UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
You all may remember my post about Grace from back in the fall. Well, Grace got to go to her 8th grade formal last Friday and I was lucky enough to be invited to take pictures of Grace and her friends before the dance!
Eighth grade was a long time ago for me, and watching these girls get all gussied up got me thinking about my own 8th grade formal. I couldn’t even remember what I had worn. When I got home, I dug out the old photo album and found this gem of a picture:
I would be the super tall one on the right. (See, Grace? I told you I knew what it was like to be the tallest of the bunch!)
After seeing the picture, I vaguely remembered the dress and recalled that my very thoughtful dad got me the wrist corsage.
There’s something about 8th grade formal. I can only speak from the female perspective, of course, but you’re on the verge of becoming a young woman. Not quite a child any more and not quite a lady. Dressing up, wearing make-up, getting your hair done. It’s as though you’re trying on your womanhood. (At least it was for me. I was a very late bloomer and still quite awkward.)
Let me tell you that these young women I photographed wore their womanhood well. I was having flashes of seeing my own daughter (now 5) dressing up for formal one day and I was thankful I had a few more years to get used to the idea. I can’t imagine what the moms and dads of these absolutely beautiful young ladies must have been thinking as they stared at their no-longer-babies dressed up as women.
I also remember how nice it was to feel beautiful. When you’re 13 or so, it can be tough at times to feel proud of yourself…of your body. Being pampered and made to look beautiful is good for the soul no matter how old you are. I think that 8th grade formal was one of the first times I learned that. I learned it again for prom… my wedding…and then when I got a fancy haircut after my first child. Feeling beautiful makes you feel good.
And then, when you go to formal with a group of girls, there’s all the fun. (Truth be told, that was my favorite part then and it’s still my favorite part now!) These girls knew how to work the camera and had a great time giggling and laughing with each other. This picture below is my favorite one of the night…
For the record, I’m pretty sure people have gotten prettier since I was in 8th grade, because these ladies were gorgeous.
We also got to share in the fun of Bella, the high schooler who did the girls’ hair, getting asked to prom! Kudos to her boyfriend who clearly knows how to win a girl over with a car full of balloons and a vase full of flowers.
Thanks again, Julie, for inviting me out to be part of the fun! And thank you to all the girls and parents for letting me share in your big night!