The Essence of Graham

The Essence of  Graham McWaters Passionate ~ Motivator ~ Energy Creative ~ Humorous ~ Entertainer Thanks again to my great friend Dan Bodanis, who was responsible for the invitation to the  Alumni Luncheon in December 2023, where I met Graham for the first time.  We have met several times since then.   I knew he was a good […]

The Essence of Jim and Judie

The Essence of Jim and Judie Judie Talkative ~ Spontaneous ~ Organized ~ Humorous ~ Optimistic ~ Adventurous Jim Sensitive ~ Precise ~ Enthusiastic ~ Adventuresome ~ Happy ~ Nice Very few people have made as much impact on my life as these two people.  They have been like having a big brother and a […]

3 Days of Eilean Donan

Three Days at Eileen Donan I was on a mission during our trip to Scotland in 2023.  I would get my calendar-worthy picture of Eileen Donan Castle no matter what! To do that, I would need several opportunities under different lighting conditions. I knew that if I stayed in one spot long enough in Scotland, […]

The Essence of Diane

The Essence of Diane Honest ~ Authentic ~  Logical Gregarious ~ Resilient ~  Determined I first met Diane Groves while we were both taking one of the courses to earn the Certified Financial Planner designation.    We worked in different companies, but while in that class, we became professional acquaintances. Diane was aware of some grandfathering provisions […]

The Essence of Imran

The Essence of Imran… curious, loyal, fearless, meticulous, relentless, grateful I didn’t know Imran personally until a couple of years ago.  Before that, I heard of him through friends and community members. I heard it said that he was quite a community-minded person. We got to meet and connect about two years ago.  We connected […]

The Essence of Michelle

The Essence of Michelle “A complete and utter badass” I have photographed Michelle a number of times over the past few years and have lots of wonderful shots. However, these photos are not only of Michelle, but literally her entire family. One of those photo sessions was her wedding where I was the photographer. Michelle’s […]

Brownman Ali ~ Trumpeter Extraordinaire

The Art of Music BROWNMAN ALI –  Trumpeter Extraordinaire Recently, I’ve been introduced to an incredible big band led by my friend Dan Bodanis. What is the name of this band, you ask?  Why — the Dan Bodanis Big Band, of course!   And his band features some truly exceptional musicians.   Trinidadian-born, multi-award winning trumpet […]

The Essence of…Jean Roux

The Essence of… Jean Roux Indomitable Spirit ~ Pathfinder ~ Jongleur ~ Reflective ~ Ambassador ~ Joie de Vivre This is my first attempt at interviewing someone for the Essence portrait series.  I prefer taking the easy way out and having the subject write their answers.  In this case, Jean Roux decided it would be in our […]

The Essence of Maggie

The Essence of… Maggie Duckett Traditional ~ Adventurous ~ Spiritual ~ Romantic Artistic ~ Inventive I first met Margaret Duckett (Maggie) around 1982. We both worked at Sears in Square One.   As per usual, at first, this was a casual working relationship.  Cordial, but as in most working relationships, polite but distant.  Over time, we gravitated to one […]

The Essence of Monique

The Essence of… Monique Woman ~ Strong ~ Persevering ~ Kind ~ Stubborn ~ Risk-taker I’ve known Monique for her whole life.  She is a cousin of mine, but in reality, is almost like a sister.    We were amicable at first, my relationship was more with her mother Mona and her dad Mounir, my uncle. […]

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