Long-time friend and hippie at heart asked me to do a portrait session of her. Rachel is a belly dancing, avid solo traveler, nurse, and has the eye of an artist. I wanted to do something special for her, let her see herself as I see her: as a strong and beautiful woman. We all need that, don’t we? Traditional headshots flew out the door and we were up for whatever inspired us along the way. I’ve always been a huge fan of murals, she loves the ocean, and so we decided Santa Cruz would be a perfect spot. We did some wine tasting in the Santa Cruz mountains and then stopped along the way at an open field, the beautiful mural you see here, and finally, along West Cliff drive. Santa Cruz is just one of those places that has it all.