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Portrait of Haley


In this portrait, Haley is wearing a Greek dance costume. Haley got into Greek dancing because her fifth grade teacher invited her to try it out. She had been doing it for eight years, and at the time of this posting, she was participating in the Antelope Valley Greek Festival.

Haley was in twelfth grade at Quartz Hill High School. She was planning to go to Antelope Valley College where she would take core classes so that she could transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) and study zoology.

I think Haley would make a perfect Hermia, in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

Haley dancing with ensemble in full costume (second on right)

Haley dancing with ensemble in leggings and costume-top, last on right

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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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.”

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Paul-2


Paul was a seventeen-year-old who had just graduated from Quartz Hill High School and was planning to attend Antelope Valley College in the fall to study in their Airframe & Powerplant program.

After graduating from community college, Paul hoped to get a job “at Northrop Grumman Corporation or one of the other local airplane manufacturing companies.” He wanted to be an mechanic and “maybe even an engineer,” in which case he would attend either UCLA or or Cal Poly after completing an Associate’s Degree.

In this picture, Paul studies the engine of a restored Cessna 190 historical aircraft. The twin engine Cessna 190 was built in 1947 with  “Shakey Jake” 300 horsepower Jacobs supercharged, just carbureted engines.

All this fascinated Paul because he was originally from Antelope Valley and grew up watching airplanes and the intense quest for innovative aircraft research, technology and manufacturing that transpires in the area.

 

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Alexis-2


So far you’ve only seen me post pictures of people in their own environment or where I happen to meet them. Surprise! I can also shoot in studio.

My first studio portrait is of Alexis who loved children so much that she volunteered at the Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) and at the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC). She loved anything that had to do with children, and professionally, wanted to be a photographer of children. She also liked to take pictures of nature and landscapes.

At AVPH and CCRC, Alexis helped children find schools and mitigated cases of child abuse. She volunteered with children from the ages of 0 to 5 and helped them by talking to their parents and teaching the parents how to treat their children and how they must behave to prevent abuse. Alexis was trained at AVPH and CCRC.

Alexis was born and raised in Lancaster, California, USA and went to Quartz Hill High School. You can also find her on Instagram on @lexiie_noel.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Portrait of Daniel


Daniel, a happy 26 year old, originally from Lancaster, California, USA, went to Quartz Hill High School and then did did grocery stocking. His parents were long time friends of the Hemme Hay & Feed owners and he used to hang around the store. That led to getting the job driving a forklift to help customers get their hay and feed onto their pickup trucks.

Daniel loves  “messing around with hay all day” and has been doing it for little over a year now.

As I spoke with Daniel, something interesting happened. I showed him some of my portraits, but when I got to the first portrait, the Portrait of Ido, posted on Jan 1, 2017, Daniel asked for his name and said he looked familiar; he thought he knew him from when he did Motocross, before he was injured and forced to sell his bike and discontinue participation in this exciting sport.

I guess it’s not unexpected that my portrait people will know each other, but it was a pleasant surprise when it happened for the first time.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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