We were banished from a local mall. We were tossed out of a nearby grocery store. And we held the attention of dozens and dozens of greasy, tight-lipped, skateboarding adolescents at an annoying skate park. But through it all Alyssa Kasher proved something: she was brave. It could have been fairly easy for her to reject my idea of hurdling inside a Walmart, but she wanted to be different, and more than that, she was willing to be bold, the most paramount ingredient for liberation. Alyssa has ran hurdles for six years. She's been dancing since she was five. Her legs go on for days, and she's quick on her feet, making her an apt track and field competitor. Her athleticism is striking but it's her personality that I found so winning. She's a sweetheart. She's sincere and incredibly thoughtful --her and her friend Nichole bought me a gift card to Jcrew on top of their payment as an extra thanks. She laughs frequently and makes you feel comfortable to be around. These shoots can be so rewarding, because at the end of the day, I've made a new friend. This is my friend Alyssa, and she's been liberated.