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!

Monday, December 03, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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"You need to talk to Larry.  He's the best man I know. He'd be perfect for this project."
These were the words uttered by Erica Ebert after interviewing her for We All Have a Story.

Larry Wahl is someone I have been fortunate to know for several years.  Back when I was a substitute teacher and he an English teacher, I would often work at Webster Schroeder High School for him or with him and we'd have some great conversations.  I found him to be a thoughtful, passionate teacher who challenged and inspired many students.

As word of We All Have a Story got out, I had many people reach out to me with interest in participating.  Larry was not one of them.  It took an email on my part (maybe several) to convince him to meet with me.  Once we talked and he understood my goals and vision , he was fully on board.  He knew that his love of woodworking would be just the story to tell.  

Visiting his woodshop for our photo session was everything I'd hoped it would be.  Meticulous and well-organized, filled with machines and tools handed down from his father and brother, his woodshop is a place for him to putter, create, continue to learn and always to think.

In his words:

The Woodshop


Ever since I was little, a woodshop has been a welcome part of my life. One of my brothers, nine years older than I, was always working in my dad’s shop when we were young. He let me help out wherever I could. By the time I was in high school, he’d made a business of his hobby, and I worked for him until I graduated from college. After buying my own home, I was able to set up a basement shop, which included a couple of his and my dad’s early tools. The most recent shop is (finally!!) above ground, in the back half of the carriage house at our village home. In it, I am able to build things that can be both useful and beautiful, and each project provides an opportunity to learn something new.


Larry Wahl

Coordinator of Library, Secondary ELA, and Strategic Initiative

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