I have known Rachel since we both worked at a book store together ten years ago, since it closed down, r.i.p. Borders books and music, we have both put some life behind us.
A chance meeting at a coffee shop, lead to reconnecting over social media, and her telling me what has happened since.
A need to document the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one came apparent , and so plans were made to set up a shoot locally before the summer heat came on.
Becuase most kids are dressed up , and nervous when been introduced to a photographer, I suggested going to a park to burn off energy, and have them get used to a stranger with a camera been around them. Hopefully relaxing them and making it able to get true portraits of their personalities.
As mentioned on a previous post, I think it’s always important to recognize stages in life. It’s said that every 7 years all of our cells has renewed and become new again. So in a literal sense , every seven years , you are a completly new person.
Rachel now has two kids, and graduated recently in criminal justice from school , and is pursuing further education in that field. And these pictures representing a stepping off point, that hopefully work as a glimpse of remembrance of what was, and what could be.
A quick word about the location, straight from their website “Nestled among the Little San Bernardino Mountains in the Sand to Snow National Monument, the desert oasis at Big Morongo Canyon is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian habitats in California. The upstream end of the canyon lies in the Mojave Desert, while its downstream portion opens into the Colorado Desert. There are numerous trails to walk and hike, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk through the marsh and riparian habitats. At 31,000 acres with elevations ranging from 600 feet on the canyon floor to 3000 feet at the top of the ridge, this diverse landscape has been an important part of the Morongo Basin’s natural and cultural history for almost two billion years.”