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Sarah | Senior Portraits

I’ve been impressed lately with the graduating seniors I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this spring. So much talent. Like Sarah here. Plays the violin. Rocking ballet dancer. Full ride to the University of Arizona. Although her dream school is Scripps College in California. Good choice anyways, who wants to live in Tucson right?

Sarah is friends with Brianna, another senior I met earlier this year. She brought along her freshman sister Madeline, and you could just feel how close they are to each other. I couldn’t even get them to confess to being normal siblings and annoying each other. That just doesn’t happen with these two…a lot of love shared between them.

I wish Sarah the best of luck wherever she lands. I know she’s going to do some amazing things down the road. And to Madeline…you have a few years left, but keep rocking that cello! You’ll be graduating before you know it!

Two | Senior Portraits

Here’s two images from last night’s senior shoot with Sarah! An amazing young lady, super smart, bound for great things.

 

Kyle | Senior Portraits

I love the Teri family. They have been amazingly supportive to me over the last few years. I shot their going away part of the parents not too long ago. They’ve purchased my Stormchasing books. They refer their friends to me. They’ve been there with encouraging words throughout a lot of our recent dealings with adopting Eli. They are just awesome people.

And here is yet another awesome part of that family…Kyle. He’s graduating from Mesquite High School this year and he loves his dog Captain and his Honda. His younger sister Julie also joined us for a few shots as we wandered around downtown Phoenix a bit last Friday.

Great young man…wishing him the best future possible!

Austin | Senior portraits

On Sunday afternoon I had the incredible pleasure of taking some senior portraits for a young man named Austin Gutwein. I’m not even joking when I say that you should keep an eye on this guy, because he’s going places. He started an amazing charity to help African orphans called Hoops of Hope at the age of nine. He raised $3,000 that first year by shooting 2000+ free throws, and to-date his charity has gone global and brought in over $2.5 million! 40,000 people in over 27 countries have participated to help these orphans in Africa. All because he had this idea. Incredible right?

To top it off he was just named one of ESPN’s 18 Under 18.

But to meet him in person you’d have no idea. Humble, humble guy…soft spoken, kind…we had a blast hanging out on Sunday. Austin’s mom says he’s an “old soul” who loves anything vintage, like old buildings, trains, etc. Some of my favorite things too, so I was super excited to just wander around one of my favorite areas of downtown Phoenix. His mom, dad and sister were there for the shoot as well, but followed along in the “support vehicle” to let him change clothes a few times. Loved all of them, just an amazing, amazing family.

I feel blessed to have met this guy and can’t wait to see what he does. I should also mention he has a second book coming out (second!) and plans to get into politics someday.

And he’s only 17.  The sky is the limit for Austin.

Brianna | Senior Portraits

It’s been a long time since I was in high school. A long time. In fact, the big two-decade reunion is coming up next year. Yikes. Feels like so long ago.

For Brianna though, it’s her final year and the sky is the limit. She loves playing guitar and may attend a college here in town or in California, perhaps the San Francisco area. She doesn’t know yet, which is half the fun of being in her position. Nothing is written, you get to find your path.

She showed up for her session with family in tow…older sister down from Flagstaff just for the pictures, her brother the Dbacks-Red Sox fan and both parents, the dad of which kind of resembled Steve Jobs. You can decide for yourself further down.

Loved hanging out with these guys for awhile. They were a ton of fun and you could tell how much they loved each other.

I wish you all the best of luck going forward! Especially Brianna and this awesome new chapter of your life. Thank you guys!