Posts with tag: "portrait project"
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





Monday, February 04, 2019
By Hayes Photography
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Lights, Camera, Action


Ty is one of those people who just makes you feel relaxed the moment you meet him.  I've known Ty a little bit for several years, but this project has allowed me to really get to know him and I'm honored that he wanted to participate.  The way this visual came together was one of those "I can't believe that happened" moments. I researched ideas, researched locations and ended up photographing him in my own backyard of Webster Park.  An important piece of the image was a sunset that would provide a "California-like" feeling.  As we all know, who live in western NY, we can't always plan on a beautiful sunset, but we actually got one on the day of the shoot.  Not only that, but brilliant sunsets often lead to lots of people wanting to view it and the spot that I wanted him to have his car positioned could have been blocked off by other cars.  It so happens that when we arrived, the spot was open and accessible and not inundated with people.  Score!  As my husband likes to remind me, when you research and plan thoroughly and are truly prepared, more often than not, things will fall into place.  With this shoot he was right!

In Ty's own words:

Did you ever make that one decision that you wondered….what if I had made a different decision?  At 22 years of age I decided to teach fifth grade at St Francis Catholic school in rural New Mexico at the Jicarilla Apache Nation instead of moving to Los Angeles.  That experience was amazing, but how would my life have turned out had I moved to LA?

Now this is not about regret.  Following that experience, I taught for four glorious years at Notre Dame in Elmira, NY.  I eventually made my way to the beautiful lakeside community of Webster, NY in 1990. My 28 years here in Webster as a high school counselor have been truly a blessing.  What better vocation is there than helping people see their gifts and realize their goals? I have come to love this community and many here are like family to me.

Experiencing life in southern California, though, never left my mind.  So I must answer that call. In July, I pack up all my belongings in my Mustang and start my adventure.  I’m going to enjoy the sights on a leisurely drive across country.  Eventually, I’ll end up in Los Angeles where I’ll try and break into the entertainment industry either as an actor or the guy that makes the coffee run. Either way, I’ll also be playing beach volleyball at Manhattan Beach, lifting with Arnold at Gold’s gym in Venice Beach, or soaking up the sun as it snows back home.  

It’s a journey I must take and so I will.


Ty Lambert

School Counselor

Webster Schroeder High School

Ty made it to California and is doing exactly what he had planned, and then some, auditioning for shows, getting bit parts on a few network programs and living the Cali life!   Way to go Ty!!!

Thanks for reading and viewing Ty's story.  Make sure to leave us some love and if you're interested in finding out more about We All Have a Story, check out my other posts.