Photo Story:: She Plays

Button at a recent soccer game.

I recently went to watch my Niece play soccer. On Saturday mornings girls ages 4-5 gather behind a local school in shirts that are far too big for them, and play/learn to play a team sport. Together.

It’s pretty great!

I loved watching it because I am not only partial to the sport of soccer, but also to places that teach girls and women to work together. Places that teach them to celebrate being strong. These places weren’t really available when I was young. I didn’t join a soccer team until I was in 8th grade. I tried playing tee ball when I was young, but it was a team of mostly boys. I took one ball to the face and that was it for me. I never wanted to go back.

Soccer was different, though. I mean, there is kicking and running and contact involved! What’s not to like about that?

Now, as an adult I want more opportunities for every young girl, whether she is my niece or the daughter of one of my closest friends or someone I have never even met.

Playing roller derby for the last 5 years has given me a community of strong females (and a few males), a place to be competitive and have fun at the same time. A place those of us in my age bracket never had as children. Watching my niece play soccer, running her heart out with her team and against her friends, and watching how GOOD some of them were already was a pretty cool thing to witness. I had my camera with me so I captured a few (perfectly imperfect) moments.. between cheering her on and cringing when she was a little aggressive with some pushing.

I don’t know the girl on the left, but I love that she leaned in and smiled.

Clenched fist. Ready to…something

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Are you familiar with a photographer named Christine Rose, who came up with the hashtag #sheplayswewin? It’s one of my favorite hashtags right now because it’s all about celebrating and empowering young girls. It’s something I look at every so often as a source of inspiration, both as a photographer and an athlete. If you want to know more about it, there’s a video here:)

Oh, and this image I love of Button and her neighbor/good friend after the game was over. On this day they were competitors until the final whistle blew when they high fived and laughed and plotted hitting the playground together…

Button and Paigey. Feisty pals xo

Photo Story:: Family Space

Photos sit on my hard drives, Summer enters its final weeks, and Monkey continues his first year as a teenager. So, seems like a good time to share a few photos to keep the momentum of our year long photo project going (More HERE). From a day at home with family hanging out in a kitchen, looking at photos from a vacation and on other people’s cameras. Just part of that list of things a teenager might do.

Too bad photos don’t record sound volume. Sometimes all of us in one space are kind of loud:)

Family Time. Looking at photos from Aunt Anita’s trip to Florida..

Sometimes he plays up to the camera, sometimes he ignores me. OR tries to. Both of us learning the balance of being in the same space together and not engaging, or not engaging constantly. Which I think is tricky for each of us. The tricky part is actually his excitement for photography means when my camera is around he also wants to use it. Which is totally understandable:)

But these images make me laugh. It took seeing these images for me to realize how much female energy is around him on a regular basis.

Now, let’s eat!

Hopefully at some point these images all together will tell a story of who he is/was at this time in his life. For now, there are more images to edit and moments to witness…

And more kitchens to fill with laughter and noise.

Maine Family Photographer:: Lisa, Tony, Sorcha

Here we go again! Another round of fun with this mother daughter duo as their tiny family gets a little bigger. Hi Tony!

I am not sure if I have said this before or not, but I could photograph Sorcha over and over and not get bored. She has unlimited energy and never ending expressions and reactions. It makes editing hard sometimes because there is just so much personality and I want to share it all! So, as with all photo shoots, they get to see a lot of that stuff. You blog viewers see a scaled down version.

The last time I hung out with Lisa & Sorcha, we went to a local farm to climb trees and get silly on the playground. This time we spent a sunny evening together in their neighborhood. Here is some of what unfolded in front of my camera..

As you can see, Sorcha keeps people on their toes. Energetic, smart, goofy, thoughtful, playful, and so in love with their dogs! I know when I am with them I am mostly trying to keep up with her and document things as they unfold. I crack up when she does things adults don’t approve of, and love when she slows down enough and just sits with her mom. Then she springs into a action a few moments later, and I have no idea what might happen next. It’s a pretty fun way to spend time with my camera, and with people who really like each other.

Thanks again Lisa, Sorcha, & Tony for a fun evening of capturing who you are. xoxo

Favorite moment.

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