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Walk Like an Egyptian

San Jose, California

We met the lovely Dianne and Dominik for The Day After portrait session at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. I fell in love with the museum last year, and was happy to photograph here again.
We started at the house by the pond in the peace garden.
Dianne is simply gorgeous. I couldn’t help but think of Cleopatra as we walked around the grounds which were adorned with Egyptian symbols like the ankh below.
All of the windows and doorways made for endless photo possibilities.
I can’t decide which doorway photo I like the best.
I shot this one facing the sun which made an unusual lens flare.
Dominik has a strong, handsome profile.
I love this moment!
Leaving the garden…
Dianne’s only photo request was that we take photos in the water. San Jose is far from the ocean, so we went to this fountain instead.
Dominik on the other hand, had absolutely no desire to go in the water.
But he ended up surprising his wife and going in anyway.
And we ended up with my favorite photo from the day.

It Is Her Love that Gives Me Strength

My sister’s love is on the far side.
The river is between our bodies;
The waters are mighty at flood-time,
A crocodile waits in the shallows.
I enter the water and brave the waves,
My heart is strong on the deep;
The crocodile seems like a mouse to me,
The flood as land to my feet.
It is her love that gives me strength,
It makes a water-spell for me;
I gaze at my heart’s desire,
As she stands facing me!
My sister has come, my heart exults,
My arms spread out to embrace her;
My heart bounds in its place,
Like the red fish in its pond.
O night, be mine forever,
Now that my queen has come!

~ from love poems found inscribed on The Cairo Vase,
a vase from the New Kingdom Period excavated at Deir el-Medina

Dominik and I really enjoyed the pictures … we also had fun taking them!
I like the ones when we are in the doorway. We will take the colored one.

Ala - Those pictures are exceptionally beautiful! (I love your favorite as well.)

Polka Photos - Thank you Ala. It helps having not only a beautiful couple, but one that is willing to try anything. And speaking of trying anything, I’ll have your photos finished soon, too!

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