my girl. {Priya}

One of the things that I love about my photography job is having the chance to get to know people. Or, in the case that I may already know them, having the opportunity to think about them more deeply as I review, edit, blog, and write about each person and their story. I tend to be a very introspective person and a visual (imagine that!), so staring at people’s photos brings many things to mind. Perhaps recalling how I met them, memories, things about them that I find interesting, or characteristics that make them special. I guess that is why I enjoy my blog so much and “spending time” with each person I have the pleasure of photographing. It allows me the opportunity to feel connected.

Today was no exception. This morning I decided to do a long awaited session with my daughter. The morning light shone brilliantly across the vibrant green grass, and my daughter looked absolutely adorable. If you have been a follower of my blog for some time, you may have noticed that I have more photographs of my boys, and very few of my girl. It certainly is not the case that I favor my boys, but more the case that my daughter is not crazy about her photo taken, and when she DOES allow it, she has a hard time not being totally goofy, or worse, a drama queen.

I love my girl. She is my oldest; my first. She is 8 going on 18, and looks like she is at least 11 because she is so tall. Because of this, people tend to expect she should act like she is 11 or 12, but she is 8, through and through. She wanted to have her photo taken with her caterpillar collection today. I declined.:)

As I sifted through the photos shot this morning, I wondered if I would have any with her making a “normal” face, or smile. But then I realized, this is her, this is my Priya. And as much as I may not want to admit it, (strictly for her sake, Lord help her) I see so much of myself in her, it’s scary.

Priya is: outgoing, amazingly creative, loud, a leader, abstract, honest, level headed, extremely generous, loving, mini-mama to her baby brothers, a bit bossy:), considerate, social, polite-with an occasional twist of sassy, tall, athletic, foodie, beautiful, an artist, and the first little person to teach me the meaning of “selflessness.”

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May 21, 2008 - 11:04 pm

lucy - i love my priya! she’s so grown up now. i almost want to cry.

May 22, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Shannon Selim - Your daughter is so beautiful! The great thing about being a photographer must be the built-in way you can photograph your children as they grow up! How cool… you’re my photo hero Jesse, and I don’t say that lightly! :)

May 23, 2008 - 7:32 pm

Lisa A. - Priya’s eyes never change, and look just as beautiful as they did as a baby watching all the grown ups. When her face is serious, I can just imagine the depth of the person behind them. You keep our attention!

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