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Creative NJ wedding photographers: Katy & Brian at Sandy Hook

A colorful beach engagement with one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen!  This is just the beginning…

Katy and Brian shared, “We chose you as a photographer because we loved the real emotion you captured in your images. We enjoyed looking at your portfolio of engagement photo sessions and weddings, the way the images were taken makes you feel like you were at the event! We also liked how you really get to know each couple, who they are and what they are looking for.”

They explained their wedding photography checklist:

  1. A true professional who would put us at ease and help us to be comfortable in front of the camera
  2. A good mixture of candid shots and posed traditional photos that capture genuine emotion and connection
  3. Multiple package options to choose from to really curate exactly what we wanted
  4. We also really love the blog post that you create and thought it would be fun to share the ‘story of us’ with friends & family members through your blog.

Well I’m thrilled to hear that I checked those boxes for you two!  Here is *your* BLOG!  And since I started with a more candid shot my second photo will be a more traditional image, giving you that eclectic mix ;).

They explained, “We were really stuck on where to have the engagement shoot, until you suggested the beach. It’s where we spent a lot of time when we first started to date. In the summers we would go to the beach almost every other weekend and Brian actually started his Career in Seaside Heights so the beach brought up fond memories for us.”

Katy shared, “I met Brian when I was 18 years old and a freshmen in college.  He was my roommate’s boyfriends best friend at the time and I met him for the first time in the parking lot of a Fuddruckers, haha! All throughout college we stayed together and challenged each other on bettering themselves. I knew Brian was the one for me because every time he left, I immediately missed him.  We have been through a lot together from graduating college, new careers, moving into an apartment, getting engaged, and now were closing on a house in June.”

Brian agreed.  He said, “It was very easy falling in love with Katy.  She exposed me to a lot of new things like traveling and other adventures.  She is also very easy to get along with and immediately became my best friend.  I really knew that Katy was the one for me because I would miss her even after a couple of hours which attracted me to her even more and I’m always excited when I see her.”

Brian and Katy are adorable together– smiling, laughing, he even picked her up on a few different occasions, literally!

Brian continued, “The proposal was such an exciting time for me.  I remember when I first told Katy I loved her, she told me knew I was going to say that because of of how happy I was that day.  So, it was important to me, to surprise her with the proposal.  I had Katy’s ring designed and once it was completed I picked it up immediately.  I was going to try to plan on doing something a few weeks from then but couldn’t wait and decided to propose the very next day!”

Brian went on, “It was a normal August weekend for us.  We decided to go hiking and enjoy the weather.  As we were leaving our apartment, I pretended to forget something inside– I was actually calling her father and asking for his permission.  I was very excited the whole time we were hiking with the ring in my pocket.  I waited until the end of the hike to propose to her.  When I got down on one knee, Katy thought I was just tying my shoe.  I’ll never forget the look of disbelief on her face!”

I don’t recall if your package includes a canvas print, but this shot would look amazing on canvas– if you are only looking at it on your screen, you almost have to zoom in to get the full effect!

Katy added, “I was surprised!  I think he had to actually ask me a couple times before I answered!”

I loved their wardrobe and thought it worked perfect for their aesthetic.

Katy shared, “I tried to incorporate beachy attire by wearing a flowy maxi dress and our wedding vibe with some rustic looking flowers on it. As for Brian he kept it light and bright too with a chambray light blue shirt and khaki colored pants to match the colors in my dress.”

I love playing with light and color.  Here I silhouetted the happy couple against the vibrant blue sky– and positioned the sun between them.  To me, the sunburst in this image looks like a heart.

I wanted you to feel the softness of the light and grass and the intimacy of this moment while still giving them a bit of privacy as well, haha…

Katy shared, “I was drawn to Brian instantly– I think it was his blue eyes! Since the start of our relationship it was very easy and natural to be around him.  I feel like we have a mutual understanding of each other and we both know our strengths and weaknesses. I love that I can just be myself around him and everything is just easier when your living life with your best friend by your side.”

As the sun got lower in the sky it illuminated the tall beach grass into a fiery yellow-orange tone.  It was so incredibly romantic!  It almost looks like a painting to me…

Brian shared, “Katy and I are both pretty easy going people and can totally be our true selves around each other. I think we had that connection right from the start of our relationship. We both feel so fortunate to have met and fallen in love!”


I showed Katy and Brian the initial sunset photo that opened this sunset image that I opened this blog with– they were stunned!

Katy said, “The sunset image we saw was unreal! It looks like a painting or book cover. Watching the sunset after our engagement shoot was definitely a highlight of the day and the perfect way to end it. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the images look like!”

The sunset got even more intense with reds coming it to play– mother nature really put on a show for these two!

Katy and Brian, thank you for sharing your story with me and inviting me to join to the two of you at the beach!  I hope you enjoy your blog post and am really looking forward to your wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park this September!  Please feel free to comment below or share with your friends and family!

karen yutsusJune 5, 2018 - 7:45 am

The pictures are amazing. I can’t wait to see what you do with the wedding. Looking forward to you capturing this special day for Katy and Brian.

» Rhinehart PhotographyNovember 23, 2018 - 1:53 pm

[…] that you were hoping for.  Many more are coming soon.  If you want to see more of Katy & Brian now, check out their romantic beach engagement session […]

Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Nicole & Steve

Over *three hundred* wedding guests out on the dance floor, a Phish doughnut cake piled sky high, an entire class of first graders and an unbelievable entrance– you won’t want to miss this amazing, romantic, Palace at Somerset Park wedding…

Nicole shared, “Choosing Rhinehart Photography was one of the easiest decisions we made!  After looking at many photography websites, we were completely obsessed with Lisa’s photos.  We set up our first meeting through video chat, and we booked the same night!  She is so sweet and truly makes you feel so comfortable.  It was super easy to work with her on our wedding day.  She arrived early and began taking photos the second she unpacked.”

She continued, “We believe that what makes Lisa so different from other photographers is that she takes the times to get to know her couples.  The engagement shoot allowed her to get to know us, and us to get to know her, so there were no surprises on our wedding day.  We are hoping to see pictures that capture our wedding day.  We were both in a haze and don’t remember things too clearly so we are hoping the pictures will tell the story of the evening!”

Let’s get that story started…

Nicole wanted a classic, romantic wedding with some sparkle, hehe.  You can see the sparkle in the ring above, here I paired her invitation with a bouquet of roses that Stephen bought her…

I like to play with lines and perspectives!  Here Nicole reads her letter from Stephen.  I have a few close up shots of this same scene but this shot is my favorite…

Nicole’s dress fit her like a glove!  Here Nicole’s sister used a crochet hook to close all the tiny button loops…

Nicole you are stunning!

I thought the steps would be a fun place for the bridal party reveal so I could get a creative perspective and show both Nicole’s train and all of the bridesmaids’ reactions!


Nicole shared, “My Mom is my best friend.  We are extremely close.  She was by my side through every single second of planning our wedding.  She came to every dress fitting and never complained once.  I am so thankful for her and all she does for me each and every day.  I’d be lost without her!”

While I was photographing the ladies at Nicole’s parents’ home, my second photographer, Denis, was photographing the men at Stephen’s parents’ home.  I like how having a second photographer allows us to be two places at once or offer two different perspectives on the same scene.

Stephen shared, “There is nobody like my mother. She has always been there for me even when it meant spending weeks in the hospital with me when I had cancer.  Nothing I say or write can accurately describe how much I love her.  I consider myself the luckiest man in the entire world because I get to call her my mother!”

Stephen said “Hahaha, Jeff and I are mastering the art of the pocket square!”

Nicole shared, “It meant a lot to ride in the car to church with my parents.  It was bittersweet leaving my childhood home with both of them for the last time as a single girl.  My parents mean everything to me and I am so thankful for both of them.”

I have many more traditional shots, but I love this one– the colors, the silhouetted guests, the way Nicole’s white dress is illuminated and really pops…

Stephen shared, “I was absolutely blown away when I saw Nicole for the first time with her father.  She was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.”

Here he tries his best to hold back tears…

Nicole shared, “Exchanging vows in the childhood church where I received my first communion and confirmation was so special.”

I commented to her about how pretty the lilies were that were placed throughout the congregation.

She said, “Lilies were still in the church from Easter! Haha SCORE, free flowers!”

Nicole shared, “I really wanted my great Aunt and Uncle to attend my wedding and they did, too, but my Aunt was sick and couldn’t be there in person.  It was so cool that they were able to see the wedding through FaceTime (thanks to her son and daughter-in-law).  It meant so much to me, and I think her, too!”

I liked bringing my exposure down so that it emphasized them and all the color, you can see the couple blurred

Kiss the bride– I love stained glass, it is so colorful!  I wanted to showcase the colors and windows for this shot and wanted it to be dramatic as well, so I silhouetted the couple…

I have many photos that are lit in a more traditional way of the kiss.  Here this one of them processing down the aisle as husband and wife!

Nicole is a first grade teacher and said, “My students have been so excited about my wedding since they started first grade!  A few months ago they threw me a bridal “bath” as one student mistakenly called it (haha).  My wedding was during spring break so I was nervous they would have plans and not be able to make it.  I was soooo happy to see so many of my students and their families there!”  Here you can see   her first grade fan club waving and shouting as she recesses down the aisle!

I asked her students to gather around her for a photo and cheer.

Nicole explained, “They tend to get shy the second they exit school.  To get them to cheer I told them I would bring cupcakes on Monday… haha that did it!  And my awesome co-teacher Lauren picked up the promised cupcakes for me.”

She continued, “I also had special bride and groom cake pops made for them, too.  They were so sweet!”

Nicole explained how they chose their wedding venue, The Palace at Somerset Park.  “We toured and spoke with so many venues before visiting The Palace.  From the second we pulled up both of us and our Mothers were in awe of the charm and beauty of The Palace.  We loved what they had to offer in terms in food and hospitality.  We canceled all of our other appointments that week and booked the next day!”

Nicole shared about choosing Stephen, “I feel like I always knew that he was the one.  We’ve have been through a lot together over the years.  He is such a caring, loving, and laid back guy who would do anything for the people he loves and I truly value that.  He’s not too bad looking either, haha!”

Stephen shared, “I pretty much always knew she was “the one”.  I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else.  Nicole is my best friend.”

Nicole explained, “We had *nine* bridesmaids so I definitely wanted them to wear different colors and styles.  I chose two colors that blended really well that were a blush pink sort of color, then my sister (the maid of honor) wore a third color.  I think the style and colors of their dresses had the romantic-glam look I was hoping for and was so pleased with them!”

Also, worth noting, hair was done by Touch Salon and Make-up by Giacona Salon.

I really like to get an editorial shot of the bridal party if they are up for it, and wanted to include the columns and a bit of the softness of the garden– strike a pose, guys!

Stephen shared, “I proposed to Nicole on New Year’s Eve. Nicole’s parents were having their annual New Year’s Eve party with family and friends. I made sure to invite my family over and give Nicole’s friends a heads up to come over.  I asked her to come outside to help carry some things inside the house that I had in my car.  She grabbed something out of my car and when she turned around I was on one knee with the engagement ring.  Luckily she said yes and we were able to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends while we rang in the New Year.”

I like to play with perspectives and looking through things, reflections– I love the intimate feel of this photograph…

Nicole shared, “We were so excited to have the entire venue to ourselves!  It made the wedding feel that much more special to be the only couple on the property.  Having the guests start in the West room for cocktail hour and head to the East room for the reception in the foyer for Viennese hour, it was such a cool experience for our guests!”

Here you can see one angle of the sprawling east ballroom.  Tables surrounded the dance floor from each side.  This shows where roughly 70 of their 300 guests enjoyed dinner.

Nicole had a huge surprise planned for Stephen!

She explained, “I detail that I was most excited about was the Federal Donuts Phish cake surprise for Steve!  He is a huge Phish fan and went to a bunch of shows during their Baker’s Dozen tour.  A lot of the wedding details were my choice, and he didn’t necessarily care about details (haha) so I wanted something at the reception that brought him into the decor.  It was a huge hit and he was so surprised!”

Steve shares his perspective, “I see the band Phish a lot.  Some people might call it obsessive, but I enjoy it, haha.  This past summer Phish played thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden, which they dubbed ‘The Bakers Dozen.’  Each show had a donut flavor theme and a corresponding donut they passed out as the first couple thousand people entered the building.

I attended eight of the thirteen shows (would have been thirteen of thirteen, but we were in San Francisco for five of them) and never entered the show early enough to receive a donut.  The day after the thirteenth show, Federal Donuts released some of the Bakers dozen flavors in their Philadelphia shops.  Nicole and I took a trip to get a couple dozen.  The donuts were delicious and left a favorable impression on us.

To say that I was surprised when I saw the donut “cake” would be an understatement.  The thing that didn’t surprise me was that Nicole would pull off something like that because she is the most thoughtful person I know.”

Haaa– I caught the look on his face– is he a ‘kid in a candy store’ or what?!?

Nicole and Steve practiced their first dance while their guests finished up cocktail hour.  They actually were the first couple to dance on this floor as it was brand new!

I wanted to capture all of the colors and light in the room.  The pink up-lighting, the blue twilight, the tables and dance floor!  I wanted to capture it from an interesting vantage point to pull in the chandeliers and waited for Stephen to spin her just enough that her dress would flair at the ends…

A romantic moment as night fell…  I like the colors, silhouette and reflections in this photograph– look closely and you’ll see Nicole & Steve!

Nicole shared about her decor choices, “We worked with Laura at A Touch of Elegance to bring my vision to life.  They were amazing and really helped me stay within our budget while making the decor absolutely beautiful.   She had great ideas that I had never seen before.  Her excitement towards our wedding made me feel so special and excited, too!”

Wow– this was such a cool moment!!!  They entered like rock stars with two giant puffs from co2 blasters!

Their first dance– guests surrounded them, cheering…

Nicole shared, “Steve and I have been together since high school, twelve years, we’ve been through so much together!  It all came together today!”

Steve shared, “Mt second favorite part of the day (the first was seeing Nicole of course) was dancing with my mom.  Like I said, there is nobody like her!  Over the years she has done everything for my brothers and I.  She has always been my biggest fan and rarely missed any of my sporting events growing up.”

He continued, “She has always been there for me whether it was something simple or spending weeks in the hospital with me when I had cancer.  Nothing I say or write can accurately describe how much I love her.  I consider myself the luckiest man in the entire world because I get to call her my mother.”

Here she wipes a tear as I’m guessing she will be doing again and she reads Stephen’s words…

Nicole shared, “I think all the speeches at our wedding were amazing!   It’s nice to hear how much your family loves the person you love.  Steve is like the son my dad never had, and the brother my sister never had.  He’s been part of our family for a long time, now it’s just official.”

I caught a rainbow during Stephen’s dad’s speech!

The dance floor opened and was on fire, thanks to Jay G and his team from Elite Sound Entertainment.

Nicole shared, “The wedding definitely would not have been the same without Jay G.  He had the party going from the second people walked in until The Palace was basically kicking us out!”

Steve shared, “Everything went so perfectly– I can’t even imagine our wedding being any more incredible than it already was!   I’m extremely grateful to Nicole for planning everything.”

Was so much fun to watch and photograph out on the dance floor!

Steve shared, “Most of the reception was a blur.  There were so many family and friends there that it was a little overwhelming at times.  However, I had a lot of fun dancing and celebrating with everyone.”

I took this shot to show it as a literal blur, using a slow shutter speed on my camera and some pretty cool settings!  I love how it turned out!  It’s my creative take on capturing all of the energy and movement out on the floor!

Nicole laughed, “With over three hundred wedding guests, greeting everyone was nearly impossible.  We tried our best to see everyone at cocktail hour or on the dance floor!”

I wanted to capture the lights, the people, just the atmosphere of the room so that Steve and Nicole can experience it again and again through their wedding album.

Steve shared, “As husband and wife I’m looking forward to making more memories together and seeing where our travels take us next!”

Lol!  This close up encounter with a sparkler was a little dangerous, but made super cool sparkling bokeh in the foreground!  I love the yellow of the sparklers and the blue of the night!

It was such a treat to photograph you two and your incredible friends, family and wedding guests!

To see more of Nicole and Steve and hear the backstory of how they met and fell in love click here!

KimMay 31, 2018 - 7:29 pm

Amazing wedding, pictures and of course the perfect Bride & Groom!!!❤️

Creative Senior Portrait Photographers: Dillon

From golfing at Rocky Springs to hanging out on his family’s slate bank, no matter where Dillon is, he is comfortable in his own skin.  He also happens to be nearly a newly minted graduate of the class of 2018…

It has been such a pleasure to watch this family grow and to have the privilege of photographing each one of the *six* LaBonte family members over the years.

Dillon shared, “Meeting up at Rocky Springs for my senior portraits was perfect for me as I really like to spend time out on the course.”

I used a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of Dillon’s cart and like how it shows both his driven and laid back nature in this photograph…

Dillon continued, “I really enjoy golf.  I think it’s because it is a pretty laid back sport and allows you to be outdoors, spending time with friends.”

While Dillon has a quiet, serious side, he can also be a total goofball… the crocks and striped socks are so him ;).

While I love capturing personality and candid moments, I also make sure to capture a few more standard portraits as well.

Oh yeah–  this one totally reminds me of Ferris Buhler’s Day off 😉 chicka chickaaaa…

Back to more serious and timeless…

While we spent the majority of our time at the golf course, Dillon also wanted to incorporate more nature and his family’s property.  They have this huge slate bank and a winding stream that has been in the family since the civil war.  Dillon shared that it is another favorite place to hang out for him and his friends.

Dillon has depth and is interested in academics, too.  He shared that following graduation he will be studying engineering in college.

There is something about this photo that really suggests depth to me.  I think it has to do with the compression of the lens that I used for this shot as well as the layers of trees and water and just the rich quality of light playing on his face.

Dillon’s mother added, “Dillon has an adventurous spirit.  He is truly fearless.  We took a family trip to Alaska recently, and he decided he was going to touch a glacier.  We could see one off in the distance and not sooner did he see it, than he headed off to teach his goal.  Over the years his tenacity has resulted in a few broken bones…”

Dillon smiled, “It’s worth it.”  For me this photo captures his confidence and fearlessness– I’m excited to see where life takes you, Dillon!

To check out more photos of the Labonte family you can click on: their 2013 family portraits on their family farm– Dustin is an adorable, Emilyn’s senior portraits, Dustin’s senior portraits.  Marnie- thanks so much for choosing to have me photograph your family for the last five years!

Lehigh Valley Photographers: The Macus Family

A bouncing high-energy toddler, adorable newborn and a couple that I started working with for their *engagement photos*…

What I treat to watch this beautiful family grow!  Ashley and Joe chose to have me capture their engagement, wedding, baby and now family photos…

When I asked Ashley and Joe why they keep choosing Rhinehart Photography they both agreed, “It’s the vibrant, crisp/clear photos with that creative flair and emotional impact.”

Ashley added, “I also love your bubbly personality and that you are always willing to go with flow and go the extra mile to ensure that you capture the best shots.” Joe added, “It’s that wow factor. When I see a photo that strikes me, it generally comes with the heart watermark on it somewhere!”

I’ll start out with this super crisp/clear photo of baby Christian…

 As I photographed Christian, the family dog, Jake, seemed to have this reverence for him.  Can you see that in his expression?

Ashley shared, “Jake has been the most patient, sweet dog for the boys.”

Ashley shared, “We wanted to have a few photos that captured Christian as a newborn- because if he turns out anything like his dad or brother, we will need a good reminder about just how small he used to be, haha!”

Again the detail in this photograph really capture not just his baby face, but also his little rolls, his tiny hairs, so incredibly sweet!

I asked Joe if there was anything he has learned from being a father of two that he’d like to pass on to other soon to be parents.

He said, “I would say to trust your instincts, and also to be patient.”  It is so sweet to see this strapping well over six foot firefighter cradling a newborn!

Every photo session we’ve had, we incorporated firefighting in some way– this was no exception…

Joe explained, “We also really wanted you to capture a genuine, relaxed feel that captures the emotions and everyday happenings that a family with two little ones experiences. Sometimes it’s those little moments that are just taken for granted and we wanted to be able to look back on these times.”

While most of the opening “sleepy baby” photos are more traditional portraits, as soon as Joey woke up from his nap, I quickly moved into photo-journalistic (action!) mode, capturing those little moments.   Here he’s playing his own version of hide and seek with his dad…


Joey and dad crawled on the floor, wrestled…

tickling may have been involved…

I like how there are airplanes in the background and Joey takes flight…

Ashley and Joe’s home is stunning.  I complimented the beveled glass panes, crystal chandelier and large windows.

Ashley explained, “We designed our home from scratch. We chose the lot (making sure it was close the firehouse of course), every light fixture (down to switch location), every paint color, floor tile, brick color, fireplace, bathroom fixture, etc. Everything was custom chosen and designed by us.”

You could tell they had put so much thought into it…

Ashley shared, “My biggest challenge in family life has been transitioning from a full-time teacher to a full-time mom. As hard as it was to make the decision, it was important for to me to be able to spend these integral first years raising and “teaching” my boys.  I wouldn’t trade the rewards of kisses, giggles, and extra smiles for anything.”

She continued, “Time and time again, I’ve heard the mantra, “The days are long, but the years are short.” This couldn’t be more true, and for that I thank Joe for being able to give me the gift of spending these days at home.”

I know Joe and Ashley like when I get play around artistically and get a little creative, so I brought the crystals into this photo of Ashley and Christian…

I asked about their free time.  They both laughed, as if to say, ‘what free time?’ then shared, “We love taking walks together, playing outside, reading books, and going on vacations and day trips with the boys.”

Haaaa Joey started vacuuming the house like a pro, moving furniture to get behind it properly etc, it was the cutest thing!  I used a slow shutter to capture his movement.

I knew how much they would appreciate a family photo.  It was on their list of wants, but we knew how hard it would be to pull off with an infant and toddler involved.

I have to say, guys, I’m very impressed with this one:

Ok, so I probably went a little bit overboard with these photos in Joey’s bounce house, but the cuteness, the color, the lines, I really couldn’t help myself!

I thought this perspective was interesting and like the lines, shapes and colors here.  It also captures his little toddler ears, hands, feet so sweetly…

Joey stopped occasionally to show his parents something cool…

But for the most part he was bouncing non-stop!!!

He would try to involve Ashley however he could, throwing balls out to her…

Come-on mom!!!

Are you coming?  I liked this pattern, framing and texture as Joey looks for Ashley…

Joey coaxed Ashley in and they bounced together it was pretty much the cutest thing.

Little tikes if you are looking for bounce house models, ahem, these two are perfect… 😉

Joe commented, “Ashley is so devoted and attentive as a mom, spending every day “on the front lines” with the kids, and the successes we have had as parents and as a family are because of the routines she has established with the boys.”

Ashley is incredibly dedicated, she’s literally willing to do whatever it takes, and I think you can see it here when she went down the slide to show Joey how it is done, haha!

When I asked Ashley about parenting advice, she shared, “For me, some of the best parenting advice has come from my teaching career. One of the things I was taught to do as a teacher was to focus on the positive interactions I had with students. The goal was to always have 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction. I try to aim for the same with the boys. I aim to build up their self-confidence and say, “yes” as much as possible, as to try and not limit their curiosity and excitement. “No” is reserved for things that would cause harm, are dangerous, or are just not negotiable. So I focus on the positive and encourage creativity and curiosity in our boys.”

After seeing mommy do it, Joey was game!

Joe said, “There is no replacement for the feeling you get when you see a huge smile on your kiddos face.”

If you look in the background you can see one of the canvas prints from Ashley and Joe’s wedding in the background!  Yes it’s the one with the fire truck!

Ashley and Joe, it was great to catch up with you two ad watch your family grow!

If you’d like to see more of these cuties, check out some of my other blogs here.

Creative Senior Portrait Photographers: Sam Part 2

This high school senior broke 9 of the 11 swimming records in his high school. He has two state medals and swam in nationals this year.  All of those accomplishments and he is still one of the most grounded and kind teens I’ve photographed.

When I initially met with Sam, he shared, “You’ve photographed a lot of my friends and they all look great.  I appreciate how your photos are unique and creative, personalized to fit each person.”

His mom, Kara, shared, “The whole experience of working with you was fantastic!  It was very natural and you were able to capture him just being him.  Your shots are gorgeous!”

While I love to capture action and movement like the opening image, I also enjoy capturing more traditional portraits as well.  Here Sam wears his medals from states.

I love using different camera techniques and used a slow shutter speed to capture Sam diving…

This kid is a beast!  I like the symmetry of this shot and the texture of the surface of the water.  

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”
Jacques Cousteau.

Sam explained, “I started swimming in 7th grade.  I spend a lot of time in the pool—probably like 12 hours a week or so, plus I lift and do other things to stay in shape for it. Freestyle is my favorite, so I also like the IM (individual medley—all of them all at once: fly then back then breast then free).”

Sam shared, “I can be more of an introvert, but I know who I am and what I want.  It’s more of how I view myself than how others perceive me that is important.  I just try to be the best me that I can be.  Especially in the pool, I really want to be the best that I can be than try to win, sometimes I’m happier getting 3rd because I’ve been my own time, than not beating my own time in first.”

I love the way water plays with the physical form, the shape of water…

Kara, Sam’s mom shared, “Sam has a big heart.  I could always see it at home with his little sister, but in the pool it shows, too.  All of the little swimmers follow him around like ducklings.  It’s very sweet.”

She continued, “When there are all those kids on deck at the pool and they all look alike, I can always pick Sam out because of the goggles on his shoulder.”  This one’s for you, Kara…

She concluded, “If Sam wants something he goes out and makes it happen.  You can see it with him picking up swimming, the guitar, really whatever he wants to do.”  If you want to see the first part of Sam’s senior portraits with his Kayak, dogs and guitar, it is here.

I like playing with light and perspective… for me this captures Sam’s strength and ability to stand out and do his own thang ;).

Following the photography session when they saw all of these photos, Sam said, “It was a lot of fun, they turned out really well.  I had a great experience.”  Kara said, “It was fantastic!  It was interesting to watch him working with you, he really loosened up and you were able to capture him being him.  Yes, definitely worth it.”


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