My mom as a little cutie.

Dayonda

Joined March 2008

Artist's Description

Though we had identical photos taken at the same age, I’m pretty sure this is Mom.
Doraine LaBeau
Professional photo,
artist unknown.
Taken @1925.
A “proof” shot.
Large format
glass plate.
I remember the photographer standing me up on a box in his studio and ducking under the hood, coming out, ducking back under to get his focus right. Then BLAM went the explosive flash bar, I was sure I was permanently blinded. I cried so hard! But there was no getting out of the 5 or 6 shots that were demanded. I wonder if that’s why I still hate my picture to be taken?
When it came time for my mom to get my pic taken the way hers had been, she took in a proof print, a huge dishrag to wrap around me like her mom’s mom had wrapped around her, and some cloth flowers to hold. When she showed me my pics beside hers, I couldn’t tell the difference. Now, being older, I can see the overbite on her sweet little face. She was a little doll, and had her dad wrapped around her little princess’ baby finger.
NOTE: I didn’t take this photo, but it’s mine after all these years.
Dayonda

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