her session with Moxie: “Overall my experience was amazing! I felt very comfortable with Karen right away, she is very welcoming! She was very helpful with poses and always made me feel beautiful. I loved how casual the session felt. It was like I was with friends taking pictures. From beginning to end the entire day was so much fun and I was sad for it to come to an end. I stayed more casual, I wanted to make sure I picked something that i would typically wear. I was worried I wasn’t going to look naturally posed in my pictures. They all turned out so amazing, every single one of them looks so natural and stunning!!  At the end of the day we went down to the river to get my waterskiing pictures. Any picture from the river I love so much, it’s a true reflection of me and what I love to do the most. At the very end of the day I ended almost fully submerged in the water. Those pictures turned out so amazing!!  Being down at the river was my favorite part. It’s where I was most comfortable. Plus it was so fun messing around with different poses in the water. The whole day Karen and I threw out crazy and different ideas. Those pictures ended up being my favorite.  Doing your pictures with Moxie is an experience worth living! The whole day is so laid back and easy going, which definitely helps with some of the stress you might have felt prior. I love Moxie Design because Karen makes you feel welcomed and comfortable.”

One piece of advice that she has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Be yourself, express your true personalities through your pictures. But don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone. Be willing to say yes to any of the crazy ideas Karen will throw out. Those will be the pictures you’ll be glad you said yes to take.”  <–Love this!

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “Unforgettable.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Kierstin!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Rockridge Senior Pictures | Meet Amelia

Meet Amelia.
This Rockridge senior and I have had the chance to work together a lot over the past year as she is a current Moxie model.  Amelia is one of those people that has such great energy, it’s just wonderful to be around her. Her smile is contagious and she is absolutely beautiful to boot.  We started her session downtown and I absolutely LOVED all of her outfits (hello flower pants, I’m still obsessing over you)!  Then we headed to her family’s farm where we were able to capture some stunning images. We got to meet her two sweet pups and Kylie and I fell in love with both of them. We ended up on the golf course at sunset, sharing laughs as we drove around the course with a specific amount of time before we had to be back with the golf carts.

Here is a little about what Amelia had to say about her session with Moxie: “My senior photo session experience was absolutely amazing! Taking such important photos can be nerve-racking and even stressful, but Karen and Kylie took that all away! Karen made me feel like a natural in front of the camera, even though I wouldn’t describe myself that way. It was a day full of great memories, laughs, and excitement that I will always remember. All of my looks were so different, and Karen did such an amazing job making each one unique. My looks swayed from boho to farm to sports, and they all turned out perfect! I was worried I wouldn’t like my senior pictures (nothing to do with the Moxie Design.) I didn’t want my pictures to look like everyone else’s, and I worried I wouldn’t be confident enough in them to share them. But now when my friends ask to see my senior photos I am so excited to show them off, and the app makes it so easy to keep them on my phone. My favorite part of the experience was a moment when we had just started shooting on my senior picture day. I felt like Karen and Kylie helped me break through and become confident. Karen had given me a hat I would usually feel goofy in, my hair was blowing in the wind, and they were both hyping me up. I knew from then on the session would be amazing and my pictures would turn out great! I have a lot of favorites, so it is hard to choose, but one that stands out is with both of my dogs, who Karen was able to somehow trick into smiling at the camera perfectly! 🙂  One of the most memorable parts of my session was when we arrived to the golf course close to sunset. It would’ve been easier to just stay near the club house. But Karen went above and beyond to get us a golf cart and drive the three us around to get the best location with the sun. It was such a sweet moment and a great way to end my session! You should take your senior pictures with Moxie Design! You are guaranteed to love them, and not only get outstanding pictures but gain confidence and an awesome role model!  I love Moxie Design because my pictures and experience were equally amazing!”

One piece of advice that Amelia has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Remember to get a pedicure if you’re wearing sandals, I forgot lol!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “Perfect.”

Thank you for being a Moxie model – Kylie and I have loved working with you!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Sherrard Senior Pictures | Meet Allie

Meet Allie.
I met Allie when I did her oldest brother’s senior photos many years ago and I immediately knew that I wanted to be the one to capture her senior photos. Fast forward to 2022 when she represented Moxie as one of our models!!  I LOVE Allie and her entire family and so I was super pumped for her session.  Not only is Allie supermodel beautiful, but she is also as sweet as they come and absolutely hilarious.  We had so much fun at the most amazing and unique location that Allie had secured – it was an awesome day!  Not only have multiple photos of Allie’s been featured nationally, but one of them was in the running to be on the cover of a magazine!

Here is a little about what Allie had to say about her session with Moxie:
“It was such a great experience. Karen does such a great job at making you feel comfortable and beautiful! I was able to pick my location for my senior pictures and Karen did a awesome job finding spots on the farm to make my pictures more unique and represent me! I like the county look. I have never been a city girl and we decided that the farm that I work on represents my personality! When it came to my session, I didn’t have any fears! Karen did my two order brothers senior pictures and they turned out great – I completely trusted her! My mom told Karen I get a bit hangry, of course Karen came prepared with my favorite snack and drink. I love that she makes you feel like a model even if you aren’t. I love the picture of me on the hay-bales! Karen was able to capture the sky perfectly in the background.  The most memorable part of my session was the hay bales, I climbed on top and there was a bunch of cat poop on them and we had to work around it. I also enjoyed taking pictures with the ‘57 Chevy as well as the tractors. These two objects were very sentimental to my my boss’s grandpa. I loved that I was able to incorporate these into my session because they have done so much for me. Karen has a lot of experience and is your personal hype girl. I love Moxie Design because they go the extra mile for the perfect shot.”

One piece of advice that Allie has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Listen to Karen!!! She helped me come out of my comfort zone and try new things that I normally wouldn’t.”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “Amazeballs” <— (see, I told you she was hilarious!)

So excited to see what your amazing future holds! Love ya girl!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Geneseo Senior Portraits | Meet Braeden

Meet Braeden.
This handsome Geneseo senior and Moxie model and I have had the opportunity to work together numerous times over the past year. Braeden is so kind and has a killer smile. I love when my seniors want to incorporate pieces of who they are into their session, so I was thrilled when Braeden brought along his trumpet, tennis racket and football gear – it made for some amazing shots!  We met up at a park setting along the river, which was absolutely perfect.  After that, we headed downtown where we were able to get some more formal shots with the trumpet. From there, we headed to a different spot downtown for a more casual look and then we ended the night at Geneseo High School for tennis and football shots.  I absolutely love Braeden and his mom Kristi and we shared so many laughs that afternoon!

Here is a little about what Braeden had to say about his session with Moxie:
“My senior session was great! It was truly amazing how Karen could take someone who has never really been in front of camera and make them feel comfortable. I never really had to worry about a certain pose or anything like that because Karen would take care of it. I had a ton of fun, and I highly recommend Karen for anyone looking to get their senior pictures done- they came out amazing!!  Overall, I tried to highlight the things I was involved in or interested in throughout high school. Some these things may include football or my trumpet. Other than that, I went for more of a casual look. My biggest worry was being able to stay relaxed enough to have a natural smile. The out come was great! My mom would often make me laugh or something to get a natural smile for Karen. Karen also talked to me quite a bit to help keep me comfortable too!  My favorite part of the shoot was being able to capture each aspect of my life that makes me who I am. I also enjoyed being able to spend the afternoon with Karen and just having fun conversations with her.  The most memorable part of my session would have to be the action shots in the tennis portion of my shoot! Karen kept jumping every time, because I was serving over her.  Moxie is soooo fun! I highly recommend trying this! The pictures are great, and Karen is really good about finding ways for your pictures to show who you are!  I love Moxie Design because Karen takes amazing pictures!!”

One piece of advice that Braeden has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Don’t be afraid to incorporate the things that are important to you, because you can get some really great pictures that look natural. But, you also never know the last time you’ll get to do those things you love! It may be your last memory of that part of your life!” (Great advice, Braeden)!

If he could describe his overall senior session experience in one word, he would choose  “amazing.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, my friend!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad City Senior Pictures | Meet Ella

Meet Ella.  This wrestling all star and Iowa Business major and I met up last spring for her senior session. When we first met up, Ella stepped out of the car in the most amazing black leather dress and I felt like we were on a high fashion editorial session, not senior pictures.  We shot downtown and then headed to a park where we were able to get some really beautiful images!  If you know Ella, you know that she is an amazing wrestler and I was so excited that we were going to be able to capture her in her element!  We got access to a gym that we had to ourselves to create Ella’s own personal photo studio and those images are some of my faves!

Here is a little about what Ella had to say about her session with Moxie:
“I love Moxie design because they created images of me that show my true personality! It was a great experience that made me feel comfortable while taking pictures. I really enjoyed taking photos downtown while having friendly conversations and enjoying the moment.  My favorite photo would have to be the one of me in a black dress on the stairs because it makes me look and feel powerful and the most memorable moment would be laying in the flowers! Moxie is a great company that wants the best for you! I was worried that I would not like the way I looked, however I ended up loving how the pictures turned out!”

One piece of advice that Ella has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Get a variety of outfits with different looks to them.”  (great advice, Ella)!!

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “successful.”

Thank you for letting us capture your amazingness, Ella!!  I can’t wait to see what your amazing future holds!
xoxo,

Karen Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad City Senior Pictures | Meet Alexa

Meet Alexa.
This Class of 2023 PV senior and Moxie model has the most beautiful smile and we had so much fun on the day of her session!  We were shooting outside of a building downtown and the manager happened to be outside and offered us to come inside and take a few photos around an arcade area and near this gorgeous bay of windows – definitely something that has never happened before during a session!

Here is a little about what Alexa had to say about her session with Moxie:
“I loved it all. Right off the bat, I had so much fun. I felt so comfortable the whole time and I felt like I was taking pictures with a friend. I was going for a look that really represented me, and I think I got that!  My favorite part of my shoot was going to different locations and trying new things off the cuff. The most memorable part was getting to incorporate softball shots! I definitely recommend Moxie for senior photos! It is so low stress and fun – and, the pictures look great! I love Moxie Design because of the friendly atmosphere!”

One piece of advice that Alexa has for other seniors getting their photos taken?
“Have fun!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “enjoyable.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Alexa!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad Cities Senior Photography | Meet Jordyn

Meet Jordyn.
This beauty and I met up last spring (how does time move so fast?) for her senior session.  Jordyn and her mom, Regen, were like instant Moxie family. I remember when we met up the afternoon of the shoot, I immediately felt as though I had known both Regen and Jordyn for years – they both have the best energy!  It was a bit cold during Jordyn’s session and towards the end of the afternoon we moved to a sporting field for soccer photos. The wind picked up, it started raining and it was all of a sudden a flashback to winter.  Jordyn was such a trooper and worked through the bitter cold so that we could still capture some amazing soccer shots. Both of the teaser photos that I posted of her last summer were nationally featured, proof that she is an absolute supermodel.

Here is a little about what Regen had to say about Jordyn’s session with Moxie:
“It was so much fun!!  Our experience was amazing!! It was a little cold and windy towards the end, but worth every minute of torture!  I loved the behind the scenes and sneak peeks we got the first couple days after the shoot. We were so excited, so to have a little tease definitely helped! As Mom, my favorite photo is of Jordyn wearing her Homecoming crown in her soccer uniform! It was terribly windy so her sash kept blowing and her hair was getting caught in the crown. It seemed like a mess and would never turn out, but somehow Karen got the perfect shot and I could not be happier!! The most memorable part of the session would have to be when the sky opened up and it started raining in the middle of a gorgeous sunny day!  I love Moxie Design because I have high expectations and Karen exceeded them!!”

One piece of advice that Regen has for seniors getting their photos taken?
“Relax!! Listen to Karen, do what she says and your photos will awesome!”

If she could describe Jordyn’s overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “fun!”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Jordyn!!  You are amazing!

xoxo,

Karen

 

 

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Meet Kaytlin.

This Bettendorf volleyball all star and I met up late last fall for her senior session.
Because the cold weather came a bit later than usual, we were still able to capture some flowering trees that we typically wouldn’t have been able to at the end of October, which was super cool!  Kaytlin has the most beautiful smile and these really gorgeous eyes and she really came alive in front of my camera.  We shared some great laughs throughout the session and I was so excited to be able to capture some of her volleyball amazingness!

Here is a little about what Kaytlin had to say about her session with Moxie:
“My experience was wonderful!! This was so much better than I could’ve imagined and you made it so easy.  My favorite part was that you knew just how to position me and make me feel so comfortable that my pictures not only looked natural and like me, but they were everything that I wanted and more. In fact, you did things that I didn’t even know I wanted, but LOVED!!   My biggest fear was that it wouldn’t turn out like I wanted and that my choices in outfits wouldn’t really show who I am. It turned out so much better than I could’ve imagined and I was so excited because it was exactly what I wanted and hoped the pictures would turn out like, but EVEN BETTER!!!  My favorite photo is the volleyball picture with me laying down and my hair spread out. It is my favorite because volleyball is such a big part of my life and I have dreamed of playing in college since I was a kid. Not only did my dream to play in college come true, but the way you posed me for this picture really shows me and my passion for volleyball. It’s just a picture that I love because it captures who I am and the way you did my hair looks so cool.  If I was telling my best friend about Karen and Moxie Design, I would say that you have to have her take your pictures!! She is so AMAZING and your pictures will turnout better than you can imagine. She will give you exactly what you want and do things you didn’t even know you wanted!! I still can’t believe how good my pictures are and sometimes I look at them and can’t believe that’s really me because they are so incredible and super cool!! I love Moxie Design because who I am was brought to life in every single picture!”

One piece of advice that Kaytlin has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Don’t stress about finding the perfect outfit, pick things you like and that look like you do everyday, Karen will do the rest. It doesn’t even matter what you’re wearing because she will make you look so good!!”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “authentic.”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Kaytlin!!

xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come. 

Quad Cities Senior Photography | Meet Rachel

Meet Rachel.

This beautiful girl and I met up last fall for her senior session.  If you follow our social media accounts and are thinking that Rachel looks familiar it’s because we have worked with her sister Grace a lot in the past and they look like they could be twins!  I loved the time we spent with Rachel and her awesome mom Robin.  We started out at Blackhawk State Park to capture some fall vibes and I was so excited that Rachel was down to experiment with some accessories and she even let me get creative with a mirror that I had brought along for her session!  After we finished up at the park, we headed to the District where we were able to take advantage of the awesome colors and textures of the downtown buildings. Rachel had brought along an umbrella, which we were able to play around with and it ended up with an amazing shot!

Here is a little about what Rachel had to say about her session with Moxie:
“”My overall experience was outstanding! I had so much fun with Karen and Sam – they really knew how to get me out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t really quite sure what exactly I was going for, but Karen had no problems making the photos look absolutely amazing!  I was really hoping to accomplish a fall and woodsy vibe and to no surprise, Karen absolutely crushed it!  My biggest fear was being awkward in front of the camera and not knowing how to pose. Karen is so creative and had a variety of different poses that she suggested and all of the photos turned out so amazing! There wasn’t a part of the experience that I didn’t love, but if I had to choose a favorite it was probably getting to know Karen and Sam. They were so sweet and made the experience amazing. I absolutely loved every single photo that came out of the session. My absolute favorite is the one of me looking right into the camera and I am sitting on the ground with the trail behind me.  I think this photo really accomplished the fall look that I was going for! Karen is one of the best people to get your pictures taken by. She knows how to work the angles. She is amazing at putting accessories on you that she thinks will look amazing (and they always do). It was one of the best experience I have ever had. I love Moxie Design because Karen and Sam really knew how to take me out of my comfort zone.”

One piece of advice that Rachel has for other seniors getting their photos taken?  “Try not to be uncomfortable with being in front of a camera. When I went into the photoshoot, I was super nervous and uncomfortable because I had never had anything like this done before. Now that I look back on it, I had no reason to be uncomfortable or nervous. Make sure you have fun while doing it! Take every moment in. It feels like it is over in a blink of an eye.”

If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose  “exciting!”

Thank you for letting us be a part of your senior year, Rachel!!
xoxo,

Karen

Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline &  Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa.  Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry.  Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come.