The morning of Dec. 1st dawned with a wedding and a senior. The wedding was intimate and beautiful, so I headed towards the Highlands satisfied. I hadn’t yet met Rachel, but I was hopeful. What would she be like? I had spoken with her Momma a few times and loved her enthusiasm, but experience tells me that Moms can be a little more enthusiastic than their teenagers! I pulled into the parking lot of Murphy’s Camera and spotted her – auburn hair and fair skin, sitting on the sidewalk with an electric guitar and a suitcase. I was greeted with hugs – who shakes hands?! – and we got started.
I was in for a treat.
Rachel and her Mom, MaryAnn, were absolutely amazing. We hiked all over Bardstown Road, shooting in alleys and in doorways of churches, narrowly avoiding smashed toes as a car swung into the private parking for the Doo Wop Shop (my reflector was not so lucky). A lot of my seniors comment on how silly or exposed they feel when we shoot out in urban areas, but not Rachel. A born performer, she was in her element. I’d ask for more, she’d give it.
We finished on one of the residential streets (with encouragement from one of Louisville’s finest – gotta love the LMPD!). The sun was almost gone, so I cranked my ISO and set her up. We finished it out with what we jokingly referred to as her first album cover.
Or maybe we weren’t joking after all.