Carsey, I still remember the night you came into the world. You were 9 days late, not surprising to know now, because you can be late with the best of them. As soon as we parked, your Dad realized he'd forgotten the camera and insisted he could go home to get it and be back before much of anything happened. I wasn't so sure, knowing you couldn't get ANYWHERE fast in Tacoma. So I checked-in and he headed home. Despite taking your own sweet time to get the ball rolling, you had no problem deciding that when you say now, you mean NOW. I was getting desperate because your Dad hadn't shown up and it was time to push. Then he walked in and you came out like from a slingshot. The doctor almost dropped you! Not one minute before I had been thankful for her "little hands" (someday, you'll understand why) and then I was wishing for big, steady, sticky football-catching-while-running-on-the-ice-hands. But she managed to hang on, or you did, and after a cleanup you were handed to me. Flash forward 18 years and you are getting ready to graduate from high school. You have worked so hard this year, realizing past mistakes are not roadblocks but detours, and that you can always find a way through with a little hard work. I'm proud of you. Proud for you setting your mind to something and then going for it. In the end, that's really what matters. Love you Bug!
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As promised, a few more images from the ultra-photogenic and ultra-talented Keelin. A little bird (Facebook) told me she has an interview with Brooks in California for video-making. Good luck Keelin!
This was a tough sell. The daughter who hates having her photo taken. Hates photos of herself. I had to pretty much beg, plead, bribe and cajole to get a few senior photos of her. Feeling pretty happy that she, as my "toughest client", likes them. So proud of you honey! I know it's a tough year but I have no doubt you are up to the challenge.
Photographers have this little saying about what an honor it is when another photographer asks you to take their portraits. It's a complement because they know they can trust you to capture them the way they would like to be seen. Keelin has been interested in photography almost as long as I have known her and I do my best to help her learn and grow whenever she has questions. Well this student has started taking some pretty serious photos on her own, even being hired by other teens for their portraits, so she is definitely on the right track. I got to spend part of a grey, Fall afternoon in her apple orchard making a few images of Keelin for her senior portfolio. It's fun to see how she has grown (physically and photographically) and know I contributed in some small way. Here is a little sneak peek of the very photogenic Keelin.
We met him at Penney's to help pick out a tie to match her dress. We were there looking for THE shoes. You know, the shoes every girl knows will complete the dress just so? We found the tie in about 10 seconds, the shoes, not so easily. In fact she ended up buying a pair of boots instead ("Mom, I've been looking for these FOR-EV-ER...") and wearing a pair she already had. He made her a special dinner, complete with candlelight, sparkling cider and "romantic music" and they both laughed when "Take My Breath Away" came on as if planned. I asked them to give me a call when they were headed to the dance and meet me in one of my favorite downtown photo spots for 10 minutes. We grabbed a few frames in the pitch dark (a first for me), had a few laughs and off they went to Homecoming. Oh to be 17 again. Or 18. Or 19. Or...you get the idea!