I only worked with this fine looking lad, once. But I believe that I was apart of a small about face within himself that I look forward to watching unveil itself. Pearson Rumsey. I met him through my wife actually. Who cuts hair at a local salon in Portland and his mother gets her hair done with her. She had mentioned that I shoot photos and Pearson needed senior photos taken. BOOM. MAGIC! We set up the first go but were not able to connect. Damn. A couple weeks later I got the text that said "we are on for photos!". Happiness. We met in the Pearl District and I asked Pearson if he had any photos taken of him before? "Nope, not really." I loved it. This is when I get to step side by side with a human and talk about whatever we want. We opened up about what it was like to be in high school. "All the kids are chasing likes and social media fame and nobody cares about each other anymore." Said Pearson. What do you think you wanna do after this whole school thing? "I don't know. I have a few options but nothing has really hit me yet." Pearson went on to tell me about his joy for basketball and love for photography. Told me about his family and few different kind of intense emotions he goes through at such a young age. It was a blast!
Why do I tell you all this off of one little hour exchange? Because this young, bright, handsome young man is about to step into his adult years. Its exciting, full of potental and choices! Being his age isn't easy though. The battle of the mind is real. The struggles to fit in are real. Pearson has a voice. You have a voice. No matter if you are teenage, young age, middle age or old age. We have a voice. We don't need to attack people with it. We must have real conversations. Honest talk. It is the most frighting thing and yet the deepest love of our lives.
Pearson, we look forward to your journey and the life that you will live. You don't need to save the world or cure cancer or land on the moon. Your life doesn't need to have a shit load of followers and a fuck ton of likes. You will have limits but who are we to tell you what those limits are right now? We all had to make mistakes to find ours. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with me and helping me see that not everything needs to be known.
(Shortly after this photo was posted, my agent wanted to speak with him right away. He now is signed with Q6 talent in Portland, Oregon and models professionally. Way to go kid.)