It was winter 2014 and little did I know that one sushi date would turn into a whirlwind friendship with someone who knew a guy (the one I was going to start dating soon) way back in high school. Our story is a little bit confusing and kind of whacky but there's so much fun and such a serious dose of lightheartedness in it, that when I think of Clare, I just smile.
Let me back up a bit and say that I didn't have a ton of friends growing up and into high school and even in college. I was busy making waves and I sort of thought of myself as a "one friend at a time" kind of girl, because being surrounded by a lot of girls and women at one time was sort of overwhelming. Something about too many emotions and I was already dealing with enough of my own. I struggled with having one or two friends from one circle or job or school and having a few others at another place in my life - when I thought of my friends as a collective group, it was always such a mixture of old and new, tried and true and honestly, a lot of people that I didn't think would ever be found in one room at the same time.
Then last summer, a year or more into our friendship, Clare reminded me of a simple fact that every adult human should know: you have a tribe surrounding you at all times. Maybe your tribe is made up of friends you just met and friends you've known for decades. Couples, single people, people with kids and people who never had kids. Former teachers and former students, kids under ten and adults over 60. But regardless of what they look like or their statistics on paper, one piece binds them all together and to you: they are part of your story. You could call them at any point, any time and they would help. They'll be there celebrating you every step of the way and no, they aren't related to you by flesh and bone, but they hold such crucial parts of your story that you couldn't bear to think of any big moment of your life without them being there.
Clare is one of the members of my tribe. She's hilariously funny, immensely sweet and so talented at so many things that I've made it my life goal to be her agent someday. I don't think people who work with CRM or do needlepoint need agents but I've known for a long while that this lady is going places and I'm going to be there to see just how far she goes.
My clients-turned-friends may know Clare as the gal who helps facilitate my fall and winter mini sessions and although we've been doing that for just two seasons, I couldn't imagine doing it without her. She makes sure ya'll are comfortable, have a donut or seven before you go and she loves hearing the story behind how I met you, your kids' names and ages and any hilarious tidbits about how past sessions have gone or what to expect when you walk in the door.
I don't shoot a lot of headshots, simply because my style is more simple and natural than most professional people want out of a headshot. But Clare just wanted something that said CLARE and so she asked me to take hers. I did and within ten minutes, we had the shot.
And then we skipped, arm in arm, to get coffee and donuts. (This is not a joke)
If you'd like a simple and natural headshot like Clare's, I'd love to chat! And no pressure about the skipping and coffee and donuts - but just say the word and I'll deliver. XOXO