Miss M. is simply the sweetest little lady. It is funny I remember this amazing smile as she and I had discussed what flavor ice cream she was going to have after she had left the studio on this warm New England day. It was cotton candy! Each time the phrase cotton candy came up she burst into this huge smile, I am sure it was the fact that it made her feel great. And why not who doesn’t like cotton candy and the fun memories attached? I know that when she eats cotton candy ice cream she will one day say to her mum, remember the time that I went to get my kiddie couture photos done at Melissa’s and we got cotton candy ice cream after? I could not ask for a better memory to be associated with.
Her mum came into the studio this morning for her review and I absolutely adored how she was so appreciative that I did not force her daughter to smile. In her words “We gave up the whole say cheese thing a couple of years ago. Our daughter is a serious little girl and when she smile we want her to be natural. You captured that as well as her serious side, Thank you!”, said Katie (Miss M.’s Mum). For me it is not about making the children do what makes them feel awkward or uncomfortable. It is about being in their physical space and literally creating a portrait of their dreams, wants and imagination if wanted. Can you imagine or recollect as a child going to have your photos taken at a studio where everyone kept badgering you to say cheese? Well I do and I hated it. Why would I smile at someone I just met with a big camera in front of their face kind of goofy isn’t it? (insert giggle here).
Can I just be honest? I love embracing who the child is, I love that they can be who they are and yes I even love it when the littles come into the studio and want to wear dresses that make them feel pretty (as they have told me a million times “I feel beautiful”). It is good to tell your daughters and sons that they are beautiful, intelligent, funny, nerdy, creative and yes it empowers them to accept a compliment and that is a good thing. As a very special friend told me a couple of weeks ago. Melissa you have to take the compliment because it is who you are that we are celebrating. It is your ability to embrace and celebrate children. So this is me saying thank you Katie for reminding me what my dear friend Skip said to me and saying YES we are all beautiful and it is amazing!
Until another beautiful day!