Portrait One: Steph
Steph and I go way back. So far, in fact, that I couldn’t quite remember just how far. We lost touch after high school and up until this, hadn’t seen each other in close to 20 years. But through the amazing world of social media that has made the world a much smaller place, Steph and I, like so many others, reconnected a few years ago.
I announced this project on Facebook a little over a week ago and one of the first people I heard from was Steph. ?I was excited! Not just because I had my first volunteer for the project, but because it was Steph! You have to understand – in high school, Steph and her best friend were among my favorite people to see every day. Not that we were particularly close, but they were always a lot of fun to be around. Especially when they were together.
While planning the session, I told Steph that as cold as it is, I really wanted to work with her in an outdoor setting. She’s an outdoorsy type, so that was what made the most sense to me. I originally had a different location in mind, but in the end, asked her to meet me at Natirar in Peapack/Far Hills. The meandering creek and walking trails throughout the park seemed ideal and a good match for her personality.
As Steph and I walked and talked, I realized that she hadn’t changed a bit in all these years. She’s still the same awesome person she has always has been.
All in all, it was a fun morning, as expected. And Steph – I’m glad your phone was found by someone nice enough to return it!
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