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Last month was the birthday of one of my most beloved and closest friends, her name is Emily.

Actually now that I see it written it is quite ironic to call her "closest friend" since she is 2, 300 miles away from me, effectively making her the friend that lives the furthest from me. And we have never met. 

Even with that she is one of the few people I know I can always count on, and no matter the conversation we are having she finds a way to crack me up with the most random comments. A true friend indeed.

Anyway, for her birthday she asked me one thing: "go and take photos, I don't see you do it as much anymore".

I do shoot a lot of photos all the time, but most are work related these days. Not that I don't love those, because I am blessed to have a job I really love, but I think we both knew what she meant with that request: ART. She wanted me to do photos for fun, for the love of it, and that meant the world to me, because I don't think there is anybody else out there that encourages me to continue being an artist like she does.

It reminded me of a quote from Kevin Smith's book "Tough Sh*t" that goes as follows:

"It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever"

I don't know if this was what you expected or asked for, but I had a blast coming up with what to shoot for you.

Love you, Emi. You make every day brighter <3