SENIOR SESSION: Devyn CO2019

I'm fairly certain that passers-by could hear us squealing at least a block away...

Devyn is fun, goofy, happy and friendly...but she also has an intense, passionate side...

We kept collaborating on each of her outfits and how we could tell her "story" best...

It's amazing...this upcoming journey into independence...

I recently read a quote..."There are many things in life that may DESCRIBE you, but they don't DEFINE you"

I think that statement is profound because it's often difficult to separate the things you like, the feelings you have, the sports you play, the successes you achieve, the failures that hurt...from the YOU that you are!

So often, we ride the roller coaster of emotion...when we struggle on a test or we lose at a sporting event or a relationship fails...and then again when we achieve high status or get the part or win the award...

It's difficult to not place our identity in things, but rather grasp your own purpose and value aside from those things...to know you are loved, just because you are you!

Devyn has begun that process however...

she has so many ideas and passions and dreams...

and yet, she's got a confidence that understands that she is MORE than the decisions she makes, MORE than her athleticism,  MORE than the mistakes she may have made...

she is on the journey of discovering the WHO that she is...

and it's AMAZING and EXCITING!

Congratulations Devyn...you are inspiring and beautiful, inside and out! 
















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SENIOR SESSION: Chris, Class of 2019

Senior year, in and of itself, is a cacophony...

There is so much going on...students are listening to educators, college recruiters, parents, peers...cheering at events, performing in productions, announcements and deadlines, tests and applications...

the list and "noise" is endless...

It's a celebration, YES...but, with that sometimes comes a rather overloaded calendar of all.the.lasts. that need to be experienced to the fullest!!!

And so...

we get to Springtime and realize that Senior pictures have yet to be taken and there's only one month left until the cap and gown are donned and light at the end of the tunnel has arrived...

And that's where Chris found himself at the beginning of Winter...and so we grabbed the first gorgeous day we could in April...

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I don't believe Chris has ever had an enemy...

he's likable, friendly, easy-going and chill...

Being eager to laugh and not taking himself too seriously is probably what endeared me most to him...

I was impressed with not only his maturity, but his ability to listen and reason.  

Some students have in their minds-eye what they envision for their futures...and they cling to it through all the noise and craziness of Senior year...it's a nerve wracking time to be making decisions that seemingly put you on the trajectory for your future independent life...

Something that gained my respect right off the bat was Chris's willingness to try something new, weigh his original idea and then, with confidence, choose a different path...

It was on a whim that he went on a college visit with a friend...with no thought of actually pursuing anything other than hanging out with a buddy...but, he didn't waste the opportunity put in front of him..and by the end of the visit, he had changed his entire course...

that takes guts, confidence, and courage!

It's evident that those qualities have been instilled in him over the years...to believe, to take chances, to step up to the plate, to be all in...

I think that's how he'll approach life in general...he sees the positive, and he doesn't let old thoughts or limitations stop his perseverance to reach his goals!

Congratulations Chris...thanks for being such a great sport and making my day! 












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InHome LIFESTYLE: Baby boy #2

When I entered their home, it felt like I was walking into a sacred place where the walls told stories and where legacies had been born.

They remodeled a 90 year old home...their forever home...a place where their stories add to the history...their lives are woven into the floorboards and ceilings...

if only the walls could talk...

If they could, I imagine, in future years you'd hear them say, 

"I remember the younger little man...when he entered the stage...ohhh, he was precious...
I remember his wide eyes and how his daddy would swaddle him tight..."

"Their oldest gentleman was indeed, a gentleman...
...such a sweet nature, with a smile that made you happy just to be in his presence..."

"I remember the quiet patience of their dear mother...the way she and her husband spoke with authority and yet such respect and kindness to their sons...

...even then, they were building character into their children..."

"I remember most the commitment and love that was evidenced on a daily basis...their steadfastness in a crazy world...what gifts they were to anyone they met"

I often wonder what the walls of my own home would say...watching us live day in and day out...
this sweet family plans for the future...they are purposeful in their parenting, thus creating safe boundaries where their boys learn to become men of integrity...slow to anger, quick to listen...

I was so impressed and felt so welcomed...it is an honor and joy to document this chapter of their story...















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