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2011 was a good year for seniors. We had so much fun, went on so many adventures… I truly can’t thank these not-really-kids enough. They are still my photographic first-love. Hope you all enjoy these as much as I did. eugene oregon senior photographyeugene oregon senior photographyMORE AFTER THE JUMP



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    So I had a random dream last night. It included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular. See, it takes forever to get in to see him for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want, which has built-in longevity and repeat business. Be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty. Not bad advice for a dream.

    The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery, and patient expectation. That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer. Sometimes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees” is a good thing. Bottom line is, the imaginary discussion taking place during REM sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.

    If you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good dreamtime counsel, too.


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    • JeramieWell you certainly have been following your own advice. I can’t imagine another photographer in Eugene making a living with you in town 🙂 Anyways, beautiful work as usual and thanks for always being a good source of inspiration, even beyond the visuals.

    • MelindaDo you think he’ll bill you for the dream time consult? Is that covered by insurance?

      Love your images. And if you ever decide to teach a local lighting workshop I’d love to hear about it.

    • Kim O'NeilI agree with Melinda…teach us, please! 🙂 And, I love your shots of the bride and groom on the beach. Your lighting and exposures are always perfect, Jay!

    • LizI love your portraits. They are some of my favorite in the biz.

    • SethI had a dream I got punched in the face by Optimus Prime. Your dreams are way better than mine. You got great advice. I got punched in the face by a benevolent semi. On an unrelated note, I love your work.


    Seriously, I have no words for this session – definitely top 3 ever.  I’ll do my best to say something productive.

    I work very hard to try and match the mood of the pictures I take/make to the personality and demeanor of the people I work with.  In this case, we both share the same saturnine personality, with plenty of good humor to balance it out.  Yes, she smiles.  Yes I take pictures of people smiling.  You’ll just have to trust me on that one, because you aren’t going to see much of it here… but we all had a blast. A happy blast.

    This senior session speaks for itself, I think, and the longer I type, the more I will screw up what MacKenzie has to say.  {Jay shuts up}



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    • RyanDude, MONEY! Some sick photos, man!

    • oeilholy bageebies…. lovely light fantastic images. your leibovitz obsession is paying off!!!!!

    • PaulI like all of these. My favourites are number 1, 3 & 5.

      If I ever take a shot as good as the first one I’ll be very happy.

      Great work.

    • scottyo
      so rad

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    • Geneamazing jay

    • Kylie DanielsonMy oh my. Stunning.

    • Eliza ClaireStunning. I’d have killed for images like this when I was a teenager.

    • dustin stellersucked the breath outta my lungs… absolutely, supremely so. Way to rock it, bud. Be proud.

      MacKenzie – I hope you’re stoked. I would be. 🙂

    • DebbieJay…I LOVE this! I seriously can’t pick a favorite, they are so simple, yet so different. Great work 😉

    • rosieThat first one is totally captivating!! love your use of light .. brilliant!

    • jayeadsthank you rosie!!

    • jayeadsi really can’t express how much these images define who i want to be as a photographer. “beyond appreciative” is the closest i can get to conveying my thanks!

      i have more coming… i could seriously post 50 images from this session.

    • MomJay,
      I just wanted to say that you have done a lovely job a capturing my daughter and her nature. Beautiful work.

      Mackenzie’s mom :~)

    • mackenzie skybelieve me, i’m very happy with these photographs. they are more than i could have ever asked for or imagined. jay is wonderful [:

    • jayeadswell those two comments are more than i could ask for… i put this session in the WIN column!

    • HarveyHey Jay,

      As always you inspire me to create, I love this post soo much I think you captured her well and it’s one of my favorite pieces of your work.

      Terrific! Can’t WAIT to see what’s next from you.


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