One day last month as I was checking in on my Facebook page and catching up on the quirky status updates of friends and family, I came upon Oraine, my former student who graduated in 2007. I can't believe it has been almost five full years already! We got to chatting and I discovered that we were reconnecting a mere week before he was to relocate to Arizona to pursue his career goals. I was bummed we wouldn't be able to get together for an official live-and-in-person reunion, but then.... I had a brainstorm! I decided that we needed to get together for a portrait session before he left. Here is why: He is obviously all grown up now and is taking his shot at a career in the music industry. He is a song writer, producer, artist... the woks. Now, this is obviously a tough business to break into, but Oraine is incredibly talented, dedicated, and hard-working so I have no doubt that he'll be just fine. (Example: Oraine is not only musically inclined, he is also a super talented graphic designer. He created the Save-the-Date cards that Scott and I sent out for our wedding and he did so way back when he was a senior in high school!) But every artist needs some good portraits right?! So why not get together and capture some shots that will hopefully serve him well in his career?! We made it happen two days before he left to go out west and I am so happy that we did!
Oraine, it was so good to catch up with you and to hear about all the exciting things you have going for you. I had a blast hanging out and falling back into such comfortable conversation, like no time had passed since we last spoke. Good luck - let me know when I can buy your cd!
As it got darker, we relocated to this nook behind my house and I got to play around with bounce flash and the amazing textures of this old run down shed that sits adjacent to the property. I had been drooling over it for months and was so excited when Oraine was willing to trust my gut on the whole scenario.
This last photo has another former student of mine in it as well - Omar. Omar met up with us at the end of the shoot, the two have been friends since all of our days at Weaver High together. I couldn't resist getting Omar into a shot or two! This last photo is also one of my favorites from the shoot - I love the feel of the photo, their facial expressions and the deep shadows cast from the street light above. (They'll probably both cringe that I'm writing this - but I also love this photo simply because it of the two of them and I like these two students-turned-men so much!)