Last summer, a bunch of my friends and I walked on over to Plan Check (one of our favorite burgers spots) to celebrate a birthday. And that night I only took a few photos, mostly of Allegra because she sat right in front of me. That’s what you get.
But that’s OK because the camera loves her.
And well I think this moment was captured beautifully. The colors. The composition. The facial expression. The food. Mmmmmmmdelicious.
I really want a Chef Burger now. And some sweet potato fries. With peach ketchup!!
Another reason I really like this photo - this was the day I first mentioned Help Portrait to Allegra. Six months out and we didn’t even know what an amazing event that would play in our lives and in those around us.
Sometimes great ideas and blessings start over great food.
So I’m picking one out of the archives. I actually took a snapshot of this photo a couple years back and saved it. But I had to dig to find it for a couple friends.
You see, the three guys featured above are Jeremy Tucker Smith, Josh Segoviano, and Danny Miller. I’ve known them for over a decade - having actually taken this picture from our undergrad year at The Honor Academy where we met. We were at a Texas football game and these three boys were running around saying “All together we equal zero!”
Anyways. Years fly by. After 8 years, I become good friends with Danny and his wife again. And then hear stories of how these guys are still close. Groomsmen for each others weddings and such. They’re great friends. Closer than brothers.
This past Christmas day, Josh Segu lost his battle from cancer. After fighting it for so long, he and his wife decided to let it run its course. And instead of being sad, we’re rejoicing in the life he lived. A full life.
So that’s why I pulled out this photo. Because it captures these three guys the way I remember them. Fun. Running around being silly. And always together.
My goodness. I just realized that it’s been 5 months since I’ve done a “Photo Chronicles” post. I totally failed on my once-a-month goal here, good thing I didn’t tell you guys about it. Otherwise you’d probably keep me accountable about it (like you do about the 5TT posts).
Anyways - I absolutely LOVE these photos. It was taken on Joanna’s birthday at a chocolatier place in Orlando, FL. She and Maya (both pictured in the last photo) are the wives of my former bosses at RELEVANT - which makes for awkward moments, but not really. At least I try not to think of it as awkward. Moving on, reconciliation, winning. Yes.
That’s beside the point. This picture was a small group of the women who worked at RELEVANT - which we liked to call ourselves the “Finer Things Ladies” because we like to enjoy the finer things in life. I just loved these memories because our time together was so short, with those specific women, that I want to remember it like this.
The sheer fact that Hemarie had written “Don’t Judge Me” on her paper hat and found out that it was actually upside-down. Classic. That’s our Senior Marketing Manager at her best!
This is where I started my Asian Peace Sign phase. Totally did it ironically for this shoot, to make fun of stereotypes and such. But dude, totally rocked out in every photo after that for months.
This showcased some of my finer catering skillz. I made those desserts and everyone was like “WHAT?!” Yeah. I strongly considered culinary school at one point of life. I’m really craving chocolate covered pretzels right now. And chocolate covered gummi bears. Yes please.
Shots with Brandi Michelle. This is like right before her time with RMG ended, so I’m glad to have a few pics with her here.
I took these pictures about a month ago - when I first arrived in Southern California. It’s still mega weird that I’m here in Los Angeles at all. Seriously the LAST place I thought I’d be. But hey, it’s turning out pretty great so far.
I’m about 3 miles away from the Santa Monica Pier. Which is amazingly beautiful. That whole part of town is super nice and I’m glad that it’s close by. Honestly, when I was in Florida I only went to the beach three times. So this time around, I’m going to make it a point to go to the beach more often.
That’s the plan. Get a bike. Maybe take the trek from Malibu down through Santa Monica all the way to Venice Beach. Who’s with me?
Anyways - that’s it for now. This is just a sneak peek of more California to come.
When I was at ORU I had the greatest brother wing. Yeah, we had brother/sister wings. It’s like the moment you get to campus, they’re like “here are your friends for the next couple years. And if you’re lucky you’ll get to marry one of them.” Obviously, the latter half didn’t work for me (that only works if you live on Imago … you know it’s true).
Anyways. My brother wing, Full Armor, was stacked with hot guys. I’m not even going lie. And they knew it. So every August they put that to good use and have what they call the “Sexy Men’s Car Wash” at a local QT Gas Station.
[I miss QT.]
Anyways. They would perch themselves at the edge of the road, shirtless, and hold these signs. So hilarious. We would drive by so many times honking at them. Just because.
They probably made a ton of money.
Anyways. I recently came across this pic and I wanted to share it. The guy pictured above is Jarrod. He was one of the Hobbits. Every Thursday was Hug a Hobbit Thursday, so he got a lot of hugs.