So this 'little girl' was the first baby that arrived in my young adult life. I remember holding her and rocking her in her living room. I can picture her as a tiny blond haired child who looked more like an angel than a child with her halo of blond curly wisps of hair. When she was in elementary school I spent time reading with her and helping her practice her skills. I've watched her learn and grow and I have to say I couldn't be more proud if she were my own. When she walked down the stairs and into her living room she took my breath away. I thought for sure that I'd cry but thankfully I didn't. (although I am tearing up now as I type!)
I thought my participation in this event would end with photos at her house but with no car I happily chauffeured M and her Mom over to a friends where all the kids were getting together to have photos taken and board the party bus that would take them to and from the event. Here is where my anxiety pops up. I get us over there and then we start walking up the street to the home. There were so many people. Yikes! I had that fight of flight feeling. I pushed through it and focussed on M and her date and took over 200 pictures! It was so much fun. All the kids were beautiful. It amazes me how the prom experience has morphed into something that seems more like a wedding. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this experience with this special girl and her family. (not to mention my bestie!)
I've decided to share a couple of group shots but none specific to M. I might check with her at a later date and add some more photos that show her in all her beauty, but not today.
The following five photos really spoke to me as I reviewed all my shots last night. Here are these beautiful young women ready to have the night of their young lives, looking so grown up, but when you look closely you can see the trepidation in their faces and body language. These were very quick moments captured in a fraction of a second. I wonder what they were thinking.
In a few short years I'll be posting photos of my children. I'm sure the time will fly. For now I'll breathe deeply, stay in the moment and enjoy all that is good in my life.