Birthday Girl Trevona :: Urban Lifestyle Portraits

November 5th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Anytime, Our Stories

My first job interview.

The trip down memory lane conjured up mixed emotions.  It was stressful as one can imagine, but it was also a day where I gained a lifelong friend.

Having a more introverted disposition, interviews were never easy for me, no matter how well prepared and qualified I felt for the positions sought.  I remember I was only 20 years old, sitting in the lobby, nervously peeking at all these people rushing in and out of the offices, wondering if any of them would turn out to be my interviewer, or maybe a close colleague later on, all the while trying to drown out the startling sound of shrieking phone rings that never seemed to stop.

Then, a beautiful lady with big eyes and friendly smile walked toward me.  “Hi, I am Trevona!”  She greeted me and showed me the way to the meeting room.  Doors were shut behind me, and once again I found myself sitting in a chair feeling alone, and dreading for what I had felt like was an impending doom.  But somehow, that warm friendly smile Trevona emitted worked magic to ease my nerves.  I calmed down and was able to sail smoothly through the interview, consequently landing my very first job and marking the beginning of what came to be a 15-year graphic design career.

Naturally, Trevona and I became close friends. We both worked in the marketing department, and sat right next to each other.  Very often we would stay out late after work, exploring new places to eat and scouring the shops for the next fashion fix.  Life was good and simple, and time passed by as our friendship grew.

10+ years later, both of our lives have had significant changes.  We changed jobs, we moved, but we remained in close contact.  And no matter how time has changed, Trevona stayed the same — she’s that girl with a pure heart — sweet, independent, optimistic and passionate about life.  This year, before her birthday, she asked me if I could do some portraits for her.  I was more than happy to oblige!  Trevona took a day off work, and together we spent one fabulous afternoon being girly — chatting, eating, gossiping ;), shopping, giggling and taking photos — having fun and making memories!

We started off by taking some pictures at her apartment complex :

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Did I mention she’s a great dancer too? :)

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1st wardrobe change:

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Her collection of beautiful shoes deserves to be showcased as well!

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2nd wardrobe change. We moved indoors for a more intimate, softer look:

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3rd wardrobe change.  I told ya we had fun! ;)

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My favorite from the set:

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Happy birthday my dear friend! Wish you joy and happiness always!

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Found in Anytime, Our Stories | Written by Lucia Li

One Response to “Birthday Girl Trevona :: Urban Lifestyle Portraits”

  1. Trevona says:

    My Dearest Lucia,

    I feel so grateful to have such wonderful friend like you. I can’t say “THANK YOU’ enough for the awesome pictures that you took for me which will be kept for my life time. Your writing reminded me of our good old times together at work. Thank you for your kind words to me. Same to you!! Your positive attitude and courage to pursue your dream life always inspire. Keep up your great work and spread out your great energy to life!! Cheers for forever friendship!!

    Love,
    Trevona