I don't look back with terrific fondness on my teenage years but I wish for more out of my children's adolescence. It's my hope that they will one day look back and view those years as the time they came to understand their strengths and weaknesses and began to truly love themselves. (Yes, I'm aware that I have high hopes.) As the mother of a teenager (I still choke a little bit when I say that out loud) I've watched with keen interest as he and his friends have entered this next phase of their lives. And I have a developed a particular fondness for photographing children as they embark on these complicated years. This is Isabelle. She's twelve. Isabelle has an elaborate soul filled with brilliant ideas and sweet dreams and I adore photographing her.
A quote from my son's favorite author speaks my feelings best here:
“When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska