Powder Girls

Powder Girls

#Selfies.  “Let’s take a selfie!” Phone equipped with front facing selfie camera.  “Oh, a selfie stick!”

Kids now a days seem to constantly  take what are now known as “selfies”.  Okay, let’s be honest…some adults do too.  If you have no clue what a “selfie” is (which I have no clue how you couldn’t), the definition (yes, it is a word in the Webster Dictionary) is such: A photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting on social-networking or photo-sharing websites.

It is next to impossible for parents to keep track of all the photos taken on smart phones and tables.  With Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and good old picture texts (yes, that is considered “old school”), all the other places for kids to post pictures of themselves, one would think a photo session or just taking basic family photos would be simple.  Nope, not at all.  Tweens and teens are busy…ha!

With this being my profession and having two teen girls, I TOTALLY GET IT! I have worked hard myself to come up with an easy way to gather all these photos into one spot in hopes that in many years down the road they can reflect back on images of themselves with friends and their own little family.

I wanted to do a fun photo shoot with the colored powder they use in all those popular color runs.  So I ordered some color run powder and got a group of my daughter’s friends together. The goal was to have a fun and fancy -free photo session. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas. It totally poured down rain the day we had scheduled.  There was no way in the world for us to reschedule that many girls again. We decided to wait it out a bit. We waited…and waited…and waited.  After 3 1/2 hours of watching, hoping, praying, and waiting, we were given a 20 minute window of opportunity.

We quickly jumped in the car and went to my sister-in-law’s house to use her giant open field for a location.  Just as the girls started really getting into the groove of it and having a blast, good old Mother Nature opened the heavens above and let the rain come pouring down once again.  You can see the rain coming down in several images.

Not only does my camera not do so well in the rain, apparently colored powder doesn’t do well either…ha!  This dry substance became super sticky and did not want to come off without a fight. I wish I would have taken a picture of my poor car; it was a mess as that stuff was everywhere!  It took about 2 hours to clean my car out, yet I am still finding patches of powder here and there. The girl’s will be walking down the isle at their wedding and I will still probably be finding powder…ha!

You might be wondering if the car was such a mess, where in the world did these young ladies wash up and change clothes?  The answer is…My house! How did I get all these girls through my house to wash up and change without getting that stuff all over?  Well, since they were already drenched, we just decided to hose them down outside in the pouring rain. Instead of my house being the next victim of this sticky color powder mess, my poor driveway took the hit.  It was a beautiful rainbow of colors rolling down to the street.

Seeing the smiles on these girl’s faces, watching them dance in the rain, having so much fun, and hearing all the giggles from the car ride to the field and back was totally worth the powder infested car, messy house, rainbow driveway, and mounds of laundry.  I hope I helped create a memory that they will always look back on as a special moment in their lives. Thank you girls for all the fun!  Here’s to creating many more in the future!

Powder Girls

Powder Girls – Tween girls having fun with colored powder.