(Photo taken August 17, 2008. More here.)
My cousin Danae (who is actually my niece but “aunt” doesn’t work for us because we’re friends) came from Greece with her friend Galini in 2008 to find masters programs here in the states. They’re now enrolled in Northeastern in Chicago.
This photo is from a series we did at my place in Atlanta around two in the morning with the overhead recessed lighting plus a single light source....my reading lamp because that’s what was handy. She is an athlete and a superb model. At age 16 she was recruited to play professional basketball in Greece and helped lead her team to one or more significant championships in Europe while going to college and, later, working as a customer service rep at the same time. It was during this crazy-busy time she began to discover who she really is. But in some ways, I don’t think she’s even close yet.
Update — here's what she's doing now. Translation: changing the world. Not kidding.