Brooke is seriously one of the sweetest kids you will ever meet! To know her is to love her! Even though I don’t know her very well, I could tell in the short time we spent together in Balboa Park that she is definitely someone special. I was there to serve her but I felt she served me by being so loving and encouraging! Our session went longer than we had originally planned because I just had such a great time hanging out with her and her mom! Her smile and her joy are infectious! I have met other students from Eastlake High School who have known Brooke and they always smile as well when they tell me about her. They see the beauty inside her soul as well and have noted how much they respect her spiritually and how much they enjoy her company. It is no surprise that behind that smile is a deep love for God and a desire to serve Him. That’s why she’s headed out to Baylor University where she plans to major in Psychology and she can surround herself with other students who want to build a stronger relationship with God.
Actually this entire family is pretty spectactular! We have mutual friends and so I have gotten the priveledge to spend time with Brooke’s parents Gina and Mike at special events and we just pick up from where we left off the last time we got to hang out. They are so genuine, engaging, and fun! Brooke must get her beautiful and warm smile from her mom! I also got to know their eldest daughter Katie when I had the priviledge to shoot her senior session in the Japanese Friendship Garden as well. This session turned out to be one of my all time favorite senior sessions! Beauty runs in this family…inside and out! I can’t believe she’s graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in Business Administration this year! What an amazing accomplishment! These young ladies are really taking on the world1
Brooke’s mother brought me to tears when she told me about Brooke and how much she loves and respects her. Gina noted, “She is honest and open and puts others before herself. She is always willing to listen and help a friend. She truly has a big heart and strong morals and values and is open with other about being a Christian. Booke is an intelligent, beautiful, driven young lady who can do anything she puts her mind to. God has blessed her with so many talents and abilites that we are thankful for. I am very lucky to have her as my daughter.” Wow! It’s one thing for someone who knows you casually to say something nice about you, but when someone who has known you from birth and watched you face challenges says these sort of things about you, you know they are true!
Brooke, I have NO doubt you will be successful at whatever you set your heart to! Those at Baylor University will love you just like everyone else who has met you. You are going to make so many new friends and have so many new adventures and all of us back in San Diego will be cheering you on!
Apr 15, 2022