Those of you who have seen my pictures of Suzanne and Masha, know I have been luckier than any photographer has the right to be. I met Suzanne at a modeling agency in Hollywierd. We had grown up a mile from each other and had never met. We went to rival schools, and I graduated five years before her. I was in Vietnam when she graduated along with Cheryl Tiegs, the first supermodel.
Among other models who do not always like each other, Cheryl was known as Ms. Perky Boobs because of her all American clean cut looks. Suzanne was a lot slinkier and to my mind much more interesting than the supermodel who grew up in the little house behind the mortuary in Alhambra.
Masha is my psychiatrists daughter. Her father asked me to shoot some pictures of their daughter, because at fourteen, she was starting high school in a few weeks. I expected braces and teen aged skin problems. The young woman I met was nothing like any fourteen year old kid I had ever met. All I could croak out was, "Jesus H. Christ " under my breath.
Masha turned down a lucrative modeling career because at twenty two, you could be a has been. She wanted a good education and a good career before she decided on kids and marrying the absolutely the luckiest guy in the whole bleeping world.
I haven't seen her in three years, but I've discussed more photography with her parents. I hope I can have the same kind of relationship with her as I've had with Suzanne, partners in creating pictures that will live down thought the centuries. It's a legacy that I can be proud of, as well as these beautiful women will be forever beautiful.
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