My niece Audrey seems like the essential girl.
Princess bed, pink everywhere, has to wear dresses.
Except.......she wants to be a superhero or super-villian depending on the mood.
Well that made it easy to decide what to do for her 4 year photos!
We played with the creepy SpiderMan doll in her room. We got blue glitter everywhere jumping on her bed in a Spiderman Tutu. (Yes that is a thing!)
We ran out into the sunshine and swung upside down until she was laughing so hard she couldn't breathe.
As my niece stood there, mask on, hair a whirlwind around her, I was stunned for a moment.
I actually froze and felt some weird burrito space time travel. (Think Peggy Sue)
17 years ago I was standing in my front yard.
Trusty Canon AE-1 in hand. It was a tank of a camera that lasted me forever. Pop in a roll of film. Not sure what to shoot.
My life was not adventurous. I was a single mom that never went out, but I needed to shoot so I could get back into the darkroom and see that image appear in the liquid tray like magic.
My daughter Em was playing with her binoculars, a rain stick and her scimitar. Batman emblazoned on her chest.
The wind picked up and her hair swirled around her like it had a life of it's own.
I quickly raised my camera and snap.
To this day it is still one of my favorite images of her.
I unfroze to see Audrey sticking her tongue out at me.
That kind of move needed retaliation by tickling.
As the tickling subsided into hugging, her small body curled up in my lap, I felt complete joy and a weird sense of pride.
I had somehow become the Gatekeeper.
I knew that I had taken something special and that somehow I could see 17 years into the future and know that this image was going to be one of my sister's favorite.
(And yes in one post I managed to reference Spiderman, Batman, Peggy Sue Got Married and Ghostbusters)