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What is the most important thing High School seniors want from their senior portraits?

Well, if there's one thing we've learned from photographing nearly 700 high school seniors at our studio in the past 10 years, it's that seniors want photos that are unique and stand out from other kids at their school.

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May 9, 2016
Tyson Zahner

Zane’s got a new dance.

So my boy can move. I know he’s not yet a month old, but he’s got a new dance. I call it the poopy squirm and I think it’s going to be sweeping the nation. You’ll see it in all the baby nightclubs within the year (since apparently that’s the time of day when babies […]


Is brain damage a normal side effect of parenting?

Yesterday, Rachel and I were having a conversation when the phone rang and interrupted us. After she hung up, I asked her to continue our conversation and she couldn’t remember what we were talking about . . . and I’m even worse than she is. I’ll just stop talking mid-sentence and have no idea what […]


Nobody gets to hold Zane for the next 3 days.

My sister, Brandy comes in tonight from New York City. To say that she is anxious to see Zane would be the understatement of the year. He’s been home with us for 2 weeks now and all she’s been able to see of him is what you’ve seen on the web site (pictures, video, etc.). […]



Rachel and I have noticed some interesting numeric “coincidences” lately. For example Zane was born at 6:19 PM and he was 6.0 pounds and 19 inches long. Plus, he was born on the 19th day of the month (had it been in June (6/19) that really would have been wierd). But perhaps it was fate […]



Too Tired to Blog!


Zane gets a letter from his birth mother.

While trying to calm Zane down last night, I caught myself singing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” He’s got the whole world in His hands . . . He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands . . . He’s got you and me brother in his hands . . . […]


Zane Zahner – why the alliteration?

Ok. A little about the choice for Zane’s name. I have always been partial to the double ZZ initials. If we had a girl it was going to be Zoe Lynn Zahner but we hadn’t quite decided on a boy name. We had come up with several choices before deciding upon Zane. There was Zavier, […]


We’re Home!!!

Zane (Hebrew) – God’s gracious gift Alexander (Greek) – Leader of Men Zane Alexander Zahner is home!!! It has been a long emotional ride, but it has been worth every minute. We couldn’t be happier and I doubt that you’ll find two parents more proud than Rachel and I are right now. So I apologize […]


A short but emotional visit

Today was a short but emotional visit. I think it was especially hard because today the baby felt more like he was ours. Yesterday it was like we were just visiting someone else’s baby in the hospital, but today there were some bonds that Rachel and I hadn’t felt before. It was harder to leave […]


We got to see the baby!!!

We got to see the baby!!! We went to St. Louis today and met the birth father for the first time and most importantly, we met our new son (wow, that sounds really strange . . . I guess I’ll get used to it soon). Rachel and I both held him and Rachel fed him […]


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