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It can be easy to take things for granted, both big and small. As a photographer, I of course value a well composed, properly lit, and perfectly edited photo. But my goal as a photographer has always been for people to be comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture them just as they are. This, in my opinion, is what makes a photograph special and lasting. I’ve been doing this for so long that, at times, I can forget just what a picture can mean to somebody. After delivering these images, I received a sweet text from the friend who received them. She said she “wanted to smile, cry and laugh all at the same time.” Mission accomplished!

Micah is a senior and will be leaving home next year for college. It is my hope that these pictures capture this milestone moment of his life. It is my hope that they may bring comfort to a mom and dad that will surely miss having him at home as he is on to his next adventure. It is my hope that a family can see Micah for who he is now and for the hope of who he is to become. They are just photographs. But I hope they are so much more.

I’ve only done a handful of senior portraits, two of them being in the past couple months, and I’ve been surprised at how much I have enjoyed them. High school seems like a distant memory, but I can remember the nervous anticipation of my senior year and all that lied ahead. Like Micah, I too was an athlete looking ahead to playing in college. Sports provided some of my best memories growing up. I loved my teammates and can very much remember how hard those last games were.

I had a blast getting a small glimpse into Micha’s senior year. He was a joy to be around and I think we made some portraits that represent who he is. Best of luck on your senior season at CPA and on your next adventure at Indiana Wesleyan!