It’s been a busy week. It’s dance recital season, and this being my first one I’m asking myself how in the world families do this year after year plus competitions!
I found a little strength to edit the pictures that Lil’ J and I took last month when she asked if she could be Rapunzel. I bought a few bags of $3 wavy hair extensions and they matched perfectly! I probably could have put more in to make the braid much thicker but it was so long and heavy that it’s probably good that I didn’t. We found the Rapunzel dress at the Disney store on clearance.
Lil’ J helped me put together silk flowers to go in her hair, and then she placed them in her braid. She was a little disappointed that I didn’t give her “yellow” hair (though now she knows it’s called blonde) but she was happy when she started to whip it around.
When Lil’ J told me she needed a frying pan for these pictures I ordered a cast-iron skillet on Amazon. It was SO heavy, so we just brought one of our own regular frying pans. Even at a fraction of the weight, it ended up being pretty heavy for her. But she had fun with it.
This was probably our hardest shoot to date because she didn’t give me as much direction as she normally does. We drove to North Austin to Mayfield Park where there’s a cute little “tower.” A wedding was just finishing up so we were trying to be discreet and she had just woken up from a quick nap on the ride up there.
It took her a little while to warm up and become her usually bubbly self again and tell me the kind of pictures she wanted, but once she did, it was golden.
I loved that there were so many scenes here. If it wasn’t such a drive I’d love to do another shoot there. Lil’ J wants to do Tiana, and the beautiful little pond with lily pads is so cute, but I’m thinking we’ll go explore this summer and find a place near home that could be better.
It’s hard choosing a favorite from this shoot, but I’d probably go with the first one. You can’t even see her face but I love the way her cute little spin just captures her youth, her imagination, and joy. I love this girl so much. My little princess.
Which photo is your favorite?
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