I met Jessie through Young Life at Kings High School. She is friendly + fun, and has a wonderful laugh. When she asked me to take her senior photos, I was honored. It was fun to explore Eden Park on a windy Sunday evening together while we captured an important milestone in her life.

At the end of the summer, Jessie will move to Maryland where she’ll play lacrosse at Frostburg State University. I’d say that sentence sums up a lot about who she is. She’s open-minded to new experiences (or moving to a new state!), she is athletic + strong (capable of playing lacrosse at the collegiate level. you go girl.), and she is mature + independent. Also, this might not be obvious yet, but it’s about to be… she has the most beautiful blue eyes.




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Emmaline told me that her favorite show was The Office and her favorite song was “For Emma” by Bon Iver, so I knew we’d get along. When I met her, I instantly liked her and thought the dress she was wearing was quite possibly the coolest thing she could have worn for the fall session. Our time together went by quickly because she made me feel so comfortable. She had a quiet confidence which made it incredibly easy to be around her. She exuded a calming peace.

Next year she is playing lacrosse at Westminster College in Utah. Emmaline is determined and  isn’t afraid to chase after the things she knows God has gifted her. Between her effortlessly cool style, her fun-loving personality, and her confidence, she’s an unstoppable force of joy.








“I would want to be remembered as someone who is authentic and a friend to anyone.”






“I am an artist and an athlete. I am very spontaneous but determined. I played football my sophomore and junior year which is a perfect picture of those two characteristics.”



“I admire my mom a lot. She is a great example of grace and unconditional love. My mom always stays calm in the midst of our craziness and points me in the direction of Christ during times of uncertainty. No matter what my three siblings or I have to say, she is always interested and encouraging. She has done a fantastic job of being there for our family.”


I love reading my Bible and learning new things about my Heavenly Father.



Emmaline, you are confident and fun to be around. You are bold in your faith and the way you want to be known, and that is admirable. The world needs more young women like you. More girls who are brave enough to join the football team, and gentle enough to create something beautiful. Don’t lose sense of who you are.



As soon as I met her, I was instantly comfortable around Fiona. She has a personality that makes other people feel calm and content with who they are because she exudes a quiet confidence.

If her plans after high school don’t make it obvious enough, Fiona is super smart but humble about her intelligence, so I’ll do the bragging for her. She is applying to University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, Butler University, and Clemson University. I’m excited to find out where in the world she ends up!






“I can listen to one of my friends talk about their passion for hours, even if it is something I don’t care at all about, because seeing the way their eyes light up as they talk about it is amazing to me.”





“I admire my Uncle Jay the most. Not only is he one of the most insightful people I know, but he really does not care what anyone thinks of him. He is so satisfied in his life that he really could care less if people don’t like what he says or wears, and this is a mentality that I strive for.”





Fiona, you radiate a timeless beauty and I hope you believe that. I hope you believe in who you are and who you’re becoming. You are incredibly smart and have the ability to study what you want, where you want. But, don’t get so caught up in learning that you forget to keep listening. Don’t lose your excitement for listening to your friends talk about their passions. Keep being brave and bold and encouraging them to find the thing in life that makes their eyes light up. Keep chasing after the things that make your eyes light up, too.



For two years now, I have been consistently making the mistake of asking Emily how her senior year is going. Two years. Finally, she is really a senior so I can stop embarrassing myself. But, the reason I would always forget is because she is mature beyond her years. Since I’ve known her, I’ve known that she is smart and caring and has a confidence that isn’t common for the typical sophomore high school student. So, it was easy to wrongly assume she was a senior. Emily has a heart for people. I think her heart beats for the sole purpose to seek out people and care about them really well, and I think it beats faster when a person starts to believe that she is worthy of being cared about– when she believes that she is loved.

Next year, Emily has her eyes set on the west. She wants to move across the country and start fresh in the mountains. She is applying to a few schools in Colorado and also to the University of Cincinnati. Whether she goes far or stays close to home, she’ll forge a path made of purpose and passion and others will follow on it. I’m excited about that.




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