One of the greatest joys in my life is being an aunt. We used to sell a frame that said "Aunt ... like mom only cooler" and if that isn't one of my missions in life, I don't know what is. I have a secret that I usually don't admit publicly but am going to now. I'm not a "baby" whisperer like many I know. You know the sweet people who love to hold and coo babies in their arms for hours upon hours. My sisters Courtney and Lara are like that. No amount of baby time is too much for them. They will wait in line to hold the newest addition to the world and me, I'm the one who likes to feel their soft hand in mine and make them smile or giggle from a distance. But then I've had my fill and seek out the age groups that can talk. And my favorite age group is the one that some find difficult ... the pre-teens and teens. Of course had I not suffered from infertility and had kids of my own, I might feel differently. But my life is what it is and on this path of mine I find teens so much fun to be around. And maybe because I work so hard to keep my "cool aunt" status going, they actually seem to like to be around me too! Yay for that!!!
The beautiful girl / woman you see in the photos here is my darling niece and god-daughter Brooke. She is wonderful beyond words. Being her god-mother has over the years morphed into me being what I've begun to call her "Fairy God-Mother" That is how I get away with spoiling her a bit extra and getting away with it with my sister. I'm crafty like that. One of the things we like to do together is look through my "vintage vaults." That's what I call my storage supply of gorgeous vintage dresses. Time permitting she models them for me so I get to see them on someone who actually fits in the tiny works of art. (darn those dresses are so small!)
This past fall Brooke and Mackenzie (my nephew's fabulous girlfriend) asked if they could do a photo shoot in my yard. Mackenzie is an excellent photographer. She is currently studying photography and graphic design at NIU. Of course I said yes. Brooke came dressed in a vintage late 40s cotton dress she had previously found at moxie and Mackenzie did her hair and make-up which I thought turned out beautiful. The smart Mackenzie scheduled the session for when the light would be gorgeous ... right around 6 pm. I asked if I could also take pictures since I've been trying to teach myself how to use my dslr camera and could use more practice. I promised to stay out of the way (which I'm sure I didn't) and Mackenzie graciously said Yes!
These are 3 of my favorite photos that I took that day. The genius idea to snap Brooke thru the screens of the porch was all Mackenzies. But I'm so glad she came up with it because I just love how it turned out. If Brooke were a singer this could be her album cover. Not that I'm saying my photo is great, but just that she looks like she could be on an album cover!
This photo above makes me happy. I think I captured her spirit here. She has a little something in the eyes that reflects her upbeat and feisty personality. She is no shy wallflower and I love that about her.
Here is the photographer and her muse at play. A little friendly mid-shoot fun never hurt anyone. Glad I was there to capture it. It's always great to capture the photographer too! I so admire both my niece Brooke and Mackenzie. They are both not just creative and artistic but really great on the inside too. I'm just happy they allow me into their young worlds every now and then.
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