Amanda Joy Photography

Joia

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She ran across the road in heels, dodging the remaining ice and muddy puddles.  

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She squealed a little bit when she saw me (or was that me?) - it was kind of a, "Yay!!" moment.

 

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"Yay" was our thing. We had made it our thing through email. Something along these lines: "You say yay?? I saw yay too!!"

 

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Yay that we were finally doing pictures...

 

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Yay that it was such a beautiful day...

 

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And yay that I had such a beautiful subject to work with!

 

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Joia and I immediately connected; love for Yay, scarves, short hair (just a few more months, girlie!), and traveling.

 

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She followed me around downtown...

 

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And made sense of the silent directions I gave her through a glass door...

 

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But mostly just stood there and looked as cute as a button.

 

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With a few "Rawr!" moments of course. :)

 

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One of the things I love so much about Joia is her ability to talk to anyone and fit in anywhere.

 

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She's switched high schools and even continents so many times...

 

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That I immediately felt ashamed of myself for not owning a Passport.

 

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But that's Joia - gracious and so sweet.

 

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Never mind that she was freezing cold...

 

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Or that I made her gaze at me through scratched old doors...

 

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And dance and twirl in the streets...

 

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She embraced it all with a smile.

 

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And when I left... I had a new friend. :)