I drove straight from the last session to this one, sucking down an iced tea and tossing trail mix into my mouth the whole way. My drives between each session were so invigorating to me. Big blue sky, windows down, directions on my iPhone, country music on the radio, anticipation.
I walked in to their home to the smell of chocolate cupcakes baking, and took in the curious family at the door greeting me. I was immediately taken back by the eyes of both of these girls, and saw that they were possibly unsure or nervous of what to expect out of me. So I asked if I could see their rooms – and we bonded, MAJORLY, over American Girl dolls and music and hair. It broke the ice and from then on everyone was comfortable with my camera.
Mom worked on the pizza while we started, and then we all came downstairs for lunch and cupcake decorating. We ended with hanging out on their back patio, and turning on the sprinklers in the backyard. The conversation flowed between us so intensely that at times I forgot I was supposed to be there to photograph them – I was so pulled to want to talk, and listen. Mom and Dad moved here from Brazil, and everyone had the most beautiful accents and names and laughs.
They sent me off full – from the pizza, the cupcakes, and their lovely energy.