Monthly Archives: February 2013


Maryland and old friends… that’s my kind of party. I have known Devon and her bridesmaid Carissa since the 2am Taco Bell, SNL in the Adam Sandler era, Nirvana on the radio days of high school. That’s 20 years of personal history, people. Plus, the DC area is one of my favorites to shoot in, even if it is one of my least favorite to drive in, so to say I was excited for Devon’s location is an understatement. It was also the second time in the area that Autumn… that’s how I say “happy place.” We were blessed with amazing low 60’s weather, and narrowly missed 20-something degree weather, which, for an outdoor wedding is a good thing. A few of my favorite details: Devon’s Oregon garter (Go Ducks), her fur wrap, the blue shoes, an amazing handlebar mustache, and the outdoor BBQ grills… which gave us the tastiest fog machines ever. Because sometimes your wedding just needs to look like a Bon Jovi concert.

Devon and Jon, thanks for the party.


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  • Jeremy Hohengarten - last one is SO GOOD! and all of them obvs.

  • Marie Kieffer - Amazing!

  • Toni Schmitt - Those are awesome – thanks for sharing them Marie!

  • Kris Mayer Justice - Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • Laurie Narlock Kutil - These are wonderful! So enjoyed looking through them all!


I just wanted to give a big Valentines Day high-five to the class of 2013. You’re almost there. You have so much ahead of you, so much you can accomplish. So much life to live. I am looking at my 20th high school reunion year, and it is sort of unbelievable how much has happened and changed over those years. Going from the life of a teenager, full of potential and miles ahead, to the settled-in world of a father-of-two slash husband is a bit like being in two places at once, with full memory of both places, although one feels like a lifetime ago. Life moves fast, and you have the opportunity to affect lives, and possibly even the world. It’s not hyperbole, it’s the truth. You may invent the next iPhone, discover the cure for cancer, fight for civil-rights in Washington, be the mom who lovingly raises her children through thick and thin, or any number of options. As many options of who to be and what to do as there are stars in the sky. Don’t waste your opportunities.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Fred “Mr. Rogers” Rogers

Thanks for letting me come along for a bit of the ride… you make everything more fun, and help me feel young(ish), and remind me that the future has many stars. Now, go make the world a better place.

jay eads senior photographer

FULL DISCLOSURE, some of these images are college seniors, some belated senior sessions, some Mr. Irish/Lancer images, and some in military Humvees 🙂


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  • wyn wiley - so great jay. so so true. love ya bud.

  • benj haisch - you’re a friggin’ wizard. this is the most incredible collection of senior portraits that I’ve ever seen. no joke.

  • jayeads - you guys are way too kind. and awesome.

  • Monica Justesen Photography - Absolutely, 100% floored me. No kidding. These are phenomenal. Way to blow my mind!

  • Kyle - “I’ll take Adjectives Way Overused on Photography Blogs for $500, Alex.” Amazing, ridiculous, insane, awesome, etc. What a collection of photos to be proud of.

  • Meredith Adams - So many great images. You can just tell all these people feel 110% comfortable around you too. You bring out their beauty in a simple and compelling way.

  • Alan Thomas - Your work is amazing as usual. Lost track of twitter and it was nice to see your work again.