One step closer to the stage, pictures. “It’s like a trial run for the performance,” said one mother struggling to put lipstick on her small child. In a way she is right.
With the first of the dress rehearsals over, the special charm of dancing in costume for the first time is over; however, there is still something precious about picture day. The other mothers get to see your costumes while fussing over their young children. Hair and make up is done perfectly. The cameras flashing. All elements of the actual recital day just minus the tension, nerves, and pressure.
For the three to seven year olds they get to see the soloists in their costumes for the first time. Reflecting back to when I was younger, that was my favorite part of picture day, seeing the older girls in their costumes and hoping that one day that would be me. Well, there I was in my Cinderella Ball gown. The little girls were awe struck. They shyly whispered to their moms: that’s Cinderella, she is playing Cinderella, Cinderella’s nice.
For me picture day is just one more rehearsal to cross off the list on the way to recital. Though I love documenting my costumes, today just feels like a chill rehearsal on smiling:)