It was Gina's 30th birthday. The previous year was taken up with dealing with the upstate NY winter, then the conversion of a 40 foot bus to a motor home, for our trip across country. Next we had to adjudicate the 13 room home and 17 acres property, and no less than 30 animals of various species. It was a cinch they were not going to fit on the bus. We were finally getting out of the cold after living here for almost 30 years. When complete, we were on our way with out 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. We had several major break-downs along the way, which also delayed out trip, and we really had no idea where we were going, just out of the cold! After over a month on the road, and then another month living on the bus while job and house hunting, and Gina opening a business, we had very little time for photography.

When we finally found a home, by luck with a pool, Gina took full advantage and spent every spare moment soaking up the sun in the raw, which only added to me desire to photograph her. I took the opportunity of her birthday, in January no less, to serve her breakfast in bed, because I love her (and to grease the wheels of photographic progress), and ask if she'd like to do a shoot. I was delighted to find she was more than willing, using any excuse to remove her clothing and bask in the Arizona sun!.

This video is of the very first photos of Gina in Arizona. After a year going without, it is needless to say that many of the shots had to be 'shopped' or totally eliminated for Vimeo audiences. She was on fire! She gave me photos I had never before gotten from her, as well as a very 'happy ending' to the shoot, in the middle of a thunderstorm! Hence the title. Enough said, here is the result of a year's waiting.

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