I first met Lia when she was a little girl back in 2010 at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Her mother and I were brushing up on our Spanish and happened to be in the same class together. Just a little girl then, Lia sat in on one of our classes. Her pearly, blue, beautiful eyes were as stunning then as they are now. Lia’s Mom, Laura, is a gem of a person. I had just arrived from South America at the time and didn’t know a soul. Laura was warm and friendly and made me feel welcome. She’s about as kind as anyone I’ve met, and Lia is the same–beautiful inside and out. Fast-forward 11 years, Lia is now all grown up and heading off to UC Santa Barbara!
Lia, I wish you the best of luck as you begin college and start this new chapter in your life. Thank you for trusting me with your photos. I had a wonderful time taking your pictures.