When I was a little girl, my favorite game to play was hide and seek. I remember my brother David and I setting the block around our home as the boundary for the game. Sometimes we had friends join us, but mostly it was he and I. I loved to run around the block ducking behind bushes and buildings. Most of the time I was in constant motion sneaking up behind him and watching him look for me. Another favorite trick was to climb a tree. I had a favorite birch tree that overlooked the neighborhood. I would sit with my cheek against the smooth white bark and daydream. No one ever found me in a tree. It's amazing how many people never look up!
I also have a very specific memory of my friend Margret and I playing kick the can at dusk with a group of neighborhood kids. We stuck together pretending we had cast an invisibility spell around ourselves. It must have worked because no one caught us even though several people passed by close enough that we could have reached out and touched them. We waited breathlessly as they paused for a moment before passing on, which caused us to break out in muffled giggles. After a while, we wandered off and lay down on a hillside to stargaze. We wished upon the stars, pointed out our favorite constellations, and shared secrets. It was a most magical summer night!
Margret and Annabelle love to play hide and seek in the field behind their house. The field, woods and pond are their sanctuary, their own personal fairyland. No matter how many times they play there, they find something new to enjoy. Sometimes Margret gets distracted playing with the tadpoles in the pond and Annabelle catches her. When they get tired they lie down in the golden grass and watch the clouds go by, finding friendly faces and all sorts of animals in a sea of marshmallow clouds.
'Hide And Seek'
Models: Lily Hahn and Alena Lux Guillory
Assistants: Rebecca Hahn, Jessica and Rachel Lux Guillory
Photographed at Om Sanctuary
We shot this on a crisp autumn day and the girls were getting a little cold at this time but we were grateful to walk through the tall grass without being eaten alive by ticks and chiggers. In the heat of the summer this activity would have produced large numbers of itchy red bumps from chigger bites and it can be quite a deterrent at times! Rachel Lux Guillory shot a quick little behind the scenes video for us. It was her first time doing it and she forget to turn the camera horizontal but it is still a fun little peek into the day so I've included it below.
Behind the scenes photo by Jessica Lux Guillory.
A couple of outtakes