SENIORS OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER – HALEY AND HANNAH SALAMIE

Hi! Our names are Haley and Hannah Salamie and we are seniors at Zionsville Community High school. We are identical twins and do practically everything together. In our free time, we study various forms of dance at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, including ballet, modern, Bollywood and jazz. We are also members of G2, the pre-professional company of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
Working with JJ was a wonderful experience! We had a blast from start to finish! JJ is so passionate about what she does and you can really see it in her photos. She listens to what her clients want and makes the experience incredibly stress free and fun. Our photo session far exceeded our expectations. JJ is a gifted artist who turned our senior portraits into an amazing work of art! Thank you JJ!

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SENIORS OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER – AIDAN MAIS & MICHAEL LAZZARINI

Cheers! My name is Michael Lazzarini, I am a senior at Zionsville Community High School. In my extracurricular time I am the founding president of a school club “Write N’ Mic” which focuses around developing student writing and presenting it orally. I am HUGE into theater and participate in EVERY school production. I love working with kids and for employment I work at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream – Zionsville and babysit. I hope to major in (upper) elementary education and minor in theater.

My name is Aidan Mais, and I have been friends with Michael for some years now. I’m huge into the outdoors, wrapping up my eagle for Boy Scouts this year. I’m a part of ZCHS’s theatre program and their nationally ranked show choir. In my last year at Zionsville High School my free time will be spent outside, with friends, or on the stage.

We had a blast working with J.J. at her studio run out of her home! Unlike many other photographers – J.J. instantly made us feel like we were long lost friends. From scheduling the photo session to picking up the photo’s it was all about us not as customers – but as co-collaborators in the development of an art that she is so passionate about! Thanks so much J.J!

-Aidan Mais and Michael Lazzarini

Zionsville Community High school

Class of 2017’

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SENIOR OF THE MONTH – AUGUST – KATIE HAMORI

Hi! My name’s Katie Hamori and I’m a senior at Zionsville Community High School. I am the piano accompanist for the Royalaires, Zionsville Chamber Choir, Zionsville Musical, and Boone Meadow Elementary School. I am also doing some research on the effects of microbial relationships on plant growth here in town. In my (limited) free time, I enjoy kicking back with a good book, playing piano, and hiking with my dog, Ducky.

I found JJ during a silent auction at Finale 2016 (a show choir concert here in Zionsville.) My mom bid on a “best friends” photo shoot with JJ and won. I am SO happy I was able to attend my shoot alongside my close friend Jessica Miller. JJ was unbelievably fun to work with and so easy going! She was always open to molding the shoot around my ideas and was very flexible and willing to try different things. Her photographs are amazing, and if you’re lucky she’ll show you some of her equine shots! She made the process simple, efficient, super fun, and stress-free. Regardless of what type of photos you are looking for, JJ will give you STUNNING results while making sure you have a great time!

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SENIOR OF THE MONTH – JULY – CYDNEY GRANNEMANN

Hi, my name is Cydney Grannemann; I will be a senior this year at Avon High School in Indiana. I play soccer for Avon and Westside United year round. I plan to take my soccer career to the collegiate level and possibly study physical therapy or go into nursing.

So with senior year coming up, it came time to look for a photographer for my senior pictures. I left the decision up to my mom so she went online and gave a few studios a call. When JJ answered and I heard her talking to my mom, she informed us right away about what the process would be like. One of the things that really stuck out to me was her passion for photography and working to capture a personal moment. I could tell right away just from hearing her on the phone how sweet of a person she was! After my mom talked to her a few times I was given the opportunity to be a senior model. When I finally got to meet her at our first shoot JJ made me feel comfortable and we were really excited talking about all the different things we could do outside and even in her studio. We had a lot of fun taking pictures and I’m super excited for our next session!

I’m also really thankful I have had the opportunity to work with JJ.

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SENIOR OF THE MONTH – JUNE – KAY CONNELLY

Hi, I am Kay and I am leaving the Zionsville Eagle’s nest and embarking on an adventure to Miami University. Go Redhawks!
Jj Kaplan’s personality makes me want to dance…and without a doubt in fields of yellow flowers! She talked to me about what kinds of pictures I’d like to have, and we ventured out to some places she had scouted before my shoot! No one else I knew had done such a thing. But, as an artist, Jj sees the beauty in the world! Being around that attitude for even a few hours can have a remarkable impact on your life, and you’ll come away with great photos!

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