Yrai is a Venezuelan gal with a beautiful accent and equally beautiful personality. We held this session on a Squaw Run trail in the ‘burbs of Pittsburgh.
About midway through the shoot, we both touched some awful little plant that caused us some problems. Upon initial contact, it felt like tiny needles poking, then turning to tiny hives, followed by a mixture of itchiness and strange stabbing pain. It finally ended (for me) 24 hours later after a night of complete numbness around the area. We have no idea what it was but stopped by the pharmacy on the way home to pick up benadryl ointment (as suggested by the pharmacist) to make sure the reactions we were having didn’t spread.
But before heading to the pharmacy to save our skin, about 10 minutes before leaving, one borough garbage truck stopped near us to empty the trails trash can. We kept working and about two minutes later, noticed two more garbage trucks had stopped and parked and then drivers were standing around watching. Then a few more came. By the time we walked back to our cars there were at least 6 trucks parked and probably 8 guys standing, blocking us in. One says, “oh, I guess we should move our cars.” Yrai, in her awesome little accent, replies “yes, sorry guys!” They apologize and hop in their trucks before driving off. We sat there for a moment, laughing at the fact that they had all clearly been there just to watch a beautiful lady have her photos taken.
Whether through word of mouth or a world-wide news source, you’ve probably heard of Secret Agent L. She’s a Pittsburgh girl who anonymously started a wonderful local project. She and her followers leave little goodies (anything from gift cards to jewelry and beyond) and love notes in some pretty random locations (like public restrooms) with the goal of brightening the day of those who find them. Pretty awesome, right? She managed to stay completely anonymous for quite some time before she felt the need to share her identity. It was a pretty huge deal in the ‘Burgh! Shortly after she revealed herself as the lovely, lovely Laura Miller, things exploded! She was interviewed and featured in world-wide news articles. Her wonderfully moving message of spreading love has caught on and now she’s regularly posting missions from all over the world. (Hats off to all of you amazing affiliated agents out there!)
Now I’d like to introduce you to Laura and Ross, the couple. The amazingly adorable couple. The oozing with love for each other couple. They shared silly stories (something about toast on Laura’s front porch) and loving gestures. They were glowing with love, which, of course, made them such a joy to work with.
But – the most moving moment of the shoot came as we were beginning to walk away from the location. Laura, holding Ross’ hand and staring into his eyes, said, “I’m not Laura without Ross.” (Cue tears forming in my eyes.)
And just before we left, while discussing how much we love dogs, this little cutie came romping over to say hello! Excited puppy squeaks and all.