Advice from Cinderella

Ballet Shoes with FloralsThe clock struck midnight.  No more time left for Cinderella to enjoy the enchanted evening with Prince Charming at the palace ball.  As usually happens in fairy tales, the girl gets the guy and they lived happily ever after.  

What advice would Cinderella would have given if she had been interviewed later? Unfortunately, no You-Tube video of that fictional conversation exists.

Perhaps in hindsight (and we all know how easy it is to utter the right words after something happens)  Cinderella would have advised that you dance like there is no midnight.  Live intentionally and joyfully, whether it is 6:02 p.m. or 11:59 p.m.  You just never know . . . the clock might be 10 minutes fast.  Time is precious.

Recently I sent a card with one of these images on it to a friend.  She Art work with Ballet Slippers responded with the following words.

“When I was a little girl I loved taking dance and thought how wonderful it would be to be a ballerina some day.  To this day I still love the grace of a beautiful ballerina.”

We have enjoyed a deep friendship over several decades. Yet, I never knew of her childhood dream of being a ballerina.

One of the exciting joys of photography for me, is seeing  it evoke memories and emotions in others.  I am continually surprised which images speak to a person.  It is a fun way to get to know someone better.

Fresh flowers, silk flowers, and toe shoes borrowed from a friend were  my props for these images.  Two different textures were applied in post production.  See http://frenchkisstextures.com/ for some lovely Photoshop textures.  This website is a favorite of mine.

http://www.stephaniehalstead.com

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