I met Nohea's mom Cheryl and her friend Bert at the Garden of Fortune when I returned there to take pictures of Ken Duit, the new owner. Cheryl and Bert were there sharing a coconut . . . yup, one coconut . . . and we got to talking. Bert said that Cheryl was a great cook, especially with Puerto Rican food. I think you already know that food always grabs my attention. The talk then turned to photography and Cheryl mentioned that her daughter Nohea needed to take senior pictures soon, and it was gonna be really expensive. I told Cheryl that I'd be willing to take the pictures, and I'd do it for some Gandule Rice.
Shooting Nohea was an amaaaaazing experience. She brought with her a persona that at once excited and overwhelmed me. All my preconceived, planned out poses flew straight out of the window as soon as I met her. I wondered if there was any way that I would be able to portray her uniqueness. Nohea did it herself. I was just so fortunate to have been there to record it. The Gandule Rice, by the way, was awesome ono!!
Leslie, words cannot express how grateful I am to you for always being there. Thank you so much for lugging my gear, holding the reflector, helping me through technical difficulties, and for just supporting me.
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