I have been doing a lot of photographing lately, which always leads to a lot of Photoshoping. I can't help it. I am pretty good with taking pretty decent photographs. Mostly I take a TON of pictures and something ends up looking good.
Example: A friend asked me to take pictures of her daughter and friends before the big 8th grade graduation dance. In about an hour I had over 100 images on my camera. Technically, I took more than that because I always delete the really bad shots whenever there is a lull.
Do you remember what it was like to be in 8th grade? You feel SO grown and yet SO scared of growing up. These kids all had boutonnieres and corsages for their dates. This was understandably the first occasion for all of them to pin a flower onto another human being and to up the pressure there were 4 or 5 couples and each had their parents their. So they were pinning flowers to their date in front of an audience. With me documenting the whole ordeal. I cringed a little for the magnitude of the angst filled social customs that being set before them. Multiply that by however many cell phones were also being used to capture the moment and square the figure for each time it was instantly uploaded to Facebook. That is WAY more than I ever had to go through! My favorite thing was that each kid had to pose while pinning the flowers and then inevitably the moms were called in to fix the unsuccessfully pinned flowers.
In the end, they all looked so pretty, and so grown up!
Speaking of growing up, I went to the graduation for the friend that I mentioned in yesterday's post.
Here is another of my favorites. Different from the single hug in a sea of faces effect in the last image, I know that most of the faces in this picture are close family members. I love that you can tell it was a lot of chaotic energy, but everyone is so happy and so proud of this one graduate. I like that this one seems to tell a story.