Today is my Madeline’s 15th Birthday… actually putting those words in a sentence throws me into a tizzy. Say it ain’t so!
I generally do a photo shoot of her for her birthday, but this year Madeline has started to come into her own as a photographer, so I thought it was more appropriate to publicly highlight her talent. She is talented beyond where I ever was… she has an eye for the abstract that completely defies how the world shows itself to me, and I constantly find myself in awe of her creativity. Beyond that, she can meter a shot like a boss, and her photos are always so wacky & fun while maintaining a strong composition.
Needless to say, I am one proud mama.
Obviously, I took the very first photo of her… but the rest are all hers. Even the wedding party shot, from when she worked as my assistant, loading film, shooting details, and taking random BTS photos of me. To say that was the proudest day of my entire career would be an understatement… forget awards & accolades! Having my sweet child shooting alongside me at a wedding was the greatest gift a momtog like me could ever ask for! I’m not afraid to admit publicly that she & I have our struggles… especially recently as we navigate through the murky, emotional waters of the teenage years together. She recently told me that I only say I’m proud of her in public, so I was hesitant in posting this. But I am sitting here typing this, after compiling all of her photos from the last year & revisiting so many photos I’ve taken of her… my heart is overflowing with pride, and I want to shout from the rooftops, “MADELINE! You are extraordinary & I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!” And I hope that one day she remembers & knows with all of her that I couldn’t live a minute of my day without feeling overwhelmingly proud to be her mom.
I’d love for you to visit the blog post from her last birthday, where I remember & share the day she was born and the many days in between… but this birthday, I say it’s all about Madeline. The child I once carried in my belly, the laughing baby who rarely cried but was almost always smiling, the crazy tree-climbing tomboy who once obsessed over spiderman only to trade him for a pair of cowboy boots that she rocked solid for almost one full year… who has now grown into an almost-adult, and has carried along with her the same fun-loving, creative, imaginary spirit through all her transitions in life.
Happy Birthday, my love. My Madeline.