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Do I know you? One man's attempt at a lifelong head count. 

NOTE: If you think I might have a photo of you—most likely at least one great photo of you—don't be afraid to ask me to post it (13bob13@gmail.com) along with a brief entry about how I know you. And if I've met or known you but don't have any photo evidence, feel free to send along YOUR favorite photo of you. (I'm fascinated by what that slideshow might look like.)

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63. ava b.

Dana Point, CA. Cousin of the bride. 2009

Dana Point, CA. Cousin of the bride. 2009

Another photo I love. I'm a sucker for candid shots of brides on their wedding day. But throw in the fact that the bride is my oldest niece, Sarah, and her cousin, the flower girl Ava, is my youngest niece—it all adds up to a classic shot in my book. Plus, the wedding was in Dana Point, right around the bend from where we learned how to surf at Doheny in the '60s. And we're about to ask Ava to be a flower girl in our October wedding. It's her birthday today, too. She's 8 and still every bit as cute as she is in this picture. And one more very cool thing about Ava: she shares a birthday with my oldest nephew, her cousin Josh, who turned 23 today. I have a feeling they're both destined for greatness. As is the bride, who just moved to Texas with her Marine husband, T.J., in April and is 6 months pregnant with their 1st baby. This big family keeps getting bigger. Happy birthday, guys! And welcome to Texas, Sarah. Make sure you keep that baby-growing body out of the Texas summer heat, girl!


Flower girls. Austin, TX. 10.3.14                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Josh Makela

Flower girls. Austin, TX. 10.3.14                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Josh Makela

Wanted to wish my niece Ava a happy birthday today. That's her on the left with Molly's niece Caroline. These two were a highlight at our wedding. We only wish we lived close enough to see them more often. Happy birthday, Ava!

(posted 6.26.15)