MILLENA

MILLENA

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Millena Ribeiro

MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL |  CLASS OF 2018

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"I loved getting pampered with hair and makeup all done, I was super excited to start the day. I was just nervous I wouldn't look like myself in any of the pictures because I'm not used to getting pictures professionally done. I always saw sessions that you did with with my friends older siblings and loved the look of it all! I would totally recommend you to a best friend because you made the whole experience so much fun and something I will always remember!"

Where was your Senior Portrait Experience?

 Newburyport, MA and Plum Island

What do you like to do when you are not in class? Play a sport? Chess team? Choir? Volunteer? What do you LOVE to do?

I started track my sophomore year. I love beach days and going on random adventures wherever they may be. I love traveling it is a big part of my life.

Who inspires you most and Why?

I am very inspired by my parents because they are such hard-working people, and they always have taught me to be the best person I can be.

If you could sit down and share a meal with anyone (deceased or alive, famous or not) who would it be and why?

If I could sit down and have a meal with anyone it would have to be my Grandfather. He passed away when I was 10 and we were very close. (he always called me the favorite grandchild but my cousins don't know that)

Tell me about an experience that has shaped your life and how it has changed you.

I think an experience that changed my life was my first plane ride when I was 4years old. It was such an exciting thing and ever since then I have been in love with the idea of traveling and hope to do so all throughout my life.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, or even spend a month living in another country, where would it be and why?

My dream is to travel to Europe and go visit everywhere like Greece, France, Italy and eat everything that they are famous for.

What advice would you give to incoming Freshman asking you about high school?

I would have to say, try your hardest and keep your grades up because you don't realize how fast senior year approaches. Also just have a good time, these are going to be the most memorable 4 years of your life!

Anything else that I missed that you would like to tell me about you?

I am obsessed with my dog Billy. Everyone who knows me know how much I love him. I have a weird obsession with minions as well, I don't know why I think they're so cute!

I would love to sit down with my great grandmother who passed away a few years ago. Sadly I wasn't able to be with her on her last few days of her life and I would love to see her and speak with her one last time.

Tell me about an experience that has shaped your life and how it has changed you.

Dance in general has shaped my life. It has made me into the person I am by allowing me to be myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. The people I have met and what it has taught me will stay with me forever.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, or even spend a month living in another country, where would it be and why?

I would travel to France since I have learned the language and the country has so many beautiful sites to offer.

What advice would you give to incoming Freshman asking you about high school?

I would tell them to be yourself and don't let others bring you down. Choose your friends wisely and have fun but make sure school is a priority.

Anything else that I missed that you would like to tell me about you?

I love my family and friends. School is very important to me and I love nature.
I love the beach and of course DANCE!


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Makeup by Claudia Frustaci

Hair by Julie Pichel

Personal Styling Fay Andreola, Tellstyle.com

Makeup by Claudia Frustaci

Hair by Julie Pichel

Personal Styling Fay Andreola, Tellstyle.com

FALL

FALL

New England is the place to be when fall rolls around. Here are some places to check out those changing leaves!

BRIANNA

BRIANNA

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Brianna Leung

MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2017

 

Brianna, you are so kind and beautiful and I loved every minute of working with you. Touring Newport with you, stopping at all those perfect locations to match the outfits lovingly curated by Fay was one heck of an enjoyable day. And to top it off, that beautiful sunset placed in the sky to top it all off with dance photos on the beach! Kind person, beautiful dancer and accomplished student. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you accomplish going forward! 

What do you like to do outside of school?

I do competitive dance ALOT! I dance 5 days a week and I absolutely love it. It takes much of my time along with volunteering at the hospital.

Who inspires you most and Why?

I'm inspired by my mother cause she does everything for me and supports me.
She worked so hard for everything she has today.

If you could sit down and share a meal with anyone (deceased or alive, famous or not) who would it be and why?

I would love to sit down with my great grandmother who passed away a few years ago. Sadly I wasn't able to be with her on her last few days of her life and I would love to see her and speak with her one last time.

Tell me about an experience that has shaped your life and how it has changed you.

Dance in general has shaped my life. It has made me into the person I am by allowing me to be myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. The people I have met and what it has taught me will stay with me forever.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, or even spend a month living in another country, where would it be and why?

I would travel to France since I have learned the language and the country has so many beautiful sites to offer.

What advice would you give to incoming Freshman asking you about high school?

I would tell them to be yourself and don't let others bring you down. Choose your friends wisely and have fun but make sure school is a priority.

Anything else that I missed that you would like to tell me about you?

I love my family and friends. School is very important to me and I love nature.
I love the beach and of course DANCE!

 

Makeup by Claudia Frustaci, Beauty + Lifestyle

Hair by Kelly O'Grady

Personal Styling by Fay Andreola, Tellstyle.com

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Brianna's collection is TO DIE FOR! After her day in Newport, I prepared Brianna's images for her grand reveal. After watching her video, we went to work creating her gorgeous collection. Together we designed pieces that Brianna and her family will cherish forever. 

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Brianna's Collection:

  • I8x12 Luxe Album
  • 16x24 Float Wrap
  • 16x30 Canvas Wrap Storyboard
  • Posh Desktop Shape Metal
  • Mini Albums
  • Matted Prints
  • Graduation Invitations

COACHELLA VIBES

COACHELLA VIBES

We may not be there in person, but we can be there in our hearts...and closets. Ruffles, bell sleeves, chic sunnies, floral prints, cutoff jeans..Here's how to dress for Coachella without looking basic AF.

all photos © JENNIFER HELMKA

SEEN on International Women's Day

SEEN on International Women's Day

I had something totally different that I had planned to write about for today. But, last night was, well, it wasn't a great night. It was a shitty night. I am an optimist, so before I finally fell asleep, I thanked God for all of the positives in my life (which are many). I still did not sleep well, so I was up before 5:00 a.m.

Get SEEN Issue #7 at seeninprint.co

Get SEEN Issue #7 at seeninprint.co

When I checked my email, I saw something I've been waiting for for a little while now; SEEN Magazine Issue #7 was just released. THE issue, the issue with my first print editorial featuring Kara. So many emotions came flooding through me that I couldn't even look at it yet. I actually put my phone down and got all welled up. In that moment, I thought about all of the times I've been put down in some way shape or form, many of them recently.

It wears on you to feel like you're not good enough, even when you KNOW you are trying so hard. I want my children to see success that they can model, the kind that will bring them not just financial freedom, but happiness. I want to give them the world.

When I was finally able to chill my emotions a bit, I read Kara's editorial. It is beautiful; she is beautiful; her words are inspiring and her images, MY work, is beautiful. I did that, and it's in a magazine. Her story lifted me up today: 

"Being told you can't become the person you want to be is both heartbreaking and demoralizing. I knew I had to become a stronger person in order to block out this part and do what I needed to do for myself, and not for anyone else."

That hit me in my WHY: "You are worth it. You are worth happiness, you are worth love and acceptance for who you are and who you strive to be." You should not feel like you have to prove your worth to friends, family, significant others or anyone else. Know who you are, find strength in yourself and you will be successful. Every time I get behind my lens, my focus is to show you how strong and beautiful you truly are, so that you never forget, even when you are tested. And you will be tested.

So, Thank you Kara Halpin for inspiring me today, there's a photo of you under "beautiful" in the dictionary, I swear - make shit happen. Thank you for my dear friend and amazingly talented Makeup Artist, Claudia Frustaci of Ciao Bella Spa. Thanks to Cassie for your lighting assistance. Thank you SEEN Magazine for this editorial (and for it showing up this morning in my inbox, it was more timely than you know), thank you to all of you who support me, always.

Today is International Women's Day and while different people are honoring that in different ways (that include taking the day off), I am here, working harder, next to my strong, beautiful daughter sharing my accomplishment. Because I want her to see a strong woman and I don't want her to know what a day without me would be like. YOU BE YOU.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.

Now, head on over to seeninprint.co and order your copy of SEEN Magazine Issue #7. Feel free to frame it if you'd like. 

Model Call.

Model Call.

Mothers Day Luxperience Model Call for Monday, March 13, 2017. 

Go Now.

Go Now.

I think my favorite vacation still has to be Hawaii.  The 60's surfer vibe of Hanelei Bay is something I close my eyes and dream about when we are expecting a foot of snow. You can see more on our vaca here:  http://jenniferhelmka.com/blog/2015/6/13/wanderlust I can't wait to go back!

I love to travel, and taking clients to amazing destinations and photographing them at one-of-kind locations is like a dream. You can check out my Instagram where I'll be showing off some Jet Set destinations to San Diego and LA. That Cali, West Coast scene is an experience all in itself, the photos will show you.

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Do you have any travel plans for an upcoming break from school? If you're searching for a great beach destination, try one of these:  https://www.kayak.com/travelhacker/2017/beach   And don't forget your camera!

These Top 10 Beach Destinations may be my new bucket list! 

WAKE UP CALL

WAKE UP CALL

From a recent editorial for Pitanga Fitness. These leggings are sure to wake you up in the morning; soft and colorful. Based in Perth, Australia they want to help #colourtheworld