Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
When their car rolled up, all I could see was mounds of white tulle, her huge smile, and that glittering tiara, so I knew immediately we were going to have a marvelous session! She honestly looked like a princess when she stepped out of the car, and when she went up en pointe in that dress..WOW! When she changed into her 3rd, more casual look and we were on our way down to the beach, we came across a sitting area surrounded by the most beautiful bougainvilleas, that happened to match PERFECTLY with her headpiece, which is now a tradition to wear during quince in her family. We then ventured down to the beach and ended our session with some beautiful captures of her dancing as the sun went down. Miss J is driven and strong, as well as funny and creative. Her Mom and I hit it off immediately which made the whole shoot so much fun! Delivering her final album was the icing on the cake, it turned out gorgeous and it always makes my heart happy to know they have it to share with generations of flower headpiece wearing family members to come!
Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
As World Ballet Day 2018 comes to a close, I thought it would be prime time to reflect on my session with some beginning ballerinas at the amazing studio, Kirova Ballet Academy in Hallandale Beach. This was the youngest class I have been invited to sit in on, and I can tell you, I don’t think I stopped smiling through out their entire session. The giggles, laughter and unabated enthusiasm to just dance was infectious. Freedom from any care, new friendships made while holding hands, bouncing curls and pointed toes, all a reminder to why the art of dance is so fulfilling to all the dancers I have had the pleasure of working with. Before there was auditions, and intensives..there was just that love to dance. Music and movement filling a every day void of wanting more. So I hope on this day, and every day for that matter, all the older dancers out there remember to just…dance…and laugh…and giggle…and make new friends! And thank your Mom, because I bet it was her dream before you even realized it was yours. She was the one perfecting that bun, for always having snacks and extra bobby pins at the bottom of her purse. And the one loving and watching and taking dozens of photos of you when you were young so you never forget that little beginning ballerina with a pink tutu and dimpled elbows.
Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018
I have never photographed in such a magical place before. And having a guided tour by the owners while we shot was really the cherry on top. From the dressing rooms, to the stables this place was enchanting, and we had it ALL to ourselves. We all loved taking in the surrounds while capturing breathtaking images of Miss A for a belated Quince session. The weather, location and that gorgeous gown added up to a pretty much perfect day for all of us. I enjoyed laughing and getting to know Miss A, who was shy but so so smart, and wonderful to be around. She continued to be radiant, while I litterly melted in the Florida sun, a true beauty she was. We ended our day with a yummy spread of desserts and sandwiches in the kitchen on the property, and all reminisced on what a sublime day we all had. I left tired, and stinky..but so full of happiness and excitement to get their viewing gallery up as soon as possible.
After delivering the finished images and her GORGEOUS metal print, I received the most special surprise from Miss A, a beautiful handwritten card thanking me for her photos along with letting me know what a great time she had. The unexpected thoughtfulness of this young lady brought tears to my eyes as I read her letter over and over again.
That card will always hold such a special place in my heart and a permanent spot my desk!