Peace, love, and roller-skates
I had this idea to do a themed studio photoshoot with Ellie wearing roller-skates for her 8th birthday. Her birthday party with all of her friends from school was at Skateland in Rockford. As a result, being a little nostalgic being a child in a 1980’s roller rink, I set out to find the perfect outfit. That was a bit harder than I thought. First, I started with the socks and from there was hoping for a pair of short shorts with contrasting cording on the edges. I know you can envision what I’m talking about! Maybe it’s the time of year, or maybe it’s just not 1980 any longer, but my perfect outfit was nowhere to be found. Either way, I ended up with a cute shirt that said “radiate love,” some striped socks, and we dug an old skirt out from last summer’s wardrobe. I thought it worked out alright… I was just missing the roller-skates. Today the roller-skates in stores look a bit more like rollerblades. Even if they are quad skates, they have plastic ankle supports and no laces. I was really hoping for those white “shoe” skates with a pom pom. After driving around town all day and visiting Amazon.com more than once, I found the perfect pair! I paid way too much money for them, but they were perfect!
Once the roller-skates arrived, we headed to the studio to get to work. Ellie let me put her hair in pigtails. This was a big deal, she hates pretty much anything done to her hair (including brushing it). She got all dressed up and then it was time for the skates. Honestly, I didn’t think this through well. After all, she’s 8 and these skates were fast! I kept trying to get her to pose, or give me some sass, but she had to focus all of her efforts on not falling down. It was a riot! After a while, I asked if we could take the skates off. I thought we could take at least a couple of head shots and some without her feet. This way she wouldn’t be focusing all of her efforts on staying balanced. She emphatically said NO! Actually, she let me know that the only reason she was allowing this was because of those skates! So, I gave in and we just played in the studio for a bit on the skates. Imagine how hard it was for her to skate in a small space with the paper behind her and three strobes set up! Luckily no-one, and no equipment was hurt.
Please enjoy these photos of Ellie’s 8th birthday. She is the most amazing little girl and my motivation for learning photography in the first place.