The first time I met Katya, she was about 11 years old. My daughter, Lindsey, asked to have a few of her friends over -- to do what little girls do -- wear make-up, pretend they're teenagers and immerse themselves in pop music. I already knew some of my daughter's friends but I had never met Katya. She seemed very sweet, quiet and shy, but easily fit in with the others. When it was time for the girls to leave, I said my goodbyes and gave each one a little hug. Katya, however, wrapped her arms around me with the biggest, warmest hug ever! I was so touched -- it was like she's always known me.
Fast forward 5 years -- to the present. Her mom and I are now dear friends and Katya has become a big part of my life. She's blossomed in many ways, but more than anything, she's become an amazing person -- full of sincerity, compassion and immense love for others, combined with an intelligence that thrives beyond her years. She looks past the external appearance of others and instead peers deep to the inner person of the heart.
I am so honored to be a part of her life and was happy to capture these images of my dear friend Katya.
We enjoyed several locations for her senior session, with the first being a random field off the side of the road near my home in Rancho Santa Margarita. We continued our drive to the nearby Trabuco Canyon, stopping at several spots along a windy road. Our final destination was in Laguna Beach, where we walked along a private road, and then down hundreds of steps, leading to a beautiful, secluded spot on the beach!
It was perfect.