How many of you remember roller skating as a kid? All the weekends spent at the roller rink with your friends…listening to all of our favorite songs. Walking past the skate center’s retail shop, where you could buy new wheels in nearly any color, skate covers, or maybe glow-in-the-dark accessories for your skates. I remember it all so well, but hadn’t thought of it for years, that is, until my sister-in-law contacted me about wanting to do a session when she came out to Vegas, documenting her love of roller skating.
This is where the fun begins…thinking about how to show her passion for skating, to celebrate her fun personality, her zest for life. She’s a few years younger than I am, but like me, grew up skating at the roller rink, often with her brothers and sisters (one of those brothers is my husband – we used to skate in high school together). Right away I started thinking about a retro theme…something brightly colored and 80’s inspired. She had ideas of her own as well, like visiting a local cactus garden and finding a way to incorporate the desert landscape of the Vegas area into the photos. We went over to Crystal Palace to capture where she likes to go skate when she’s in town, and the wonderful, welcoming friends she’s made through the bi-weekly “Adult Skate” that happens there. To say we had a good time would be a huge understatement…she was willing to try any out-of-the-box idea I came up with, and we laughed pretty much the entire time! I couldn’t resist hauling out the tulle skirt, especially when the forecast called for wind that day, and I think it turned out great…why be just like everyone else, when you can be a little different, unique?
She told me that she had always loved skating, but…you know how it goes, you have a family, work…life just gets in the way. So after her kids were all grown up, she told her husband that she wanted to start skating again, to do something she had always loved but hadn’t had time for in years. Celebrating her, and her passion for skating, was an honor, and I couldn’t be more grateful to her for her trust in me. Can you believe that this beauty has EIGHT grandchildren? I know I can’t, but her energy, her enthusiasm for nearly everything she does is contagious, and is inspiring. She sent me photos of some items she wanted to incorporate, and the minute I saw her “Grandma” shirt (the navy one on the sofa), I knew we needed to do something a little out of the ordinary. I think we succeeded, don’t you?
What is something you’ve always wanted to do, and what’s stopping you? We have ONE Life, friends. One life to do all the things we want to do…it’s precious, and time waits for no one. Get out there and do your thing, and make sure someone documents you living your best life.
Thanks for reading, and please reach out to me when you’re ready to celebrate you…I promise it’ll be worth it! ~ Tracy