I love being a photographer because I get to meet some incredible people and hear about what drives them. For that brief moment of interaction and conversation (and a little photography), I try to get the answer to one of the most important life-questions to ask of any person at any age: “What are you passionate about?”
This photoshoot was a little bit different. I met Lil (Elizabeth) 11-years ago, and back then I could tell that she had a firecracker spirit, an unquenchable curiosity, a gentle heart, and a determination to do anything she set her sight on. She is the perfect balance of her mother and father’s competitiveness, self-discipline, good-humor, athleticism, and humility. You might not be able to tell, but I am gushing over them because they are very special to me.
Lil is exceptional. Not only is she highly intelligent, she can swim a long-course, 50-meter backstroke in 31.39 seconds, and the 100-yard backstroke in 56.82 seconds. I can barely get into the pool in that amount of time, let alone try to turn on my back and try to swim that distance. I am pretty sure she got there by pushing herself harder and harder in spite of injury or disappointment. She never quits.
My hope, is that I have been able to capture even a little bit of the awesomeness that IS Elizabeth, in this photo shoot. So… I don’t actually ask the question, but If I were to ask it I’d bet she’d say she was passionate about God, serving others, family, sports, music, and ridiculously good Victorian “dramadies”. (but my guess is as good as any, and I doubt that is a real word)
A little behind-the-scene – this photo shoot took place outdoors in 40-50 degree weather with winds rapidly blowing from every direction. A forecast totally opposite the news station’s report Take that Mr. Weatherman… #weshotitanyways #weatherdontscareme #nailedit #swimmersareawesome
True story – the photo below was a test shot where Lil was getting refuge from the cold wind while I was setting up lights… I liked it, so I kept it.
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