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Fake Headshots

If she noticed that I was having her face directly into the sun, so that her eyes nearly squinted shut; Maria was polite enough not to mention it. If she wondered why I was having her look into the river down below for almost all of her professional head shots; she kept it to herself. I was trying to keep my cool, but honestly, I was a bundle of nerves.

The white lie was my part of the plan. Her boyfriend Ryan (and the most thoughtful person ever), was secretly flying to Cincinnati to pop the question. He had covered most of the details, I just had to get her discreetly in front of my camera for the big moment. My cousin Maria needed to be at the right spot on the Suspension Bridge, at the right time, looking gorgeous, and facing away from the direction of his entrance. So I asked her, at Ryan’s suggestion, if she could help me out with some head shots when she came home from Seattle for the weekend. There was a big whopper about promoting a spring head shot special, texts regarding possible wardrobe choices, and a plan for a bright and early pick up time.

Bright and early turned into, bright and a little late. I was using telepathy, smoke signals, and homing pigeons, to try to get the word to Ryan. We reached the bridge and I realized the sun was higher than it should be for light. Panicked a bit, but realized there was no time to change position, no time to reflect on how Maria is still eight in my head, and barely enough time to jump out of the way of the oncoming 5k race. I stealthly texted Ryan that it was “go time” and, he made his approach. Longest minute ever.

At first, as she turned, she gave a little “hey”; a polite greeting to a passing stranger. And then she was completely shocked and befuddled. Then the most amazing proposal, followed by hugs and kisses of surprise, disbelief, and joy. Beside her self with happiness. Calls to parents and siblings, and a few more tears and hugs. Perfection. Every moment of it.

I don’t know who is luckier; Maria and Ryan, or me, for being able to be part of such a special moment.

Congratulations to a wonderful pair.



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8 replies »

  1. Hey Julie!

    Great post and awesome pictures! You captured a moment in their lives and thanks for sharing!

    Love ya,

    Dan and Margaret

    • Thanks,Dan! I appreciate the comment. They are really a special couple. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work. 🙂

  2. Julie, I mentioned this to you once before that you should seriously consider trying to write a novel. You have a knack of putting words together in an interesting way. You should give it a try.


    • Thanks,Jim. I’ll have to give that a try. 😉 Thank you for always looking at my work and commenting. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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