I met with Kristina a couple of weeks ago. Kristina made all the arrangements with me herself. I love when the kids do that for a couple of reasons. One, next year they are probably going to have handle a lot of things by themselves so might as well start now and two, it usually means the kids have chosen me themselves which usually means that they like my work, yay!! And that also means that they themselves are more invested in the process. Don't get me wrong, I also love when it is the parents making the arrangements, I have met a bunch of great people through the process. I have had such wonderful seniors with wonderful families that I really can't go wrong either way. Wonderful is definitely a category that Kristina fits squarely into. It was such a pleasure to spend some time with Kristina on a gorgeous fall afternoon. We met at my old standby in Canton. Kristina had on a very flattering navy blue dress when she got there so we decided to get started near the mansion.
Kristina is very smart and very determined. She told me that she thinks that she wants to major in biology with an eye towards maybe doing something in the medical field. I have not a shred of doubt that she will be a huge success in whatever field she chooses. She is also in the color guard for the marching band. I have been very impressed with the kids that I have met that have been involved with the marching band, what a great group of kids. But then again, I have been very impressed with the kids that aren't in band as well. Oh well, maybe, I am just lucky!! In the course of our conversing and posing, we ended up at the other garden spot so of course, we took some there as well. As well as over by the barn. There are a lot of great posing spots near the barn, including a red door and fence that I love.
It was time for a quick change, then on to field. As we were walking around, Kristina told me that she moved to our town right before fifth grade. Her family is in the district where I work. I have had 3 of her sisters, one of them I still have, what a nice bunch of girls they are! Anyway, when Kristina moved here, one of my teacher friends had just started teaching 5th grade that same year. Kristina told me that she thought that was great, that she was new and the teacher was new. She said that it made her feel like she wasn't the only new one and that helped make the transition to our town easier. Knowing this teacher as well as I do and having firsthand experience with what a fantastic teacher she is (she was my youngest daughter's 5th grade teacher), I am sure that even if she didn't have that in common with Kristina, she would have made her feel right at home. But still, how cool for a new student to also know the teacher is new there, too? And how pretty did Kristina look in her jeans/tank top combination?
Kristina has a gorgeous smile and luckily for me, she was not stingy with it. She was a total natural at this posing thing, basically all that I had to do was point out a spot and Kristina would just arrange herself perfectly and then flash that smile.
Kristina, thank you so much for choosing me to document part of your senior year. With your drive and determination, I have no doubt that you will be a huge success, It was truly a pleasure to spend a fall afternoon with, thank you for being so awesome and so generous with your smile. I wish you all the best for a fantastic senior year. Good luck with the color guard, I'll be rooting for the marching band to have continued success this year. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Kristina's pictures.
What a splendid weekend it was around here. It was just a perfect fall weekend! Well aside from the fact that it was 80 degrees outside so it felt more like summer. Early Saturday morning, I met an adorable senior on the steps of the Boston Public library. I brought my oldest so that we could do a little shopping while we were in there. A terrific senior, the library (I know I say it about a lot of places, but the Boston Public library is one of my all-time favorite places), my oldest and a gorgeous morning, I could not ask for more!! And it reminded me that I really do have the best job ever because once again, I would not have been out that early if I wasn't working.
Saturday afternoon, we went on our traditional apple picking trip with friends. As always, we had a wonderful time, although we were joking around that we should have made it a trip to the beach instead. The kids also went on their annual hay ride and I loved the way the sun looked through the cloud of dust as they ventured off.
Then yesterday, I met another great senior in the morning. She's friends with my niece, Marissa, so she is not from my town. She picked a park near her to do her pictures, a park that I had never been too. I now owe her a debt of gratitude for showing me such a cool, new place. Actually double that debt because I took advantage of my new find and asked the senior that I was working with in the afternoon if she would consider taking a ride down there. She said yes and fortunately, she liked the park's uniqueness as much as I did!! And I have written working a couple of times in this blog post but it really didn't feel like work, any of it. As a matter of fact, when I finished with the senior yesterday afternoon, her mom asked me to send her my pricing information and I just looked at her blankly. So much so that I felt compelled to send her this message later, "Hey, if I seemed a little surprised when you talked about price, it is because I had so much fun that I honestly forgot it was work!!" All in all, this weekend proved once again that I really do have the best job ever!! Happy Monday, everyone!! Have a greet week!
I have a bit of a soft spot for Brittany for a few reasons. First off, she came along when I took her brother's pictures a couple of years ago. She was a great addition to the shoot, she was very supportive, encouraging him and posing with him. And then there is the fact that her mother is just about the sweetest person that I know and from what I have experienced of Brittany, the apple does not fall far from the tree (oh, just a warning, I went apple picking yesterday so this post may be liberally sprinkled with apple references). Besides being a sweetheart, Brittany's mom also has quite the eye. When I got there, I decided that we would get started by the garden area. When we headed over there, her mom said to me that she had noticed this spot as they were driving in and thought it looked like a perfect spot, she was right. You know who else looked perfect? Yep, Brittany. After that spot, we went over to the building to do some shots around there as well.
In addition to the little building, there is also a little balcony with some interesting and colorful graffiti painted on it and of course, we had to get some with the '15 boat.
Another reason that I have a soft spot for her is that Brittany is a gymnast, as is my youngest daughter. Anyone that has ever lived with a gymnast knows there is a world of difference between someone that does gymnastics and a gymnast. A gymnast lives and breathes it and has a huge passion for it, which is the case with Brittany. A passion which Brittany has successfully combined with lots of hard work to become a force in the gym. And she was nice enough to share her skills with me too. After a quick change into an adorable polka dotted dress, we started to head down the beach and at my request, she was kind enough to show off her perfect handstand form for me. One thing that I really like about this spot is that there are lots of great things to pose on: life guard chairs, overturned rowboats, rock walls, cool murals. picnic tables, well you get the point.
Brittany also brought her best friend with her and I was glad that she did. It was a pleasure to meet her and even more of a pleasure to take a couple of pictures of the two of them together. They met years ago at gymnastics and have stayed close ever since, it's pretty obvious that they adore each other. Brittany also wanted a couple with her mom which was only appropriate because she is the apple of her mom's eye (you thought that I forget about the apple thing, didn't you?)
Brittany wants to study pharmacy in college. I have to admit that normally I kind of dread visiting the pharmacy but maybe if I had Brittany's smile to greet me, it would be a different story. Although I don't usually have to visit the pharmacy since I prescribe to the "apple a day, keeps the doctor away" theory of life (ok, I think that I am done now)
Brittany, I hope that you have a terrific senior year. It was a pleasure to spend some time with you and some of the special people in your life. Good luck with your gymnastics, I hope that, to paraphase Dory from "Finding Nemo", you just keep flipping. I also wish you lots of success in pursuing pharmacy, you'll be a terrific addition to the profession. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Brittany's pictures.
Mack is not one of those kids that I have known forever but I wish he was. I had the pleasure of meeting Mack for the first time when I took his pictures and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. He was very polite and respectful. And Mack not only brought his saxophone with him, he also had a special place that he wanted to take some of his pictures. I met him at his house and we walked across the street to his neighbor's yard. With a big old tree that was perfect for climbing, a tee-pee, a swing and woods, I can only imagine that this must be a kid's idea of heaven growing up. I love it that Mack chose a place that holds memories for him.
It is appropriate that Mack brought along his saxophone with him. He is a proud member of Stoughton's award winning marching band. He is not quite sure what he wants to do as a profession in the future but he knows that he wants his college experience to include music, particularly continuing on with marching band. How much fun will that be, to play on Saturdays during college football games??
After we finished up at his neighbor's house, his dad had a spot that he wanted to share with me. I am so glad that he did because it was just beautiful!! Beautiful day for our session too!!
Mack was such a good sport that not only did he let me drag him all over the woods, gladly posing whenever and wherever I asked him, he even played a song for me when I asked him to!! What a great kid!!
Thanks Mack for spending some time with me on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a couple of beautiful places. It was a pleasure to have met you and your parents. I am glad that you shared a part of your senior year with me and I wish you all the best for a successful, and stupendous, senior year. I look forward to watching you and your fellow marching band members perform this year. Best of luck with your future too, I hope that your college experience is just as fun and fulfilling as your high school experience seems to have been. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Mack's pictures.
Bianca is another one of those kids that I have known forever. I have also known her mom forever so when she told me that Bianca wanted to take her pictures in Hull and suggested that we drive down there together, I was thinking "Yes! Field trip!!" We went on an early Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago and we had a blast (at least, I did, I hope that they did too). We got started at one of my favorite spots, between the color of this door and the view across the street, you can probably tell why it is one of my favorites.
Speaking of favorites, Bianca asked if she could bring along her best friend with her so that they could get some pictures together. You know that I feel that best friends are a huge part of senior year so of course, I said yes. They have been best friends forever and you can really tell that they have a very special bond together.
We headed up to the fort after our quick stop. It was cold out that morning but Bianca handled it like a true pro. That is probably because she is used to adverse conditions. She has been a varsity cheerleader since she was a freshman (she is one of the captains now) and she told me that the cold on this morning was nothing compared to the Thanksgiving Day game each year. The alcoves in the fort did provide a bit of protection from the wind. Some of the walls are painted orange and recently, another Stoughton High senior had her pictures done in this spot and when posting a picture on Facebook, her mom pointed out that the photographer had even found the orange for Stoughton!! I feel the same way, that the orange wall is a cool prop for Stoughton kids, so I loved it that someone else had noticed and commented.
We also found some grassy spots and spots with stairs to pose on. We also found a a couple spots that overlooked the whole fort.
After we finished up at the fort, we went to the pier to do some more shots. It was pretty chilly there (no alcoves there) so we just took a couple of pictures there and then found our way to a park on the way home. Bianca was very patient and good-natured about the chilly weather and the wind. Bianca would like to be a nurse and we all know that patience and a good nature are essential personality traits for that profession. The best nurses never get ruffled by the circumstances that any given day throws at them. There were plenty of things that could have thrown Bianca off during our time together but she refused to let them get to her, Her hair, on the other hand, that did get ruffled on occasion, nicely ruffled, almost like we had a wind machine!!
Thanks Bianca, (and to your mom and Allie) for such a fun field trip. I wish you all the best your senior year. I am looking to watching you and the other cheerleaders cheer on the football team every Friday night. Hopefully you will cheer them to a championship this year. Good luck during competition season as well, I'll be rooting for you guys! I hope that you have a fantastic senior year and best of luck on your quest to become a nurse, I am sure that you will be a terrific one! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Bianca's pictures.
I haven't done one of these in a little while but I came across this yesterday and I couldn't resist sharing it. It is a collaboration between Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Hoda Kotb and the patients of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and it is truly amazing!! Seeing these kids experiencing such joy in the face of such circumstances is truly inspiring and a great way to get your weekend started off right!! And Hoda Kolb has started this fundraising page and they have already raised $180,000 which is something else that will truly (yes, I am overusing truly on purpose) put a smile on your face!! Happy Friday, everyone!!
Normally I have a FIFO (first in, first out, yes I was a business major at one point) approach to my pictures but I have decided to make an exception. The reason for this is threefold: as important as my seniors are, I think that a 90th birthday deserves a considerable level of respect and I choose to show that respect by getting the pictures out as soon as possible, the second reason is that I am the boss and I decide how these things go which brings us directly to the third point, it's my blog and I'll blog when I want to!! So I am begging patience from my upcoming seniors as I take a break from posting seniors to write about this party. I have had the pleasure of working with the politest and most respectful seniors this year so I am sure that they will not only understand but will applaud my decision.
One of my friends from work contacted me over the summer to ask me if I would be interested in photographing her grandfather's 90th birthday party. It was also going to be the first time that her family had all been together in quite some time. It would involve travelling to the Albany, New York area on September 20th. This worked out perfectly for us since our wedding anniversary is the 23rd. We decided that this was the perfect opportunity to combine business with pleasure and get a night away from the the soon to be 4, count 'em 4, teenagers in the house. The family decided that besides getting the big group photos, each individual family was also going to use this opportunity to get some potential Christmas card pictures (after all, there are only 9o some odd days left until Christmas, noooo!!). They had a whole checklist of pictures that they wanted me to make sure that I got, I loved that, it made it so easy, I just went down the list.
Once Papa got there (that's what everyone called him so I started as well), the party, and the group pictures, got started. It was funny too, you could see the tree growing as we started with Papa and his kids and then each of their families with him and then one of him with all the great-grandchildren and of course, the whole group. It was fantastic to watch and to have a role to play in the festivities.
It was really something to watch the guest of honor with the kids. It was quite obvious that he really enjoys them and it was equally obvious that they love him very much!
Once the formal shots were out of the way, it was time for some fun. For me, fun is posing these 2 adorable girls, just like I would my seniors. How fun would it be to shoot these 2 as seniors?? Although I am thinking I will have moved on to the other kind of senior by that point, you know, since I will be one myself by then!!
Fun for the family meant catching up with each other, playing peek-a-boo with the youngest member of the clan, making new friends, listening intently to the guest of honor wax poetic, posing with some "Papa cupcakes", one of his grandchildren (sorry, I forgot which one it was, I am much better with kid names, occupational hazard) had thoughtfully provided unique cupcakes which featured the birthday boy on each one, and of course, some dancing!! As a matter of fact, after the "YMCA" was featured, I decided that it was time for me to take my leave because, really once you hear "YMCA", there is nowhere to go but down!!
I would like to thank my friend and her family for allowing me to play a role in such a momentous occasion. I had such a wonderful time and it was very moving to me to watch each and every member of the family show him such love and respect. During the course of the day, the recurring theme was what a great man he is. Judging by the displays of emotion that he inspired, he is a much-loved man as well. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the pictures from the party.
Vanessa and her mom picked me up last Saturday for our session down in Duxbury. I am very environmentally conscious so I saw no reason for us to drive down there separately. Okay, that is a bit of a lie, I am environmentally conscious but, more than that, I am not a big fan of driving and I try to get out of it whenever I can. Okay, I'm lazy, what can I say? But my laziness does come in handy because not only was it a good choice for the environment, it also gave me a chance to chat with Vanessa and her mom on the way down. If you are keeping track, that is 1-2-3, a triple bonus!! We got started under the bridge, it was a little chilly but it didn't seem to faze Vanessa, she looked absolutely beautiful in her dress/jean jacket combination.
One of the things that Vanessa liked about this location was the tall beach grass. I was so excited to hear this because I love tall beach grass. So pretty!! The grass, yes, but even more so, Vanessa!
In those beach grass shots, you may have noticed that we changed outfits (well, Vanessa did, I thought that I looked pretty good so there was no need to change, ha!) and locations. We took a ride over the bridge over to the beach section. Part of the beauty of this location is how much there is to offer, that and the fact that we can pose under both sides of the bridge. Under bridges are also bonuses (hey, what's that make this post, a quadruple bonus post??).
Vanessa brought along her adorable boyfriend and her equally adorable dog with her for the shoot. I loved this because, as I have said before, a big part of senior year is capturing memories with the special people, umm, people and dogs, in your life! And of course since she brought them, we had to get some pictures with them, right?? Her boyfriend was such a gentleman that he couldn't resist giving her a "ride" back to the car. Although they did not tell me they were doing it which is a big no-no. If you're having your picture taken by me, then you need to remember that anything picture worthy needs to be brought to my attention, IMMEDIATELY. Ohh that sounded awfully authoritative, didn't it?? Okay, I am all talk but still!
We hit one more spot, you know, just to prove where we were and then we called it a day.
Best of luck to you on your senior year, Vanessa!! It was a pleasure to spend the morning with you. I hope that you attain your dream of becoming a speech pathologist and that you have a brilliant and successful career. You were truly a pleasure to spend some time with and I am honored that you chose me to document this special time in your life and doubly honored that you brought along the special people (well people and dog, if you want to get technical about it) to share the day. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Vanessa's pictures. ,
I have to say that I thought I would be pretty busy this fall, my daughter is a senior and I have known a lot of her classmates for years. I thought, hoped actually, that it would translate into business. Well it has exceeded even my expectations. But what does this have to do with my anniversary, you ask?? Tons because I could not have achieved even half of what I have without lots of love and encouragement from my husband. To say that I have not done things the way that he would have is a huge understatement. He doesn't agree with the way I do a lot of things but that does not stop him for supporting me (quite literally, he is my tech support) as I do things my way. He is my foundation and he constantly boosts me up, even when I drive him crazy with all my ideas and idiosyncrasies (and God knows, there are many). He just gets me and gets that I feel differently about things than he does (and most of the rest of the world too) and he not only respects that but embraces it. Happy 19th anniversary, honey, may we have many, many more. I said last year that this whole marriage thing has far exceeded my expectations, that is even more true this year. I feel so lucky that we are just as happy now as we were all those years when we decided to begin this wonderful, crazy, joyous life together!!
As always, pictures always makes things better so here's one from then and one from now (it is transformation Tuesday after all).:
What a perfect weekend that I had (in case you are wondering, this can be taken as code for saying that I am now a little behind on my editing but not too much.). On Friday afternoon, I only "worked" until noon so I got to go home and do a blog post for a special senior. To go off on a tangent for just a second, my mother-in-law stopped by on Thursday to drop off a gift for my daughter's birthday and asked me if I had worked that day. I said, "No....well, unless you count the 2 blog posts, editing of at least 1 senior, 3 loads of laundry, emptying the dishwasher, straightening up etc.". As the mother of 5 herself, she got quite the chuckle out of that one! Then in the afternoon, I photographed a set of twins for their senior portraits. It was beautiful out and they were awesome, it was a fantastic start to my weekend. A weekend that, amazingly, only got better from there. After that I met friends (okay, to be truthful, I didn't meet them, they had to pick me up because I had no car or no ride, this will play a role in the awesomeness of my weekend later) to celebrate one of my friend's birthdays. It was a fun night, made even better because I got to meet her sisters and the guy in her life.. Then on Saturday, my husband and I headed to New York to capture the party of the family of another friend. It was so nice to have some time away by ourselves, especially since it has been so crazy in our world the last couple of weeks with school starting. The party was amazing, it was to celebrate her grandfather's 90th birthday and his whole extended family was in attendance, how marvelous is that??. Although I had never met him before Saturday, it quickly became obvious what a very special man he is, the amount of love and respect his family showed him was wonderful to witness. After the party, my husband and I had a really nice dinner and an early night, life has been so busy lately that a relaxing, early night was such a gift. And when we called and checked in with the kids, we learned that things were going smoothly at home as well. When I joked with my oldest about having a party, she told me that the only party she was having was with her homework, her laundry and the dishwasher. By the way, she also got everyone up and to church for 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, I heard that they were even early! What a great kid! Our ride home yesterday was very pleasant, the scenery on the Mass pike these days is beautiful between the foliage starting to turn and the rolling hills. But the highlight of our ride home was definitely picking up our new car. We bought a car from my husband's brother and it worked out that we were able to stop off in Lexington to pick it up. Yay, no more walking to work for me unless I choose to!! I liked walking to work but it added 20 minutes or so to my morning, it was almost like I had a commute (yes, I know, boo-hoo for me, most people have a commute but I have been spoiled by no commute for a long time). Even with stopping off to get the car, we still got home much earlier than we expected. I was actually able to watch most of the Pats game (although I am not sure this is the game that I wanted to watch!) and to, gasp, make dinner. That is unheard of!! Last Sunday, I was out all day until 6:30. And not only did I make dinner, there were enough leftovers for lunch the next 2 days. By the way, that last part makes me disproportionately happy. If you remember, I defined last Monday as "make it through" Monday, well that's pretty much standard for any Monday and today is no exception, You know, that is both good and bad, it is kind of tough to start the week that way but it is good because it is nice to get the toughest day of the week out of the way right at the beginning.I It does makes it tough to be ready for a Tuesday post, though (hint, hint). We all know that posts are better with pictures so I have included a couple of special ones from the weekend. One of the twins with their sister, one with their mom and one of the whole crew from the party on Saturday.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend too, happy Monday!!
I met with Shannon on a beautiful Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago at a lake in Sharon. The light was sensational and I could not help but notice a really pretty garden area as I drove in. So pretty, in fact, that we decided to start over there.
There is a little building at the lake that makes for some really good photos. One side was in the shade so it made for perfect posing and the other had a a little balcony with a pretty railing that overlooks the lake. How we ended up choosing the lake at all is a bit of a funny story. Shannon wanted somewhere that we could shoot near the water but since she has been on the cross country team for years, she absolutely did not want to do them at Borderland State Park. She has run there far too many times for that to be what she wanted to think of when she was doing her pictures. Good choice by us because there were a lot of good spots, including a dock right by the building.
Shannon made a quick change and while she was changing, I was scoping out the boats trying to find the location of the 15 boat. I think it is kind of cool to pose the kids with the boat since they are the class of '15. After posing with the boat, we started making our way down the beach, posing as we went, of course!
As we walked, we talked. By the way, good luck getting me to shut up while I am doing a shoot. I am not always a big talker but for some reason, I talk a lot while I work. Hmm, maybe it is because I have a somewhat captive audience? Anyway I learned that in the future, Shannon would like to do something on an international scale. Shannon got to spend some time doing community service and touring Thailand this summer, if she now wants to do something internationally, her trip must have made quite an impression. We didn't travel internationally but we did travel all the way to the end of the beach. We found a spot with some cool foliage before we turned around and headed back, stopping along the way, of course.
At one point, after we had taken our approximately 15th or so "last picture", Shannon put on her sunglasses. Of course, I was not going to let that opportunity pass by so I had her turn and face me but leave the glasses on. When I was editing the pictures, I couldn't help but hear the song lyrics, "Future's so bright (I gotta wear shades)." Pretty apt for Shannon, I think!
Good luck, Shannon, with all your endeavors. Having known you since you were in 3rd grade, you are another one of those kids that I feel lucky enough to have known for what feels like forever. I hope that the rest of your academic journey is just as successful as the beginning has been. I wish you much luck in the international world, the world will certainly be lucky to get you, that's for sure. Have a wonderful senior year, I hope that it all that you wish for, and more!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Shannon's pictures.
I know Alex because I took senior pictures for his brother, Cameron last year. Like with Cameron, I met Alex early on Sunday morning. Unfortunately for Alex and I, we did not have the Red Sox to talk about, like I did with Cameron. People around here know that the Red Sox aren't even worth talking about this year. As opposed to last year when I took Cameron's pictures the day after the obstruction call that cost the Red Sox a game in the World Series. But Alex and I were able to talk about the Patriots because their season was starting later that day. Luckily for us, we met in the morning and could still savor the anticipation of the game and not later in the day when we would have had to talk about the stinker that the Pats played in Miami. Alex started the day looking very dapper (dapper isn't that a great word? I don't think that it's a word that is used enough), especially considering it was early on a Sunday morning.
Alex plays football, he's a defensive back and a wide receiver. With his height, I bet that he catches everything that is thrown his way!! I asked Alex how tall he was and he told me that he was 6-1, I don't know, he seemed taller than that to me. One thing that I do know is that my calves got a good workout since I had to stand on my tiptoes to make sure that his eyes were in focus!! Hmm, that probably explains why I felt the need to pose him sitting down on occasion.
By this time, we had meandered (another one of my favorite words) back to the car so Alex used the opportunity to change into jeans. If it is possible, Alex looked even taller in his jeans than he did in the shorts! I love the shirt he put on too. I love the fact that those baseball style t-shirts seem to be coming back into popularity. Two of my daughters went to concerts this summer and they both bought that style of t-shirt. It was certainly a great look for Alex and I loved the colors as well.
Alex isn't quite sure what he would like to do in the future yet. As I outlined the other day, I took quite the circuitous path to end up where I am now so I can empathize with Alex. I am sure that he will figure it out and once he does, that will be one lucky college. From what I saw that day, Alex is a very polite and respectful young man and he's sure to be a success in whatever field he chooses. He did know what he wanted to wear though and he changed into one more shirt, a navy polo that, like the other 2 shirts, looked great on him.
I wish you all the best for a terrific senior year. It was a pleasure to meet you and to spend a beautiful Sunday morning with you and your mom. I have to say that I am sorry that you are the youngest because now that means your family has run out of seniors for me to photograph. I hope that your football season is a huge success, luckily for me, your school is in a different league than mine so I can root for you (although I would have rooted for you anyway!!) Take care and good luck with your college search, whichever college gets you will be a lucky one!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Alex's pictures.
We interrupt this regularly scheduled program, um I mean string of seniors, to feature a very special sophomore! My 2nd (in birth order only) daughter is 16 today. Wow, I can't even believe it, how did the time go by so fast? She may be number 2 in birth order but she is my number one go to kid for help with pictures and social media stuff. I will often ask her to give me an opinion on a picture or to help me choose a picture, and I always go with her choice. She is a wonderful kid with a great sense of humor. A sense of humor that very much leans towards the sarcastic which I love. There is little that makes me laugh as quickly as hearing her laugh, it is so joyful and infectious. She is wonderful with little kids, especially her younger cousins, very nurturing and caring. While I sometimes could do without the constant music playing (and when I say constant, I mean constant!), I love that it means that she is enjoying something that she loves. She is very passionate about the things that she is passionate about (right now that is Austin Mahone, 5 Seconds of Summer, the movie version of "The Fault in Our Stars", among others). While I love watching her enjoy these things and enjoy some of them with her (yes I admit it, I am also mildly obsessed with "The Fault in Our Stars"), I also can't help but feel that when she channels her passion into something a bit more meaningful that she will be a force to be reckoned with! I hope that she has a birthday that is as wonderful and special and as terrific as she is. And oh yeah, I hope that she gets her permit soon because her older sister will be at college next year and I will need to have another driver in the house! Here are some of my favorite pictures of the birthday girl:
I have known Victoria for forever. Or it seems like forever, anyway. I have known her since she was in kindergarten, she went to the same elementary school as my daughter, Kate. And in one of those weird, it's a small world kind of things, my husband has had his hair cut by her aunt since before both girls were born. Yes, my husband has gone to the same person to get his hair cut for over 20 years now (I'm lucky if I last more than a year!). I have to say that Victoria is just as sweet and adorable (ok, more than adorable, really pretty) now as she was then.
Besides being really pretty, Victoria was also a really good sport. Not only was it really hot the day that we met (which seems hard to believe as I sit here freezing, drinking my hot chocolate) but it was also really windy. It seemed to kick up every time Victoria posed for more than a minute. And I made her walk through what can only be described as muck. We started out and then at one point, we were across the way from the pilings of a cool bridge. It looked like an easy walk but it wasn't, it was muck!! Victoria didn't complain at all though, as a matter of fact, she seemed to look at it as an adventure and even climbed up the jetty to get back up to the bridge (although that may have been mostly so she didn't have to go back through the muck!). Even us meeting in Plymouth was an example of this. I had dinner plans and Victoria wanted a beach/water setting so I suggested that we combine the two and Victoria was all in!! My kind of senior!
After we climbed up the jetty, Victoria took that opportunity to change her top. By the way, I loved, loved, loved the color of the new top, it was a beautiful coral/peach color.. Anyway after she took the opportunity to change, I took the opportunity to ask Victoria a little about her career goals. She aspires to be a social worker for cancer patients. How wonderful is that? It takes a really special kind of person to do that kind of work and Victoria seems like just the kind of person that will be a huge asset to the field! Besides taking the opportunity to change and learn about each other, we also took the opportunity to explore the harbor area a bit.
Victoria also brought her boyfriend along for the trip. Since I was the one that had come up with the idea to meet in Plymouth, and I wasn't able to accompany her home, I was very happy that she had someone to drive home with. Consequently, I was very happy to take some pictures of the two of them together.
And since Victoria had changed into a dress, an adorable red polka dotted dress, I also had to get some of just Victoria. And we just happened to find a couple of places with a red accent or two, and maybe a bluish one too!
Victoria, thank you so much for sharing your senior year with me, And luckily for me, I will easily be able to keep tabs on you in the future! After all, I am sure that my husband will continue to have your aunt cut his hair. He is loyal to a fault and at this point, his relationship with her is now longer than his marriage to me, ha!! Good luck with everything this year and beyond! And besides keeping tabs on you, I will also be rooting for you. Aways!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Victoria's pictures.