I wish all pre-teens got to have a rite of passage. Of course, those from the Jewish faith have Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, but for the non-practicing I wish we had a similar ritual. How amazing would it be to take your pre-teen/early teen and celebrate them for the wonderful soul they have become and for this monumental moment of transitioning into adulthood. Imagine how it would feel to have their friends and family expressing pride, support and love for who they are. For giving them the nod that you believe in them and they are ready to take on new responsibility. I think it would have major impact on our kids and society. It is minor, I know, but even a family session can invoke some of that same meaning as long as the structure and theme is around the celebration of them. I would love to help with that - email me at colleendonaldson.com
I am not sure how it is possible that Bridget is going to Junior Prom. I met her when she was not quite two when I first starting dating my husband. I watched her grow from this silly, quirky girl who once told us that when she grows up all she is going to do is "eat, sleep, and play" (which doesn't sound like a bad plan) to this amazing, beautiful, creative, smart teen. I am so proud to have her as a niece and as a cousin for my boys to look up to. Photographing her "pre prom" photos is just an honor to me. When her mom (my fabulous sister in law) asked if I would do it, I don't think there was even a second of hesitation. Why would I not? From the getting ready, to the corsage exchange with her date (her lovely friend from school), to the group shots with all the pals I soaked in every second.