The real American Girl dolls.
Little girls just aren't supposed to grow up. Almost seven years ago to the day, we moved into this little town. Within minutes of pulling into the driveway two sets of eyes peered through the bushes. Soon Abby and Michael would prove to become tried and true friends of Kate and Peter. Despite their differences in age or ideas they would always seem to find a way to be companions. Our yard would be a meeting place for countless impromptu play dates. In my kitchen, we would go through vats of mac and cheese to see them through these years together. Peter would learn what it feels like to have a brother while Kate would learn of the kinship of having a big sister. Hundreds of buses would come and go and hundreds of times the boys would horse around while waiting. The basket filled with weapons for all situations would solve all their issues of restlessness. The girls would spend countless hours creating Playmobil worlds and dressing up American Girl dolls. Today, Abby showed up at my office door dressed so adorably that any little American doll would have been jealous. I immediately assumed that she needed some time in the spotlight. Kate saw how cute Abby looked and together they went upstairs to find something something equally as stylish. As Kate dressed, I was happy to get my photo gear together. By this time in the summer, any entertainment is welcome. 45 minutes of glamming it up for the camera followed as the girls showed me their best model smiles. It was a joy for me to be to photographing people. Getting some shots right and some wrong, sometimes makes you feel like your playing roulette. Things can go amiss; the model blinks, a screwy exposure and you adjust and adjust and adjust. Then the ball falls on your number and your spot on. The model angles herself perfectly, the light is right, and exposure spot on. Afterwards, editing is like opening Christmas gifts and you cherish your favorites. For myself, editing the photos creates the final icing to the cake that lay beneath. When all is said and done, you have connected in some way and everything feels right. Seeing the girls meet once again in our yard gives me comfort in the fact that despite the fact that they are growing up, they still have each other to look to and feel at ease with. I am lucky to have captured just a few minutes of it, but it promises to stay with me.
Beauty and the Beast
deborah CCCC P
9/1/2011 10:52:02 pm
I absolutely LOVE your portrait pics!
9/2/2011 03:34:05 am
Beautiful Girls, and Beautiful Photography!!
9/4/2011 03:12:45 am
You couldn't have had better models - very girlie-girlie. Nice shots Jen:)
9/4/2011 01:43:55 pm
I love this! i teared up while reading it, love you guys so much(:
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