I am SO excited to introduce the second participant of my series: Emilia! She was an incredible subject and so much fun to shoot with. So here's a little bit about my time with little miss Emilia - petite but formidable, she doesn't let anything stop her.
Right off the bat (#pun #cantstopwontstop) Emilia killed it. She jumped into the first half of our session with that adorable smile and her own ideas for poses. She told me her mom was a big reason she is so active. She played sports growing up, too, so that's where Emilia gets it from. She also coaches her softball team, not to mention making sure she gets to all her other practices and games. Emilia is a swimmer and soccer player, and "she's always trying to add to the list," her mom Jessica said.
When we were just about done with our "clean uniform" shots, Emilia couldn't wait to get those stark white pants dirty and put on some eye black. She lit up when it was time to get into the action shots.
Emilia is not the kind of girl who is going to be intimidated on the field. And as far as her potential, she's limitless. She plans to play her whole life and try as many new sports as she can, with field hockey and ice hockey high up on the list. She might be 8, but I wouldn't bet against this girl. Behind that smile is someone who can do anything.
After our session was over, I asked Emilia what was different about being a girl in sports than being a boy in sports.
"Just that anything a boy can do, a girl can do better."
I couldn't have scripted a better response than that.