This is my dear friend Tony. We’re in nursing school together, braving the rigors of an accelerated program. We sit beside each other on the back row for hours on end in every single class, and somehow we can still tolerate each other through tennis matches and long bike rides on the occasional weekend. He’s a blessing.
Because he’s our token Asian American (we’re sure this has to be the reason), he was asked by the faculty to write a short paragraph and submit a “professional picture” for a recruitment brochure. Since he didn’t have any “professional” pictures, he asked if I would help.
He hates getting his picture taken, and his smiles were consistently artificial and nervous. I finally got him laughing for quite a few pictures, but then there was the opposite problem of smiling too hard.
This image isn’t the one we submitted, but it’s my favorite.