I Will Always Have Her Back: Series Photography for Moms & Dads

I'm sort of a lazy photographer.  I never need to go too far to take pictures that are meaningful to me.  I usually find what I'm looking for at home or very close by.  I love shooting photos that will document something or tell a story.  I often discover, as I'm sorting through or deleting the hundreds of photos I take weekly, images that turn out to create a series.. Like pictures that were taken while sitting in the car at a chicken shack drive-thru with my brother and daughter.. Or like my beloved Urban Junk Journal photo essay... When I snapped those neighborhood under construction/destruction over the course of a few months, I had no idea I'd use them to document the carnage of a community, or that I'd coin the phrase "urban junk." And during my daughter's freshman year in college, I took hundreds of cell phone photos and hundreds more with my Nikon.  All but those cell phone shots were staged and shot for my Finals project in a Photojournalism class I was enrolled in.  The review and praise from my esteemed instructor, meant the world to me. 

For this post, "I Will Always Have Her Back," these 9 photos were among 1900 others in delete hold on my phone, when I realized they were worth keeping.

It seems my daughter is camera shy.. and I have tons of pictures with her back to me. But as her mom, I'm just that into every angle of her, anyway.  I have plenty of frontal and side shots, and yoga poses, too.  But I managed to get just as many good shots of her when she's  on her way out -going places and doing things, as I have with her posing, and pausing to appease me.  Give it a try! Mom. Dad.  You'll probably make 'em mad, but who cares?  

intro to the back of her head


There are about 20 back shots of her in my  phone. These 9, I processed with filters and special effects apps to make them artsy for show-and-tell.  I'm glad I hadn't deleted them.

freshman
sophomore

junior

senior

primping

scholar


dig it! a 22 yr old who sips Merlot.  one word:  grown


For sure, these particular photos won't mean much to anyone but me.  She's not an infant, so I don't expect anyone to go goo-goo-ga-ga over them.  But if you've got a camera, you can be your children's best fan!  And don't pay attention to anything they say.  Just snap away anyway and tell them not to mess with your memories. They'll get over it, and I think they'll -- secretly enjoy it.


P.S.. Tossing in this "side view" shot for good measure.  This is when she was a senior about to go to grad school. And this is my memory of her still not wanting me to take her picture. This is perfect!







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