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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.

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    Time goes by so quickly. Seniors become brides. Brides become moms. Families grow. It is one of the great privileges of this job to grow with clients, and for clients to occasionally become friends. This isn’t always the case, but it’s a meaningful bond when it does, and it often lends itself to a wedding with lots of emotion on my part. Add to it a very emotionally deep couple, who are perfectly paired, equally sweet people and you get a day something like Kent and Kayla’s. That’s about all I need to do to set the stage for their wedding. You will not be able to resist her smile… don’t feel bad, no one can. 🙂

    Enjoy these two kids so clearly in love.

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    FYI – We didn’t write “death” on the wall… but we took the opportunity to make a visual wedding pun.

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    • Laura BoeshansWow! Amazing picture and beautiful couple! I love you Kent and Kayla!

    • Heidi Hanninen-JurvaBeautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!

    • Tami Gadomski JenkinsBeautiful pictures – captures a very special day!

    • Bay RiddleAmazing pictures! Sooo pretty! 🙂

    • Laurie Waltonwow….amazing.

    • Donna Lovejoy RoperWonderful, wonderful! I knew they would be! Well done, Jay!

    • benj haischone of your best, man. your connection with them shows through so beautifully.

    • Kayla Roperim obsessed


    I started out shooting seniors because they showed interest. I didn’t realize how much I would love it. So this is my high-five valentine for all the seniors who shoot with me, past, present, and future. You have no idea how fun you make my job. I got a Formspring question recently, asking if I would do a senior post on my blog… that’s when I realized how long it had been. So, here’s to finishing out the 2012 school year, and to the 2013 seniors who are starting to make plans. You all rock.

    Be sure to click the link to see the full post, it’s a monster.

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    • ralph nardellSo many insanely good shots it’s hard to single them out. These are so great Jay, love the ballerina and guy pushing back the sun especially. The redheaded girl in the red dress, the football player, guitar player, etc – you captured each one in away they’ll love looking back on. Great stuff man.

    • daronholy moly

    • one young thingi LOVE the shots of the girl in the nude tunic button-down blouse and the one near the end in the jean blazer. and that’s just the beginning. they all look great!

    • BethYou never fail to wow the crap outta me. The creativity, color, originality, simplicity, variety, personality and pure awesomeness put forth in every image astounds me. Bravo Jay!

    • Jenny McCannThe red head in the water shots…WOW WOW WOW!!

    • Alberto Llamazaresabsolutely stunning!!!!

    • Karen ObristYou’re bringing great energy and such a killer look to senior photography- I would be stoked if I was any of these kids. Also, I enjoy it when you make people stand on really tall things, coming from a shortie. 🙂

    • Wyn Wileyjay, these are incredible. you are such a talent photographer. holy heck.

    • Jay Eadsthanks homie… 100% mutual.


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