Although I am not a professional photographer by any means, I take my craft seriously. When the subject matter is none other than an exercise in creativity, I am a little more laid-back about my role. But when the moment is one of those critically important, can’t-get-this-moment-back events, I have been known to be a little bossy. This past weekend was one of THOSE times: My baby’s Senior Prom.
Unlike last year, YaYa took it upon himself to handle the preparations such as the tuxedo rental and corsage purchase. I helped him financially but he took care of the details. On the morning of the big event, he got his hair cut, picked up his tux and the corsage, all on his own. I stayed available in case he needed me — but he never did. As the hours ticked past, I noted how odd (and a little left out) it felt to not be needed. Of course, I was also very proud of him too.
He was gone for quite some time and I began wondering if he would be coming home to get ready. He laughed when I called him to ask. “Yeah, Mom”, he said, “I’ll be home soon. I’m just eating lunch.”
Time passed quickly in the final hours before he was ready to leave again. I barely had time to take this quick photo before he drove off to hook up with his buddy and then their dates for photos at the municipal rose garden. Knowing that everyone from all the school proms like to go here for photos, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get the perfect shot so I really wanted to get a good one of just him. The moment necessitated getting in touch with my bossy side.
Initially, I felt bad for the other parents in our little group of prom-goers. But my guilt immediately disappeared when grandma went to the other side of the couples to take a photo while everyone else lined up on the other. I hollered out, “Wait a sec…. KAREN, this side of them. You’re in our photos and we are in yours!!!” It was funny that nobody caught on to the error but me. I took complete control after that. I directed the couples, called for them to wait out when someone was in the background, and sometimes directed the potential photo-bombers out of the shot.
The results were LOVELY!!!