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St. Louis Magazine // Private School Guide

I had the pleasure and honor of taking some portraits of these amazing young adults for St. Louis Magazine’s Private School Guide. The theme was “conversational”, so many of the photos are intended to look thoughtful, or mid-sentence. These not-quite-kids, but not-quite-adults were pretty amazing, and had some high hopes for the future (themselves, their generation and the world). I wouldn’t be surprised if I see these kids in the headlines one day.

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My opinion, and the opinion of most—if not all—of my friends is that people should just be happy. If somebody is trying to say a gay person isn’t offered the right to get married, it’s the same as a black person who’s not afforded the right to drink from a drinking fountain.
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Sometimes teenagers are so wrapped up in the concept that they can be better and greater and always feel they have to look at other people’s profiles and compare themselves. We get into that mindset without knowing it. When you compare yourself with others, you are secretly trying to change yourself, and that can destroy you internally.
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Haleigh Madison // Charlotte, NC

I don't even know where to start with this beautiful girl, other than that I cannot believe this sweetheart is graduating from High School. I remember the day that I met my oldest niece (and her little sisters)—so clearly. She was around 7 or 8 years old. She stole my heart from day one. She ALWAYS had a big grin on her face, with eyes big and bright—eager to talk AND listen. Haleigh and her sisters always enveloped me with love, hugging me as much as they could from that first day (and to this day STILL). Haleigh was a barrel of energy as a little girl, and as sweet as sweet can be. She has always been incredibly graceful, with long limbs and a tall frame. And this is why she always would shine on the dance floor. She was like an awkward little long-legged, skinny fawn as a girl, and has grown into a beautiful doe. Graceful, strong and gorgeous. I am so proud of you Haleigh, and am fighting tears as I type this! You are such a beautiful woman, inside and out! Your heart is big and will touch so many people's lives. You will be an amazing nurse—or whatever else your heart desires. LOVE YOU!