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The Purple-Haired Pixie

Feisty. Playful. Just a little naughty. A bacon-loving, shoe-fanatical, shopping-crazed, music cover-addicted, purple-haired pixie. That’s Hope Seranade. An Irish fireball with a giggle to make your heart sing. She’s one hell of a DJ and and even better friend.

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My favourite internet meme is one that says “I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be a princess. No, seriously. Someone needs to fix this.” I laugh at it, but think, yeah, I’m pretty sure I was. And I think that about Hope, too.

When Hope asked me to do her photographs, I had a lot of choices for how I wanted to portray her. I decided to forgo the bacon 😀 , but I had to include the shoes! And I dragged out a pose prop I bought on impulse, but didn’t really think I’d ever use. (Hey, it was on sale – something Hope would understand!) Instead, when Hope put on her pretty princess dress, I knew it would be the perfect backdrop for her.

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But I also wanted to show the “rock chick” side of Hope. The edgy DJ who loves nothing more than to ferret out covers, play new music, mix up the tracks so her audience is always listening…anticipating the next tune. And waiting for that Irish lilt to carry across the airwaves, laughter always underpinning her words. No matter how much Hope may be hurting – physically or emotionally – when she plays music, her spirit soars. And anybody listening in can feel it and take that joyful ride with her.

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I work with Hope at Breaking The Rules in Second Life, but she’s more than a boss or coworker; she’s a friend and I’m blessed to have this purple-haired pixie in my life.

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