My then 5-year old daughter and I got lost one day, returning from a shopping excursion. We ended up on the long route back home. My daughter was starving and I had no clue where we were, but luckily we spotted a nice-looking pizza place along the road and pulled in. And there she was! With her piercing eyes, silvery blond hair, and beautiful, warm smile.
I loved her the moment I saw her. I felt a connection with her and all I wanted was to photograph her.
Although I'm an outgoing person, I had never gone up to anyone and invited her to my studio before. But I pulled my courage together and did it anyway. I wasn't sure as to the right things to say, and I didn't want to come across as being creepy, so I just said the honest truth the way it was going through my head and my heart. On our way out once lunch was done, I walked up to her and said:
"Thank you so much for taking such good care of us. You have such a warm, beautiful smile, and you are absolutely gorgeous. I'm a professional photographer. I would LOVE to photograph you if you'd be interested in that."
I gave her my card. It made my day when she said "Yes".
We had a beautiful photo-shoot together. We chatted and laughed. Bre was a genuinely kind-hearted person. It was my honor to have met her and to have had the chance to photograph her. We made plans for future photo-shoots and talked about her someday working with me as a hair and make-up artist.
Last night I found out in tears that Bre left us so very young and joined the angels. My heart aches for her family and friends. I send them all my love and I pray for Bre in heaven. May she always be wrapped in eternal love and light. May all her earthly worries be gone and done. May God give peace and patience to the hearts of those that mourn her.
I wanted to dedicate this post to beautiful Bre and her family, so that they may always remember her as the happy, beautiful and strong Bre that I met.
Good-bye, beautiful girl! Thanks for coming into my life. I will never forget that beautiful smile at the pizza place. See you later. Love you!