Shot with Nikon D750 (ISO 100 1/80 f/2) + manipulated in Photoshop
Meet Ian. He is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. We met about a year and a half ago, when I started working at a restaurant here in town. He trained me one day, and I think we spent more time talking and laughing than doing any type of work.
Now, before I explain any further, you should know that I am not the same person I was before I met him. I had a very warped sense of self before Ian came into the picture. I was acting, dressing, talking, and dating people I believed fit into this persona I had made up for myself. I thought that people perceived me a certain way, so everything I did was an effort to match that perception. Thinking back on it now, I have to laugh. Boy, was I far off.
So anyways, two weeks into work, Ian convinced me to go to Bassnectar 360 for New Years Eve and BOOM. That was it. I thought he was the most amazing thing in the world. What I liked (and still love) about him the most, is that he doesn't care about what other people think. He is truly his own person and refuses to live by any other set of rules. I think I have learned the most important lesson from him: stop taking life so seriously. He is the first person that has challenged me to figure out who I truly am.
One of the reasons I was afraid to start photography was because I feared what other people would say. Ian pushed me to begin anyway, despite that fear. I will be forever grateful for his love and his influence, and I cannot wait to see where my journey with him will lead me.