Lydia got her nose pierced before her portrait session. Not like literally that day, but recently enough that she had to explain to me the reason she was sneezing a lot. This was actually pretty funny because I got a ton of fantastic sneezing pictures, and also pictures of that moment when you *think* you are going to sneeze but it refuses to actually happen. (Hate that feeling, ugh!) But here I'm going to stick with the lovely ones, because you know, that's my thing.
Lydia buys a Vitality Bowl every day. I had to ask, "Really? EVERY DAY???" Yes. So I was like, "That must get expensive!" To which her mom piped up: "it sure does!" Anyways, that's not the interesting part. The interesting part is that Lydia recently found out that a secret admirer put $10 onto a tab for her at Vitality Bowls. And she doesn't know who it is.
Of course I was like, "So did you interrogate all of the employees? Or maybe if they won't tell you, ask their friends? Also, who knows that you buy these every day? Maybe you could make a list of people and start narrowing it down!" But she's so chill. She was like, "It's no big deal..." NBD!?!?!? Sorry, I just get excited by stuff like that. If it were me I would launch a full scale investigation.
Lydia is really into children and into helping people. She volunteers at the Open Heart Kitchen where she serves the elderly. She also works with kids on a daily basis at Pump It Up and is student-teaching in a first grade class for credit during the school day. She ultimately would like to major in education but is looking to take a gap year before college and do a program called YWAM where she would do missionary work in other countries. She actually just got back from her second volunteer trip to Haiti. On this trip she was helping to build a library, Habitat for Humanity-style.
The funny thing about Lydia, and her mom Keelie actually, is that even though they are religious, and that religion is important to them, I would not describe them as umm...reserved at all. See, I had figured that I needed to be on my very best behavior on this shoot (it was at *their church,* after all!) but somehow the conversation turned to alternatives to the word "crotch" and that pretty much set the tenor for the entire evening. Ha!
Lydia, I can't wait to see you back in front of my lens in the spring for your Cap & Gown mini session! I want a full update on the Vitality Bowl mystery and on all your latest adventures!
I am a high school senior portrait photographer in the SF east bay area.