Wise beyond her years
Just recently I had the pleasure of photographing one of my sister Robin's closest friends. She is helping me with a project of mine and gladly accepted my invitation to participate. Ok, she's helping me with my book about natural hair journeys if you really want to know. My goal is to have it published by November. Why November? Well, it is my birthday month after all, so I thought it was fitting.
I've been wanting to photograph Kyla for years but we could never find the time. Or if we had the time she didn't feel she looked right. I always thought Kyla was beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside no matter how she felt about her physical self. My sister has many wonderful friends but Kyla is my favorite.
What I like about Kyla is how she can be strong and vulnerable at the same time. She is what you would call a straight-shooter. She's not ambiguous. She says what she means and means what she says. She's very honest and sometimes bluntly so but it's all out of love. I appreciate all of that about her. She's even very honest about herself. It's very difficult for some people to be honest about themselves. Sure the good parts about us are always easy to discover and share. But what about the not-so-good parts? To me, Kyla seems to acknowledge all parts of her self... good, bad, indifferent and has made peace with all of them. I truly believe she is trying to be the best person she can be.
She is incredibly wise, intelligent and level-headed. She is quite humorous as well. Even though her brother is a photographer she told me that she feels uncomfortable in front of the camera. Does this look like she's uncomfortable? Well, she also said that being silly helped to ease that discomfort.
I think when I captured this image she was in the middle of talking about something that someone did or said that made absolutely no sense.
Even though I don't see Kyla often, I always enjoy my time with her. Kyla's one of those people you can tell anything to and she will thoroughly listen without judgment. Plus she understands and can commiserate. I think everyone needs a Kyla.
Below are a few more images from our session. I probably don't have to tell you that we had a great time during the session. We even went out and got some tea at the coffee house across the street from her home. It was freezing and windy that day too. The shots that I captured outside were done quickly and with haste because I hate being cold. I don't think she liked it much either but she was definitely game for whatever I wanted to do. I liked this image I captured of her scratching her cat, Mick Jagger. Yes, that's the cat's name. What? My older sister has a dog named Will Robinson. If you don't know who that is Google it or Lost in Space.
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