Caught in a January Breeze


One afternoon while we were in Tulsa, Nikki and I were home alone, and I had an idea.  A few months ago I had seen Miz Booshay at Quiet Life (photographer par excellance) do some beautiful photos of her daughter with her hair blowing.  And she said she had created the look with a fan!  Soooo, I suggested to Nikki that she wash her hair (I assumed there needed to be moisture in the hair, so that just the dry strands would “float”) and I would take some pictures while I helped her dry it  — with a blow dryer! (since we didn’t have access to a fan, in January).  Hmmm.  Well, let me just say, easier said than done.  But we had the best time trying it, so I’m going to show you some of the results, which I think are beautiful (because I think Nikki’s beautiful) but let me just assure  Miz Booshay that she shouldn’t lose any sleep worrying about me becoming competition in the photos- of-blowing-hair department!

100_4829d   Exhibit A:  The Victim.  I mean, the Subject.  Hair damp and ready for whatever the heck it is that Nana’s planning to do.

100_4821f   I think this one gives the impression that she is on the verge of being sucked up into a giant overhead vacuum cleaner, with her hair leading the way.

100_4830g   I suggested she try a serious look for this one.  But, when I look at this picture I hardly recognize her.  She is a happy girl who smiles most of the time, so this isn’t a look we see often.  But, I was getting a little more cooperation from her  hair.  Wish I could say that was intentional, but it was purely accidental. 

100_4825s   Hellllo!  Earth to Nana! I’m o.v.e.r  h.e.r.e ! !

100_4823g    Don’t tell Nikki, but these half shots aren’t accidental.  I kind of like them, especially this one.

100_4822g   And, finally.  No blow dryer.  No certain expressions suggested by Nana.  Just a pretty young girl with a lovely smile.

Thank you, Nikki, for being such a good sport.  This was a fun way to spend an afternoon with you.  I love you.

13 Responses to Caught in a January Breeze

  1. Hilary says:

    She’s lovely.. with her fiery red hair and beautiful blue eyes. And she looks a tad flushed from that hair dryer! 😉

  2. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Yes, the blow dryer probably wasn’t very comfortable for her at least part of the time, but she was a trooper. She just kept on smiling!

  3. Linda says:

    I loved the half-shot, showing the left side of Nikki’s face, with her beautiful eye and thick red hair. She was definitely being a good sport for this photo experiment!

  4. Sandra says:

    Linda — That’s my favorite too. She really was a good sport. Now that Hilary mentions that she’s “a tad flushed” I do notice that her left cheek is pretty rosey. Part of that is that her fair skin is so sensitive, but I do think I may have been getting that side of her face pretty warm! I’m surprised she didn’t complain — I would have!

  5. Pam says:

    She looks like a model in the half shot! What beautiful eyes!

  6. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Pam. She’s at that age (just 15) when she really doesn’t realize how pretty she is.

  7. mommybee says:

    Aww, she’s beautiful- and what a wonderful way to spend some quality time together. I’m sure she’ll have a memory of this for years to come… haha!

  8. Sandra says:

    mommybee — I hope she’ll have good memories about our photography and blow dryer afternoon– I know I certainly will! 🙂

  9. NIKKI says:

    Thanks Nana, it was alot of fun to hang out with you and I just couldn’t help but laugh most of the time!! 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    I too, love the song “The Edmund Fitzgerald”…..if Love is the right word.
    you have a very pretty granddaughter. Those memories will be something she’ll hold dear.

  11. Sandra says:

    Nikki — I loved doing this little project with you. It was alot of fun wasn’t it? Love, Nana

    Debbie — I know what you mean about that song. Can you “love” such a tragic song. But the way Gordon Lightfoot (or is it the other Canadian guy who I alwayd get him confused with?) sings it and the story itself evoke strong feelings from me every time I hear it.

    Yes, I think Nikki and I will both always remember our fun afternoon.

  12. Beth says:

    What a beautiful girl! I think there’s a part of me that has often wished I had red hair…like Anne Shirley (of Green Gables.)

  13. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’ve always loved red hair too (and always liked it that I had reddish brown hair, which is “helped along” now, of course), and now I have two granddaughters who have absolutely beautiful red hair. How cool is that!

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