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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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Jackson turns 2! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

One of Finn's little buddies turned 2 recently, and I had the pleasure of photographing him and his super-cool parents. Jackson inherited his parent's demeanor— he is a laid back and VERY smiley little dude. 

We did the photo shoot at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO, right near the St. Louis Art Museum. It was an overcast morning, which I LOVE as a photographer (unless I am trying to capture the early or late Golden Hour lighting). A grey sky provides even lighting no matter where you go, and colors appear to be more vivid. 

Right as we were really getting into the heart of the shoot, out of NOWHERE the skies dumped down on us. I mean yes, the skies were grey… but there was little warning to this heavy rain cloud. Poor Jackson was a bit scared… as we ran for cover under the nearest tree. I have never been more worried about my camera equipment before (this is why we get insurance people). Fortunately, Jackson and the camera were not damaged or traumatized. But we all looked like wet dogs after the rain cleared, and had to wrap up the session. I did a mini follow up shoot at their house because I will re-book due to weather issues. So ended up with a variety of photos from both sessions...