Wednesday, January 16, 2019
By Hayes Photography
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I've known Marie for several years through my work as a substitute teacher and most recently as a teaching assistant at Webster Thomas.  I was excited about the prospect of getting to know her better when she contacted me about participating in the project.  We sat down to talk about her life, her teaching career and her family. I came to the conclusion that Marie has had a good, but rough life.  So much of what she shared with me had to do with loss, but through it all, I got a clear sense that she is a very strong woman.  The difficult times has taught her that life is what you make it and you might as well make it the best that you can because you just don't know what's around the corner.  There are no guarantees.  I wanted her portrait to show her in that light, not a glamorous one, but a real "this is me" portrait of inner strength and fortitude. We met at a park while walking her dog.  The light was great and I think we got it right!

In her words:

Everything you do is based on the choices you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame.  

You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.

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Marie Prizzi

Math Teacher

Webster Thomas High School



Monday, December 31, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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I have been so lucky as an educator in the Webster Central School District because I've gotten to know some really wonderful students and Jarret is definitely one of them.  The day he walked into a 6th grade class I was subbing for, I knew he was something special!

Fast-forward six years and now he's a senior and incredibly involved and hyper-focused in the sailing world.  Jarret has been a member of the Rochester Yacht Club since he was five. He went through the high school sailing program and now teaches young sailors, participates on the race team and captains the big boats.

When I sat down to talk with Jarret and his parents about his senior pictures and location came up, the answer was obvious, the yacht club.  It really did make a nice place for portraits because it allowed for the greenery of a park, the water (east side of the Genesee River) interests and the architecture of several buildings.  What made it even better was that both parents came to the session allowing for a really nice family memory.

I was thrilled that the whole family loved the images. Not only did they choose gifts for family, but they also chose some large portraits to grace the walls of their home that capture the spirit of this terrific young man and his love of sailing.

I wish nothing but the best for Jarret for the rest of his senior year and beyond.  Thank you to both Lisa and Chris and especially Jarret for choosing Hayes Photography!!!

Make sure to leave a comment to Jarret and his parents!