Baker, NV

Noelle’s family was moving away the next day. The two girls’ mothers wanted some photos of the best friends to remember each other by, so they brought them to my studio for a tea party.

Noelle was a shy, quiet girl; but her twinkling eyes spoke to me of great intelligence and a lovely sense of humor. I captured this pensive moment on the sly, while she waited for her friend, who was posing for the camera.

As usual, I liked the unposed portraits much better than the more formal ones.


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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 5 years ago

    Delightful, so nice to see a child as a child:-)

  • Thanks, lady!
    I think this shot caught her in her most natural state. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsabout 5 years ago

    Very well captured indeed. A lovely portrait. Great tone and composition.

  • Thanks very much, Clare!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 5 years ago

    This so powerful and telling…wonderful capture, portrait work and I see a ton of features!

  • Thank you, Susan – I greatly appreciate your comments!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RodeoImagesAus
    RodeoImagesAusabout 5 years ago

    A very beautiful portrait. I love the ‘old world’ feel to it Arla.

  • Thank you so much, Rosemaree!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 5 years ago

    Nice work…

  • Thank you, Richard!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 5 years ago

  • How wonderful!!
    Thank you, Bradley!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Appel
    Appelabout 5 years ago

    Yep! Unposed shot are definitely the way to go! Wonderful expression you captured here, Arla!

  • Thanks so much, Ann! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...about 5 years ago

  • How wonderful! Thank you Jenni — and GNG!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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    John Vandevenalmost 5 years ago

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    heznelalmost 5 years ago

    please consider entering this challenge LINK

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