Isla turned nine in May. It's so incredible to me that these years have flown so quickly. So cliche, everyone says that, but wow, maybe I didn't think it would happen to me? Anyway, you can really begin to see the face of the young woman she will become.
So here's a small selection of images I've done recently. Focus has been on studio portraits, which are my FAVE, but I also have been having a hankering for working outdoors again and get off my reliance of my beloved strobes for light sculpting... I've also quit Facebook which is such a funny thing to even "announce" or even talk about but also, wow, Facebook really pervades your life and I'm glad it's not in mine right now. Humorously, I deactivated the stupid account about three weeks ago and TODAY my closest friend texted me and asked where I have been on Social Media. The lesson here is that NO ONE is reading your stupid Facebook stuff. Just let it go. #deletefacebook
We did just fine through Irma, thankfully, no notable damage to complain about, we were lucky. It is wild and sad just how poorly the city of Flagler Beach did not 20 miles up the peninsula. Hundreds and hundreds of homes flooded and most of their belongings destroyed. I know some people this has affected and it just looks calamitous, and then, on the flip side, you see Puerto Rico, the USVI and St. Marrtin and Barbuda (is it even a country anymore? Where did the people go?) wild. When you see a natural disaster all around you everything just begins to feel super fragile. Your home, your health, your lifestyle - everything. I evacuated with the children for Irma to New Orleans. It was a good decision, although evacuating is not that easy with four young children and two dogs. Stellan is very sensitive and he was very worried about our house. Wolf, later, after we returned home, began describing dreams he was having about a storm with monsters in it that were coming to take him away and I had to save him. Clearly the children are far more concerned than I think they are capable of acknowledging. And the specter of an another storm forming and looming and coming at us or where!? is rather exhausting. Seeing the gas lines and people beginning to freak out over resources and water lifted the veil a bit and really showed me the trembling, fine line between order and chaos.
So, aside from all this, we are trying to get back into the swing of things with school and work and life in general. My studio endured a little roof damage which turns out to be a bit of a good thing as my partner and I were forced to clean it out and change up the look and it feels bigger, brighter and better than before. We're heading off to California soon for a little trip to visit family and then after that it'll be settling down as Florida makes its slow slide into fall and the upcoming holidays - of which my children are extremely excited, as children often are.
(Note: click on the images to view them in a normal size, blogger is blowing up these phone pics and I can't change them for some reason. Sorry!)