When I saw on facebook that this sweet girls dad's fight with cancer had come to an end, my heart just broke for her and her family. I have been photographing this gorgeous dancer for years now, and I have grown to just love her and her mama. They are good people. Losing a loved one is hard. Really hard. Losing a father or mother or husband is harder. Especially when you are still so young. It's really REALLY hard when the week your father dies, you have to put a smile on your face and get on stage and dance, because you have commitments, and you are in a performance. Watching this girl dance on stage at dress rehearsal last night for Sleeping Beauty made my eyes tear up. Her strength, elegance, and passion in such a difficult time is amazing. It takes a strength no one can understand who hasn't lost a parent to get up and get back to "normal" even months after. To do it within the same week, takes more then you can even imagine. Stay strong pretty lady. Sending you so much love and peace as you dance on that stage this weekend! You make your daddy proud.
It makes me super sad when my dancers I've been photographing for years finally reach senior status and graduate and move away! Makes me tear up a little everytime. It's crazy to watch these pretty dancers grow up and move on while I'm still here in this little valley. But it's fun to see what they do with their lives and where they go and the adventures that life takes them on. It's especially fun when they come back and I get a chance to photograph their weddings, so I usually get to see them again and keep contact, which makes me super happy! Because each of these dancers definitely hold a special place in my heart.
Go spread those wings you gorgeous girl! Keep dancing, and live a million dreams!