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      I had the pleasure of shooting my college friend Sarah’s family for my first free portrait session on Monday! It was great to combine business with pleasure – Sarah was a great model for me, and since she now lives in Budapest (?!) I see her even less than when she lived in Brooklyn. What, Oakland’s no longer exciting enough for you? Well, okay, so she moved to Hungary in order to write freelance, work on music and her playwriting… in that case I guess it’s acceptable.

      It’s always fun to see my Bennington friends after years and years (yikes, almost 8 years since graduation – how on earth can that be?!) because though we are all changing and getting older, we also are all kind of the same. Each time I see friends I haven’t seen in 5 years, it’s exciting to see them but also so normal TO be seeing them that it feels almost like a wonderful normalcy. I used to see these people every day, so I guess they will always feel a bit like family.

      Sarah grew up in Oakland, so we had lots of time to catch up during the summers and field work terms, etc, but now she’s further away than almost anyone I know. I got to see some great photos of Hungary, Croatia, Transylvania (yes!), and more.

      She also made a fantastic model! I wasn’t sure how it would go, but after a wee bit of initial nervousness (and with me blathering on and on asking her a million questions, trying to simultaneously catch up and take advantage of the light before the sun was gone), I got a ton of photos I am really happy with. I had a tough time narrowing them down!

      I also got some lovely shots of Sarah with her sister, Elizabeth, who shouldn’t be older than the 14 she was when I met her… but is somehow a college graduate and just found her own apartment last weekend.

      It was also nice to see the girls’ mom and get some sweet photos of the three ladies in their living room:

      All in all, I think that this was the perfect way to kick off Portrait February (and it was only January).

      Sarah, thanks again for doing these! I’m so happy with the way they turned out, and had a great time doing them. Tell your mom thanks again for the delicious dinner! xoxoxo

      Oh, and in case Emily or Sascha read this – how perfect was it that 3 blocks away from Sarah’s house, I turned on KMEL and the Humpty Dance was just starting!

      Christine Gacharna

      I love the one of the three ladies with the curtain behind them!