After my afternoon class I rush across town to catch Tuly's confirmation. When I entered the church I sat in the back scanning the congregation. Spotting Anne Marie's blonde hair I moved my way to the front to sit with the Mendez family. I love the kindness of this family. On these important occasions they involved us in the ceremony and allowed us to join. This integration into the milestones of a life of a family are the warm moments that I will carry with me.
When I first saw their modest home, I noticed the Mendez family did not have any portraits on their wall. This was my chance to give them a great gift; a family portrait.
When I stayed with Cau Phouc's family in Stockholm, I gave them a family portrait when I left. Till this day it hangs in their family room as a reminder of the importance of family. The Mendez family is also just as united that I was very proud to make this gift for them.
I had the family for about 45 minutes. They participated and worked with me as we did a proper photo session with position changes and people adjustments. I'm glad to have so much experience doing that I was even able to conduct it in another language.
Side note. At this point my Spanish was getting better and better that I was able to joke, prod, and give direction during the shoot with ease.
Anne Marie looked so beautiful in the traditional dress that I asked her to take a wedding photo with me at the San Pedro Spanish School.