When Ashley was about 4, I realized that if I was ever going to have any decent pictures of her, I was going to need to take them myself. She has never been comfortable in front of the camera, and having a stranger behind it ALWAYS made things worse. She just felt awkward. Therefore, I've done her pictures myself for the most part for a long time now, and we have a lot of fun.
We needed to get some good pictures for her graduation announcements, so she and I set off last Saturday morning with the camera. We decided to combine a few of her favorite things - music and running - by bringing her violin to her favorite trail.
We got a few posed smiles ...
... and then started to have some fun. As usual, she made faces at me most of the time. I seriously have about 200 of these.
We found the most amazing tree with vines hanging everywhere. A few minutes into shooting there, she discovered that they would hold.
In the end, we ended up with some shots that I love, that sure do capture her lively and lovely spirit.