The week leading up to this portrait session was rainy and dreary and cold, an early winter moving in. Auti’s mother and I were frantically texting back and forth days before, going back and forth on whether the sun might shine or if we should postpone yet another week. I was gung ho about moving forward, confident that the weathermen would be wrong (I have yet to meet a weatherman that is actually dead on with his forecast), but Auti’s mother was still a bit hesitant, but decided to trust me.

Meg was going to be my photo assistant for the shoot, Auti (and her mother) being good friends of Meg’s through her martial arts school she attends. Auti and her parents showed up just minutes after we pulled into the parking lot of the park we had decided upon for the shoot, and lo and behold! the sun broke through the clouds halfway through, casting beautiful golden light on the hills behind us and making the whole world glow.

Auti was a delight, always smiling and joking around. She’s a middle schooler attending the same middle school that my kids went to, and she’s into everything: gymnastics, running, martial arts . . . you name it, and she probably does it. I just had so much fun taking her portraits, and just like the sun making the world glow, so does this child. She just makes everyone happy to be around.



A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Austin's mother asking me if I could do a photoshoot for her son.

But Austin didn't want it to be a regular photoshoot.

Austin is an avid mountain biker, having raced in most of the previous races David and I have shot over the summer this year. He belongs to NICA, a national mountain biking organization for junior high and high school students and spends up to ten hours a day on the weekends riding his bike on the various trail systems in our area.

Last Sunday, David and I met up with Austin and his parents on his favorite trail and spent the afternoon taking his pictures and shooting video as he flew through the air, whizzed by on the dirt and making his mother hide her eyes at some of the stuff he was doing. 

He's an amazing kid, not just on his bike, but he is polite, courteous, enthusiastic and just plain old nice. I don't know who was more disappointed when the session was over, David and myself or Austin. 

I'm looking forward to watching Austin grow as a rider and a young man, and expect to see him at the World Enduro Series in the near future. Thank you, Austin, for a beautiful and fun filled afternoon.