Portrait of Christina


Christina was a wedding photographer who worked alongside her husband. She most often shot video and her husband made the stills. Christina attended Antelope Valley College to study photography and get her associates degree.

Christina was also a mother of a four year old with whom she enjoyed park time and bike rides.

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Portrait of Jack


Jack was a fifteen-year-old Australian who “never actually lived in Australia.” He was born in the Oregon, USA, lived in Fargo, North Dakota, USA for seven years, then in Singapore for five years; at the time of this posting, he lived in Tehachapi, California, USA.

At sixteen,  Jack was six foot two and still growing. Jack liked to play video games, go outside, and walk his dog, Cici, an 11 year old a Border Collie/American Eskimo cross.

Jack liked almost everything at school except for math which was “terrible” for him. He didn’t have specific plans for the future and said, “we’ll see what happens.”

It was fun taking Jack’s portrait because he was so excited about being part of the portrait project and his mom was nice to speak with also. It was, all in all, an upbeat, positive experience for all.

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Portrait of Jayce


Jayce was 4 years old liked to play at the park and loved his really cool little puppy, Venom (see below).

Jayce liked Legos and Star Wars. He didn’t have Star Wars Legos but had Ninjago LEGOS. His favorite Star Wars character was Darth Vader. He really liked Darth Vader’s red lightsaber but didn’t care too much about R2-D2 because he didn’t have an R2-D2 toy.

Ninjago LEGOS

Jayce and Venom staring at a sudden sound

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Portrait of Johnathan


Jonathan recently started his studies Antelope Valley College. He was 18 years old and had graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, California, USA. He was studying animation, but also wanted to study bioengineering so he could create bioengineering animations.

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Portrait of Sam


Sam played the ukulele for about a year, primarily as a meditative tool; he decided to play the ukulele because he needed a hobby. He played guitar prior to that, so he knew he could learn ukulele easily. He started playing guitar in seventh grade, played for two years, stopped and recently taught himself how to play  ukulele.

Sam was born in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He graduated from Del Campo High School in Sacramento, California, USA area. He liked to play video games with friends, participated in track/cross country events.and once ran as far as 13 miles.

At the time that I met Sam, he was twenty-one years old, but he was eighteen years old when he attended American River College. He stayed there, in the Sacramento area, for two years, but after moving to Antelope Valley, when he was twenty, he started studies at Antelope Valley College.

Sam studied and aspired to be a firefighter and a paramedic. He was inspired by his uncle who told him fascinating stories of his exploits as a heroic firefighter.

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Portrait of Bryan-2


In this picture, Bryan, the showroom manager, at California Tile Supply, in Lancaster, California, USA, sits in a beautiful shower that was made from tiles he had on stock. Bryan designed this shower and.you could imagine, with gorgeous fixtures, this shower would be absolutely luxurious.

Bryan got into the tiles business because he knew someone. He had been doing this job for 20 years. At the time of this posting, he was in the Lancaster, California, USA store for twelve years. Prior to that, he was in the store at Canyon Country,California, USA for nine years, and prior to that, was in Lancaster.

Bryan loved to listen to all kinds of music. He also played the drums with his worship team and produced sound for his church, he hadn’t been playing for a while because he usually did the sound production.

Bryan had been married nineteen years and didn’t have any children.He had an interesting tattoo on his arm (see below) of the Holy Spirit Dove.

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Holy Spirit Dove

Portrait of Taylor


Taylor was a 21 year old resident of Antelope Valley, California, USA who had three jobs. Firstly, she had her own photography business doing portraits and events.

She also was a pet care associate at the PetSmart in East Palmdale, California, USA.

Finally, she worked with animal actors at Birds & Animals Unlimited in Acton, California, USA. She was a kennel assistant who cleaned up after penguins, kangaroos, wolves, cats, dogs, bunnies, hours, hawks, eagles, peacocks, emos, pigs and goats. These animals acted in movies, TV commercials, news, and various videos. Her favorite animal was one of the wolves,  Cruz, who had been in the TV show Zoo.

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Portrait of Eric


It was fun doing the interview with Eric because as soon as I pressed “record” on my phone, Eric started talking and I didn’t have to ask any questions. After he was done explaining about himself, I asked questions anyway. That’s how it goes.

In this portrait, Eric is sitting in his Model S | Tesla which was his “pride and joy.” Previously, he was driving a Chevy Silverado, and spent about $300.00 US a month in gas. In 2011, he bought a Nissan LEAF® Electric Car and it changed his life in many ways, though he never expected. In 2013, his wife started commuting and he purchased an electric motorcycle.

Finally, they installed solar on their roof, and soon they were an all electric family. Regarding not paying to drive, he said, “it’s an amazing way to get around…I highly recommend everyone to convert to this form of transportation.”

Eric lived in Tujunga, California, USA. He moved to California from New Jersey when he was 19 years old because he wanted to live in a warmer environment; he did not like snow. When he arrived in California, he immediately went into the trucking business in Burbank.

Prior to retirement, Eric was a truck driver for the City of Burbank. Post retirement,  he volunteered at the The Burbank Animal Shelter and also at Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, California, USA.

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Portrait of Candice


Candice primarily did conceptual photography, and studied photography at Antelope Valley College. She was was a mother to a three year old and five year old. The older child went to school and the younger stayed at home. The children loved to go outside and play or go to the park. Candice liked to take pictures of her children but most of her work was introspective self-portraiture.

Candice was born and raised in Lancaster, California, USA. She went to Antelope Valley High School. Her curls are natural, thick and wonderful.

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Portrait of Rebecca


I caught Rebecca  eating a very healthy looking dish (see below,) and asked to photograph her. Rebecca worked at the Lemon Leaf Cafe on “The Boulevard” in Lancaster, California, US. Rebecca worked in a very pleasant place, with nice customers and a friendly atmosphere that served very healthy dishes; all the food had an ambrosial taste. I recommend this establishment for catering. As I think about an event I once attended, catered by The Lemon Leaf, I could almost taste the lemon cake, the hummus and the Focaccia bread.

Aside from work, Rebecca lifted weights and participated “on and off”  in yoga for over four years. She did not practice any particular style. Her Instagram page, @mazdafitnez, was “Fitness based,” so she took multiple yoga poses of herself and posted them on Instagram. They are worth viewing.

Rebecca was 21 years old, was born and raised in Oklahoma and in Missouri but she moved to Antelope Valley later in her teenage years; she completed her senior year of high school at Palmdale High School.

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