A few of weeks ago, a guy came into my studio and mentioned that his 17 year old daughter was interested in photography as a career. She was going to be visiting him from Illinios in a week or so and he was wondering if I could use an intern for a couple of weeks while she was out here. I thought back to when I decided I wanted to be a professional photographer and asked a local photographer about interning and was shot down. I still wish I had had a chance to work with someone first before starting my own business. So I told him I would be happy to have his daughter stop by.
For the last two weeks, Ayrica (pronounced Erika, but I’ve noticed no one in her generation has a normal spelling of their name) has been stopping by the studio for a couple of hours each day. When I found out that like Katy, she was also a ballet dancer (dancing since she was 3 years old) I thought she would be perfect for this shot which I had had in mind for awhile. She practiced the jump a couple of times with me spotting her, and then we just did the one take. She’s wearing the other part of the wedding dress that Katy was wearing in yesterday’s photo. This dress looks like it was made for her, and she really looked stunning in it. She had to bunch it up to make the jump but I got some other shots of her doing ballet poses where you can really see how beautifully the dress drapes on her. This was her last intern day with me, and I hope she had as much fun learning as I did teaching. I got a taste of what Lori must have felt like when she was teaching, and it was very rewarding.