I can hardly believe that Dahlia has been in ballet for 5 full years. When she was a tumbling, only happy when flying through the air, 3 year old - I never would have thought she would have had the patience for ballet. Having her bff at her side through each class and concert hasn't hurt one bit, of course.
(I've been getting some private messages that people are having trouble commenting. Sometimes blogger is in a funny mood. Sorry.)
And so....it was ballet recital time again this past week-end. I remember the first one so well. Tear stained cheeks and hands shaking I could hardly hold my camera still. I was so thrilled to be sitting in the audience - watching my shy, cling-on little one flitting around on the big stage in front of about 1,000 people.
I guess stage nerves take a while to kick in. This year Dahlia wasn't shy about expressing just how nervous she gets backstage, waiting to go on. She told me "Mom....when I'm waiting, my teeth chatter" (Gave my heart a little lurch.)
So this year, I spent some time trying to calm her and reassure her. I said " try and think about just Mommy and Daddy out there in the audience - and how proud we are of you ". And her reply " Yeah, yeah.....and everyone else is naked !!! "
Have a look at Lisa's blog for some beautiful photography this week.
This lovely young dancer really caught my eye and I was frantically snapping away - trying to be discreet. No cameras are permitted (WHAT??!) so discretion is....ummmm....necessary. I understand no flash of course, but no cameras? Yeah right. With a hall full of parents - what are they thinking?
I had my ISO up around 2,000 and shutter speed only at about 1/160 so as to get as much light as possible - thus the noise (grain).
Twice, someone came over to me to tell me to put my camera away. I nodded politely and kept on snapping.
Wow....she was lovely!
As were these munchkins, of course!
Mommy and Daddy are very proud of our big "baby" girl !