Can We Be Candid?

If you’ve checked out my recent blog posts, then this kid will look familiar.IMG_4596

Mr. Zach W (I don’t like to divulge last names) and I did an hour long photo session not long ago, but we didn’t do just one location- oh no, we did three.  This young man has a lot of personality and it can’t be contained to just one spot.

We started at the old Watson Settlement Bridge in nearby Littleton, Maine.


The majority of those were converted to black and white and can be seen here.

We then made our way to the library on Main Street.  This is one of my favorite locations for photo sessions. The somber gray paired with that rich, deep green is just too good to be true.  And paired with Zach’s navy blazer?  It was a no brainer.


We ended our session up on the hill at a place that means a lot to both of us,  Military Street Baptist church.   We did the last portion of the session on the church grounds, but were not able to do any inside the church.  The day had been cloudy at times but with it getting close to sunset we were spot on to get shots such as this one below.


We ended up with almost 100 pictures for Zach to pick and choose from.  Many are portrait worthy such as these.


We could just leave it there, but you see, that just wouldn’t be doing this guy justice.  He’s got big dreams, a big faith and a big personality. And really great sock style- like these- which I’ve gotta say are the most tame pair I’ve seen on him….I was kind of hoping they were his taco socks.


You’ve seen the majority of his portraits and now?  Now, it’s time to be candid.



Fun fact: Zach was elected as the 2019 Maine Youth Governor.


Mustard Seed Creations – 2019




I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

This past Saturday I had the honor of doing Zach W.’s senior pictures.

IMG_4566 I’ve worked with Mr. Z here for the past year in various outreaches through our church and after months of hinting he should let me do his pictures he finally said “Hey, you know what?  I need pictures done.  Could you?”  I’m paraphrasing here- but it went something like that.  After rolling my eyes, sighing the largest exasperated sigh, and reminding him that I’ve been trying to get him to do some for MONTHS…I agreed to do it.

What you’ll find below is a few of the pictures from that day along with quotes- many of which are his favorites.  In fact, the title of this post is his favorite U2 song.  There’ll be another post or two in the next week from our photo session; those will be in color.  But you know how I love black and white photography.

And so here’s where my dialogue ends and the session begins.


Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.– Senator Orrin Hatch


“It is understanding that gives us the ability to have peace.  When we understand the other fella’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.” — Harry S. Truman


“It is not the critic who counts, but the man within the arena.”– Theodore Roosevelt


“When you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens in your life.”—- Bono


“It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love.  Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.”  — Calvin Coolidge

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“Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.” — Theodore Roosevelt


“Education is not a problem.  Education is an opportunity.” — Lyndon B. Johnson


“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President.  I’m beginning to believe it.” — Clarence Darrow



“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”– B.B. King


“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” — Benjamin Franklin


“You broke the bonds and you loosened chains.  Carried the cross of my shame, of my shame. You know I believe it.” — U2, ‘Still haven’t found what I’m looking for’


“At the beginning of all this begetting, something began.”  – I honestly don’t know…… (Zach W. when I asked who said this.)


Mustard Seed Creations – 2019