A portrait of each of my children once every week for 2016.
Kitty: This morning you went to your first drop off party, and your first birthday party with your friends from your new school. You ran off without a backwards glance, had a wonderful time and came home bursting to tell me all about it. The beautiful crown was a party favour, made by the birthday girl’s incredibly talented mama, and it suits you just as it does her – two little autumn fairies together.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 100)
Elma: your favourite scene in Cinderella is the one that they forgot to film, the one where Cinderella puts a pair of shorts on under all her layers of lace and tulle, picks up a hockey stick and goes charging across the playing fields after the ball shouting “Come on Warwick!” Seeing you in action, I cannot imagine why they skipped it, and it makes me laugh to see you bring together two of your favourite things (hockey and dressing like a princess) by sheer force of will.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/100, f/4.5, ISO 100)
Pip: There was I, happily spreading out quilt blocks all over the lawn, and what do I hear? A little voice saying “pull carrot Mama!”, and when I turned around, there you were with not one, not two, but three carrots lined up on the grass and another in your hand. As chief assistance gardener you’d clearly decided that it was time for a harvest, and you were quite right, we took them inside, scrubbed them, chopped them and munched. Yum.
Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/100, f/3.5, ISO 100)