Celebration is most definitely in order as all my super awesome 2010 High School Seniors are graduating in the coming weeks! The Hubs and I spent Saturday of this weekend enjoying time with family at the first of many graduation parties this summer.  Among the acres of food and cupcakes and good company, it reminded me of how many fabulous Seniors I met in just the 1st year of my business.

Each and every one of you are amazing, unique individuals that I am thankful for getting to know, no matter how short or long our time together.  I can’t wait to see what impact you make on this world!!  It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of life so remember to stop every once and awhile to reflect on the past and observe the present. Before you know it, you’ll be in your 30′s, 60′s, 80′s… single, married, with children… wondering where the time went and what the kids these days see in the weird music playing on the radio.  (TRUST ME!)  As you prepare for the next chapter of your life, do me one favor, go to your music source of choice and listen to “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”.  Yes, it’s cheeeeeeesssssssy, but it’s message will remind you of the important things in life.  I promise.

Congrats to all of you!!!


Desiderata Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer PhotographyAs far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer Photography

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer Photography

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer Photography

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer Photography

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

High School Senior Pictures-Amber Engfer Photography

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Little Henry and Baby Amelia met me in Minneapolis for a family session a few weeks ago… I recently found a studio to rent on a temporary basis when I need an indoor location (perfect for Midwestern winters!)  It’s such a great space; just an old building with exposed brick, iron staircases and vintage hardwood floors.  Pretty sure Henry loved it as much as I do, because he spent much of the session exploring and playing with his favorite green truck, which gave me time to snap some shots of sleepy Amelia!  I just love when things work out like that…  :)

Oh, and Happy St Patty’s Day!

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I had really hoped to post a few more shots from my recent session with Henry and Amelia, but things just got too busy around her and now I’m off to NYC for a few days so you’ll have to wait a bit longer.  I’ll have pretty limited access to my email, so if I don’t get back to you right away, please be patient! :)   More fun stuff to come when I return, including Bryn and Joel’s wedding at The W!  See you soon!

ps…  check out the uncanny resemblance of the mary tyler moore statue to the statue of liberty!!!  ;)

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