Tuesday, May 07, 2019
By Hayes Photography
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It's hard for me to believe this young lady is a high school senior!  I've known Mikah and her family since she was very little and although I have three children of my own and have seen them grow, graduate and begin their adult lives, each time I photograph a senior I've known for a long time, it makes me take pause.  There's nothing like watching kids grow up to make you feel old!

Photographing Mikah was nothing short of spectacular!  Despite the heat, Mikah was calm and cool as we worked our way around Locust Hill Country Club.  Why the country club?  Mikah, who spends a lot of time there, is an incredibly talented golfer and has been at it since she was 8 years old.  Among her numerous awards are back to back titles as champion for Section Five, Monroe County and All-Greater Rochester (2017 and 2018), Mikah's work ethic on the course is exceptional and it shows.

She and her mom chose the Deluxe session for her senior portraits which allowed for several locations with a huge variety of backdrops.  After a brief stop at her salon to touch up her make-up and curl her hair, we met at her second destination, the George Eastman Museum. She continued to shine in and among the gorgeous architecture and foliage of this iconic Rochester landmark. 

Mikah's plans for the fall are to attend William & Mary College in Virginia where she will become part of the NCAA Division 1 women's golf team.  I have no doubt she will continue to work hard and thrive in both her golfing career and the rigorous academic program the college offers.  A big thank you to mom (Courtney) and Mikah for choosing Hayes Photography for her senior portraits and best of luck in the fall and beyond!



Thursday, April 04, 2019
By Hayes Photography
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Peggy Green is a special education teacher at Webster Thomas HS.  However, like so many of us, she is much more than the work position she fills. When we sat down to discuss her life and what her story might be, she touched on all that has made her who she is today. We finally settled on a few aspects of her story that we felt said it best; her health and the necessity to multi-manage the various branches of her life.  Many can identify and empathize with Peggy because juggling the work, family, health triangle is something we deal with every day.  Her dedication as a teacher, love of family,  and sense of humor certainly help get her through the rough times.

In her words:

 "Always juggling and never settling.  These two phrases are the essences to who I am.  As the oldest daughter I helped with dinner, did my chores, got good grades, helped with my siblings, and today check on my dad.  As a wife, I love, support, and respect my husband. As a mom, my kids hopes and dreams always came first, but what about me? My health, my dreams, my hopes.  Just like a juggler, the ball that is my health gets thrown way up in the air to deal with later while I juggle the others balls, daughter, wife, mom, that are my life.  A degree at 43, a job that I love at 48, and heart surgery at 50 because that ball finally fell from the air. Despite everything, I still keep juggling and promise to never settle.  Always looking at the future."

Peggy Green

Special Education Teacher

Webster Thomas High School

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This entry is the last of the 2018 project. I want to thank each and every participant for opening up their life to me, for being brave in sharing their stories and trusting me with the visuals.  I have grown so much as a photographer and creative as a result of this project and am extremely proud of the body of work I've created.  Work has begun on part 2 so stay tuned!

For more information about this project, check out the WHEC-TV 10 story Here