This is the first time I have participated in the 11 on the 11th blog circle, which is when I, and a group of other photographers take and post pictures of our own families rather than others. The only rules are we must share 11 photos, and one must be a self portrait. Self portraits are challenging, especially when you are photographing yourself with two others and when you look back on all the pictures you discover that they’re making faces, sticking tongues out, going cross-eyed in almost every shot. 🙂 I decided for my post to focus on my daughter who has just turned thirteen. Once you’ve finished here make sure you head over to the amazingly talented Marie Saint for the next post in the circle.
So what does it mean to be a teenager? For me as her mother it’s sort of overwhelming. Especially when you suddenly realise you met the love of your life at only 5 years older than your daughter is now. For her, she likes the extra trust that comes with being older but still thinks that being under 10 was easier than dealing with some teen issues This first picture was taken a few days after Emma was born, I can see all the love and hope in our eyes as we look at her and also remember the fear that we felt of maybe not being able to do a good job of keeping her safe. Your first child brings so many emotions to the surface, often some you thought you never even had. I am so proud of the young woman she has become. We have a strong bond and she has always been a wonderful sister and daughter. Although people always warn darkly about the teenage years I look forward to the next few years watching her grow and become an adult making her own decisions about her future.
And finally a selfie. Taken in a 6x6ft room with a remote and two messers.
Don’t forget to visit Marie Saint’s page for the next post in the circle!