How I love celebrating life events, meaningful transitions, the passage of time; focusing on the blessing of each human soul and recognizing God’s role in our lives. Quinceanera is replete with sweet traditions: gifting the last doll and the first pair of high heels, the waltz, candles and gratitude expressed to aunts and uncles, parents and teachers.
I love the way an entire family rallies around the quinceanera girl– one aunt provides the cake, Grandma buys the dresses, Uncle Joe hires the band– gathering to honor and celebrate a girl simply for being herself.
As I photographed Ariana and Katherine, I tried to keep them looking young, but you can see they are changing moment to moment from girls to women.
I’ll confess, Shelah and I often talk about Suzanne the moment we part ways on our morning run; she heads south, we lope east and we gossip, “Suzanne is the nicest, sweetest person I know.”
“But she’s also completely down to earth. And she never judges me.”
“You should have read the thank you note she sent me. I think I’ll frame it and put it in my front hallway.”
You get the idea; we’re terrible muckrakers.
Suzannie, much like today’s writer on Segullah, thinks she’s just ordinary. I’ve never agreed with that assessment, but after spending an afternoon with her beautiful, delightful, spunky little girls, I am in awe of Suzanne’s natural, patient, conscientious mothering.
Meet Kate, age 10, constantly looking after the little ones; helpful, gracious and unerringly polite.
Ellie, age 8, sweet and shy; a dancer and a violist.
Claire is the wild one!
and Sarah Jane is the baby.
We caught a few of Ellie in her baptism dress,
the sisters together,
and of Claire, just being Claire.
Suzanne, you are extraordinary. Your little girls will change the world, one smile at a time.
Lucky me! I’ll be spending the day with this cute couple at their wedding. We took these formal portraits on New Year’s Eve (which I LOVE doing because it takes off some of the pressure for the wedding day) but I still have plenty of ideas for today’s photos.
Don’t you love Katy’s natural elegance? She wears the dress it doesn’t wear her.