I knew there was no way I could talk my 13 year old son into joining us for this year’s session so I had a quick brainstorm.
Lydia is a competitive gymnast and spends three evenings a week at the gym. Her teammates are like sisters to her. They’re always together, and we often describe her teammates as her “gym family.” They encourage like sisters, they laugh together like sisters, they pray together like sisters, and yes, they even get annoyed like sisters :).
These girls are such an integral part of her life that I thought it would be meaningful and fun to photograph them outside the gym! You’d never know from their sweet smiles how brave and tough they are. I have a lot of respect for each of them and all for different reasons– for conquering her fears, for continuing to work on that one skill that she just can’t master, for giving up her medal when her teammate didn’t receive one, for showing humbleness when she’s often on the podium, for getting back on the beam after taking a hard fall in front of the judges.. I could go on.
But in spite of the poise and maturity these girls show every week during practices and competitions, they’re still 7-11 year olds, and I wanted to celebrate that! Happy Valentines Day!