talkin’ about my girl

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i haven’t taken photos of my daughter in a long time. i had all my gear still up from another shoot & i asked her.

“UUUuugghhhh, no mom, i’m so ugly” she said.

“i know, i just want to document how ugly you are” i said. (she knows i’m being as ridicules as she is)

“can you change your shirt?” i ask. She is wearing a black SAAB t-shirt that three other people could fit into.

“uuugghhh, why?” “just something prettier then a black t-shirt, please? i’m taking a basic head shot.” i feel a glimmer of hope because she leaves to change into a…sports bra.

“i don’t own anything pretty” i think she thought i’d give up. I grab a hair clip to pin up some of her MOUNTAINs of THICK hair.

“uuuggghhhhh, why are you messing up my hair?! you always clip it up & it looks ugly” she says.

“because it looks ugly, don’t worry about it, i’m not taking pictures for you, they are for me” i say.

so many of the images i took (i took less then a minutes worth of pictures) were caught mid-eye roll. among the 20 images, this is the one that made my heart stop. a heart stopping reaction is how i know i got a good one. the others? they make me laugh because i can’t wait to show her.

“Come and see how ugly you are!!! You’re gonna love it” i yell (a few days pass between shooting & editing because i got/have the flu) I have the one above on screen.

“oh, cool color, can you get rid of your logo and send it to me?” Β that is the best compliment i’ve ever gotten-about a photo i took of her.

“there is a much better one, wanna see it?” Β i show her all the mid-eye roll photos & we laugh over them. we play around with editing for a while. then she leaves the room & a little while later i hear…

“how do i look with a much darker eyebrows?” I look up from my computer & she has drawn a HUGE, dark monobrow above her eyes. she looks like a neanderthal. I beg to take pictures. she takes off at a run, to wash the brows off, i chase her saying…

“Pleeeaaaassseee? You look so beautiful”

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  1. debiriley says:

    what a lovely post…….. it made me smile
    your daughter is a gorgeous young lady πŸ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Oh, thank you so much. I gave up arguing with her when she said she was ugly…i have found it is much more fun just to agree with her, because she begins to let go & have fun too. ~amy

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      1. debiriley says:

        thats so funny!

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        Thanks, deb! ~amy

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  2. Mary Warner says:

    Your daughter is gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Mary. She is something. She is at that yucky age where she is everything anti-mom…i’m just very uncool. So it was a HUGE compliment for her to ask for the photo. πŸ™‚ ~amy

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  3. Beautiful daughter as you have Amy πŸ˜€

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    1. olycam says:

      It’s funny – she looks about the age my youngest began not wanting to pose for me. I used to get the constant eye-rolls and could only convince her it was due to some testing I was doing. Teen-aged girls…

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      1. Amy Saab says:

        Oh, it was a trial to photograph her…that was the only one i got, but she is glaring at me a bit. I thought it was funny that she ended up LIKING IT!!! Perhaps, she will be more willing next time. Good luck getting yours. Perhaps money for a movie would work? :)~amy

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    2. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much, Irene! ~amy

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  4. Reggie says:

    Wow… she is *gorgeous*, Amy. Not an ounce of ugly in her at all. Such a powerful spirit shines through her eyes. Remind her! πŸ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Hi Reggie, Sophie is amazing in so many ways. I cannot wait until 14 is over & she starts to be more mature & loving again. I miss her terrible. We still play often, but she is anti-mom. Ugh, eye roll. ~amy

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  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful portrait.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Jane. ~amy

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  6. smilecalm says:

    an image
    that waters
    my happy
    calm seeds πŸ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you for that. ~amy

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  7. avian101 says:

    You’re 100% right Amy, your daughter is very beautiful. She has eyes of an angel! Nice portrait too! πŸ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you so much. She has eyes of an angel in this photo…most of the time, they have contempt or mischief. But she is 14 & i remember being 14 too. What a mess. ~amy

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  8. Tell her I said she is beautiful! πŸ’›

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      I told her. Still she is 14 & that voice in her head does yell. But the photographic evidence to the contrary certainly shocked her! Thank you! ~amy

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