Solha had her picture loads and loads over the weekend by fabulous D.C.-based photographer Melissa Golden for an upcoming story (I’ll share details once it’s closer to publication). This is one of my favorite Melissa Golden portraits; I love its youthful energy and exuberance.
Jake and I got on well with Melissa in a hurry. Not only was she smart and interesting and easy to talk with, but as a self described “army brat” who grew up on military bases all over the world, she was extremely chill…the kind of person who makes you want to kick your feet up and drink in a mint julep on a late Friday afternoon. In fact, that’s exactly what we did. We all enjoyed one of my minty mint juleps before the photo shoot.
I’m of the opinion that army brats are generally tolerant, unfazed and unperturbed people — the result of a peripatetic childhood living amid different cultures. Melissa even speaks a little Arabic.
We had Solha doing all sorts of stunts and tricks to show what a live wire she is: running through fields, being chased around the yard, we even got a few of her jumping off a low roof. Don’t worry, she didn’t get hurt. She’s from Kandahar.