Posts with tag: "portrait photographer"
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
By Hayes Photography
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Meet Meredith! This Webster Schroeder senior was a true delight to get to know. Mom informed me during our initial conversation that Meredith has Downs Syndrome and suffered a stroke last year which left her with a fear of strangers. Fortunately, we were able to meet in advance for her to get to know me and to talk about location and clothing. Ultimately, we decided that photographing the session at her home would be the best bet to allow her to feel the most comfortable.

This young lady has so much joy in her heart. To see her hug her "Bear" brought a smile to my face. Mom, dad and sister Katie helped to make our time together go smoothly and I was even able to convince Katie to be in a few shots. When I asked mom what she'd like people to know about Meredith, she said "Where do I begin! She loves family parties, babies and handing out candy to the little kids on Halloween. She has a way of bringing out the best in people and is the most delightful human in the world! I  would have to agree with that sentiment!!!


I wanted to include the following poem because I felt so touched by what it said.

Down Syndrome Creed

My face may be different
But my feelings the same
I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains
I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in the heavens
Looks down from above
To Him I'm no different
His love knows no bounds
It's those here among you
In cities and towns
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted
But this family I've chosen
Will help me get started
For I'm one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
The same lessons as you
That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start
The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I'll do it as you do
But at my own pace

                                                                                                                   Author Unknown


A heartfelt thanks to Meredith and her family for choosing me to photograph her senior portrait session. All the best Meredith!

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Monday, October 15, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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The story of how this image came to be is not to be believed, but that's for another day.

Cory and I met several years ago when I was working at Willink Middle School.  We just kind of hit it off.  When I needed a few models to participate in a photography education event held by the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers organization, Cory was ready and willing to help me out  We've been friends ever since and have had many a conversation about fun things to do in Rochester, great restaurants and what we did over the weekend. What's so cool about our relationship is that he's my son's age, but we operate as friends instead of a mom/son thing. 

As this photography project began, I knew that I wanted a diverse group of people to participate in sharing their stories.  I felt that Cory would be a great addition. After conversation and several months of considering image ideas, we honed in on this concept that really does justice to the struggles he's been going through. 

In his words:



An Introspective Vignette


Success is certain.

But only when the path to the top is clearly defined.

Each milestone perfectly staggered, building off each other to propel you onto the next big thing.

As a society, we have mapped this progression out for our adolescents. You know what needs to be done to get ahead.

License, check; Graduate from high school, check; Get accepted into college, check. Graduate from college, check.

First “real” job, check. First apartment, check. Get a Master’s Degree, check.

What they don’t tell you is that the milestones become less frequent, more loosely defined, and then all together stop.

Who do you become when there is nowhere left to go and nothing left to check off?

The path no longer has the appropriate signage and trailheads. It’s not freshly paved. You start to encounter the forks in the roads a little more often, forced to pick a direction.

Eventually those forks become full-blown, four-way crossroads and to check off another milestone takes a leap of faith.

Here I stand now, 26 years old, a novella of milestones and check marks behind me and no idea what direction I will go in next. Overwhelmed. Apprehensive. Lost.

No matter the path I take, I know one thing:

Success is certain.


Cory Gomez

Teacher on Special Assignment

Webster Thomas and Schroeder High Schools

If you enjoyed this story, check out my other stories on previous posts and be sure to find out about the original idea HERE .  Oh yeah, be sure to leave a comment too!