After my visit with Allison & Joey, I met up with one of my cousins, his wife, and their two daughters, Haylee and Naomi at the Arboretum in Seattle. It was late afternoon–approaching early evening. The light at that later hour was magical–golden and soft; filtering sidelong and dappled through the Arboretum’s varied trees…
When Haylee was four, she was a flower girl in my wedding. She was an adventurous four year old–not scared to walk down the aisle. These days, Haylee is in elementary school, likes running (like me!), and from what I can tell, is still up for a good adventure.
Naomi is the one who is four now. She is a little firecracker–full of energy and spunk. She is a blur! It was hard to get Naomi to sit still (or even stand still) long enough for me to take her picture, but it was a whole lot of fun chasing her around the park trying.
And it was a treat to watch the two sisters together. There is a lot of affection there. They have a rapport–the are goofy together; they make each other smile, giggle and laugh. They tell secrets. They understand each other.
When I needed Naomi to slow down, Haylee was able to grab her little sister’s attention and hold it long enough for me to get in a few photos. Haylee also looks out for Naomi–during our afternoon in the park, she gave her advice and helped her navigate the rocks and trees we were traversing. Naomi is not timid though. She wants to keep up with her big sister (or even speed ahead on her own).
I had a great time exploring the Arboretum with my two little first cousins (once removed) and catching up with their parents. Here are some favorites from those last hours of daylight on the last day of February:
For more information about my portrait project go here: 29 Portraits Project.
Also, a small plug: Haylee & Naomi’s mom is an amazing hairstylist and makeup artist. She has generously done hair and makeup for many cousin weddings (including my own). Check her out here.