I think it was the early 80′s when I first heard Madonna. I saw her mixed-dance-attire-sudo-street clothes, black rubber bracelets, rags tying her hair back… it was the Borderline video… and I was hooked. Apparently, as a little girl, I thought that dancing down the street looking like you just rolled out of bed was the thing to attain to. I proceeded to memorize and copy every single dance move & lyric I could behind the security of my closed bedroom door. And I’m pretty sure I was really good. No really. I mean, I still have some of them memorized (not that I would still do it to know of course) ;) For some reason (the painfully shy part of me most likely) I never actually asked to go to a dance class or entered a dance studio more than once in my childhood. Yep, it was kept for me alone (& my poor little sister that I made join in when back-up dancers were necessary). As I grew older I kept my love for dance. Read books & drooled over pictures of Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey… so, of course, when I had my own little girl I assumed (k- kinda hoped & prayed) that she would love dance like I did. As soon as she hit the magic age of 3 we signed up for ballet. All I can say is that seeing that little 3 year old cutie with her buns, leotard & leg warmers was all I ever needed and I was good then & there. And, lucky us, she had the most fabulous teacher- Ms. Candace. So, you can’t imagine how excited I was when Ms. Candace emailed telling me her daughter needed Senior pictures aaaand… yes- she is a dancer. And yes.. she arrived with leg warmers & a tutu in hand. Me? oh-so-happy (mighta done a little dance even) ;)
Fun little Senior session with a long time family friend. Between those freckles & gorgeous blue eyes… the girl set off alarms. Really… she did. We moved on to our next location before we met any men in blue though so I’d call it a successful day.
Ah… the joys of choosing me as your photographer ;)
Early this week I got to head up to Seattle for one of my one on one consults. Jeannine trekked all the way down from Canada to meet me half way and spend the day chatting it up in a coffee shop, playing in/under/thru Pike’s Place Market with our gorgeous model and, well basically, just having way too much to be called work ;) I also want to give a BIG thank you to Lindsay for finding me our lovely model… she knows how to pick ‘em huh?
I have photographed this lovely lady before.. and her sister.. and on my most recent trip to Cali, her cousin. And I have to say, if you get your choice in what gene pool to jump into, I’d pick this one. They are AMAZINGLY beautiful. and sweet. and adorable. and lovely. and.. and.. and.. well you get the point ;) Let’s just say- getting them in front of my camera makes me look like a much better photographer…