So I’ve heard about this for a long, long time. Yep, your kids grow up. Fast. I remember taking a road trip with my little girl, Lindsey (or ze-ze, as we used to call her), probably a year or so after this photo to the left was taken. We drove all the way to Arkansas, just her and I. We talked, listened to some great driving music and sang. She would make up her own little songs about all the things she saw along the way. Once, just outside of Nashville, she hid behind one of the seats of our Chevy Astro while I was pumping gas. Nearly gave me a heart attack! Looking back on her childhood, I don’t remember nearly as much as I wish I did…and sometimes I think I should’ve cherished every minute with her just a bit more than I sometimes think I did. But I do know that for as much as I love her now, every single one of those minutes counted.
So my little girl is getting married now. It’s pretty surreal. And it’s all true. You blink your eyes a couple times and your kids grow up. Of course, while it’s happening, you barely notice it. But then, from up ahead a milestone rolls around a bend in the road, mows you over and you realize you’ve been beamed twenty years into the future. And the future is now! My little Ze-ze has turned into a beautiful young woman, and just like when we trekked halfway across the country—a young dad and his 4 year old co-pilot—I still thoroughly enjoy her company, and friendship. She’s got a great head on her shoulders, she’s a pretty well-traveled young lady and she’s thrown-in with a new travel companion who I believe will share her enthusiasm for what lies up around the bend and take good care of her.
What do you do when you’re a photographer and your little girl gets engaged? You capture some of the most meaningful images of your career. Taylor and I spent the day in Boston with Lindsey and her Fiancée, Jalum, happily engaged in their engagement session. I’d like to thank Taylor, who took many of these photos, for helping me capture my first child’s “lift off.” Ze-Ze <ahem> Lindsey, and Jalum’s, big adventure will commence on Saturday, June 18th, 2011…