This photo shoot was a lot of fun.
I love taking pictures of teenagers.
They were so full of ideas and pretty much game for anything.
Eldest started at a new high school this past year.
She was leaving most of the friends she had attended school with, since kindergarten.
As a mother, you worry.
Worry that your teenager won't find their place.
She would know kids, from soccer, but it's different at school.
You'd think after 16 years I'd have learned that worries seldom find their way home.
But still like to knock very insistently at the door of imagination.
Instead, friendships are plentiful.
And I really like these girls.
It's not all perfect.
Life never is.
Pictures can be full of colour and perfectly edited.
But people seldom are.
I hope for these girls many years of friendship.
The wisdom to know that these are the good years.
And not to take each other for granted.
It's a time that is carefree like no other.
A time to figure out who you want to be,
with the opportunity to try on many pairs of shoes,
and see which ones seem to fit you best.
These beautiful faces were a photographer's dream.
Do you remember these days?
Days of back yard fires, movie nights, and new driver's licenses.
My hope is that they treat each other with kindness.
Because one day far into the future they will be looking back as a mother,
and hope for the same for their own daughters.
I still wear flip flops.
But that's where our similarities end.
And that's OK
This old mum is happy to relive her youth through this lens.
I hope each and every one of the girls,
see very clearly how beautiful they are.
Because the one thing I know for sure;
is... this camera doesn't lie.
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