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Stopping time

Aug 30, 2019

By Jeanne Sager - columnist

This time of year is a busy one for a photographer. There are fall weddings to be shot and families hoping to catch some fall leaf action to use in their Christmas cards.
Choosing a favorite type of photography for a photographer is sort of like asking them to choose a favorite child. They're all different. They're all special.
But there's something about seniors that I can't help but love.

Hiring a pro to take photos of your teen in their last year of school isn't for everyone, but when parents call me, there's always one thing they want.
They want time to stop, even for just a moment.
College is coming, or maybe the military or a “real” job.
The future is hurtling at them, and they can't stop it.
There are guidance counselor meetings.
Scholarship forms.
College visits.
But they're not ready to say goodbye just yet to the little boys and girls they remember.
There are photographers who capture majestic mountains. There are photographers who can secure shots of nature in all its glory.
That's not me.
I'm a newspaper woman. I focus on people, on parades and graduations, on festivals and fairs. I capture humans in moments.
I stop time.
It's not forever. But it happens. And there it is, proof positive that at one time, they were still kids, not yet the adults they are in a hurry to be.
Somewhere, inside of those too tall bodies your baby is still there.

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