Oh darling don’t you ever grow up

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
No one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
Never grow up
girls tween and teen fashion
You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mom's dropping you off
At fourteen, there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out
Someday and call your own shots
But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's getting older too
And don't lose the way that you dance around in your p.j.s getting ready for school
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
And no one's ever burned you
Nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to
Just try to never grow up
Never Grow Up - Taylor Swift

This shoot was a collaboration between Emy Lou (Photographer), Eleni Moutevelis (Stylist) and Raquel Melendez (Hair & Makeup). We chatted with Emy post shoot about how it all came together.

"Photo shoots sometimes don't go quite to plan and this one was one of those times. My original vision was to create a cool urban vibe mixing double denim with simple understated pieces. I hoped to shoot mainly in a natural light studio, but also in the back streets of Sydney using edgy and gritty walls in black, grey and white tones. It was going to be edgy and a little bit bad ass. 

I booked four awesome kids - two of which flew from Melbourne for the shoot! My brilliant creative team were booked and ready to go! Then three days before the shoot I injured my shoulder and could not walk, let alone move. I was distraught and ended up cancelling the studio.
I did not want to let the team and the kids down so last minute I booked a good friend of mine who is also a wonderful photographer to take my ideas and make it her own. On the morning of the shoot I had recovered enough to turn up and say hello to everyone, but not to actually shoot. The other photographer created some cool shots near the hotel that the kids were staying at and they had a lot of fun.
Towards the end of the day I started to feel a little better so we decided we would attempt one 'look' with me. We wondered 10 minute down the road until I found a funky colorful street. The clothes being worn and the location we used were not part of my original vision but they worked perfectly. I always shoot in the most uncomfortable positions and spend most of my time on the floor! I didn't let a shoulder injury stop me and had my stylist hold me up so I could get the shots I wanted without too much pain! It must have been hilarious to watch!
What came out of a 40 minute shoot of four kids is fun, spontaneous images of newly formed friends doing their own thing in front of the lens and doing it brilliantly. My unplanned shoots are so often my favorites and this is certainly one of them. It could not have happened without the creative team and the support from the kids and the parents to make this happen so thanks to everyone involved for being so awesome!"
Photography: Emy Lou
Hair & Makeup: Raquel Melendez

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Charmaine Ana Chung
Charmaine Ana Chung

{Founder of Somewhere Between} From record labels in Sydney to barefoot & pregnant in Vientiane. Now back in my hometown, Canberra, with the husband and four kids. Getting through each day the opposite of a supermum.

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