Aaron's Senior Pictures | West Bend, Wisconsin

After taking photos of Aaron twice, I wish I could convince him to book yet another session. :) I, like I always say, had a great time photographing this young man. He's got a contagious energy and witty humor that makes the time fly by. Usually people won't be willing to let a teenage boy jump over them with a scooter in the local skate park, but Aaron was all for it! Shots like those are the ones that keep my job interesting!

For Aaron's pictures, we decided to stay in the West Bend area because we knew of a great little mini waterfall that would make for a great light painting picture by night, and a great backdrop by day.  Using shade and some off camera flash we were able to get some really nice and balanced photos. I've noticed that posing guys has quickly become one of my most difficult tasks. To counter the recycling of simple poses (hands in pockets, arms crossed, hands together) I've started to more actively seek out entertaining backgrounds and more creative compositions overall. 

Gear Used:

Canon 6D

Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC

Canon 85mm 1.8

Yongnuo 560-III Flash

To view more photos, visit my Facebook page!

- Jonah

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Kylie's Senior Pictures | Germantown, Wisconsin

Having a shoot like I did with Kylie reminds me of why I got into photography in the first place. We had so much fun getting to know each other and joking around. We first started our shoot in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. We scoped out the area and walked around, stopping in front of anything that looked like it could potentially be a good backdrop. We even got yelled at at one point for "invading" a storage space of a local restaurant. I had my girlfriend, Sharla, hold my Yongnuo 560-III flash in position, and we shot through a white umbrella. I used the light in the first part of the shoot to add a more moody, dramatic look to these pictures. I love how the colors turned out in contrast with what Kylie was wearing. The second part of our shoot took place at our high school, because we wanted to use the football field for some cheerleading pictures, and the forest/swamp area that was also on the property. This time around I wanted some brighter, lighter pictures to contrast with the first set. We made use of the sun when we could, and I used my speed light this time simple to fill in some shadows. All in all, I had a blast with these shoots, and many laughs were shared.

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Gear Used:

Canon 6D

Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC

Canon 85mm 1.8

Yongnuo 560-III Flash

 

- Jonah

jonahjahns.com

"Tomorrow"

There is no “tomorrow".

Because “tomorrow" will always become “tomorrow” once again. Once we stop making today into “tomorrow" is when we really start living. In the grand scheme of existence, there is a thin line between our beginning and our end. But how can we live without death in our sights? How can we have life, in all it’s extremes and urgencies, without knowing that our bodies will one day part the sensations of this earth? There are no extremes without an opposite. To understand life we must understand the inevitability of death. To strive for good we must oppose the tendencies of evil. Learn to embrace the fleeting state of this life, as both a motivator and as a current; a current that pulls you along with every other ebb and flow of life. Love each moment for what it is, because every moment is unique in all it’s senses. Find hope, with perseverance and suffering, in the hard times. Find joy, with bliss and thankfulness in the good times. And always, regardless of the situation, find comfort in the presence and being of others, because others are those who make us. Don’t avoid death, simply confront life.

Maybe we’ll wake up tomorrow when our lives are done
And see that we left something beautiful behind us once
— There's More to Life, Dylan Owen

Culmination

Many people see life as one big journey, with a finish line as their final destination. They see this finish as the main goal, a point in time or place in life that will finally bring them the satisfaction or happiness they are looking for. It’s great to have goals like this, because it will give you a drive and motivation all through life. However, many people become too fixated on nothing but a culmination of everything they live for. Due to this tunnel vision, they forget to appreciate everything that is surrounding them.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I watched a movie once called “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” It was about a man who decided to take some time off of work, travel around the world, experience as much as he could, and figure what makes people happy. During his search however, he noticed that the simple act of living and experiencing was far more important than any end goal in mind. Ever since seeing this movie, I have had a personal mantra:

“Happiness comes from the pursuit. The pursuit to maker others happy, the pursuit to make yourself better, and the pursuit to love unconditionally.”

Everyday, whenever I feel impatient, anxious, or sad, I remember to slow down and take in everything around me. Live life with a goal in mind, always, but don’t forget to enjoy every step of your journey.

 

Take pleasure in life.

Live with open eyes.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

jonahjahns.com

Opportunity

It seems that many people are under the impression that they never have had, and never will have, the opportunity to become “successful.” They look at other’s success with envy, choosing to believe that success comes from nothing but good look. Yet, while this jealousy is consuming their lives, they fail to see the vast amount of opportunities that are presented to them. Everyday we are given the chance to do something new, to work towards something greater, and to be something more.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
— Thomas Edison

Taking action in this life is the only reliable way to move forward. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I wish I would have started yesterday.” This can be discouraging to think about sometimes; we continue to think about the negatives in our inability to act, and lose time that could have been spent working. Learn to allow this frantic push to encourage you to keep doing, rather than letting it hold you back. My encouragement to all of you is to start something new today. Start something that you will be eager to work towards every single day. Start something that drives you. Start something that forces you to wake up each morning and jump out of bed. Start something you love. Give yourself an opportunity that you can grasp, and give yourself a meaning to live every day.

 

Find opportunities.

Work at what you love.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

jonahjahns.com