I've known Monica since we were very young angst-filled teenagers hanging out with skateboarders at the Confed Centre in Charlottetown. We attended the same school briefly and orbited similar social circles for years, but it wasn't until we were in our late teens/early 20s that our friendship really blossomed. We had a wild music- and friend-filled summer in 2001 that led us on a cross-country USA road trip with two of our other best friends in my Honda Civic hatchback that could best be described as epic. We did work stays at youth hostels and got up to some serious adventuring together, with a good dose of shenanigans thrown in. We have children exactly one year apart, and despite living on opposite sides of the country and both of us being self-employed, we keep in touch regularly. She is one of my best friends in the world to this day, and I am so grateful for her presence in my life.
I was lucky enough to visit with her in person this summer where we did a fun portrait trade. I loved getting to photograph her inside and outside of her studio in Charlottetown. Here are my favourite images from that brief sessions before the babies started crying.
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