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Emy: “Good morning!”

 

She laughs.

 

Bri: “Good morning!”

 

Emy: “What is your full name?”

 

Bri: “Briana Kay Adhikusuma.”

 

Emy: “How are you feeling this morning?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “A little laid back and tired. I’m more of a night owl, so mornings are a little draggy for me!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What are the first things everybody knows about you?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “I am really into photography! I really focus on my academics. I’m really into theater. I am close to my family. I love books! I love reading, that’s a huge thing.”

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LaRue Photography

 

She is laughing all the way through her answers. Imagine incessant giggling! She is so laid back and comfortable. I feel more and more at ease with each new question!

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What drew you to photography?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “It all kind of started when all my friends had little point-and-shoot cameras and I wanted one! So, I got one from my parents and just started playing around with that, then my dad had a DSLR and I started taking all the family vacation photos. Then I started my own little business on the side and got my own camera. It’s basically just been going up since then! I’m more of a commercial photographer, not so much into artsy stuff yet. Senior photos, weddings, that kind of thing. I guess you could call it a really small business! There are lots of shoots I do just because I want to. I have one coming up involving horses!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “You said you are very focused on academics. What are you studying right now?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “I am about to graduate from Lord Fairfax with my Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts! Then I am transferring to Longwood University in the fall to major in communications with a concentration on mass media, then after that I am planning on going to graduate school for maybe two years and majoring in journalism, or something like that. I’m gunning for the television news reporter area. And by ‘focused on academics’ I guess I mean I really, really care about my grades and school is very important to me!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “Has it always been that way?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Well, you know how people have the stereotype of Asian parents being all, ‘oh, you have to get an A on everything!’ Yes, that’s my parents! I only have one Asian parent, but my mom acts like she’s totally Asian in that way! So, even if you get an A it matters to us what that A is. Is it a 98 or a 93? Was it close to a B? Yeah, so in my family if you make a B in a class that you could have made an A you have to pay for it. So, we take academics really seriously! It’s all good!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “Are you excited to transfer to Longwood?”

 

Bri: “Yes, Lord Fairfax is definitely a great school and I’ve had a lot of good experiences there, plus it’s cheaper to just go to a community college and get all your general ed requirements out of the way there. But I am definitely ready to go! It’s in Farmville, VA, kind of in the middle of nowhere. It’s a small campus, you could probably walk it in about fifteen minutes.”

 

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LaRue Photography

Emy: “What made you choose Longwood?”

 

Bri: “I guess because I really like small schools and I’ve never really seen myself going to a big school in the city, so the idea of a small school in the middle of nowhere really appealed to me, especially because being at a small school makes you do stuff on campus, since I’ll only be there for two years. The people were really welcoming and friendly. I just really liked it there!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What are you most looking forward to about going?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Well, I guess what we all go to college for: learning! I like learning! Except at the end of the semester when I’ve just had enough! Going to college is leaving home for the first time, getting to figure out your place in the world, so that’s exciting!”

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LaRue Photography

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Emy: “Who are the closest people in your life?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “My family and I are really close. My sister, my parents, and my boyfriend, Michael.”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “Why are they the closest to you?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Because I’ve lived with them my whole life! We’ve always gone on vacation together. Family was always important to us. There are only three kids in the family, so growing up it was easier to bond than if you have a lot of kids in the family. We like each other! My sister is 22, my brother is my twin, and we’re both 20. My parents are really hardworking. They both work full time and yet still manage to come home, sometimes even cook dinner. We are definitely a working family. All of us work a lot. So, we aren’t all home together a lot, except at night, maybe around ten, or later. They just have serving hearts. They really like to host parties when they can. It’s not very often, but at those parties they always try to make sure everyone is having a good time, and they’re always cleaning up. My mom is actually a nurse in a live-in care center. It’s actually kind of where I grew up because she home-schooled us! So, we would sit in a conference room and do our work there, then when we were done we could run around the residential and play, or talk with the residents! So, I grew up around old people! That way I also got to see my mom working. That’s something I definitely want to live up to.”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “Did you like growing up around elderly people?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Yeah, I can definitely see the advantage of it, because I still had younger friends my age and we would hang out all the time. So, I had people my own age and people much, much older. I think a lot of today’s youth are somewhat wary around older people and they never have much to say, but because I was around them all the time it prepared me to be able to communicate with older people.”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “You said your boyfriend is also really close to you, yes?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Yes! Michael.”

 

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LaRue Photography

She giggles. A lot.

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “What’s interesting about that he is actually also a twin! Let me see, we’ve been together for about two years and ten months now. We met on a co-ed soccer team and he invited me to audition for a play at Winchester Little Theater. They were doing Robin Hood that year, and he got the part of Robin Hood and I got Lady Marian! So, you can imagine how our romance bloomed from that! So, ever since then we’ve been together.”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “That’s so cute!”

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LaRue Photography

 

She laughs and laughs.

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What is a day in the life of Bri?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “I wake up, push snooze multiple times. I usually skip breakfast, then go to school, come home, do some homework, sometimes go to work at a recreation center, then come home, eat dinner, and hang out with my family. My mom and I like to watch our favorite TV shows together, or I’ll watch a movie with my brother, or battle it out in Super Mario Bros or something! That’s my life during school semester! During the summer and winter breaks I get to do more of the things I really like.”

 

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Emy: “Like what?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Reading! I get to do a lot more reading. I really try to get through a book during the school semester, but it just never happens! So, I love to pick up a good book, and a lot of photography! I like to pick up on that. I want to do a lot more hiking too, this summer!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What are the things you most look forward to in your day?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “That’s kind of hard. Umm, food! I like food! I look forward to food everyday! And spending time with my family!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Emy: “What are your favorite foods?”

 

Bri: “That’s hard, too! I like all food. I really like the things that are bad for you in bulk, like pasta and bread!”

 

Emy: “Tell me more about you.”

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LaRue Photography

 

During the entire interview she has given such practical, logical answers that I wonder if there is anything she hasn’t planned, or thought of! She is giddy. Her answers are glimmering with giggles. I want to hear her heart’s joys. The laugh is a good indicator that there is child-like excitement there, hidden behind her very adult ambitions and goals.

 

Bri: “Well, okay. Photography! I am really trying to touch the art side of it more this summer by trying to do more artistic shoots that are created by my own imagination. I do have several photographers who are my main inspiration. One of them is actually LaRue! I really love her work!”

 

Emy: “Well, you will love her. She is cray-zay. And she’s wonderful!”

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LaRue Photography

 

LaRue is Bri’s photographer today. How perfect!

 

Emy: “Who are your other inspirations?”

 

Bri: “Rachel. She does more senior and commercial photography. She’s just a great person. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and I recently had a shoot with her! Photographers are always people who get the photos at events, but it’s nice to be the one who is concentrated on I guess you could say! Plus, I feel like a lot of photographers aren’t as comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it, so I’m getting in front! I actually recently started a photographer group on Facebook for amateur photographers. It’s a place where people can post photos for critique, you can post suggestions, tips, and questions. I am actually trying to find a date to meet with everyone for the first time, so that’s exciting! I recently won...if I can brag a bit!”

 

Emy: “Yeah, go ahead!”

 

Bri: “I recently won the Outstanding Art Graduate award at Lord Fairfax College, so that’s kind of cool!”

 

Emy: “What does that entail?”

 

Bri: “Bragging rights! It’s just an accomplishment and I enjoy accomplishments! That was a big boost for me! I also got awards in science and humanities!”

 

Emy: “You talked a little bit about having experience in front of the camera. What do you love about being on either side of the lens, in front and behind?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Well, I’m not in front of the camera a lot! Usually that’s when I want to take portraits and I’m the only one home! I love expressing different emotions. Actually, last semester for my photography class I had a project on human emotions and did different portraits of people expressing different emotions. I actually had someone cry! I am really into trying to draw out the emotions in a picture. That’s really what I love about being in front of or behind the camera! When you’re photographing by yourself you can experiment more in private and you don’t have to worry really about whether those emotions come out or not!”

 

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LaRue Photography

Emy: “What are your life goals?”

 

Bri: “Well, you already pretty much know my goals academically, but I want to end up living in New York City. I think it’s just a big place that could definitely help me with my career! But, like I said I don’t really like the city, so I’ll probably be there, then get back to the country as soon as I can! The city doesn’t exactly have a lot of foliage. I’d like to own my own photography studio.  I love outdoor photography, but I really want to learn studio photography, as well. Get married! Have kids, be all domestic! I really would love to travel. I’ve been overseas, been to England. Of course, we all want to travel, but don’t have the money! Greece is actually my top destination right now because it’s just so beautiful! I think that’s pretty much it. It’s really weird to sum up my life like that!”

 

Emy: “I know! You have very pragmatic, almost clerk-like answers to so many of these questions! I can tell you have actually thought about them!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “I have! I need to be a planner. I plan out everything! When I started at Lord Fairfax I’d already planned out six semesters I was going to be there. I knew exactly which classes I was going to take each semester and I did that for my brother, too! Ha, I am definitely a planner! I like planning stuff. I may not be the most organized person, but planning definitely! It’s kind of weird, I’ve actually already planned out my wedding! I know that’s kind of weird.”

 

Emy: “What do you want it to be like?”

 

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Bri: “Very simple. Simple and elegant. Not exactly rustic, but really light colors. Light pink, or yellow, even green. No black in it. Tan for the guys. I think almost every girl has an ideal wedding in their head!”

 

Emy: “How would you describe yourself with just a few words?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Intelligent. Creative. Ambitious. I would like to think of myself as a funny person, but I think that people always think of themselves as more funny than they are! So, there’s that! Adventurous. Determined. I like to think of myself as an understanding person. I try to always put myself in other people’s shoes and see things from their perspective. Outgoing! I like to try new things. Well, it’s interesting: I like to try new things, but I also have a hard time letting go of old things. There are some things, like family and your home that you don’t really like to change, but then there are new things I really want to try! I always like to be inspired by other people, other art, or other writing. I think that’s all! Well, I didn’t really say any bad things. I can be a little controlling. Because I’m a planner it really freaks me out when things don’t go my way. Like, when we have group projects at school…well first of all I really don’t like group projects because you have to rely on other people. If I can tell there’s a slacker in my group I’ll always tell them and everyone that I want to get an A on the project and that if we don’t I will be very upset! I am a very controlling person, I like to think I’m not a controlling girlfriend, though! I can also easily be a jealous person. I think everyone struggles with that to some degree. God has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a Christian home, went to Sunday school, VBS [Vacation Bible School], all that jazz. Though I would like to say that my relationship with Him is completely strong and solid, it isn't. Is my faith strong? Yes. Without God, my faith, and my loving family, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I owe all to Him, and I wish I could be better at showing my gratitude. Though your belief can be strong, your relationship can be lacking, and mine certainly is. So that's definitely a goal I have: to become closer to my Savior and talk with Him more.

 

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Emy: “Those are very honest answers.”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “Well, thank you! I try to be. I am also trying to be a more patient person. I can often be impatient. That’s actually been more of a struggle than it may seem to be, but I am working on that. I can be lazy! That’s a big thing. I think everyone has a sort of lazy side to them. Cleaning and cooking, I just can’t get motivated for either of them! I hate cooking! I love eating, though! I don’t like to cook, but I’ll eat all the food! Cooking is just not my thing! I might be able to follow a recipe, but if you put me in the kitchen and ask me to make food you might just die, or be poisoned! With domestic stuff like that, I just fail. Except, cleaning. I can get into cleaning. My room is a disaster, though. My sister always says ‘your room is your creative space,’ so I think ‘yeah, this room with all these messy clothes all over it is my creative space!’ You are really getting to know me!”

 

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LaRue Photography

Emy: “That’s my job!”

 

Bri: “I love meeting new people. I think it’s so crazy that there are so many people everywhere and we walk by them, but we don’t meet new people because we are so afraid of going outside of our comfort zones. I think it’s a shame and there are so many people to meet. Meeting new people is such a good thing!”

 

Emy: “You’re a very plan-centered, task-oriented person, but you chose a more creative, free-flowing style for your photo shoot. What was your inspiration behind the styling for your Reveal?”

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LaRue Photography

 

Bri: “It was really hard to think of at first, but I wanted to show a strong, fairly dramatic side of myself. And there are softer parts, too, so I guess that’s why I chose sort of soft, more whimsical look. Not everyone knows me well enough to see that fairy tale side of me. I like anything imaginative. So, you have a strong, bold look, as well as the more simple part.”

 

Emy: “What can you tell us about your beliefs surrounding beauty and the modern day culture?”

 

Bri: “Well, I’ve always been one to not wear a lot of makeup, so that’s something that I’ve never really struggled with. I think it is a good tool to use to enhance what’s there, but I’ve never really had a problem with not wearing makeup. The media also put out all kinds of products and ideas for how to make yourself ‘better’ or ‘more beautiful’ than you are. I think that’s all hogwash. All these expensive products to make yourself ‘more beautiful?’ I think the world has really gone off track with its ideals of what is beautiful. I think I’m beautiful! My mom used to tell me if you act in an ugly manner you will be ugly!”

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LaRue Photography

 

Well, she certainly isn’t. During our entire time she has only become more open, more relaxed, more cordial, and giggly with each question! She smiles incessantly. She is strong, but soft. She is passionate, driven, beautiful. A warrior. A lovely, feminine, inspiring woman.

 

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Introducing, Briana Kay Adhikusuma