Today was my daughters 3rd birthday. We wanted to do something special for her, so we went out to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area here in Cochise County. She loves nature, she loves running around, and she loves the San Pedro. We bought lunch at Fry’s on our way out – potstickers, black forest ham pinwheels, and spicy California rolls – and headed out to one of the covered table areas. Right next to the ramada was a birdfeeder attached to a tree, and a sock feeder hanging near us as well. I got some shots of the birds, but they weren’t to comfortable with the sound of my camera. I think I got some reasonable first shots, showing a bit of what we were doing and where we were.
The next step, after eating lunch, was to start the fairy shoot for my daughter. She was super excited when she saw the fairy dress her Auntie Jesse got for her, and her Nana – my good friend Sly – bought her a brand new fairy wand! She really loved running around in that dress, even if she tripped a few times!
My daughter follows directions well, even if it can take a few times to get her in the right spot or looking at the right thing. She is definitely photogenic, most of the time. Her cousin, HealtherLynn, is one of the most adorable little girls I have seen – she has huge eyes, a mouth that naturally pouts, and such perfect coloring for the desert. Unfortunately, she is not had the best of luck with photographs. She is a very animated child, loves running around and exploring, especially when she has places to hide. I wanted to capture some of that natural curiosity, some of that innocent nature she has, but she didn’t give me much of a chance!
All in all, today was a very exciting day. There will be more pictures to come, we didn’t get some of the shots we wanted – all of us, including me, were getting cranky, over-heated, and sore from running and walking.
I am proud of my daughter, she has been such a joy in my life and she is growing up so much. She surprises me each and every day with how much she really knows, how observant she is, and how shockingly mature she can be for a 3 year old. She is not without her tantrums, her meltdowns, and her bad days – but who amongst us is not without those.