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Senior portraits caused me to fall in love with photography, there is no doubt in my mind. I had taken pictures of many things throughout the years of having a camera, but no landscape, flower, animal or machine impacted me the way those young women and men did. I am older every year (science), although I don’t feel it. I attribute a good deal of my my false sense of youth 🙂 to the amazing high school seniors I spend time with. It may not be the fountain of youth, but it certainly does help.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” The quote is from the book of Proverbs, in the bible, and when I saw the second half  tattooed on the shoulder of a senior this last fall, it made me think about what an underrated skill that is. To laugh without fear of the future shows both restraint and abandon, all at the same time. To restrain yourself from worry and fear in a manner that allows you to give into joy, fully, to the point of laughter… well, that’s no small accomplishment. Equally so, graduating high school and moving into the next phases of life is something to be proud of. Academic success comes easy to some, and to others it is a fight. Popularity lives side-by-side with the outcast. The dramas of high school seem ultimately important at the time, although many of them will be something to laugh at later in life. It takes work to to spend those years wisely, and to take advantage of the opportunities.

So, congratulations to the nearly graduated, I hope you make the most of the time that’s left in your high school career. I hope you can laugh without fear of the future and do so while clothed in both strength and dignity… and maybe most importantly, allow others to do the same. High five.

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YOU’RE ALMOST THERE! Finish strong, and go make the world a better place.

jay eads senior photographer

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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.


I don’t usually do posts for a single portrait session, but I felt like Marie needed her own space. Marie is an exchange student from Denmark, who just so happens to love Tina Dico as much as I do, and if you don’t know who that is, you are missing out on some fantastic songwriting and you should do yourself a favor and check Tina’s music out. I have done a few exchange student sessions now, and I hope to do at least one every year as a sort of “bon voyage session.” In fact, I think I just named them. (updating website)

Marie is silly, fun, and full of life… it is impossible to spend time with her and not smile, she just draws it out of you, like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. This is a quality that will take her places in life. She loves shoes, and is on a mission to create her own shoe line focusing on heels and stilettos that are actually comfortable. Best of luck on that 😉 Marie brought a couple of her friends from Oregon on the shoot, which culminated in a pool, a diving board, and fully clothed girls launching themselves into the summer air. This is the kind of thing I can see Marie doing on a regular basis, and her friends in Denmark are lucky to have her.

High five from Oregon and the United States!



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  • Meredith Adams - such awesome photos! so full of life. wonderful!