Around March, towards the end of my winter sabbatical, I always get itchy to photograph again. This March, the urge to take photos is extra strong. Yesterday was an incredibly lovely saturday here in Portland, and I was looking for excuses to get out and photograph something, ANYTHING. Lily gave me the perfect one! She really wanted to go to the river to put her toes in the sand, jump off the drifted logs, and hunt for snails and shells. We loaded up the car, jammed to some Pharrell on the drive out to the river, and made an hour or two of it. She let me take her picture for a little while before she ran off to jump and splash and explore.
There are so many things I notice in these photographs. She has earned some freckles, especially on her right cheek. Her big girl teeth are almost completely in on top. Her ringlets are morphing into waves. And, she looks so very much like a feminine version of her Daddy in these pictures. I see a girl in between. The pre pre-teen. She still cries when she doesn’t get her way, but she also paints her own toenails. She whispers her secrets to her beloved stuffed animals, YaYa and Mr. JD Pickles, but is also dealing with some grown up issues at school. She needs to be reminded to brush her teeth before bed, but also begs to shave her legs.
This little/big girl is with me for only a short while longer. I will squeeze her into every frame, portrait and snap I can manage.