A Little Trust, Good Music , & a Dirt Bike

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Six years ago, I had just decided to “go Pro” as a photographer. To help the young women in my ward and to help “get my name out there,” I decided to donate two photo sessions to the YW Camp Auction. A friend and fellow Church member bought one of the sessions for her son’s high school senior photos.

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We had a great time taking his pictures, and she continued to call me when she had child that needed senior pictures. Her taking a chance on me, as a photographer, gave me the opportunity to get to know her even better than before, strengthened our friendship, & helped me grow in confidence as a photographer. It has meant so very much to me, and I am so grateful for her trusting me!

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That being said, you need to meet Aaron, the handsome dude in these pictures. He is my friend’s youngest son, graduating Senior, Class of 2020, & all-around awesome young man! He is smart, fun, talented, & has a fabulous personality! -and just check out that smile of his; it’s contagious!

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Seriously, though, taking Aaron’s Seniors was So. Much. Fun! He was laughing and smiling through the whole thing! I’ve heard other photographers complain about Senior Guys but not me. I love shooting senior guys, at least, MY senior guys, guys like Aaron. He knows who he is. He has confidence. He has a plan for the future, and that future is bright!

(Maybe I love taking Senior guys so much because, once upon a time, I had two awesome, teenage boys of my own; & I loved this time of their lives. Actually, I loved everything about my teenage sons and daughters -such great memories! I see that Aaron and his family have made similar, wonderful, family memories. It makes my heart happy.)

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Aaron will be at BYUI this Fall and then off on a mission! His college plans are pretty epic because he’ll be living with his big brothers/best friends; so he has some super fun plans, already!

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Aaron is such a smiley guy, as well! It was hard for him NOT to be grinning, ear-to-ear, in every shot. He totally rocked the serious shots, though, too. I just love that he is so happy! He made the shoot so fun!

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I love that Aaron’s family is so close! Half his family was at his shoot, and it was a party, albeit a windy one! All the love and laughter made for a great time. (Not to worry. We were outside and six feet apart!) The wind & storm clouds kept things interesting and made for some dramatic pictures at times…and the wind blew any germs away!

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Best part of his shoot? HE SERENADED ME! Seriously! Okay, maybe not me, personally, but he played his guitar while I took pictures! I almost got him to sing for me. Maybe, someday, at his wedding I’ll get to hear him. 😉 Seriously, he is a talented musician.

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Then, I found out about his true love… I am so glad she came along for the shoot! Taking their photos for the last bit of his shoot was the perfect way to end our time together.

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I can’t wait to see what life holds for this incredible young man.

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Happy Graduation, Aaron!

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Until we meet again, my friend. Happy Trails!

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March 19, 2020

  1. Samantha Morris says:

    Andrea is the best! She has captured Aaron perfectly in these photos. Over the years she has photographed 5 of my kids for their senior photos. Each time she has found the perfect location and setting to capture the essence of their personality. She has a true, natural gift and I am so grateful for her. When you need an incredible photographer- you need Andrea MacKay!

  2. Caleb says:

    These look great! These pictures feel very sincere (not forced) and look authentic to Aaron! Wonderful job Andrea!

  3. Heidi says:

    Wow what an amazing shoot! So unique and personal to Aaron! Andrea really goes the extra mile to make these photos memorable & personalized. These are amazing!!

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