Julie Lyles Carr: Water Ballet

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Water Ballet

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So if you're my friend on Facebook you've already seen these. But I'm posting them here on my blog. 'Cuz I can hang whatever I want on the walls here.

Did I ever tell you I had a photography business years ago? I did. And I loved it. And I did my fair share of photo shoots at preschools with hordes of toddlers and copious shoots with babies and young families. It was great.

But my favorite was doing senior portraits.

The high school seniors knew what they wanted. And they knew how to stand still and not fidget and not pick their noses, unlike many of my preschool clients. And it always seemed such an honor to photographically capture such an important season in a young person's life.

I closed my photography business a few years ago as our family was growing and our moves for Mike's work made things more complicated.

But I found myself doing senior portraits this year.

Of 2 of 8.


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She turns 18 in a few days. And it's not like I haven't been in this territory before as a parent. 1 of 8 turns 22 this year. Which is weird. Since I still think of myself as being 28.

So 2 of 8 turning 18 should be familiar, right? But it's not. It's a delight and a mystery all over again to see yet another one of my little babies become an adult.


We headed out to one of my favorite places on earth yesterday, the ranch of some precious friends, an incredible piece of Texas Hill Country, bordered by bluebonnets and a fresh water spring. It is so quiet and peaceful there. We had the other kids stay at home and I took 2 of 8 and one of her best buddies, KZ, out to make some pictures. The temperature was mild, the sky was blue and it was so, so quiet at the ranch. Just me and my baby and KZ.

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2 of 8 danced on water there.  Quenched her dancer toes in the jade green water.  And looked for all the world like a ballerina in a tutu absolutely belonged in the wild green backdrop of a piece of Texas paradise.

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