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.)


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Summer Daze

IMG_2392Adrift in a sea of green, seeing the world through only the wilds of play, so it is when a child spends a warm sunny day in the throes of summer.






The days are short but most definitely sweet. Their splendor will leave you in a daze of hazy bliss full of sweet aromas and gleeful wonder.









All Is Merry And Bright

As a beginner photographer I can honestly say one of my biggest nemesis’ is lighting. They say practice makes perfect and I don’t mind practicing one bit.


Especially when each family has been crazy fun and super cute.

And this family was no exception.IMG_2135

To battle my nemesis, Bad Lighting, I showed up late morning when the sun shone bright through a magnificent wall of windows.

We started our Candid Christmas photo session with that quintessential tradition that’s been bringing families together for longer than I know.

The Christmas Tree

IMG_1378.jpegAnd what a gorgeous tree they had, indeed. Standing a glorious thirteen feet, she was a beauty to behold and the perfect backdrop for their family photoshoot.


Okay, and sometimes the perfect umbrella…you know, for that adorable baby!!!!


Obviously the bulk of our morning was spent pouring over family ornaments and finding space for them on the tree.

And posing for the camera of course.


Tree decorating, especially a thirteen foot behemoth, is no easy feat.  So we rested our feet and settled down to regroup with a storybook that’s close to this sweet family’s heart.


The tree and story were done but we weren’t.

IMG_1957 I had with me a bag of fun and oh the fun we had.


And Snowballs

And Candy.

Oh My!

The candy was camera shy, but the kids weren’t.IMG_2151 2


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Thank you for sharing in this little photographic journey and may I wish you a very merry (and bright) Christmas.

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