Our middle daughter is 18 today. You'd think that taking her Senior photos and preparing for college would have gotten me used to this idea by now, but no such luck. It's managed to sneak up on me anyway. So, Helen, as your mother on your 18th birthday, and before you leave us for new experiences and adventures, I have some words of wisdom for you.
Traveling for weddings always brings new challenges and adventures. We not only have to pack and carry all our equipment, but we need to remember to bring wedding clothes, travel clothes, and toiletries, especially my hair brush. I don't know if ya'll have seen my hair lately, but it's getting pretty long. I definitely am always in need of a brush! Until I don't have one.
It's always this time of year, when the weather starts gets a bit cooler (just a bit!), and the light starts getting a little softer, that I try to hold on to every last minute of Summer that I can. Fall is on its way! I love Fall, but I love Summer most, and I'm always sad to see it go.
I love photographing beautiful brides all across the country! I truly love what I do, and I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love. But I have to say, I love being a mom first! And I may be biased, but I have beautiful kids, who would rival any model! If you're tired of seeing beautiful photos of my gorgeous birthday girl, then this post will disappoint! However, this post isn't about photos, but about video!
For girls, turning 16 is a big deal. We've given each of our girls one big birthday party - on their sweet 16th birthday. It's the only one where we really go big. At least for our standards. Jessie is the last of our girls to turn 16, and all she asked for was a flower crown and a photoshoot. A girl after my own heart! We were more than happy to give in!
School starts next week. I can't believe the summer is already gone! I swear, it seems like we were finalizing our summer vacation plans only last week. Time and I are not getting along this year! Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe I'm staying too busy to notice the passing of time, but it sure does fly by faster than ever before. Helen is going to be a Senior this year. A Senior! So, in the spirit of the approaching new school year, and in stopping to smell the roses while the roses are still blooming, I thought I would share some of my favorites from her Senior photo session.
Today, you are 22 years young. Every year, your ball of talent, energy, and heart grows into something even more beautiful than the year before. I love your mix of maturity and girlish giggles. You are vintage and alternative at the same time, and only you could pull that off. You have real fears of the grown-up world, but at the same time are completely unafraid to jump headfirst into it.
The first week of our vacation is a bit of a blur! We spent 6 full days in Nashville for our kids' national dance finals competition. Our time there flew by, and yet, at the same time, it seems as though it was a full month ago. That "time flies when you're having fun" thing? It's totally true.