Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Wings

The title of this article made me chuckle when I first read it because she is only twenty-one years old.  21.  Still one of my babies...  And yet to me, the title implies that somehow, there have been years upon years upon years culminating in The Biggest Shoot of Your Life!!!  In my mind, I hear a booming voice announcing those words as if the person being written about is 35, or 42, or 67 and everything has led up to this single moment.  But the truth is, her career in photography is only just beginning and if she continues to focus her energies in the right places, she is going to be very big in the field of photography and this shoot, which she both completely orchestrated and shot over the course of a very, very long day, will be one of more than she will be able to count.  Angel Daughter Number Two is my photographic creative genius.  Upon graduating high school a few years ago, she began college and quickly realized that the academic route was not right for her.  With the help of my father(her Pop-Pop),  we found a college that was a much better fit for her, moved her up to The Art Center in Pasadena, CA, and there she remained for a year and a half.  This year, she decided that she was finished.  She felt that she had gleaned all that she could from The Art Center and decided to go out on her own without finishing school.  Mark and I were not at all comfortable with her choice, but AD2 and her grandfather presented us with all of the reasons why she was ready and we finally gave in(kicking and screaming).  It has been a very rough start for her, I am not going to lie, but suddenly things seem to be piecing together for her.  This article is appearing on newsstands right now in the largest digital photography magazine in the nation, Digital PhotoPro.  It is in their November 2011 issue and if you care to take a look at it, it is also available online, here.  In the photos above, AD2 is the one with the camera;)  On the right page, she is the one squatting down with her back to the camera taking the photograph of the model.  Her longtime boyfriend, Joshua, is standing right next to her and his dog, Dakota, is modeling with the pretty lady.  I told AD2 that next time, I want a picture of her face in the article!  She is beautiful enough to be a model herself, but I am glad that she is not one.  It is a tough industry.
Here is page two of the article.  I hope that you are not offended by scantly clad women because she does shoot a lot of them.  It's all about fashion and sometimes that means skimpy clothes which is kind of ironic.
The layout above shows the final photos from the article but there are more words about AD2 on page 124!  You can read those if you click over.
I feel so blessed to know that my Angel Daughters are following their dreams and making them come true at such young ages.  Angel Daughter Number One is still getting lots of attention for her Groupon commercial(and auditioning, and auditioning, and auditioning while working, working, working!) and now AD2 is being recognized for her own work in the arts.  She was just asked to shoot an eight page spring fashion pictorial for a very prestigious magazine and she is SO excited!  It will be shooting very, very soon but won't come out until January 2012, so we will all just have to wait.  I get the feeling this child is about to start flying high, but as her mom, I will always remind her to remain grounded and to enjoy the view while she is finding her wings.  There are so many dimensions to life.  Keeping things in balance can be a challenge while floating with the air currents, but soaring with our feet planted firmly on the ground is the only way to stay sane and happy.  By the way, if you happen to pick up a copy of Digital PhotoPro magazine and you would like an autograph of the up and coming photographer who is being featured on pages 86-90, I think I can hook you up;)

These are my girls.  I am so in love with each one of them.


jojo said...

Congratulations! What a sweet and exciting time to be that age. It was so different for us, who knows what we might have chosen if those doors had been open. I guess we just settle for knocking those doors down for our own daughters! I'm so happy for you and Mark, you did well dear one.

Angella Lister said...

i think your heart must be bursting, mine is bursting with pride and she's not even my child! it is so wonderful to see her finding her place in the world, doing what she loves. Congrats mama, and dad too. And her champion pop-pop. You did good. I love her photographs, the retro moodiness of them. She is on her way. Watch her soar!

Renee said...

You must be so proud! It is amazing that she is finding her way so quickly...she must be really good...but then I find your own photos shared here so beautiful...the apple does not fall far from the tree!

Miss A said...

I am in awe. At her, at her work, at how wise and passionate she seems, how amazing that she could turn to her grandfather, how amazing that you and her dad could go beyond your normal and expected fears to support her.
Once again, you're a great mom. Then again, she's a great kid. Very happy for her.

Mark said...

Wow! I'm so pathetic. I'm now jealous of a 21 year old. How sad is that! Maybe I'll be like her when I grow up.
Seriously though, how wonderful for her to find her calling at such a young age. She has a billion more years ahead of her to live her dream.
Good job raising those girls of yours. What's your secret? Was it the belt that got them straight? Just kidding. m.

Kathleen Botsford said...

Her talent is amazing! And I know where she gets it! I am going to the book store for the magazine this afternoon. I love it when God's plan and our plans coincide!

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