The Best Laid Plans … {Orange County Child Photographer}


Grace got her hair cut yesterday.  Lots of sweet curls fell while the stylist worked her magical scissors.

So, of course, it was an excuse to go out and take photos. 

As is:

… first lost tooth … first ride on a bicycle … a nice report from school … our hamster cleaned his whiskers in a cute fashion … I made spaghetti for dinner … someone blinked during the day.

I was excited to take Grace out for a shoot.  There was a new location I have had my eye on for a while.  Every time I’ve driven by there, I’ve thought, “Huh … I really need to check that place out, it looks promising …” 

Then I started seeing “said mystery location” on other photographers sites and blogs.  “A – HA!” I would say to myself.  “It is the holy grail of locations!" 

And so we went.  Grace and I piled into the car with reflectors, cameras, lenses, outfit changes, and dreams of gorgeous warm sunlight and/or a bribed milkshake at the end of the shoot, depending upon who you asked.

As we walked down the trail, we saw another photographer leaving with a family she had just photographed.  “I was right…” I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to see what we get here.”

And so we walked.  We walked and we walked and we walked.   AND.  WE.  WALKED.   We walked until the sun dipped below the mountains.  We walked into holes up to our shins, holes that surely held vicious fanged anacondas ready to eat us at the mention of “Smile!”   We walked until I am pretty sure we were trespassing on someone’s dilapidated old farm, and visions of either getting shot or shouting “She’s too young for Juveeeeee!” at a judge were tumbling though my head. 

And you know what we saw as we walked?  DIRT.  Dirt and dust, then more dirt and dust.  Just a whole bunch of … dirt.   And dust.  I looked at my Grace; this adorable, spunky little girl.   I was so excited to spend a little time capturing her vibrant personality, and here we were in the Dust Bowl of 2010.

I started getting irritated.  And whiny.  Stupid location.  Stupid dirt.  Stupid sun for going behind the mountain.  Stupid bees snacking on an orange on the ground that freaked Grace out because surely they want to feast on a 6 year old child instead.  Stupid other photographer who probably just shot at the Garden of Eden that I CAN.  NOT.  FIND.  Everywhere I looked:

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Dirt.  And yet.  Leave it to Grace.  Leave it to my beautiful, feisty young daughter to turn dirt into …

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Pictures with dirt.  Throwing dirt, playing with dirt, rolling in dirt, eating dirt, whatever.  She didn’t care.

So I went with it.  We embraced the dirt.  The brown dusty dirt that had coated our feet, and was claiming my camera equipment as the next victim.

And, without getting too Tony Robbins on you … my Grace taught me a little something yesterday afternoon.  At just six years old – barely able to pump her legs on the swing, still having the occasional tantrum, unable to eat Otter Pops without dripping all over the carpet – Grace does seem to know that it’s not the surroundings that make our situation, but rather how we embrace them. 

And she also knows that dirt doesn’t have to keep you from dancing.

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And a true “Grace” shot. 

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Wishing you a happy … and possibly dirty … day.  🙂

~ C.

Desiree Hayes - August 11, 2010 - 7:09 am

Gorgeous! She's adorable and these are fantastic images, girl!

Jen Stafford - August 11, 2010 - 1:11 pm

So cute! Ya did good in the dirt 🙂 And her hair looks ADORABLE!

Zoe Berkovic - August 11, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Love these Christie! She is so beautiful and you seemed to have really captured her spirit.

Melissa - August 11, 2010 - 4:45 pm

Beau.Ti.Ful! Grace is such a crack up and I love her – good for you for embracing the dirt.

Rosemary - August 11, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Can't get enough of these. Thanks for the pictures and thanks to your Grace for putting it all into perspective!!!

Therese Marie - August 11, 2010 - 9:54 pm

OMG she looks exactly like you know with her hair cut….so cute

Robyn - August 11, 2010 - 11:06 pm

Wow, she is so beautiful. She looks just like you. I love her new haircut and I love the last picture of her grinning with that sweet little headband look. Love it! Great job Chris!

Missy - August 12, 2010 - 4:55 am

christy! these are gorgeous photos. and what an adorable little girl you have!

I wish I had fun places to take pics of my girls too, dirt = cute + fun:)

katie - August 12, 2010 - 3:24 pm

i just love these. she is so fun and full of life!

Leah Jent - August 12, 2010 - 7:32 pm

I loved this post and your photos!!

nicole steiny - August 13, 2010 - 12:03 am

I have not seen a more talented photographer. I love everything you do. I'm dying for the day you say you can shoot our family.

Cindy - August 13, 2010 - 7:56 pm

Your attitude and sense of humor about is just great! She is beautiful and I love the variety and personality shining through!

LindseyQ - August 15, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Fantabulous pictures!!! She is the most gorgeous child! Love her!!!!

wonderchris - August 17, 2010 - 9:59 pm

Looks like it WAS the *perfect* location!! GREAT shots!!!

Alicia - August 21, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Adorable Christie! That little dimple is the cutest thing. I hope you had some spray & wash ready. 🙂

Yvonne - August 21, 2010 - 3:54 pm

She's such an adorable girl! Cute hair cut too!

LIna - September 10, 2010 - 12:09 pm

These are absolutely stunning, and so is she!! I love them all. You have amazing talent, Christie 🙂

KristinF - September 20, 2010 - 2:19 am

What a fun session! I LOVE your style!

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