As my colleagues and I close the chapter on our first semester majoring in Commercial Photography at Gwinnett Technical College, I’m reflecting on all that I’ve learned from the challenging and sometimes intense experience. The first six weeks was entirely devoted to B&W 35mm film. It was a stressful six weeks of seeking light in rain storms, trespassing and trial and error mistakes not in only in camera exposure but also in the darkroom. All of the assignments during the 6 weeks restricted any human subjects. As the end of the 6-week film work came to a close, I was itching to capture something with a pulse. I found that heartbeat with a kindred spirit in the class possessing an infectious energy, witty character and a black leather jacket to boot! With a few remaining exposures on the last day in the darkroom, I asked Merry Muntean to “model” in lieu of her helping me develop this last role of film. She modestly obliged. So with little time to spare we did what every photographer and subject does when a brick wall is near. At face value this snap shot is far from an original or perfect, but it stands as a first for both Merry and I. We were both exclusively a part of the classic method of making a photograph from the exposure to print in just over an hour. For that alone, we are better photographers than before and may this photograph serve as a reminder of that.