I took this adorable portrait of my dear friend Vanessa in June before she moved to Dubai with her hubbie and... wow... time really flies because it's already been about six months!! Vanessa has such a contagious smile and warming personality. She is one of those gals I met and instantly felt a connection with. She is super easy to talk to, and I am really a bit bummed that our time together was cut so short. I remember when we went out for our first "friend date", the server asked if we had been friends since childhood because we were so darn chatty! We could chat about anything or nothing at all, and it felt perfectly normal. Perhaps it's the Midwestern charm I dig or her adventurous spirit that I love; whatever it is, I really miss this lady! Hopefully I will make it to Dubai for a visit in the next year!