A few months ago, I was looking through some old photographs of my daughter, and all of a sudden, I had the most obvious epiphany in the history of epiphanies: This kid has changed SO MUCH in the past ten years. And I don’t mean her personality. For real–that hasn’t changed from day one. She’s strong and independent and funny and smart and creative and a force to be reckoned with; always has been. But she’s gone from this round-faced, sparkly-eyed child, to a long beanpole of a girl, seemingly overnight. (Although she’s kept the sparkly eyes.)
And it hit me that it’s now or never. Either I start intentionally photographing her more frequently now, or I’ll forget all of these changes that seem to be coming to her so fast these days. So she and I have embarked on this journey together to create images of her that she loves, and that I can look back on one day and remember all of the little details of her ‘tween years, and she can see herself as I see her: beautiful and strong, feisty and funny, creative and intelligent…
It occurred to me that I’m not alone. There are thousands of moms in this area whose daughters are changing just as fast as mine, and whose daughters need to be reminded that, at what is often seen as an “awkward” age, they are stunning and important and loved.
We started with images of just my girl, but she quickly reminded me that a large part of who she is includes her closest friends. So we organized a “friends” session with two of these girls and, oh my goodness, what an absolute BLAST we had together (in spite of the rain that fell for pretty much the entire session 🙂 )!
My little project with my girl has now grown into a new line for our studio that we’re launching today. We call it “C.U.” We are crazy excited about its potential to help empower and build up the girls in our community. And we truly hope you’ll bring your own girls along for the journey with us.