Monthly Archives: August 2017

Portrait of Andrew


Twelve year old Andrew had been a carny kid for G Shows his whole life. While he thought it was fun, his friends thought it was very cool, “but it’s funny because I think it’s normal and I grew up at it.”

Andrew aspired to be a biomedical engineer one day and then he would be able to design and develop parts for people’s bodies.

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Portrait of Amy



Amy was a physical therapist aide and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She was a physical therapist aide for two years and an EMT for one year. She wanted to be able to help people in any way she could, and was planning to apply for a national team in which she could respond to global emergencies.

Amy studied being an EMT at Antelope Valley College (AVC) and studied physical therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

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Portrait of Dave-3


At the time of our meeting, Dave was an officer with California Highway Patrol for eight years, and started motorcycle patrol duty about six years prior.

Dave always had a loved motorcycles and had been riding motorcycles since he was ten years old, “I have a passion for riding motorcycles…I absolutely love my job and the fact that I can drive a motorcycle all day is a cherry on top.”

Dave was originally from Central Valley/Bakersfield area.

When I was shooting his portrait, I noticed that Dave didn’t have his helmet. His helmet was attached via a safety lock on to the frame of his motorcycle. Below is a picture of that lock. I thought it was robust looking, and very pragmatic.

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Portrait of Kim


Kim worked for the Lancaster, California, USA, branch of CareNet Women’s Resource Center where she performed the duties of executive director. Her background was in social work; she earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at California State San Bernardino and her undergraduate degree at California State San Marcos.

Kim arrived in Antelope Valley a year prior to this interview. At first, she worked as a volunteer at CareNet, and then “the director of the center left, and it was a good fit for me to become the director.”

Kim practiced various forms of case management such as adoptions and Adult Day Health Care Center advising.

Kim was originally from Southern California but lived in Kansas for about seven years. Her husband had coached at a small Christian College there. When she lived in Kansas, Kim was the director of a transitional housing program for women and children.

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Portrait of Eric-2


In this picture, Eric was participating in a pickup game with his  Rock of Ages church group. As a group, they were playing softball for the first time at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park in Lancaster, California, USA.

The Rock of Ages group had decided to do something different “cuz we always play basketball or soccer.” Some of the people in their group played softball regulary in a league, however, as a group, they were playing together for the first time.

Eric lived in Palmdale, California and was originally from Guerrero, Mexico. When he lived in Mexico, he went to school and helped his father with mostly corn farming.

In Antelope Valley, he worked for FedEx where he both delivered and worked in the back storage, sorting and loading area.

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Portrait of Alejandra


Alejandra was a  metal smith, jewelry designer and industrial designer who owned a business called  Stone Disegno.

Alejandra was originally from Puebla, Mexico. At the time of this interview, she lived in Tehachapi, California, USA.

In addition to her website, you can find Alejandra’s work on the following pages:

Facebook.com/stonedisegno

On Instagram: @stonedisegno

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Portrait of Vaughan


Vaughan had a five-year-old service dog who he used for “Access and Mobility.” Vaughan had his gorgeous German Shepard Dog for four and a half years.

Vaughan was retired from the Aerospace industry where he worked as a project engineer in the specialty of mechanical engineering. He studied at College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Vaughan was originally from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA, but at the time of this interview, lived in Tehachapi, California, USA with his girlfriend.

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Portrait of Jemima


Jemima was a discharge and outreach specialist for Child and Family Guidance Center.  She was originally from Palmdale, California, USA, went to Palmdale High School and studied sociology at University of California, Irvine.

In this picture, Jemima holds little toy geckos that she was handing out as gifts to children as she manned the booth at the Baby Expo of Lancaster, California, USA.

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Portrait of Thomas


Thomas was originally from the Bay Area, California, USA, then lived in Sacramento, California and finally moved to Antelope Valley in 2001.

In 2002, Thomas got his job at The Whole Wheatery  in Lancaster, California, and the month of this interview, he was celebrating fifteen years working there. His task included, but were not limited to, produce section, customer service, dish-washing and janitorial service.

Thomas was an artist who did oil painting, drawing with pencil, photography, graphic design and other artistic endevors.

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Portrait of Breanna


Breanna was a mom with just one child she was originally from from the Lancaster, California, USA and had attended Quartz Hill High School.

Breanna was a stay-at-home mom. She participated at the Antelope Valley Baby Expo in Lancaster, providing handouts on breastfeeding because, “I am supportive of moms and babies and breastfeeding and all that.”

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