it was the end of an era. the closing of a chapter. a few weeks prior to this photo shoot emily sent me a quick message on facebook telling me that she was moving. after several years living as a “guiri” in bilbao, she was moving back to her beloved chicago. immediately i felt a rush of nostalgia, thinking of how much more we should have hung out, and we didn’t. there is definitely something about something being taken away that drives us to want to hold on to it just a little bit longer. as we were talking about meeting up for lunch or coffee, as a form of goodbye, it suddenly occurred to me that this was a time to celebrate her future and yet commemorate her past. to be happy for the opportunities to come in windy chicago and to honor her experiences in rainy bilbao. in this friendship spontaneity has always been king. as soon as i suggested the idea she jumped on board. and on came a session full of hysterical laughter, more chit-chat than photos snapped, and strolling an umbrella on a sunny day. we grabbed a quick lunch afterward and resolved that though short-lived, this had been a fantastic time together and we should try to hang out when i visit the US.
after all, if you find someone who can just as easily make you laugh in a restaurant by stick a french fry up her nose as have a serious conversation about the future. someone who shows up to a photo shoot in purple pants because “jeans are too obvious”, and whose physical response to “stand there, however feels natural” and “natural” to her translates to the captain morgan pose… then this is definitely someone worth holding on to. 🙂